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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 25 '14

A brief recap of the story so far:


1) Get myself a Fine Molds 1:72 Falcon.

2) Built it no problem. It looked brilliant.

3) Painted it. It looked terrible. I used some spray enamel because it was a bang on shade of grey, then started to weather it with some Pro-modeller wash which turned an awful shade of blue!. The first and only time I`ve ever used enamel on a kit I hasten to add. Never again.

4) Stripped the entire kit. Surprisingly it went ok and survived reasonably well, it lost a couple of small parts but I rescued them.

5) Re-primed it

6) Painted it again, messed it up again, stripped it again..........this time it didn`t survive too well in fact it was a disaster, parts were lost in a lake of stripper gunk, the clear cockpit screen was fogged up beyond use and every single nook and cranny had dried in, baked on stripper and paint gunk in it.........gutting.....it now resides in the box in shameful disgrace in the attic never too see the light of day again until I decide to do something really, really brave with her.


So lets see what Santa left under the tree today:



Yes I have another one, well two to be precise. The big one a present from the wife and the smaller one I treated myself too.

My thoughts are I`m going to do an ongoing thread and build the smaller one as a test piece and learn  from any painting mishaps before committing paint to the big one. Please bare in mind I`m not a hardware painter, I paint figures and usually big figures at that....... besides it might be interesting to see a comparison between the two kits and see if they differentiate.


So lets see how we get on then........




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Re: The Big Falcon Project

chris perry » Dec 25 '14
Eh up buddy,I`ll keep me eye at for ya updates mym8,if i can help with awt just let me know..peza
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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 25 '14
Thanks mate don`t worry I`m sure I`ll be shouting for help sooner or later.
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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 26 '14

Here we go then and first up some pics of both kits, here`s the 1:144,

Kit parts out of the box:



Each kit comes with a painting guide, the smaller has a lot less decals:




Comparison shot of the hull details, wondering why if FM can produce the little notches on the 1:144 why they didn`t do it on the 1:72?.



Comparison of the two hull sizes:



Filed out all the hull notches on the 1:72 with a small needle file:



After the experience of building my first Falcon I`ve decided to deviate from the instruction booklet and I`m starting on the hull detailing first, here`s an idea of some of the very, very tiny parts on the 1:72:



The very first part fitted.......time to put the kettle on !!!



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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 27 '14

Detailing of the top hull underway on the 1:72, I started on the front central section:


 



Meanwhile over on the 1:144 there`s nothing to do as all the detail is moulded on:



Central side sections on the top hull are next, first up the left hand side on the1:72 :



Same area on the 1:144, again nothing to do as it`s moulded on:



Top central section right hand side on the 1:72 :



and yes you guessed it there`s nothing to do on the 1:144 :



Just to give an idea of time spent so far on the workshop radio AC/DC came and went with a live Donnington set followed by Iron Maidens debut album......


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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 27 '14

Started on the mechanical insert pieces. These have some very small fiddly pieces that glue in place before the inserts are then screwed in-place underneath the hull.


 





All screwed up:



View from the top with all the inserts in place:



And over on the 1:144 there`s still not a lot going on. The inserts simply glue in place but they all come pre-built so no parts need to be added:



It`s becoming evident that the 1:144 has a serious issue creeping up.....


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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 28 '14

These pieces form the rear and side sections of the front nose:



And in place:



I`ve started the mammoth task of the engine detailing, here`s where it all goes:



and the very detailed instruction booklet for the same area, I`ve found it easy to just cross out the relevant part and number as I place each part on the hull:



and after some Echoes from Floyd and Rory Gallagher left his Calling Card I`m here:



Meanwhile over on the 1:144 the only thing you have to do is add one piece, the raised framing below the lower central circular vent:



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Re: The Big Falcon Project

chris perry » Dec 29 '14

Eh up buddy have you any images of the top

nose piece?

yours are starting to look sweet,i bet the front

inspection bays on the mandibles where tricky!

cheers peza

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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 29 '14
I`ll put up some pics of the nose tomorrow mate....
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Re: The Big Falcon Project

Ellenbethsdad » Dec 30 '14
Just saw an ad on the TV for this....

http://shop.deagostini.co.uk/build-the-millennium-falcon.html

£900....bargain!!!
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