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.

Is everyone enjoying their new figure?

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

The finale of the Senjougahara blogs is here.

It’s quite the challenge to show everyone the production side of the figure world, but I was really amazed by how it was all done while I was in China, so I want to try and convey that amazement to all my readers. You can find the previous parts of the Senjougahara blogs here:

Last time I went through how the stationary was painted.

For the part in the picture above, the scissors, pen and ruler would all me made as a single part and then painted by using various masks.

Today we’ll look at how the painted pieces are put together!

In this photo, the eraser and the tips of the ruler are being glued together.

This is done one-by-one!

The little pink container in front of her hands here is filled with a special bonding agent, and the little sacks on her fingers are to prevent the glue from sticking to her skin!

The biggest part – the scissors.

As you can see these are actually first made in two different halves.

Then, once again…

They are glued together, one-by-one!

The toothpicks there are actually tools used for the gluing – the sculptors here at Good Smile actually use the little toothpicks as well!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the factory workers in China really are craftsman!!

Gluing the outer and inner parts of the stapler!

The stapler has a large area in which the outer and inner parts can be glued together, so by creating them in two separate pieces and then gluing them together a more accurate rendition of a stapler can easily be made.

The scissors, craft knife have all been glued together!

There isn’t much place to glue the smaller parts like the craft knife and pen, so gluing them is very difficult – if you use too little glue they’ll come apart, but if you use too much the glue will end up visible.

There is no way I’d ever be able to do this…!!

Pens are being glued on here…

Take a look at the bottom right to see a complete part… how can it be so tiny!?

I don’t even think I could hold a pen that small…

By the way, let me pose a question to you now…

How do they always come out at the same angle?

It’s done by using these little tools:

Bases that adjust the angles!

As the gluing is done the parts are placed on these bases to make sure the angles are correct.

Every single Senjougahara figure has every single part finely tuned like this! It’s incredible!

Finally a little dusting!

Particularly clear parts like the ruler show dust very easily, so at the end of the process all the parts are dusted off with this fluffy little tool.

Careful work down to the very end!

“This kind of thorough work
is done for all scale figures.”
— Production Team’s Gakkun

You can appreciate the price of scale figures seeing how much work needs to put into them. I’m definitely keeping better care of my figures ever since my China trip!

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

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 >>