Many people use various shades of dark gray to impart a paneled look, but that looks too obvious. Instead I used varying degrees of gloss and matte finish on the all black surface to enhance a sense of scale. It was also fairly tricky to photograph in a realistic way. The original VFX miniatures built for the film were in three scales, the largest had a six foot wingspan. That's the one I tried to match, as it was seen in closeup.
Next time I do this model I'll put some lights in it.
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