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Re: Han Solo

Ellenbethsdad » Nov 1 '14

Not been up to much of late and have hardly been into the workshop at all. Work has been manic and I just lost the desire to go build a model kit, but things are calming down now and I think the old magic is creeping back so with that I`m hoping a return to my first love of vinyl figures will give me that added extra push into the shop.........


so with that let me introduce to you all Han Solo :



The somewhat battered box says it`s a 1994 kit (!)

Kit parts and they do come complete with a remarkable amount of flash to trim:



Not to bad a likeness for Harrison Ford:



Nicely detailed blaster, not bad considering it`s a 20yr old piece of vinyl even if it does have a bit of barrel droop!



So lets make a start and give him a good scrub in some soapy water. I often wonder if after 20yrs in the box would there be any remains of the original mould release agents left on a kit?....answers please.....

Flash is easily trimmed with a good new sharp scalpel blade and hairdryer ( watch those fingers!) and the kit is ready for building:




I always weigh my vinyl kits down to aid stability and give me something decent to pin into and the best method I found for doing this is to use some quick setting chemical resin anchor. We use this stuff at work all the time and it`s great for getting into the legs of a kit:





It sets within minutes and goes ROCK hard....good stuff!.

I`m very impressed with the cast of the kit and the prep should be minimal to get him ready for paint. After looking at him I`ve decided I can paint old Han in sub-assemblies so lets get some primer on him and see how he shapes up.


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Re: Han Solo

Gareth James » Nov 2 '14
Glad to see you`ve got your mojo back pete!
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Re: Han Solo

Ellenbethsdad » Nov 2 '14

Quote from Gareth James Glad to see you`ve got your mojo back pete!

It`s been a while mate.....started some paint today so more pics soon.

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Re: Han Solo

Alun » Nov 3 '14
Glad to see you back in the saddle Pete.


This looks a lot better than that Screamin Boba Fett kit (which if I remember rightly ended up in the trash!).  The likeness looks very good to Mr Ford.


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Re: Han Solo

Anthony Hughes » Nov 3 '14
Interesting - what is that anchor rest stuff??
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Re: Han Solo

Ellenbethsdad » Nov 3 '14
Anchor set is a two part resin agent used in the construction industry for holding structural fixings in place.Basically it comes in a cartridge that you fit into a standard sealant/ mastic gun, the two part resin mixes as it comes out the tubes nozzle so you have to dispense a small amount until it `s colour is consistently mixed.Thats the best bit about it as there is no messing about mixing separate compounds together.
It sets in a few mins and gives of a small amount of heat as it sets but no-where near enough to cause a vinyl kit any trouble. When it`s set it is very, very hard and can be drilled to accept screws or pins before fitting to a base.
The only downside to it is any resin still in the nozzle will set hard thus rendering the nozzle useless so I usually try to do a couple of kits worth of legs at a time to avoid wastage.

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Re: Han Solo

Ellenbethsdad » Nov 3 '14

Start of paint:


Here is the reference photo I`m using from the Star Wars visual encyclopaedia:



Flesh base coat and eyes blocked in:



Mid shades and highlights:




Next I`ll base coat the hair to give a better idea how the flesh tones look.


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Re: Han Solo

Ellenbethsdad » Nov 15 '14

And seeing as I completely forgot to take any more in-progress pics here`s the finished paint on Han:.....








Stuck on an idea for a permanent base so for now a unused base from another kit will do....

for a cheap 20yr old vinyl kit I quiet like how he turned out. There is a problem with the sculpt of his head the proportions are too big which makes him look very "block headed" but all in all worth spending a few hours on.

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Anthony Hughes » Nov 15 '14
Wow came out great! Nice work on the trousers!
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Alun » Nov 16 '14
Lovely likeness and a great build.


Thanks for sharing Pete.

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