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About monsterpartyhat

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  1. A couple of weekends ago I knocked out this quick repaint of the tiny F-Toys Slave-1. I got this on eBay as the Jango Fett version, because sellers all wanted triple the price for the more desirable Boba Fett color scheme, figuring I'd repaint it. It took me a long time to get to it, but I finally did as a kind of practice run for the Bandai 1:144 Slave-1 kit. I took the possibly masochist route of doing the majority of the painting with Tamiya spray cans and Vallejo liquid mask, which actually turned out really well, for the most part. With some colors from the AS line, and some from the TS line, you can get pretty close for a more-vibrant-than-ILM version of the finish. I experimented with trying to dull the skirt colors a little on the backend by "misting" AS-20 from a spray can - it doesn't really hold up in close up photography, but given that this model is only 2 1/2 inches in length, it looks fine at a viewing distance. There are some WIP pictures in my flickr album for the build: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aalpern/albums/72157693558861922 And of course, I couldn't resist getting a shot of the completed model next to all the paints I used to finish it:
  2. I used to be against the red scheme too, but after seeing SO many Rebel ships that are basically just dirty white with some splashes of color, I've come around to loving solid color ships. The Partisan X-Wing design from Rogue One was a big part of that turn around -- I thought it was weird at first, but now I absolutely love it. As far as Shapeways prints go -- careful wash in soapy water, then Tamiya Fine Surface primer is how I start working on them. I've found they typically need a couple of light coats of primer.
  3. This squadron has been a long time in the making, although it only settled in to this configuration with a flurry of activity very recently. Here we have my converted F-Toys Y-Wing with scratch built hull plating additions, and a Bandai Vehicle Model A-Wing and X-Wing that I painted up to match as soon as I'd finished painting the Y-wing and fell in love with the deep red and cream color scheme (it's highly likely that I'll add a T-70 X-wing to this in the future, with extra shiny silver accents to go with the red & cream). The U-wing is still unmodified from when I finished it last year, but fit right in with these ships. The final ship is Nicholas Sagan's McQuarrie Concept A-Wing from Shapeways, painted in the colors from The Last Jedi. It also fit right in once I'd finished the other three. RZ-1 A-Wing Modified Y-Wing T-65 X-Wing McQuarrie TLJ A-Wing Lots and lots of WIP pics in my flickr albums.
  4. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Yeah - I believe I now have *nine* 1:144 scale T-65 X-wings! And.....I still have more variants planned
  5. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Finished up two X-wings this weekend - the red consular escort, and Hera Syndulla's Phoenix Squadron X-wing, using Nicholas Sagan's decal set. On the red consular escort I apparently got a little mixed up as to which was an upper wing and which was a lower, so the wing markings aren't *quite* what I intended on top, but only I can tell and get annoyed at that
  6. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Consular Escort X-Wing progress:
  7. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Naturally I've got an X-wing joining them too So, the concept behind these is that I was trying to paint them as a Consular Escort squadron, in colors to match the Radiant VII. Obviously, someday, when I have space to display them (when I retire somewhere that I can have a shed for models....) I'll have to scratch-build a 1:144 scale Radiant VII (the Randy Cooper model isn't quite there -- it's 24" long; at 1:144 it should be 31"). But for now they have nothing to escort.....so I'm thinking of a U-wing in the same color scheme. Or even better would be if Bandai does a 1:144 Millennium Falcon in the version from Solo....
  8. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Thanks very much! The red, by the way, is Tamiya TS-33 Dull Red. As soon as I finished the Y-wing, I looked at my the sprues of one of my un-built A-wings........and added another squad member: I love masking A-wings.
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    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Second round of masking, as the white engine nacelles need some more red. And weathered: Still need to scratch-build replacements for the front canons (they broke off early in the process - they're particularly soft on the F-toys y-wing).
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    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    I finally decided on how I want to paint the covered Y-Wing. Probably influenced by the Jedi Interceptor I just finished, and the fact that I've been collecting reference material on cruisers & corvette-class ships - I decided to go for something similar to my favorite prequel ship, the Radiant VII. I did a quickie photoshop mock-up: Which, of course, meant tons of masking. I laid out a fresh masking "palette" of various widths of tape (that's Aizu Micron for the pinstripe tape - great stuff! Just like Tamiya yellow tape, but it's available down to 0.2mm in width). And the result's not bad! Still got a bit more masking to do, as I want more red on the engine nacelles too, and then it's on to cleanup, then some additional detailing and contrast panels, and of course, weathering.
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    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Finally, I spent the weekend building the Vehicle Model Jedi Starfighter. Rather than attempt the insanity of masking that paint job at 1:144 scale, I bought the newly released decal set from Dannon Marsh, which worked beautifully.
  12. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    I *did* paint the engine detailing and a couple of bands of gray on the nacelles of the covered Y-wing:
  13. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Well, I still haven't finished painting the covered Y-wing, but I think I've settled on a general color scheme idea, although haven't worked out the specifics yet. In the meantime, I've been procrastinating with other projects. I started working on the cockpit of the JPG Productions/Nicholas Sagan 1:144 scale Moldy Crow. The cockpit seats were more 1:72 scale than 1:144, so I removed them and added new ones from Shapeways in the proper scale, along with additional interior detailing. Now that I'm happy with the cockpit, I have *another* ship I need to decide on colors for (probably not going with stock Moldy Crow colors. Much as I love the ship, I don't love the brown base color...)
  14. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Thanks, all! Now I just need to figure out how to paint it. I've got a few days without any free time for modelling to mull it over
  15. monsterpartyhat

    Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    I did a little more panel line scribing, some sanding, and called it good - I popped off the canopy and shot the rest directly with AS-20, after drilling out the mounting point to fit Bandai stands.