Today we are changing the subject, and we’ll pay tribute to one of the most influential sagas of all time building and painting a U.S.C.S.S. Just mention, as is becoming the custom, a little bit of the process.
This is a really rare model, not because of its design, but due to the materials it was made of. It’s made of vinyl, something usual for figures, dinosaurs and organic-made stuff, but not for models. The few non-plastic pieces are the antennas, landing gears and flaps.
Its final look was pretty nice, just a few burrs and, as every vinyl model, we needed just to warm it up to be able to cut excesses. The model building was kinda easy then. We used cyanoacrylate glue and epoxy putty to hide junctions and imperfections.
It was an easy task too. First of all, we’ll give it a first grey layer with an airbrush, and mark every pannel with a highly watered black. Once done, we’ll use a post-it kind paper to build a little mask with square holes in it, just to lighten the grey with white after with acrylic painture.
It’s a very slow process because we’ll repeat it over aaaaaaaaaaaall the model surface, lightening the mix with more white each time, searching for a more volume sensation.
Dark areas were painted black and prussian blue. We’ll give it tons of rust touches but in tiny quantities. Why? The Nostromo Starship is supposed to be the size of a soccer stadium, what means mm in the model. In the “real” starship it would take several meter metal sheets and the rust wouldn’t be distributed equally in such big surfaces, so we´ll use different rust tones all over the model.
We’ll match up every tones with a paintbrush just to get ready to live the Alien nighmare 😉