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STAR WARS "Millennium Falcon" - 1/72 Revell
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 05:53 PM GMT+7
Looks awesome Michael.
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 03:47 PM GMT+7
Stunning work Micha!

Thank you for sharing this great build!

Looking forward to see what you do next!

Russ
elmarriachi
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 07:40 PM GMT+7
Here we go ...

... my Millennium Falcon in scale 1/72 by Fine Molds / Revell (Master Class) is finished.

The wonderful kit (more then 900 parts, great details!) receivied some clear blue resin made engine units and replacements for the exhaust nozzles. Further 3D-printed parts for the laser cannons and docking ports left/right and the cockpit.

The photo etched parts from Paragrafix were used inside and outside as well and bring in some further great details.

For the illumination I have used a blue LED-stripe for the engine, installed in a all around closed light box. Bright white and warm white LEDs and red LEDs are used on the outside of the ship, blinking fibreoptics and a blue "under floor" illumination in the cockpit.

The base is a picture frame with a wooden plate on top, an aluminium pipe glued inside. The Falcon is removable. All wiring is under the base/inside the base, the cables run through the aluminium pipe from the ship under the base.

Two switches on the side of the base (engine and other LEDs) swich the illumination on/off.

I hope that you like the finished Falcon!











































































I have enjoyed this project very much and I am shure that it was not my last Star Wars kit with illumination.

Cheers,
Micha
Scarred
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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 02:01 AM GMT+7
Beautiful man, beautiful. Gave me lotsa ideas for mine.
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 10:30 PM GMT+7
looks like the 'real thing' Micha!

bring on the finished pictures!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 08:38 PM GMT+7
Hello,

I want to close this building report with a first night picture of the finished Millennium Falcon.



More pictures of the finished Falcon will follow these days!

I hope that you like it!

Cheers
Micha
elmarriachi
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Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 12:22 AM GMT+7
Haha I wish it would be finished on 4th But it is not

Some work still to be done - some drybrushing, some details adding and painting ... some name plantes .... etc ...

Cheers
Michael
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 11:03 PM GMT+7
May the 4th be with you, Micha!

You chose the ideal date on which to complete your build!

The force is indeed strong with this one!

Thanks again for sharing!

elmarriachi
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Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 09:45 PM GMT+7
Hello,

the Falcon reached his final place. The base is made of a wooden plate with a wooden frame under it. Sanded and sprayed in glossy black.

The switches for the lights are installed on the right side of the frame, all the wiring is inside the base, only the two connectors for the batteries are outside of the base.

All cables between Falcon and base are going through the aluminium tube.

Next following some drybrushing and last details ...





















Cheers
Micha
Scarred
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Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 02:42 AM GMT+7
Lookin' good
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:52 PM GMT+7
another great update Micha!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 09:47 PM GMT+7

Hello,

some more updates of the weathering of the Falcon. First I have painted the exhausts with thinned black color with the airbrush in several thin layers. Black color was also used for other areas on the hull as well as on the damaged areas.

With brown colors I have varied the color of the exhaust streaks, Tamiya Smoke was used for some further variations of the colors on the hull.

A washing with black oil colors was used next on the complete hull, specially on the joints between the several plates on the hull.

Clear coat matt came next on everything, then some black, brown, rusty and silver pigments.

The two cannones were built and painted. I have used 3D printed cannons instead of the kit parts as these were much better deteailed. The frames of the windows were hand painted and weathered.

















Cheers
Micha
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:13 AM GMT+7
she's got it where it counts!
Scarred
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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 03:45 AM GMT+7
Gettin' better. Can't wait to see what's next!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 02:46 AM GMT+7
Hello,

first the frames of the cockpit windows were painted, then the window parts were glued over the cockpit.







A first layer of primer over the shapeways parts followed next so that the colors will adhere better on these parts...











Next I have added a lot of black pre-shading on the complete falcon which will remain visible under the final painting ...








The final painting is consisting of a mixture of white, buff and dark grey and a lot of thinner sprayed over the falcon in thin layers, remaining the preshading visible.












The decals followed next... yellow, dark grey and red colored decals on the upper and lowered side of the hull. I do not know why, but the red decals were horor. They crumbled at every corner, no matter how much of softener was used ....





















Next followed some clear coart to protect the decals for the weathering...

Cheers
Micha
Scarred
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 09:43 AM GMT+7
I got my fine molds version off eBay for almost $40 less than anywhere else, it shipped just fine, no damage to the huge box and it was shipped free. So my advice is check online you can probably fine a great deal.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 08:19 AM GMT+7
Thanks. I'll have to keep my eyes open.
My local shop can only get the smaller snap kits (which have increased in price quite a bit I noticed!)

Failing that I still have my AMT Falcon that I could repair and restore.
Scarred
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Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 09:52 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Amazing work Michael!

This kit has been high on my wish list for a long time but never been able to find one.

Are they available in Europe yet?



Revell Germany has them in their catalog, Amazon UK and Ebay Uk have them. You may see it listed as the Fine Molds 1/72 Falcon and that is the same kit. Fine Mold released the kit first then Revell picked up the license, reboxed it as Revell. Same price, a couple hundred bucks but its a great kit.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 07:19 AM GMT+7
Amazing work Michael!

This kit has been high on my wish list for a long time but never been able to find one.

Are they available in Europe yet?
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 11:14 PM GMT+7
Looks great Micha!
Scarred
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 11:01 PM GMT+7
"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid"

Looks great, keep going!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:52 PM GMT+7














With the Dremel I have added some damages as it is seen in several pictures of the movie ... some holes on the upper side nect to the radar, some scratches on the lower side....

Now everything is ready for some first primering

Cheers

Micha
elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:52 PM GMT+7
Once everything is finished in the inside of the hull the upper hull was put on top.... testing, some wires putting in place.... testing, some plastic removing from the lower side of the upper hull at the center of it .... testing ... fits.
The upper side was mounted on the lower one with scews... then the lights tested again ... works.

After that I have added all the side panels full of added details and the upper part of the cockpit. The docking ports left and right were replaced with 3D-printed parts, painted also black from the inside.
Also the radar on the top and the engine nozzles were 3D-printed parts with correct size and better details. The engine will receive some etched grills later after the primering.


















elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:51 PM GMT+7
Once all the glue was set I have painted also the plastic pipes and the filled white glue in black....

Now there is no chance for any light shining somewhere where it is not planned A testing and everything works as it should

Also the LEDs for the cockpit were added now, the lower cockpit area glued to the lower part of the hull.











elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:51 PM GMT+7
Hello,

after having added all parts as far as necessary I have sprayed the inside of upper and lower hull in black before gluing the LEDs in the holws with white glue.

Around every LED I have added a piece of plastic pipe which was glued in place and filled with white glue from the top side... Then the lightbox for the engine was installed...

... and all wires put together.... finally, there will be four wires going out from a hole in the center of the bottom, inside the display stand...














Before having installed the lightbox, the rear side of the hull was painted already ...