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  1. After building two of the Bandai Star Wars robot kits earlier I thought this time I would turn my attention to AT-ST. As seems to be the norm with Bandai kits, construction/assembly went very smoothly giving one the opportunity to make painting and detailing the main focus. I am happy with how the vehicle turned out but my efforts to complete the Chewbacca figure to my liking were less than satisfactory. Now, to decide which kit I'll build next...
  2. Welp, I finally gave in to temptation and started the Bandai 1:144 Millennium Falcon that's been sitting in my closet for quite a while now. I'm going to do a proper as-it-happens WIP thread for this build. I still haven't decided on all the particulars -- whether or not I'm going to light this sucker and how much extra detail I'm going to add. I probably will end up lighting it -- fully lit TFA-style looks *really* good to me. I just put in an order for several Flory washes for weathering -- hopefully they'll arrive well before I get to the weathering stage. I started yesterday with the mandible maintenance wells. Inspired by this build video, and this stunning Bandai build I'm painting a lot of detail in the mechanical bits, like I've done with my Blue Leader build. Definitely not going for screen accuracy here . First a coat of Tamiya Fine Surface Primer. Then a base color coat of Gunship Gray. Then I dry-brushed Vallejo Duraluminum all over, and picked out details using Vallejo Gunmetal Gray, Valljeo Duraluminum, Tamiya X-12 Gold, and Citadel Hashut Copper.
  3. Hi all, So these kits were built by my two sons (9 & 12) for the recent IPMS Ireland Nationals where they managed to scoop themselves Gold and Bronze respectively in the Juniors class. Myself and the missus are so proud of the boys as it's their first ever model builds and it's not normally their kind of thing. First up, Tom's bronze U-Wing. In terms of build, he painted some of the engine rear deck and engines with acrylics and the interior cabin and seats too. The guns got a coat of Steel.. Tom's_Revell_U_Wing Tom's_Revell_U_Wing (3) I then explained to Tom about how to do a wash to bring out the detail - this is lots of Flory Models dark dirt just wiped off after an overnight soak (we didn't Klear the model) And yes, the lights still work! Tom's_Revell_U_Wing (4) And the base he made for it - I printed out his chosen concrete design and he cut and glued it to an Ikea frame. Tom's_Revell_U_Wing (5) And with his winning gong.. Tom's_Revell_U_Wing (1) Hugh built Poe Dameron's X Wing from Force Awakens. Again, he painted some of the engine parts and I gave him a 1/72 pilot to paint which i superglued into the cockpit. (c'mon Revell, kids need crew for these fighters!) Hugh's_Revell_X_Wing_1 Hugh's_Revell_X_Wing_ (1) Hugh's_Revell_X_Wing_ (2) He then also gave it a wash but with Flory Models Grime wash. For his base, Hugh wanted to recreate the lake on Takodana from the movie so he used the toilet paper and white glue tip we found here on the Diorama forum. It's not that hard but just needs patience in leaving it to dry. He the gave it a good lashing of acrylic paints using green, black and brown followed by Klear. I then cut some coat hanger wire for him and stuck it in (the weekend's excitement means it needs a repair hence the blue-tac) Hugh's_Revell_X_Wing_ (4) Hugh's_Revell_X_Wing_ (5) And with his gong... Hugh's_Revell_X_Wing_ (6) And that's it. I must admit without any prizes, the lads were really excited to see their models on display with a host of other junior entries, right beside the 'Grown ups' table of super-detailed, super-builds. I don't know if the modelling bug has bitten either of them but they had plenty of fun and some good memories. Sorry about the pic-heavy post. Cheers, Dermot
  4. Hi all, I thought it was time I tried some of these Bandai Star Wars kits I hear all the kids are going mad for... I'm not sure I'll have much to add to Andy and Adam's efforts, but I'd like to move some of the Star Wars-ey plastic from my stash to the cabinet where I can see it I started by putting the little ISD together, which was a pleasant experience. There are some fiddly seams in the superstructure and I'm not delighted with the fit of the bridge tower, but with some clothes pins and thin glue it seems to have mostly closed up. I managed to get glue to squeeze out of most of the superstructure joins so I could pare it down and sand it, but I haven't tried as hard with the joins on the vertical surfaces. I'm trying to decide whether to rip off Andy's "aztec" panelled finish or not - the movie ships are quite flat looking, after all. If I do try the panels, I might keep them to the recesses rather than the raised stuff, really not sure yet. Perhaps more interestingly, I've built up the contents of the 1/144 U-Wing box. The U-wing itself is in a variety of bits as I need to paint the interior, but the TIE Striker and Occupier tanks can be pretty much fully assembled before paint: Fit on both is the usual mix of perfection and not-quite-perfection - you can see some seams where the end-caps of the TIE Striker cabin attach, for example. I thought about running some CA into them, but I'm wary of cracking the plastic or indeed making a mess of what's currently a very sharp line. The same line appears on the 1/72 so presumably it's a legit panel line? The tanks fit pretty well and the seams are such that you *could* fill them all but maybe don't have to? And the U-Wing seems great from what I can see. There's a join right through the radiator fins at the back, so I opted to assemble these around the rear plates first and clean up the join. That means I'll need to make around it to paint the rest. I'd hoped that I could cut away enough of the pins that I could join the pieces and slide them into place, but some of the interlocking stuff is visible so I gave up. I'll put some more pictures up when it's in primer, as well as finish that Zoid Cheers, Will
  5. X-34 Landspeeder Revell 1/14 (approx) OK, well, I'm just going to post this for now, but it will only be done in dribs and drabs as, of course, I've got an X-Wing, amongst other things, to finish. It's one of Revell's, shall we say, 'lesser quality' Star Wars releases but, if you look beyond the pre-painting of the parts, and the snap-fix nature (far removed from Bandai's idea of snap-fix), it's a reasonable kit Some of that masterful pre-painting, clearly done by a student of Da Vinci, if not by the artisan himself. Only the very best are permitted to work in Revell's paint department And then we have these two specimens. The box doesn't state a scale, but the speeder come out at roughly 1/14. This pair though are more in the 1/25-1/26 area. Needless to say, I won't be using them that won't be a problem though, as I'm not intending to do this as Luke's speeder. That will also give me some licence to change things, add a few details, and generally hack it about. I've no real idea what I'm going to do with it yet. It'll just evolve as I'm doing it. I'll be swinging back over to the X-Wing now but, just to show that I have actually done something other than take photos of the parts, I've started on a few mods to the cockpit. The cutouts for the footwell are a little on the small side. Not a problem for Pinky and Perky there, as their feet don't even reach the footwells but, for 1/14 scale, they needed to be opened up The plastic's a bit on the hard and brittle side, and also very thick, so not that easy to cut large sections out. It does at least look like you'd be able to get your legs in there now Opening this section up also meant removing the two mounting posts for the dashboard coaming. These were ground away with a dremmel, and I'll plate over the floor to hide the scars. Oh, and the chunk missing from the transmission tunnel is a dent from a careless owner OK! Not, and I want to make this very clear, not a scar from the dremmel chuck. I'm a craftsman you know, I don't do things like that I've also cut away the rear panel behind the seats, which I'll make into a boot/storage compartment. The cutout will be neatened off with a plasticard border, then a semi-circle added for the lid. This will be open on the finished model, and I'll make a box section to go under the rear deck to form the compartment itself Right, that's it for now. It's all going back in the box until I get the X-Wing finished! Andy
  6. Hi folks, I finished the first part of my small scale Star Wars models-in-progress, this is the TIE Striker from Rogue One. It's available not in the Vehicle Model series but in a larger box along with the rebel U-Wing and two of the Imperial tanks. Irrelevant factoid: It turns out these are supposed to be tracked tanks (like the full scale vehicle built for filming) and the fact that Bandai and Lego have them as hover tanks is a mistake. I built the TIE Striker first since I've never built a TIE anything - or I think any Star Wars models at all - and it seemed like a straightforward place to start. (click for more/bigger) It's easier to see the fuselage with the wings up, but they aren't seen that way in any shots I could find in the movie, so all the rest of the pics are wings down. The base is a little wooden coaster (four inches/10cm square) with a piece of clear PET sheet glued to the top. I painted the underwater stuff underneath the sheet, and then built up the water on top a little with gloss acrylic gel. It took a few goes to get this the way I wanted and it's still not quite right but it looks nice in the pictures and hopefully looks a bit like Scarif The TIE is painted with Tamiya acrylics and the solar panels were masked and painted Rubber Black and given an Alclad Steel overspray to give them a bit of sheen. I also tinted them with Alclad Hotmetal Violet and Blue on different panels, which is *just* visible in the photos, I think I'd do that again but make it a bit more obvious and maybe use a gloss black undercoat? If you're interested the WIP thread is here - thanks to everyone who commented with feedback! Cheers and thanks for looking! Will
  7. Antoc Merrick's "Blue Leader" X-wing Bandai | 1/72 Bandai 1/72 scale T-65 X-wing in Antoc Merrick's Blue Leader livery. Completed with Mr. Paint and Alclad lacquers; Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics; Abteilung 502 oils, Mig Productions enamels and pigments. Comments and criticism is welcomed as always!
  8. So being a Star Wars fan and inspired by the many great builds here, I treated myself to this guy earlier this year. While it didn't take that long to build, the weathering put me off finishing it. But I decided to just try my best and see how it turned out. First, a coat of Satin to take the gloss shine off the armour (thanks AndyRM101 & Mike) Next up was a coat of Flory Models Grime wash.. Then tried some pastels which were a mix of sand, white and brown. And more pastel added to his gear. For the shoulder pauldron, I masked that and repainted it orange. Then a flat coat on that and some white pastel to try and fade it. And he's done. I still need to improve the base as it looks too plain. I had planned to use the big Lewis Gun blaster but couldn't get a pose I liked with it. So just the standard-issue E11 for this fella! Thanks for looking! Cheers, Dermot
  9. Stellar Envoy (AKA Millennium Falcon) I've had Bandai's little box scale Falcon sitting about in a base coat for a while, and since I was waiting for some filler to dry on the Gigant, I decided to get some more work done on it. I wasn't originally planning to do a wip for it, so I don't have any construction pics, but there's not really much to these vehicle model kits, and this is built OOB anyway. I have taken some photos of the painting steps though, so I thought I might as well post them. As the title implies, this is being done as the Stellar Envoy which, if you don't know the Star Wars EU that well, was the Millennium Falcon in a previous life, before Lando acquired it and then lost it to Han. The main difference between the Stellar Envoy and the Falcon we all know and love, is the blue deco over the hull, and that's going to form the bulk of the paintwork I'll have to do. To begin with, the whole ship was base coated in a pale warm grey I then spent this morning painting in some random panels in various warm and cool grey shades, using thinned acrylics and some washes. These aren't matched to the Falcon's panels, or even to the few reference images of the Envoy. It's just going to be my take on the ship Tonight was spent masking up and painting the first of the blue markings. I've started with the curved sections, as they're the trickiest to do. The masking for the edges of the curves were cut with a compass cutter, then the rest of the area covered with silly putty. While the blue paint was still a bit soft, I made a few scratches in it to give it a more weathered look I'll be fitting the work on this around the Gigant, so I'll probably be switching back and forth between the two over the next few days. Andy
  10. I present my recently completed Bandai box scale(1/144) X-wing from some rather obscure movie franchise or other. I decided not to go with the more familiar rebel/red 5 out of the box scheme as the kit markings are supplied as stickers(not waterslide decals!! ) The colour scheme depicted is my take on the partisan x-wing which featured briefly Rogue One. The kit was finished in a selection of Tamiya/Mr.Color paints that I had to hand and some PITA masking due to the small size of the kit.
  11. The Chief Smeg

    Gonky boy

    Finally managed to get my Gonk Droid to a stage where I am happy with him (had a slight nightmare during build that is covered in my build thread, but also a very luck recovery). He still needs a proper display base where he can be with BB8, but for now I'm calling the done. thanks for looking, Leigh
  12. My Bandai AT-AT finally turned up yesterday (after the ***** at the post office had fleeced me to the tune of £12 for VAT and misshandling). Before I get going on the build, I thought I'd post up some sprue shots and close ups (there are plenty of other sprue shots out there on the net, so you're probably not seeing anything new here), and today, May 4th, seemed as good a day as any to post them. To see how it all looks built up, jump over to John's multi AT-AT build The box is quite large, but that's mainly taken up by the sprue holding the head and body sections, which have each been slide moulded in one piece. The rest of the sprues are pretty standard Bandai fare Sprue A The neck, parts for the head, the cheek guns, and other assorted bits, including all new 1/144 scale Mr Flatty, now in AT-AT driver disguise (he really is the Mr Benn of the Star Wars world) Sprue B1 The lower body sections that slip inside the main body moulding, and provide some internal detail behind the separate body panels Sprue B2 The chassis parts, including a nice representation of the Pegasus engine used on the original filming models Sprue C This is the one that requires the box to be as big as it is, due to the orientation they've moulded the parts in. You've got the main body, the upper head, the base of the head, and the main chin cannons Sprue D (x2) The last two AT-AT sprues supply all the leg parts, together with the two, microscopically small, seated driver figures The final sprue is for the standard Bandai base, this time in white to represent Hoth. This is the same size base that was supplied with the 1/144 Falcon Some close-ups of the parts, starting with the head and it's base plate The main cannons. These have been slide moulded to leave an open barrel You get a choice of two (slightly) different cheek guns Internal cockpit rear wall. Nicely detailed, considering you won't actually see any of it And no doubt also invisible on the final build, the AT-AT driver. Pretty well detailed for the size (about 8mm high), although someone seems to have amputated his hands The neck. This comes in two halves, split vertically, so there'll be a seam to fill on the top and bottom Main body moulding. Being one-piece, it will at least keep everything square. This is the right-hand side, with the hatches moulded in place. The left side has them separate Lower body inserts, with the detail panels that sit behind the open hatches on the main body There's a small moulding flaw on mine, in the upper left corner of the detail panel. Quite rare for a Bandai kit. Looks like something's hit the part after coming out of the mould. Not a big deal, as I'll probably have the hatches closed. Underside of the chassis and, yes, they are jerry cans on either side More chassis detailing The Pegasus engine And, of course, the 222 hull for the rear panel... ...and the accompanying gun shields The upper parts of the feet are split vertically, so more seams to fill, although the lower foot parts are single mouldings And to give you an idea of just how small an AT-AT is in 1/144... It really is a bit smaller than I'd prefer, which is what stopped me ordering it earlier. I don't think there's much chance we'll see a bigger one from Bandai though, so we'll have to make the most of it. To give you another comparison, this is the Bandai head compared to a Wizards of the Coast AT-AT that I repainted a few years ago. That one is (depending on the measurements you use) just under 1/48 More when I get started on construction Andy
  13. The Chief Smeg

    Gonk Droid

    So got my Mojo back after finishing building my new modelling space in the garage and cracked open a new kit, well actually half of a kit as I've already built the mouse droid. I give you the JPG Productions Gonk droid for those who have not seen the kit before (is there anyone?) this is what you get so I spent some time dry fitting, filling and priming, then forgot to take a picture before I laid down a coat of vallejo metal colour white aluminium i have also painted the corrugated leg sections with Vallejo model air Panzer Grey and the really observant amongst you will spot the leg 'pipes' still in their UMP Black primer. I finished the silver and let everything cure overnight and today assembled the main body with Gorilla Gel superglue and I discovered something new - wiping off excess gorilla gel also removes the Vallejo silver and the primer! this has now Ben touched up and I've also readied the copper colour on the leg 'pipes' using Tamiya dark copper and highlighted with citadel bright copper I have some really good verdigris stuff to put on tomorrow when I get the chance i have also touched up the legs by hand as I had sprayed the silver at far too low a pressure and got loads of spatter all over the panzer grey As you can see this is now fixed. Ignore the fact that the silver fades out this is only the layer I'm chipping to. Next step is a couple of coats of hairspray and then onto the colour scheme I have been trying out on this particular spoon that is vallejo grey blue and the yellow is going around the centre section. Hopefully I'll not mess this all up with the hairspray chipping as my first (and only attempt so far) at this was a disaster but I know what I did wrong - I hope! I'm spraying the yellow down first and then the blue. More tomorrow if if all goes well leigh
  14. This is Bandai's latest addition to their ever growing Star Wars range, and probably their best one yet. They've done an incredible job both with the moulding, and with the engineering, meaning the kit has some stunning detail, and will slot together perfectly. The only thing they need to do is make it BIGGER. The original studio models famously featured a raft of parts from various classic Tamiya, Revell and Airfix kits, and Bandai have faithfully reproduced all of these, the most obvious one being the German Sd.Kfz 222 Armoured Car that sits on the back of the AT-AT's hull. For this build I've gone with a non-movie dark colour scheme, which was based on some profile artwork I produced for the project. You could see it as a special forces version, or anything at all really. I'm leaving it open to interpretation. The full build is here The original artwork that was used for inspiration And the build itself And some scale comparisons, first with the proverbial paint pot With Bandai's 1/144 Y-Wing... (at this point @Gekko_1 will be thinking up plans for a AT-TC (All Terrain - TIE Carrier)) And, obviously, with a Nigel top hat Thanks for looking Andy
  15. A quick fun weekend build from John & Helen - first appearing on the big screens 40 years ago, here's the J&H Death Star. £30 from Ebay, its not a bad kit - Helen loved getting busy with the Tamiya masking tapes, and then the tweezers and scalpel to remove the masking, having left me to use Black, grey and white Halfords primer rattle cans to bring this very old kit back to life. I will add, this was Helen's first venture in model building - she seemed to enjoy it and was keen to keep working on the kit across the weekend - it was built her way without my influence and I would say she's done quite good for a beginner with minimal Death Star knowledge. As Vader pointed out to us 40 years ago " The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant to the power of the force"
  16. Part 1 So, a new WIP for me to start and then leave partially completed because I've still not got around to buying the materials I need for the display and for my R2 kit. Anyway I was eager to start this one because I've finally got my hands on a compressor and airbrush so I can paint the parts I want to a little easier, I guessed this would be a good kit to start with. I should add at this point that I have been chronicling this one for a while now, waiting until I actually had some real progress to how before posting, but as with all my projects I have precious little spare time so diving out to my 'Nest' in the garage does not happen as much as I would like. First things first let's flip over the build mat - can't build a Storm Trooper on the 'metric' side can we! Here are the obligatory spruce shots. And this is just the water slide transfer sheet, but the plan is to use as few of these as possible I decided to prime and top coat the black parts whilst they are still on the spruces. For this I'm using Vallejo Black Primer. I snipped off the obvious white parts and gave everything a coating of primer. Then I panicked as I realised I had just painted the translucent eye shields So I snipped these off the spire and quickly rubbed a cotton bud soaked in airbrush cleaner over it to remove the paint. Phew! Now there is lesson number 1 for me: Double check the sprue! I was struggling with a bit of paint spatter and clogging at first whilst I worked out the best air pressure. I can spray with a full size gun so I rather arrogantly decided I would be able to airbrush with no problems. So the spattering was lesson number 2: Learn some humility you big head! Got a better layer of primer down in the end that I was happy with.
  17. Good evening. My rendition of the X-wing flown by Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the most beautiful sci-fi craft ever designed (in my opinion). This is the Bandai kit with the annoying multi-coloured plastic parts moulded in the colour scheme, making painting both a tad easier and more complicated. I had to glue the wings in the combat deployment to stop me from closing them in temptation and accidentally chip off the paint. The stand is also glued as I broke it while trying to change its position. This was easily the most irritatingly fiddly paint scheme to mask, but it came out 'OK' in the end. It was also my first time using MIG Ammo washes (brown for German yellow on the orange and grey, and stone grey for black on the black); I will now almost exclusively use these due to their quality. I'm still getting used to my new camera, and I can't seem to work out how to get the whole model in the picture to not get blurry. Enjoy!
  18. Hello! It has been an age since I finished anything so I wanted to restore my mojo with a quick and easy build. This is Revell's 1:100 U-Wing which I have re-painted and added a few small details to. The cockpit was detail painted as well as the crew figures. I added a door gunner and some figures to the base. It was completed in a weekend and was great fun to do. Hope you like it!
  19. This is BC-44, otherwise known as 'Blue' for fairly obvious reasons. It's another re-paint of Bandai's C-3P0, and the idea for it came about while I was working on Boris. I'd given him some fetching blue leg stripes, and I though a droid done entirely in blue would look interesting. I got the kit just after christmas, and the plating has been stripped off for a few months, but I've only just got around to painting him. Actually, I say him, but I'd thought of making Blue a female protocol. There isn't actually any difference in the body panels, so he/she could go either way. At the moment Blue is err... undecided. Boris has been making some advances though, and he doesn't seem to be that picky one way or the other Thanks for looking Andy
  20. Jimi at JPG Productions has been busy over the last few months and has brought out a number of new kits which I will be getting into stock in a couple of weeks. First up is Chopper from Star Wars Rebels, 1:12 resin kit to match with the Bandai droids. £25 plus P+P. Mastered by Stephen Husser with 13 resin parts. Next up also from Star Wars is a Bespin Cloud City base for the 1:350 box scale Falcon. 15 resin parts (plus 33 landing lights!) £35 plus P+P. From the extended SW universe there is a 1:144 kit of the Moldy Crow light transporter. £65 plus P+P. Build up your Imperial Fleet with the 1:2256 Dagger Class Destroyer, £17.50 plus P+P. Final new kit is from Galaxy Quest and is the cute little shuttle in 1:72, £25 plus P+P I have also been able to get a couple of the 1:2256 Acclamator Rebel Alliance starships, £105 plus P+P Finally I have 1 only 1:48 TIE Bomber kit, £185 plus P+P There will also be more Gonks, and Jedha basesand a couple of Starbugs!
  21. Hello again. Taking a break from the tiny 144 star fighters to start on this AT-AT. Ive seen a few of these being built, and couldn't wait to start mine! Here is the base coat over the preshade. I used Tamiya NATO black as the preshade, and used Tamiya Light Grey as the base coat. Then I gave everything a gloss varnish, followed by an oil wash. Once the oil has completely dried, everything will get a second coat of gloss varnish, followed by some more oil streaks in different colors. I'm liking the way its coming together so far. Ill try to keep the weathering subtle so it matches the scale of this thing. Thanks for looking!
  22. Hello everyone! My first entry into the Sci Fi section of this amazing forum! I have built pretty much all of Bandai's 1/72 Star Wars vehicles, but these are my first in the smaller 1/144 scale. I am very impressed with the amount of detail in these little things! So far I have two X-Wings, one Y-wing, the Tie Fighter set, the Millennium Falcon, and the new AT-AT in 1/144. My plan is to put the Falcon and the Rebel Fighters together with the Ties. I have other plans for the AT-AT. Here are the three main ships I started on. The Y-wing has to wait, because I only have 20 alligator clips for painting I started by building most of the sub-assemblies and priming them. I tired using a new Vallejo black primer. In the past, I had tried using alcohol based thinners to thin Vallejo, such as Mr. Levelling Thinner and Tamiya X-20A. I was never able to get the Vallejo to airbrush well with this method. There was always clogging issues and splattering problems. So this time, I just used distilled water. It worked so much better! I had some issues to start with, but once I worked out the right water to paint ratio, it actually sprayed pretty smooth. Nice thin layers and it leveled itself out and looked nice! I had read that others on this forum and others across the net where seeing flaws in the 144th Tie solar panel wings. Unfortunately mine had the same flaw. I was hoping that the black primer would hide some of this, but it doesn't look like it. Next step is the dreaded masking of the Tie wings and all of the cockpit glass. As for the base coats, I'm thinking Tamiya Ocean Grey RAF for the Ties and somw Vallejo White Gray for the X-wing. Need to do some tests first to see how they look over the black primer. Thanks for looking! Hopefully get some more paint on these soon!
  23. Here is my Bandai X-Wing. These little kits are fantastic, easy to build and a cracking level of detail. Painted in Humbrol enamels & washed with PLW black night by Ammo. I wanted to go with a different paint scheme and seemed to have come up with one Boba Fett would be happy with. Please enjoy the following. Time to start on the AT-ST. C&Cs welcomed. Thanks for looking.
  24. From BANDAI's site; http://bandai-hobby.net/sw/jp/products/millenniumfalcon_72_1.html Two things you can say, it is going to bee good, and its going to be expensive! Julien
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