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Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon TFA with Extras 1 year 3 months ago #1

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So after a couple of Star wars builds it is time to tackle the most iconic craft in the Star wars universe.
With Bandai releasing the 1/72nd version (from a new hope) and another 1/144 based on The Last Jedi later in the year it was time that I started on this which is based on The Force Awakens version and comes with figures to reflect that.



I have decided to throw some lighting in there to get the most out of the Green Strawberry aftermarket interior details, also being added are their exhaust grills and their painting masks should make painting easier.



The biggest issue is that the details are stickers, that are not even pre cut :-/

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Starting with the cockpit the back wall is replaced with 3 pieces of PE for the rear wall



The roof of the cockpit had to be ground back for the PE to fit, 2 small pieces that will sit on either side of the cockpit are nothing more than backing for the stickers.
A tiny bit above the pilots will not even be seen once assembled.



Test fitted everything, pity all this nice detail with be barely visible once together. note the tiny headrests on the rear seats

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Oooow nice!

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Cockpit got a spray and started with some of the details



Figures are super tiny in 1/144 scale and are not super detailed, here are Chewis and Rey test fitted, still needs some work



but thats ok as you wont see a lot of them once the glass is on

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Looking good, you know you're using the medium size images links and that you can use the full size links like this?

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Some great reference material here,



even though it does not cover The Force Awakens variant you can get a good idea of whats going on inside for the colours of lights and panels etc

Time to move on a bit, adding the PE and optics to the cockpit means that its sitting glue and clamped as some of the support inside had to be removed
The front parts of the ship are next, lots of parts layered inside others to get the amazing detail here



Also visible here in the side walls etc



Now onto the lighting. Sadly the mounts for the Bandai LED set wont take the 5mm LEDS i had so time to gently widen the holes, dont by hand to ensure no unwanted damage.



Breadboard in the background to check the clear LEDS are white, and not red like the first ones i found. Lesson, always label ya electronice.

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Gary wrote: Looking good, you know you're using the medium size images links and that you can use the full size links like this?

Fill size shows the amount of work still needed in the cockpit way to clearly :-)

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:D Fair enough.
Don't forget to put a 1K resistor on each of those LEDs ;)

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Probably about time for an update, however small it is. Life is certainly slowing this build down but im determined to push through and get some real progress this week.

Lets start with the fddly little gunners pods that sit in the middle of the falcon, one top and one bottom.


Yup more stickers and chopping of the kit parts required to get to this phase


They then slip into a small hexagon shaped pieces to hold their shape and attach to the clear parts (not pictures)

Cockpit finished and glued on (you can still see some wet white glue in there)



Annoyingly there is a massive gap on the back, which im hoping can be glued in place once i test fit the 2 halves. I suspect cutting parts out for PE and lighting have note helped.



Here you see the central holes for the gunners ports, the mount for the LED that will light the landing ramp and the end of the fibre optic that goes behind the cockpit, and will be lit from the same LED on the ramp



Next step, figuring out the LED config for the engine

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Kinda conflicted in that I want to light the engines but as im doing it in a landed pose they are not really going to be running :-/


Ahh well, lets see how they look anyway.

First attempt was all centered too the middle


Obvious result, bright spot


Attempt 2


Better but still has bright spots (looks worse in photos


3rd attempt


Much better. Again it looks worse in the photos.


This looks to best layout for LED's (and yes Gary there are resistors in the breadboard now) but ill try some paper or frosted plastic between LED's and engine before I lock it all down.

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Hi Webby
That is so fantastic. The lighting really sets it of. Cool
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Looking good.
I like watching these Star Wars/Sci Fi builds.
Might build up enough courage to build one myself one day

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Sorry for the lack of updates but a small scale human addition to the family has meant less bench time, that said there was some progress which I hope to update in the next week or so once I get all my photos sorted and uploaded.

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Congrats Webby. I do remember what that is like in the past.

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Congrats Rion! Hope everyone is doing well. Everything seems really hard at first but once the family settles into a rhythm things get easier. All I can say is get sleep when you can. Falcon looks good too!

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Thanks guys.

I have figured out that not all parents are sleep deprived zombies, but those who have a well behaved baby fear mentioning how 'not that bad' it is as the fear is you will be beaten to death by those who are not that lucky.

She is 6 weeks old as of yesterday and only really grizzles when hungry or 'under load'. She eats well during the day (every couple of hours) but will sleep for 4 hour chunks at night so i'm getting adequate sleep so i am functional at work :-)

It also means i have been able to get some bench time, just been REALLY slack with photos and updates.
Falcon is assembled, decaled and some details done. clear coated and awaiting weathering.

I hope to get some more pics of it up over the weekend along with current project

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Good to hear you are surviving. My daughter started sleeping 13 hours every night from 9 weeks but my son still wakes a couple of times a night (he's 8 and a half months now and has the odd good night), I normally run on 2-4 hours sleep a night currently. When my daughter was still in the 3-4 hour cycle I would do the midnight feed which gave me a solid 2-3 hours of modelling time while the wife slept and before she woke at about 12-1am.

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Congrats on the new addition.

As for the Falcon, to diffuse the bright spots and make it look more "hyperdrivey", couple of suggestions which might help.

1. Add some metal foil on the top and bottom of the saucer hull sections to help bounce the light some more, which should help even it out.
2. Add a diffuser strip between the bulbs and the blue drive section. A piece of frosted acetate (cut a strip and airbrush a highly thinned pale colour on it before inserting), or something like a section of the translucent plastic milk bottle.

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Congrats dude! :cheer:

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I hear ya Webby. Baby's are awesome but they don't come with a manual so don't worry about what other babies do or don't, just be thankful for a healthy baby and whatever sleep you do get.

Great ideas too Craig

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Congrats mate

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Good Yoda am I a slacker.
First, thanks for the message, Hannah is now 0.333 years old (or 4 months in old money) and I am getting a little bit of bench time a couple of times a week, although F1 season and Far Cry 4 will surely eat some of that up.

I have finished the falcon and so probably time I updated the thread.

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Last post was the start of the lighting fun, once that was working I was able to tuck the battery into the space they left for the Bandai led set.


Next is the fun little covers for the exhausts, 3 layers of PE per cover, with some slight differences between the side and middle ones :-/


It is worth it though as the kit ones are very simple, if I build again I would just get the grill set and pass on all the other stuff.


Then the little .... for lack of another name 'mudflaps' that sit around the landing gear above the feet, tricky to bend but using the kit part as a mold helped a lot.


Seem to have lost some images somewhere

Finally, all buttoned up and slathered in Stynelrez grey and klear ready for decals

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Decal Time

No shortage of decals on this thing


Getting some of them to settle of the details was a long process, that after many different products led me to Tamiya Mark Fit Strong as the best for these Bandai decals



Underside basically done


Basically done


Then klear applied again awaiting weathering

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Next step, sludge wash the entire thing in grey, which is slightly darker than the paint so should help bring out the edges and detial without looking as cartoon like as black would.
First coat applied randomly and into the corners and detail, once that had dried I went over again following the 'rainflow' pattern as I figure this wont get much 'enviromental; effects in space, and most of the streaking etc will be when sitting on dusty/wet planets.



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Next was cleaning off most of that, leaving some in random places then applying black was to the 'exhausts'
Looks a bit dark but that can be fixed.



Also started on some smudges, scratches and streaks



Then onto the underside, had to remember which way was up when it was upside down, but needed to think with gravity and the shape of the craft when sitting the right way up.

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Next is more weathering and streaking, for some reason pics of the top side have gone walk about.
The OilBrushers were used a lot here and made it super easy



I also looked at some reference photos and saw depending on the model, and the film different things were highlighted so I put them aside and just picked out some greiblies on the side to break up the grey.
Then it was washed back to look appropriately dirty.

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Final steps done and its looking like a thing. Used both Matt and Satin clear coats over it to break up the finish.





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Finally as it is in landed position I figured i's throw a simple base somewhat reminiscent of Luke's island paradise, with a lil foliage and wet effects.







And she's done

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