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This is the Godzilla I grew up with. I am pretty sure Godzilla vs King Kong was the first Godzilla movie I saw, but Godzilla 1985 (a dub of Godzilla 1984) was the one that left the biggest impression on me and the one I watched about 10 times.

So! Just like the last one: the first spoiled block is the build process. The second spoiled block is the finished "mini", such as it is. Feel free to just skip the second block if all you want are the finished pictures.

The Build:

Spoiler:
Once again, I printed the head with my Anycubic Photon, which is a photosensitive resin (DLP) printer. it has a small bed, and it's much more expensive to run, but it also gives the finest detail. So, I do the body with my i3 Mega (FDM/Plastic) printer, and the fine details with the DLP printer.

here is the head post-print curing:


For this model, all of the spines are cut from the model and keyed. This is a bit of a hassle for blending into the physical model but makes painting them much, much easier - my other godzilla had all of the spines built into the back which made printing (and removing the supports) very difficult.



I also decided to do the spines with resin. Here they are in the slicer:



This wound up being a little too heavy for the printer - the spine plates are all solid. I should have hollowed them in the modeller. You can see them peeling off the build plate. They still came out OK, mostly:



But it turned out there were some conceptual problems with this idea. Specifically, the resin shrinks a tiny bit - between 3-5%, depending. This was just enough to not have the spines fit very well. I mean, they fit, but they had a lot of gaps around where they were plugged I would have to fill. I tried printing some with the FDM printer, and they wound up coming out pretty good - so the spines are a mix of resin and plastic.

This one was a lot faster to print than the last one: I have a better feel for the printer settings now. The longest part to print, the chest, took about 40 hours, but most parts too about 20 hours. This arm took 5.



Compare that with the other Godzilla, where some parts took as long as 120 hours to print and I'd guess the average was more like 60 hours.

Here is the finished Godzilla, which is about the same size as the previous one.



In addition to blending the seams in, I had to do a lot of repair on the teeth. I didn't really do the supports as well as I could have, but fixing them with greenstuff was faster than reprinting the model (also, I didn't 100% love the teeth by default anyway).



I blended in most of the seams with greenstuff. This was UNSPEAKABLY TEDIOUS, just like last time. I would estimate it took 3 hours to fill the gaps, sculpt the texture, and then fix the spots that weren't 100% perfect.





Some of the seams were really close, though - a gap of 2 or 3 millimeters. For those, I tried filling the gap with liquid resin, and then blasting it with a UV flashlight for 20 seconds (which is pretty much how it prints). This worked quite well in some specific circumstances and was much faster than greenstuffing, but it only works when the gap to be filled doesn't need any texture.



A good example here is the unfilled gap on the bottom left, compared to the next one up in the line.



I managed to stab my finger pretty good when basecoating. The airbrush was slipping out of my hand, so I grabbed it with my other hand and jabbed myself good with the exposed needle tip. I also cut the hell out of my hand earlier pulling a broken spine (no pictures of that injury).

Godzilla cares not from whom the blood flows so long as it does, I guess.




Relative size comparison:



First layer drybrushing, second highlight layer, post wash:



I basecoated with Vallejo Russian Green primer, and did all the drybrushes with craft paint. I did some highlight touchups with Minitaire and some shading with Minitaire ghost tints.

For the wash, as always I went with Les Bursley's wash recipe. I love Army painter washes but this model was going to need pretty much a whole bottle and I'm not about that life.



I use this big ol cheap nylon brushes for drybrushing and wash application:



The detachability of the scales really made painting them a lot easier.



I made sure to apply the wash to the scales with the model positioned to minimize pooling. #FaceDownAssUp



The second to last step for me is always spraying the model with a thick layer of acrylic floor polish to protect the paintjob from handling (the final step is dullcote).




The finished model:


Spoiler:
















i think the paint job I did on those eyes might be the best painting work I've done, or at least, it's up there. It helps when the eyeball is the same size as a Space Marine helmet though.

I also wound up having this guy come out so dark he made the Hybrid Godzilla look much lighter than I originally saw it as. That's OK though - I think at some point DopePope (they guy who actually created the models) will release the 2014 Godzilla, and I can darken that one up.

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I have but one question!

How much?

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Very nice!

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Ridiculously cool! Great job! (Also thanks for linking Les' wash recipe, I'd forgotten all about it)

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Another great read, and awesome model. While I prefer the sculpt and paint scheme on the first 'Zilla, you really stepped up the technical production on this one in a big way, and there's no denying he's a good looking green af chunky Godzilla

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 Snrub wrote:




I have but one question!

How much?


If I had started with a fresh spool of filament, I think I could have done the entire model with a single reel (or very close to it). So about $15 in filament and $5 in resin, $20 or so total, and about a week of printing.
   
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OMG these are AWESOME.

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God(zilla) Almighty, they are damn cool!

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 Ouze wrote:
If I had started with a fresh spool of filament, I think I could have done the entire model with a single reel (or very close to it). So about $15 in filament and $5 in resin, $20 or so total, and about a week of printing.
I meant how much for you to print one off and mail it to me. I neeeeeeed him.


But that is way cheaper then what I would have expected. I wouldn't have been surprised if you had said $100 or more. But then again, I have/had no idea how much a spool of filament cost so you could have said any number and I would have went "hmm..."

Out of interest, what's the weight of him once he's all assembled?

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