1/20 Ohmu LED lighted eyes (Nausicaä)

I wanted a realistic looking Ohmu with blue eyes and red LEDs bright enough to shine through the blue paint. The Bandai Nausicaa kits were all retooled from the old Tsukuda Hobby models. The Ohmu’s eyes were originally clear domes, but Bandai molded pegs under the arch. These made the LED lights a bit dimmer because I couldn’t remove the pegs smoothly. Also, the red LEDs appeared uneven through the blue eyes, because the hand-brushed clear blue pooled in areas, even when I tried to thin the paint out as much as possible. It should work better with an airbrush. The build was a lot of fun and it was the first time I weathered a kit, albeit with simple methods. Unfortunately, I think the future polish washed away most of the brown pigments. I didn’t notice this until after I had taken the pictures.

Here is the Work in Progress.

Mr. Surfacer 1000, Mr. Hobby SG-07 Deep Green, MGM powder, X-F6 Copper, XF-64 Red Brown, Future polish

Completed on: November 2012


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