Anyone who has built a Real Grade kit knows they come with a mountain of stickers. For example, just look at the Justice.
I’ve done RG sticker work quite a few times now and can get through it pretty quickly but that’s because I know how to approach them. While working on the Justice this weekend I thought I’d talk about it here on the site so you can see for yourself how I do it. So for this post you get half tutorial, half RG Justice WIP.
The thing I wanted to talk about most is how to get a sticker on (uh, Syd, duh!). With the RG stickers many are cut to to fit a specific area of the kit so things need to be lined up perfectly. I will use the side of the Justice’s legs as an example here.
If you look at stickers numbered 11 and 12 you will see they are a specific shape designed to fit on towards the back of the side of the leg.
Here’s where they are supposed to go.
Due to the size of the frame piece that extends from the back of the knee it is very difficult to put the sticker into place approaching from the back (the direction my knife is pointing).
Which means I have to come in front-to-back.
So I need to know how to take the sticker off of the sticker sheet. I need the tip of my knife to be under the area of the sticker which will be pushed down last. In order to do this I have to move the decal sheet around.
I can’t take the sticker off from the bottom but will need to take it from the side. Interesting that the sticker comes upside down on the sticker sheet.
Then I position the leg so I can hold it in place with the left hand while my right hand uses the knife to put the sticker in place.
In general, I am moving my right hand towards my left hand.
Line it up where you think it should go and hold it down with one of your fingers while you slide the knife out. Then it’s just a matter of using a Q-tip or toothpick (or both) to rub the sticker down so the edge is less noticeable.
Next up is putting a larger sticker over pieces that are more than one panel, in this case the front skirt. The skirt is molded in a way so it looks to be two panels. Well, if you were painting a logo onto two panels there would clearly be a line between the two which you couldn’t paint.
In this case, once I get the sticker in place I take my hobby knife and cut along the panel line, cutting the sticker.
After this I’ll push the decals into the crevice between the panels and may even take a panel line marker and draw the panel line again.
Okay, so now I get to talk a little about what I’ve done to the Justice in terms of stickers. The one thing I wanted to show was the side of the leg. The very same section I showed in the tutorial. According to the manual there is a specific sticker that goes there.
This 102 sticker can also be found on the left shoulder but you have the option of using the RG ZGMF-X09A sticker instead. And the same goes for the rear skirt.
On the skirt I opted for the ET sticker which would mean if I went with the 102 sticker on the leg it would be the only place on the entire kit that had that number. That didn’t seem consistent to me so I decided I would change things up a bit. Why not go with that ET sticker I didn’t use on the skirt?
The only problem is that it has that triangular section that is not necessary. Well, then…
I’ll just cut that off.
Looks good. However, I need a little circular sticker that is seen to the left of the 102.
With the suit stickered up I’ll next be turning my attention to that giant backpack and once that’s done I’ll be hitting it with a layer of topcoat. Gloss or flat?