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Paul Brown

Millennium Falcon (Revell/Fine Molds)

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Supposed to be done for SMW, but failed miserably, although I might show it as a WIP. Hull dry fitted, plus sub-assemblies.

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The kit is humungous, everything fits beautifully with little clean up required, but fahzands of little pieces that drive you nuts. Great for stress  busting, although many of you will think I've lost the plot. Actually most of you think I lost the plot yonks ago.  :whistle: 

I'd like to have a peep at the Bandai kit, it's bound to be radically different as well as gorgeous, but I doubt I'll be handing over the required spons to acquire one. This Revell release is relatively Bargain Basement in comparison (although the wallet did go off in a sulk, even at a heavily discounted price) and it's a wonderful thing.

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I've been plugging away on this one - having splashed out on a big bucks kit like this it would be daft not to see it all the way through. The thing is, this kit is a blast all the way, whoever designed it was a plastic engineering genius, there is nothing that has given me the least bit of trouble at any time, other than through my own doing. 

You gotta laugh sometimes, one tiny part went ping under the side-cutters and I actually saw it accelerate close to the speed of light over my left shoulder, only to disappear into that dimension outside our own space-time continuum reserved for tiny plastic parts. I've been doing this long enough to know better, but there you are, we all get complacent sometimes. Anyhow I scratched another one together (it was one of three), not bad, but not brilliant. I doubt anybody would notice, it's pretty small. The upshot was that I was having a tidy up the other day and the original part was actually in front of me on the bench behind some Tamiya jars. 

On with the build. On Sunday I was a bit fed up with a dose of man flue and decided getting around to painting the crew figures would be a suitable distraction. This worked a treat, four figures sorted and the cockpit assembled, something that I had previously avoided doing because figure painting is not really my thing. I left the cockpit assembly to harden up overnight, then the following day fixed it to the main hull, so the bulk of the construction work is now done. I also spent a lot of time with a fine brush and Mr Surfacer 500 plugging all the tiny gaps where the surface pipe runs don't meet. This took a while but was worth it and I've since sanded and scraped them all so they look nice and tidy. Here's some pics. 

The main hull test fitted and screwed together temporarily:

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The figures painted and installed into the cockpit. I'm not a lot of cop at this aspect of modelling and the camera does me no favours (actually, if you want to improve your modelling, take a lot of close up pics and spend some time looking where you're getting it wrong, it's very instructive), but I think they'll pass muster at normal sort of viewing distances under the transparencies. C3P0 was the easiest, a quick squirt of Alclad brass, sorted:

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Transparencies on - they were masked off the model:

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And finally the bulk of the hull complete:

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Next up will be an overall blast of primer before the painting fun begins. Might need to stock up on Mr Surfacer!

Did I mention this has been a hoot all the way?! I baulked at the investment required to buy this kit, but it's been worth every penny.

 

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Great stuff Paul. 

I've got the kit too, with Shapeways cockpit and am much enjoying following your progress with yours. Wish you well with it.

 

TTFN

Steve

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Cheers Steve, it's all a bit stalled at the moment, but I'm hoping to press on soon. Too late for me to add an aftermarket cockpit, but I'd be interested to see the Shapeways stuff. I think if I ever did another one in 1/72 I'd take a deep breath, swallow hard, inflict pain on the bank account and buy a Bandai PG.

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Hi Paul,

Don't know how I missed this. It is a lot of cash (to some of us), I agree, but who is to tell you what you spend your hard earned on, has to be done sometimes or we would all end up going sane. Figures look nicely painted. Will be following with interest.

Regards

Richard

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This has taken a back seat, especially as my workspace is in the conservatory and it's been freakin' cold recently. It's had a few coats of primer, then the pre-shade. As you can see the pre-shade started out fairly tight, then as the will to live started diminishing, it got rougher and readier.

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Another long break between progress. Not quite shelf of doom territory (if you spend a couple of hundred quid on a kit, there is a bit of imperative to finish the damn thing!), but the Falcon has been sat on the bench untouched because I began to realise the magnitude of painting it. I'll be honest, this is pretty typical of me, if something crops up that is a problem in my mind, then I go into procrastination mode. Having snapped out of it I started mixing and spraying layers of grey paint. The paint mix is 50/50 Tamiya Light Grey/Deck Tan, a recommendation from a Facebook Falcon fan page. It looked to dark, so I did another coat with some added white. It still looked too dark but I decided to add the decals, then a bit of post shading to start reducing the preshade effect. Also I added the undercarriage and you can see it standing on its own five feet in the picture with the Tamiya pot. The decals, it must be said, were rather poor. The maroon colour decals in particular were prone to cracking up and are very thick. I tried bedding them onto Klear with mixed results, then tried the strongest Daco Set solution to see if that would work - not much joy. I also realised there wasn't a great deal of contrast between the grey paint and the grey decals, which was a bit of a doh moment, but a bit of overspraying in a darker shade has shown them up better. This has been the most unsatisfactory aspect of the kit so far. 

 

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I showed it to my son the other day. He's a Star Wars geek and immediately said he thought it looked too dark. I agree, but I was going to go for a patchwork quilt effect and after I have done with the first wash which is started, I'll start layering more grey paint in different and lighter shades to get an end result of the base coats. Then on to more weathering effects, wish me luck!

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Would it help to be almost off white? Because when you weather this is it going to get lighter? Shame about the decals but it's nice to see it on the go again 

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The top colours will be a lot lighter. Weathering will be mostly powder pigment work so I'm not bothered about it ending up darker and if I do filtering it will be light colours. If there's any more washes it will be in specific areas rather than overall. I've just acquired some Tamiya Panel Accents and I may give them a whirl around the enginey bits to see how they go.

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Looking good Paul, I picked up some Tamiya panel line accents not long ago, they work very well;not grainy or want to separate, will kill certain types of styrene(Bandai) so may be worth testing before use.

You are correct IMHO, It would be easy to underestimate the amount of painting on this model.

Cheers

Richard

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