How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi – Part 3

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How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

This was the business trip of Mikatan went to visit the PVC figure factory in China. I took this off the official Good Smile Company blog, Mikatan’s blog. All credit goes to Mikatan.

This is the “Making (painting) of” Senjougahara Hitagi 1/8 PVC figure by Good Smile Company. Only Part 3 and 4 are about the making of her, the Part 1 and Part 2 is just a photo review of the finished figure so I’ll just skip those.

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi – Part 3

While I was on my trip to China back in December, I managed to get a look at some of the painting of this figure. It really was incredible to watch it in action…

Today I’ll be showing you some of that incredible action!

By the way….

If you haven’t read the previous articles on my factory tour some of the lingo might be lost on you, so take a look if you have the time:

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Some more photos from the December factory trip!

All these pieces are freshly molded parts that have been painted white.

They are in fact Senjougahara’s torso!

If you take a look here….

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

This is the painted product!

“The various colors on Senjougahara made her quite
difficult to work with. The violet kept coming out too dark.
I think the eventual product looks great though!”
——Production Team’s Gakkun

There is actually a ton of drama involved in the painting of the torso as well, but if I were to get into that it would take me about a month to get through… so I’m just going to hold myself back for now…

As you can see, even the inside red bit of the uniform is carefully painted!

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Let’s move onto today’s main event!

The famous stationary parts!

For size comparison, the left corner shows the size of the ruler, scissors and pen in comparison to Senjougahara’s thigh.

As you can see, each of the pieces are made separately!

The reason they are made from clear plastic is because the ruler is going to stay that way anyway!

But this is where the painting starts!!

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1) First the parts are painted with a green air brush.

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

(2) This completes the base painting of the pen!

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

(3) Then the handle of the scissors is painted…

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

(4) Just the tip of the scissors are then painted.

“Eh?!
But doesn’t that take ages then?!”
——-Mikatan

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

The blade of the scissors crosses over with the pen, so a mask is used to make sure the painting is separated completely.

This was one of the people in charge of painting the scissors’ tips. who paints the tips of the scissors.

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(5) The base of the scissors are then painted.

The part of the scissors’ blade above the pen is painted with an airbrush. The mask above is used to paint both sides at the same time, it takes just a few seconds!

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

(6) The finer details are fixed by hand painting!

The masks sometimes have a little leak that causes the painting to come out a little bit wrong, so here is where they fix all the little errors that might come from that.

She holds two paint brushes at once!!

That’s what you call a true craftsman!

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7) Work Complete!

This tiny little part actually uses an incredible 4 masks alone!

It’s hard enough to get one of these to come out so nicely… but they are able to make thousands all with the same good quality!

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The complete parts are stored away in this container.

The container is actually made specially just to hold these specific parts! It is made both to store the parts safely, and to make them easy to count at the end of the day.

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The outer part of the stapler! (The plastic part)

In a previous article I mentioned that some of the color was lost, and that’s because the two parts of the stapler (the outer and inner parts) are painted separately!

The inside of the staplers are painted, and yet you’ll never see that painting – but it’s still a much more efficient way of painting them.

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The inner part of the stapler! (The metal part)

The two parts are stuck together with a glue, but I’ll be getting into more detail about that in a future article.

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Remember how tiny these staplers are! I believe these are the staplers that are used right by Senjougahara’s skirt!

It looks like they are each held together using two clips while they are painted. Isn’t it beautiful!!?

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Here we have some craft knives!

It’s quite amazing to see how many of them there are here…! Even from this photo you can see the gradient painting if you look carefully.

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Good Smile Company’s 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi!

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3

Mikatan’s Factory Field Trip! << Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 >>

1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi << Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 >>

How are PVC Figures Manufactured? 1/8th Scale Senjougahara Hitagi   Part 3