It has already been over two months since I got into GunPla as a hobby, but I’ve never had the chance to use waterslide decals. Most of the kits I got had clear stickers at best, and the MG Deathscythe only had dry transfer decals. The concept behind waterslides made me worry because I don’t exactly expect my hands to stay steady during activities that involve precise motor control.
I had to build up confidence somehow because the MG FA-78 was still looked pretty bare after assembly (kit review pending). Since yesterday was my day off, I made myself busy with a few tests and application practice.
Waterslide Decals – Application Practice
I used the extra/alternate decal for the FA-78’s shields on a plastic takeout spoon. It’s a good thing that there are a lot of these plastic spoons left in the kitchen. Here were the steps I followed from what I remembered from a number of tutorials.
- Clean plastic surface thoroughly
- Cut close to the edges of the decal using a hobby knife
- Use tweezers to hold the cut piece and fully submerge it in water for ~15 seconds
- Place near desired area and use mildly wet cotton swab to transfer decal
- Using the same swab, make adjustments until decal is in desired position
- Lightly dab with paper towel or dry swab to remove excess water
- Apply decal setting solution (I used Mr. Mark Setter)
The result wasn’t exactly as clean as I expected, since I could still notice a little bit of crumpling or silvering if I squinted hard enough. This might be because of the convex surface of the spoon or it might be because I was in a hurry. Still, the results of the test were okay.
Top Coat Tests
The next thing I tested was the flat top coat I bought last week. I was supposed to buy a Mr. Hobby can, but my supplier ran out just as I was about to place an order. Good thing I was able to find an acrylic-based flat clear coat.
This brand is actually pretty popular in the Philippines. I had some trouble looking for this particular coat in other stores but I managed to find one during the same day of the SM Uptown Toy Fair.
I also took this chance to test out how the paint would affect panel lining and there was no bleeding at all. I might try top coating the 1/100 Gusion first.
Waterslide Decals – Kit Application
Here are some pictures I took of the FA-78 shields. Aside from these, I was also able to finish the shin guard and rear leg armor pieces. I don’t plan on going full Ver. Ka, but I still plan on using the decals for the shoulders, chest, backpack and weapons. I’ll have to topcoat at a later date though, since I still haven’t panel lined this kit.