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  1. Hello everyone! Another model to add to my growing Star Wars collection, another RFI - this time it is Bandai's 1/72 A-Wing that I completed last week. I finally understand the hype surrounding Bandai's Star Wars kits, even more so than the T-70 (Resistance) X-Wing that I completed last year, this kit was an absolute joy to build! The engineering is brilliant and it can be completed in an afternoon without needing a drop of paint or glue, while still being not only a faithful representation of the studio model form Return of the Jedi but also a very solid build, without any loose p
  2. Hello everyone! Last year I completed a build of three Fine Molds 1/72 X-Wings (one of them being a rescue after a botched attempt from my teen years) as Red-2, Red-3 and Red-5. Given that Fine Molds provide extra parts for a landed version with an open canopy and extra decals to build several markings, I had a lot of spare parts, even after using some in my rescue of poor old Red-2. With such a large pile of parts and decals available I decided they shouldn't go to waste and decided to try and build yet another one, the caveat - this one is mostly 3d printed on my cheap, sub-$200
  3. Hi guys, at long last my 1/144 resin Imperial Shuttle has a home in this converted freezer tray. This is my first attempt at a forced perspective diorama. In the opening scene from the Return of the Jedi, Vader's shuttle is seen leaving the Star Destroyer and flying to the hanger bay on the 2nd Death Star, although the Star Destroyer was not seen from the Death Star's hanger bay in the movie; I thought it would be a cool feature to add into my diorama. Keeping to the true spirit of Industrial Light and Magic's [ILM] model construction techniques, I kit bashed all of the details from old k
  4. I have a thread over on The RPF, but I thought I'd start one here as well. Since Bandai never came out with a 1/48 Y-Wing, I have decided to make one on my own. I'm using my 3D printer (Elegoo Mars) to print these parts. The model is from CGTrader and I'm scaling it to the appropriate size, relative to the 1/48 X-Wing. So here we go! I'm going to use this thread to document my build. So here we go! Just pulled these two parts off the printer this morning. I waaaaaay overdid the supports on the canopy because it's a very delicate part, and because I didn't want it warpi
  5. For kit number five(!) this year, I went with the Fine Mold's 1/48 scale TIE fighter that I've had laying around in the stash for years. This coincided with the launch of the Plastic Posse Podcast TIE Fighter Group Build, which is a scale modeling podcast that I am a cohost of. I also added the ParaGrafix photo etch upgrade fret to replace most of the surface details. The kit was painted with AK Real Colors, Tamiya, and a little bit of Alcald for the solar panels. The only weathering was done with Ammo Starship Wash enamel. I haven't painted the stand yet because I'm not sure what I want to do
  6. Hello all, I’m about 4 months in on my Lambda now and here is the progress so far… https://www.flickr.com/photos/191884247@N07/shares/s67s79
  7. Well, I started building this resin kit back in 2015; I managed to get the bulk of the kit together and painted. It was an easy enough build but before I could call it done I really wanted it in a diorama. In Return of the Jedi, the opening scene shows Darth Vaders Shuttle leaving the Imperial Star Destroyer and heading for the 2nd under construction Death Star. The diorama I wanted to create was the docking bay that Darth's shuttle arrives in. Now this was going to be a challenge, so the model sat on the shelf of doom until the end of last year. Modern LED lighting technology has now mad
  8. R-33K Protocol Droid Bandai 1/12 Another repaint of Bandai's C-3PO to add to the collection (I still haven't built this kit as it's intended subject yet). As with the previous ones, this is a non-movie droid of my own design by the name of R-33K, or Reek to his friends (if he had any). He's clearly not had the best of lives, and is probably even more decrepit and useless than Boris. No real modifications to the kit apart from the various hacks and gashes, and the missing arm, the joint for which was made from spares box bits and a few lengths of wire.
  9. R3-B0 'Rebo' R Series Astromech Droid Bandai 1/12 This is R3-B0, or Rebo, an astromech who can be found trundling aimlessly around the back streets of Mos Eisley, carrying his few worldy possessions in his basket. He can occasionally be seen in the company of some of Tatooine's other droid lowlife, i.e. B0-R15, DN-LD, and N1-G3L. In real life, he's another Bandai R2 modification, actually the one that came with BB-8, and he's been waiting around since 2016 to be finished. Most of the detailing is just spares box bits and bobs, and his shopping basket is stainl
  10. Hi ! here I go again with another bandai SW model. this time is the rebel ship Bwing as seen on the return of the Jedi. for me is one of the most badass ships in the SW saga. once again I looked for some tips and I find an amazing step by step tutorial https://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/11/build-guide-andy-moores-172nd-scale-b.html thank you @Andy Moore ! -I removed the canopy for the pics to better show the cockpit details. -this kit can be improved with the bandai Led unit. ( I will buy soon ) here's the pictures :
  11. I thought I would start a post to say I have started to build my next model. All my models are built from scratch and as before the process will start in 3ds Max. In addition, I have tweaked the version of the T-47 Speeder I created minus the landing gear, I am currently making two Speeders to go with the Walker. All models will be 1/55 scale which will make the Speeders 10cm long and the ATAT around 41cm tall! As before I’ll update with some pics as I go
  12. Hello everyone! Another of my Star Wars kit. I finished this back in spring 2020, along with my 1/72 X-Wings - you can see their RFIs 1/72 Fine Molds - Red Wing T-65 X-Wings and 1/72 Bandai - Blue Leader T-70 X-Wing. I delayed this RFI trying to make better photos with my old DSLR but no luck with that, so apologies for the bad photos! The Revell "pocket" TIE-Fighter is advertised as 1/110 but it is exactly the same size as the Bandai 1/72 one. The panel lines are a bit soft but overall detail is pretty good, particularly on the wings. Fit is generally good, especially
  13. Hello. This is the ‘moving edition’ from Bandai, comes with lights etc. no super interested in that, but it was this or the fine molds one that I couldn’t find on eBay at the time. one thing I don’t like much about these Bandai kits is the soft edges on many of the panel lines, so I’m thinking out removing them. At least on the nose. anyway, I’m trying to figure out if I need to create sub assemblies for painting, since it’s difficult to dry fit these kits. Very nicely detailed, The ‘power brick’ that contains the wi
  14. Hi all, hope this finds you and yours safe & well! Well that was a year - the hobby, those on here and my club forum IPMS Ireland really helped me through it....thank you! My first finish was in January, a hangover from the 2019 Flying Boat GB - Revell's CL-415 in 1/72 with metal u/c, otherwise, OOB. Next up was Bandai's lovely tiny Millennium Falcon for the Film/Fiction GB There was a What-If GB on our club forum so my next finish was PM Models Ta-183, again mostly OOB with some spare decals.
  15. This is a “what if” I just finished with an AT-ST from Bandai in 1/48th scale. To me it’s quite clear the influences used to create the Empire aesthetic in the Star Wars universe, so instead of doing it with the usual light grey scheme as seen in the Forest Moon of Endor, I thought to be more interesting to run my imagination free and place it in the eastern front during the second world war. I used some Tamiya 1/48th German Infantry figures and I made this simple vignette with some snow melting and mud. The Bandai kit is really detailed and fit perfectly without the need of glue
  16. After a number of weeks I am pleased to share my finished T-47 Snowspeeder! I have tagged a few members that have commented through the build so you can see the finished article (I hope you don't mind). @Konrad Popławski @Pete in Lincs @Hunter Rose @SMD70 @moondrome @Soeren Please see the build thread here: The finished render in 3ds Max before exporting to Pepakura: An some photos of the model: Made from 230GSM Paper, Superglue and Bostik Glue and Nimble Fingers! The model is 1/55 scale so approx 10cm
  17. IMPERIAL TIE FIGHTER Bandai 1:72 I've had the Bandai TIE Fighter waiting in the stash since last year when Model Hobbies were discounting the Revell imports. Having recently finished a bit of a marathon build, I was looking for some light relief and this one seemed like a good idea. There are very few parts on the TIEs, so assembly is fairly rapid. The painting was pretty quick too, in fact the longest job of the build was masking off the solar panels which I'd sprayed first. Nothing particularly exciting with the main painting - just a cool grey for the base coat, follo
  18. "What a piece of junk!" This is my build of Bandai's 1/144 Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Weathered with acrylic and oils. I also installed an LED strip and battery box inside.
  19. Hi all and here's some Falcon for a Friday. Really enjoyed this one which I started earlier this year but got distracted by group builds. The build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Bandai MillenniumFalcon 'Lando Calrissian' version Scale: 1/144 Build: Out of box Decals: From kit Paints: Tamiya black as primer, Tamiya White, Klear, Flory Models wash, pastels, finished with W&N satin varnish. Extras: Engine & cockpit lighting kit by https://www.captainjacksmodels.co.uk/ Thanks for looking, stay safe and happy modelling! Der
  20. Boba Fett's Slave 1 Finemolds 1/72 Hi everyone This is Finemolds 1/72 Slave 1, Boba Fett's customised Firespray patrol ship, built August-September 2014. I added some fibre optics to the cockpit instrument panel and backwall along with LED accent lighting and hull lights. The paint chipping was done with masking fluid applied with a sponge. Paints are a combination of Vallejo, Tamiya and Gunze. The long term plan for this is to construct a maintenance bay dio for it to sit in, hence the removed hull panels and port blaster. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to do that this yea
  21. Well, after searching and searching for a suitable base I have chosen to use the support of a photo frame. If someone wants to see the process that I have followed in this model, they can do so at the following link. Andrés S.
  22. Hi all, So to go with these two tiny TIE Fighters, I've decided to have a go at this one which was a Christmas present from my lovely wife Bandai_Solo_Falcon_box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr What's in the box.. Bandai_Solo_Falcon_contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Compared to the Revell Easy kit.. Bandai_Solo_Falcon_size by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Started with the cockpit - primed Bandai_Solo_Falcon_Cockpit by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Started painting. Great detail on those tiny sea
  23. Hi,here's my Bandai at-st i built about June last year. Its a snap together build,but i did glue it! I built the whole thing unpainted, except the cockpit interior,airbrushed matt black, then airbrushed matt white in places to give some shading. Gave it a Tamiya matt grey(sorry,can't remember what colour grey!) top coat. Ak pigments,engine grime,light rust pigment,sponge chipping,and burnt umber oil paint for some rust stains. The cockpit and pilots, i had a few not so sharp pictures from the web from the empire strikes back movie,to get an idea of the colour layout,b
  24. Hi to all. I just finished this beautiful kit, it is a snap kit, no glue si required. I painted with Tamiya acrylics, XF-2 and XF-53 in a 3:1 ratio with a drops of blue. I wanted to leave the upper hatch opened with a crew member looking out, so I modified a figure to change the posture from sitting to standing. This are the pictures, I hope you like it. Regards, Pablo
  25. Time for another build, and I'm excited about this one as its a kit I've wanted for a while. I was lucky to find this actually as I had initially found a 1/20 flaptter on t'internet from abroad but that was a total no show so with the refund I managed to snap up this kit for south of £20 which I was really pumped about and THEN totally out of the blue the flaptter turned up!!! So that freebie kit will be the build after this one Kit arrived sealed in the box, opened it up and the droid and STAP are in seperate bags, I'know its 1/6 but the size still amazes me, love a b
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