There are a few tricks on applying stickers so they will less likely to fall off. If you’re new to gunpla knowing how to apply these stickers properly will save you from the frustration when stickers fell off.
All the markings on the waist are clear stickers. Notice how close the borders of the stickers are to the actual design? But see how “thin” (transparent) the EFSF logo looks? It would’ve looked more solid as a decal. However, I’m starting to think that clear stickers are better than the decals that come with the model…
There is one good point though… the model has less clear stickers on it and the little markings are more solid looking than before.
2. Cutting out, positioning, and rubbing down the little “caution”/”danger” decals… worth the time and patience? Worst case scenario: since you only have one shot, if you screw up then you are… well, screwed. Especially true if you have to apply the same decal on the other side or something (arms, legs, etc)… you’ll be left with asymmetrical detailing.
1. The insignia/logo markings doesn’t look as solid as clear stickers compared to if it was a decal… and in worst case scenario, it also looks like crap.
Is it just me or has decal/marking designs in general for the models nowadays look kinda… boring? Before, they were something like these…
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I’ve been noticing this trend for a couple of years now but I think it is finally beginning to get on my nerves. For better or for worse (usually worse), Bandai decided to switch things up with the decals and clear stickers. What I mean is… Before, clear stickers were for the little “caution” and “danger” markings all over the model while the decals were those stylized symbol/insignia/logo/model number markings. Now, the two are switched around; the design markings are on the clear stickers and the little markings are decals. Case in point, MG ReZEL’s decal and clear sticker set above.
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Also MG Sword/Force Impulse’s marking set… plus most models (with some exceptions) in between it and the latest MG. Another example? The MG Exia.
Compare the above to some of the more recent MG markings that comes to your mind. Real designs, cool emblems, awesome insignias… but it seems like nowadays, we just get designs that basically amount to a little more than the model number of the mobile suit in white plain text. I can’t be the only one who feels this way… right? o_O
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However, that point is almost a bit moot since Bandai has also improved their clear stickers by quite a bit over the years- the borders are very, very close to the design now and so it doesn’t look as bad as before.
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3. You develop the tendency to buy waterslide decals where you normally don’t have to…
Clear pieces can be tricky to work with since they will turn cloudy if you try to polish them. If you get your hands on a very high grit sanding stick this won’t be a problem. Since you can easily polish the surface back to clear with grits like 4000 (saw video on youtube someone using 4000 grits sanding sticks turning cloudy surface back into clear).
However, if you that option is not possible there is another trick you can use and that is using top coat (gloss finish). Apply top coat (gloss finish) after polishing the clear parts.
February 27, 2011February 27, 2011Posted in GundamTagged bandai, Gundam, Gundam model, Gunpla
Use tweezers/knife to handle the sticker. You’ll have more control compared using your bare hand and the oils on your skin won’t reduce the stickiness of the sticker.When the sticker is on the correct place press it down lightly with cotton bud/toothpick (if the stickers’ surface is in dove finish)Use top coat to seal the stickers in place.