BIG UPDATE!

Today will be progress report with the X-Wing.

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The inlets are drop in replacements to the inaccurate kit inlets. Although too late for this build, they will be used in the next build “Blue Leader”.

308 Inlets

Engine Mounting and Finishing

Revell inaccurately mounted the engines to the aft nacelles. To correct this, the engines must be cut off and reworked to accurately represent the ILM model.

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This is the kit engine mounting.

The Results:

After the engines were remove from the nacelle, the excess plastic removed from the forward part of the engine. This left a hole that required plastic card stock to fill. Once drive the card stock was sanded to shape. The required a few applications of filler and some re-contouring to return the front of the engine back to shape. I discovered that the front of the engine isn’t a perfect circle. I corrected it the best I could. It really doesn’t matter as that will be pressed up against the nacelle and will not be seen. As you can see in the picture above that I painted the engines gunmetal. Once I was satisfied with the engine, I stripped off the gunmetal paint using Model Master Airbrush Thinner and a toothbrush.

Tamiya Insignia White base coat is lacquer based paint and is very tough. I didn’t have to worry about striping it off with the thinner. This is the result after stripping:

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Once all four engines were stripped. I started the weathering process using various shades of pastels ground into a power. (Black and Rust) to give the engine a “used universe” look.

Test fit:

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Final Result:

Once the pastels were applied. I very lightly misted Testors Dullcoat onto the engine to seal the pastels. I’ve learned a a “misting” will keep the weathering in tact. Too much will cause it to disappear, resulting in having to do all the weathering again.

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The engines turned out as I was hoping. I am very happy with the final result. These will look great when applied to the X-Wing.

Aft Nacelle Detail

Revell left a lot of nothing to the aft side of the nacelles. There is a lot of detail here that is represented on the ILM models that Revell decided not to include.

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Looking at the picture above you can see detail that is present on the Hero models that Revell left out. One thing you will notice is that the aft nacelle is actually recessed with the detail inset into it. The Revell kit isn’t like that. To fix it requires major modification or aftermarket parts, such as the nacelle kit from Falcon3DParts (Link here).

For this build, I cheating and just did “plant-on” details. Using sheet styrene, I replicated the missing pieces for the aft nacelle.

Aft Nacelle

Canopy/Windscreen

The Revell kit is actually more of a toy than it is a serious model kit. This is evidenced by all of the working features of the kit, removable landing gear, opening and closing gear doors, etc… The canopy is no exception. The canopy has a hinge molded on to the canopy. Of course, this isn’t on the ILM model. The kit canopy is a pre-painted clear piece. The ILM models didn’t have any clear plastic (glass) due to glare concerns. Departing from accuracy, I am leaving the glass in mine. Let just say this is the “1997 Special Edition” canopy.

If you have ever worked with clear plastic parts, they tend to be a little more fragile when it comes to cutting and modifying them. Using extreme care, lots of masking tape and a razor saw, I managed to remove the hinge from the canopy WITHOUT breaking or scratching the visible clear parts.

Canopy

There were some fine scratches on the canopy. Most likely to the manufacturing process or packaging. Using Macguire’s PlastX polish I buffed out the canopy. It’s not very visible in the photo, but it’s a lot better that it was. (Take my word for it. )

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Until the next update…

MTFBWY

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Revell 1/29th X-Wing – Falcon 3D Parts X-Wing Pilot

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If you’re planning on building the Revell X-Wing and using a pilot figure, the Falcon 3D Parts pilot is a must for your build. As the company name suggests, this is a 3D printed replacement pilot figure. The resolution in the figure is fantastic. If I did know better, I would think it was a cast resin part.

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The helmet insignia is from the 1/48 Bandai Snowspeeder kit decal sheet. Also from the Bandai sheet is the red stripe down the center of the helmet. This decal also included the black hashmarks at the forward raised area. The decals were a real lifesaver as ther is no way to paint these markings.

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More X-Wing

Now that school is over, I’ve picked this up again.

I made a trip to my local Hobbytown USA and picked up some brass tube to support the model in an in flight configuration.

I ended up adding doublers to the inside upper half of the fuselage to reinforce the inner tube support.

The cockpit needs a lot of work! The pilot figure is vinyl and the head is oversized and just doesn’t look the part. 3d Falcon Parts will have to come to the rescue here.

There’s a lot of detail lacking on the side consoles and in the aft cockpit. This is easily fixed with styrene and other greeblies from the spares box.

Revell’s 1/29 X-Wing

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Revell’s 1/29 or 1/30th (depending on who you ask) SnapTite Max X-Wing fighter was released in 2013. This large model kit consists of 93 pieces on six sprues. The pilot figure is vinyl.

Upon opening the box and first inspection, it doesn’t look too back. This X-Wing is almost studio scale, but not quite. The defacto scale for studio models is 1/24th or larger. Either way, it’s big. The upper fuselage is separated into 5 segment. Which is absolutely ridiculous.

Once I starting looking at the kit a little closer, I notice that somethings were quite right. There was “patch” panel is places that I didn’t recall the ILM models having. Is this a big deal, well, no. It seems that Revell kind of made it up as they went along. The overall shape of the X-Wing is good, they just threw on some extras. This is easily fixed with some sanding.

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Missing are some important details, such as the cargo bay hatch. All the other X-Wing kits, MPC, Fine Molds, and Bandai got this right. Revell felt to leave it off. This is corrected with some plastic card.

X-Wing Bottom

More to come….

Build the Millennium Falcon

Issue number One of the DeAgostini Build the Millennium Falcon subscription. I began the subscription in April of 2016 and starting working on it this week during the holiday break. Here is issue number one. I will be sort of following the plan with this build a few deviations. I will be building both saucer sections and them move on to the flight deckĀ  and cargo hold.

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The Home Stretch.

AT-ST_01After about 6 months, I am working frantically to get this model ready for an upcoming contest.

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The wall was constructed using a brick wall kit by Tamiya. Once built, I cut an opening in it. The whole thing is covered in 3M White Acryl to give it a plaster look. The Moisture Vaporator is scratch-built using Evergreen tubing and styrene.