Model Kit: 1/72 Nausicaä Gunship

gunship model

From: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Time to build: 10 hours

Difficulty: easy (except for having to build the inside of the cockpit before the body of the ship)

The Story
This has got to be one of the freakiest looking airplanes ever designed, with an organic bird shape and a big ol’ gun sticking out the front. As a model kit, it was mercifully simple to build.

The trickiest part of this kit was having to build the cockpits – assembling and painting the *tiny* seats and little silver guns – before the rest of the body. This is also a very small model, so I had to be very careful with the details and small pieces.

I tried one important new technique with this model: weathering – the art of making your models look like they’ve flown or seen battle. It’s subtle, but I added a slightly darker shade of the body paint along all the “seams”, and I added a fine dark mist around the outside of the front gun barrels to make them look like they’ve been fired many times. Weathering turned out to be easier than I’d feared, requiring just a good amount of hand control. But the effect is striking.

I feel ready to move onto something more challenging, detailed and above all else, bigger!


2 comments so far

  1. Risa and Erika on

    This story was made by Hayao Miyazaki. He made a lot of animes like this. All of his animes are very popular among young people to old people.
    You should serch them and we can tell you about it. We recommend ‘Totoro’ and ‘spirited away’.

  2. dariusz on

    Hi, did you have blueprints from this model?
    I want to do this model in 3D, buti can’t find plans.
    can You send me scans of it?
    nice work btw

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