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  1. No worries, always nice to share tips etc. I have the Bandai snowspeeder too but it's in the stash, the Revell one is smaller and quite cheap (£6) and an easier build overall bit lacks detail. The Bandai one has positionable flaps and better cockpit details.....can't wait to make it!
  2. I use a lot of Vallejo Air paints, the sponge chipping was done with a dark grey and then on corners and edges that have the most damage I use a tiny bit of Vallejo Air Aluminium with a small brush and accent it slightly. You can also use a just off-white grey (grey in this case, or lighter colour of the main body colour if something else) and very lightly run a thin line in a semi circle on the edge of a chip....this highlights it and makes it 'pop' for a little more depth. Below is a cheap Revell kit I did about a year ago that I used for some experimentation - some of the chips are slightly highlighted....I also used AK weathering pencils to blur and streak some chips as if damaged in battle etc. Another neat trick is to 'join' chips together using a thin paintbrush and the same colour paint used for the chips (definitely a less is more approach on this one) - it gives a more cracked appearance and makes damage look like its been there some time. Hope it's of some help, good luck with your builds
  3. This is really good. I wish I was that good at 14.....you're going to go far! Appreciate you have said you prefer cleaner weathering but if I may offer some small advice...look up chipping effects, like sponge chipping, it's really simple and easy to do and adds an extra dimension to models like these. You don't have to go mad with it either....less is more, but concentrate chipping on areas where there is likely to be contact with something, i.e. around the feet, the joints and where areas move or rub and even on edges where panels join - it'll add an aspect of realism. Below are some work in progress shots for a kit I made for a friend, so it's not finished, but you can see the effect of chipping around the edges and on panels themselves. Well done and keep up the good work
  4. Wow, that's amazing. I've got this kit to do and seeing this has made it jump to the top of the stash queue! Well done, great work
  5. Yeah I suppose. It's the same with them supplying stickers and decals so you can use what you're comfortable with dependent on your age/ability
  6. Bandai kits are in a class of their own, they're so well engineered. And the detail on them is amazing. My only gripe with Bandai is most of their Star Wars figures/characters are quite toy-figure looking when complete.....they have noticeable joins where they have gone for articulation over a just supplying a final pose so you see the joins in the elbows and knees etc. They're vehicles and spaceships are incredible though
  7. That looks fantastic, great work! I've just got the Bandai 'smaller than this version' at 1/72
  8. Welcome, from Northamptonshire
  9. Welcome welcome! My wife is a Paramedic so lots of my kit building gets done when she's working a night shift. I don't have 30 kits on the go.....probably about 8.....you're 30 makes me feel a little better!!! Ha ha
  10. Wow, that's really great. I think I remember seeing this if you've posted it before. Great work, it does make me want one.....maybe one day! Thanks
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