Orlando Guiang’s Battlestar Galactica
Over 1.150 individual decals, that’s how many are on this model. I purchased this kit and the decal sheet over 2 years ago. When I first received the Paragrafix Photoetch and Decal set I was so excited to get started but was soon overwhelmed by the amount of time it was going to take. Each individual decal has to be trimmed and applied. After several attempts at getting started I shelved the model and thus it sat there ever since. A little over a month ago, I was in my garage and came across the kit. After looking it over again, I decided I would make a concerted effort to finish the thing. So I began with applying 10 – 15 decals a day. Luckily a good portion of the mid section was already completed. I kept to thangis schedule for a while but the more I saw light at the end of the tunnel, the more determined I became to finally finish it and stepped up the pace.
So here is my Moebius Galactica in all it’s glory.
There wasn’t much to painting this kit. I simply used Testors Metalizer Steel as the base coat. Painting the central rear engine section was a little bit more involved. I found Liquid latex helpful with keeping the exhaust ports clear.
The decals were applied to each section separately starting with the mid section, the forward section, the pods and finally the engines. I brushed on Micro Set before and after laying them down. Then used Micro Sol solution on each decal to help them stay in place. A sealer was then applied as each section of the ship was completed.
Further details were added with the use of the Photoetch set available here at CultTVman. This metal detailing set includes the interior flight deck girders, the museum windows for the starboard pod, laser turrets and the nameplates. The girders look great but unfortunately you can’t really see them unless the model is lit which mine is not. The museum windows, however, add a very nice touch. When the model was assembled, I applied a dark wash along most of the raised areas such as the detailing near the engines, support pylons and so forth. I purchased an already made Black Shade wash by Acrylicos Vallejo that I found at my hobby shop and this worked quite well. A final sealer coat was applied afterwards.
I have to say that although application of the decals was tedious and time consuming it wasn’t impossible to do. You just need to keep at it. In the end I think they add such a high level of detail that it far exceeds what you can obtain by simply painting the ship, although I wouldn’t blame anyone for taking the less complicated route. Overall I’m very happy with the way it turned out but I can safely say I won’t be attempting this type of project again anytime soon.