In this Creative Tip I’ll show you how to use common sewing pins as small metal details for your models.
Many modelers use small beads for these types of metal details, but in comparison to common sewing pins, they’re much more expensive. You can buy a box of 800 small sewing pins for around $3 USD (which is about 1/3 of 1 Penny (US). Cheap, and, in my opinion, a better choice because the pins are flatter than the spherical beads. They can be found in most craft and sewing stores and some large department stores like Wal-Mart.
In every modeling competition, this is one of the most common rant among those who did not make it to the top. While it may sound that these modelers are bitter with the outcome of the result, half of it may be true. Before one may laugh or frown at them, take consideration of the following reasons why it can be actually true.
The basics of modelling have been forgotten.
An awesome way to open up an article, I know, but it seems that all too often I see models that have skipped the over common fundamental tasks to tackle other, more advanced tasks. For instance, I recently saw a model on a site that was decently painted and had metal detail parts, but still had a blaring seam line down the shoulder. I thought at first that this had to be an intentional aesthetic decision, but no, it wasn’t. The modeler just didn’t fill the seam. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that someone that would put the time and effort into painting and spending money on metal detail parts wouldn’t do something as simple and basic as filling a seam line. Filling a seam is Modeling 101, and is the first skill most modelers learn when first entering the hobby. Sure it’s often a messy, unglamorous, menial task, but it’s one of the most important things when creating a model. A seam completely dispels any form of realism or proper representation of the subject.
So back in the day when I first started building (around 2001), online forums were all the rage in the Gunpla community. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit weren’t even a thought yet. If you wanted to show off your model, you had to join a forum(s) and show it. There were a few really strong forums (in the US) back then; Gundam.com, Gundamshop.com, and of course COM. You would see models of varying skill levels from beginner to award winners on those forums. With the boom of social media, forums are, unfortunately, going the route of the dinosaur.
So I didn't get the Hummingbird done in time for GBWC despite all the late nights. Real life work just got way too intense to keep up the pace. Plus I wasn't completely happy with the state it was in. I didn't feel it was competition ready, so I'm raising the bar for myself on this one.
I still haven't gotten the boosters fully detailed or mounted, for that matter, but they're coming along nicely. That's the next big hurdle.
As you can see I've taken some liberties with the design a bit. I wanted to use the traditional shoulder and upper arm armor as well as change the look of the upper leg to make that armored as well, so if this thing was to get into a fight, a single shot to the arm or leg wouldn't be "lights out" for it.
Still a ton of detail work to do all over. I don't think a single piece is actually finished yet.