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1/72 Fine Molds X-Wing 2 months 2 weeks ago #1

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I haven't had any real time at the bench this year. If I go downstairs when Naomi is awake, she almost accuses me of war crimes, but lately she has taken a liking to playing in the car. Saves money on a slide and swing set, and I can spend some time at the bench while I watch her.


I decided to pull out the Fine Molds X-Wing which I have had for a while, to try something small and easy. I've also decided that I won't spray paint any of it, but will hand brush it instead as I will be only a meter away from where baby is playing.


The instructions are all in Japanese so have required some study and paint conversion.


I started like an Aircraft, with the cockpit sub assembly


There are a good number of decals, with options for Red 1 - 4. I'm going for Red 4, for no particular reason.
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Handpainting, I am going to use Vallejo white top paints, and maybe some Mr Hobby buffable metals. I'm also taking some liberties with the colours to keep with the colours I have. This may include liberties with the Rebel pilot uniforms, but we will see.


This is the first time since I was a kid with Humbrol enamel tins that I have hand painted anything. I have already seen that the sanding marks are going to be pretty visible so I need to work on the finish, and some of the panel lines might do with a re-scribe (Oh Joy). Any other tips for hand painting would be great fully accepted.

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1/72 Fine Molds X-Wing 2 months 2 weeks ago #2

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Awesome, watching this build Grover. I know how you feel with the little one. My daughter tells me off big time if I am not playing Barbie....
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Thanks Fritz. Thankfully we're not at the barbie phase, and ours seems to like things that go fast more than dolls.

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A little bit of time at the bench this avo and getting my head around the build. Its figuring how to paint various parts and seeing it go together in my head that I need to get sorted, or I get stuck.

The exposed engine parts are supposed to be painted in "Metal" colour. Not sure if I will paint a gunmetal and drybrush or use a buffable colour.


The Cockpit tub is mostly done, minus a couple of decals and maybe some coloured switches courtesy of paint and a toothpick. You're not going to see much anyway, although I will have the cockpit open.


2 lasers done and went together easily enough.

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1/72 Fine Molds X-Wing 2 months 2 weeks ago #5

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The trick with the brushing is as much single stroke work as possible rather than trying to go backwards and forwards ( though not so much with good metal colour paints), and then when she’s asleep spraying your dull coat or satin or whatever over the top. Rattle cans are great for this, or whatever your used to. That sorts most of the brush stroke problems.
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1/72 Fine Molds X-Wing 2 months 2 weeks ago #6

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Thanks for the tips Bish

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Haven't had much time for much work on this. Little 10 minute trips to the bench.

Started using some black gloss on the engines and other parts I want to make metallic. I tried the Mr Metal Buffables directly on the plastic but they like something extra to grip to I think




For the engines I've used Stainless Steel and Dark Iron for the exhausts. These should come up nice with a wash and some detailing.


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Looking good so far. There is just something about these. Do they make a larger scale?
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Yeah. Bandai do a 1:48 but revell do a Bishop scale with tons of scope for scratch building details

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