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AndyRM101

B-Wing - Bandai 1/72

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This is Bandai's newly released B-Wing, which finally completes the set of original trilogy rebel fighters, the others having already been out for some time. I did grumble a bit about the cost of this one when I first ordered it, and I still think it's a bit on the steep side, but you can't deny that you get a fantastic kit for your money. All the aspects of the original studio model are reproduced perfectly, and features like the folding wings and rotating cockpit all work without compromising the detail and accuracy.

Bandai sell a separate lighting module (originally made for Gundam kits I believe), which can be installed in the fuselage to light the engines. I picked up a Chinese copy unit very cheaply from ebay, which fits perfectly and does the job just as well as the Bandai version. In truth though, the effect isn't all that dramatic, especially as you can't really see it unless you're looking from behind. I didn't bother switching it on for most of the shots, as the camera lights tended to negate the effect. I have added one shot at the end with subdued lighting so you can see how it looks.

The only additions to the kit were a couple of aluminium tubes to replace gun barrels, and a few addition stencil decals to add a little more fine detail.

 

The full build can be found here.

 

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Thanks for looking

 

Andy:cat:

 

 

 

 

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As ever Andy a beautiful build and a very informative WIP thread. Outstanding!

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Finished already?

What a beauty! It looks just fabulous, and the lighting is good to.

I like to play spot the greeblies* on these.  I found two seat belt clips by the cockpit,

but I'm still not sure what kit the wings are from.

 

And what is coming up next?

 

*Or is it greebles? I'm still not sure.

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Thanks guys,

 

4 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

I like to play spot the greeblies* on these.  I found two seat belt clips by the cockpit,

but I'm still not sure what kit the wings are from.

 

And what is coming up next?

 

*Or is it greebles? I'm still not sure.

Thanks Pete,

I think there's some F-14 in there amongst other things. I've always said greeblies, but I'm sure greebles is acceptable too.

No idea what'll be next. Star Wars-wise, it'll probably be the new astromech coming Nov/Dec time.

 

Andy:cat:

 

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Fantastic build I think this will have to be the next purchase along with the solo falcon.

Another spot the greeblie the s foil wings are from a f-18 hornet I read somwhere

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Awesome work, Andy :D

 

Also, if not for the stand, those subdued lighting shots almost looked like screenshots from a game 😮

 

Gaz

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Beautiful model Andy. My lighting unit arrived from Hobbysearch in the mail about 20 minutes ago.

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Absolutely gorgeous Andy, the fading work and subtle colour shifts on the panels is fantastic. B-wing has always been one of my favourite SW fighter and you’ve definitely done it justice.

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Absolutely beautiful work, the weathering and paint job is first class!

 

I remember when I first watched ROTJ that I loved seeing the A-Wing and B-Wing but was disappointed that you only ever got to see a few shots of the B-Wing in action. 

 

Rich

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Thanks for sharing. It had escaped my attention that this kit had been released. I have to pick one up now.


Regards,

 

Mark

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