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STAR WARS "Millennium Falcon" - 1/72 Revell
Scarred
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Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 02:42 AM UTC
Lookin' good
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:52 PM UTC
another great update Micha!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 09:47 PM UTC

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 UTC
she's got it where it counts!
Scarred
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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 03:45 AM UTC
Gettin' better. Can't wait to see what's next!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 02:46 AM UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC

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 UTC
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 UTC
Looks great Micha!
Scarred
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 11:01 PM UTC
"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 UTC














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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 ...



Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:16 PM UTC
Looks amazing, with all those LED's.
Scarred
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 02:24 AM UTC
Very nice.
elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:55 PM UTC
Hello.

all the kits parts of the underside of the hull are mounted and the holes for all the LED lamps drilled inside the hull.

I have installed the wiring and the LED for testing .... lot of wires (without the LEDs for the engine). Next I will make the base and the stand which will include the wires then.






... and lights on for testing ...















Some nice small figures are included with the kit, it is even possible to recognize the persons.... I will install Han Solo the captain, Chewbacca and on the seats behind C3P0 and Luke Skywalker.





Cheers
Micha
elmarriachi
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 09:12 PM UTC
Hello,
born 1980 all the three "old" movies came in free TV when I was young... and the VHS were available in the local library... I remember that we rent the VHS so many times... and later we had our first TV recorder and recorded the Star Wars movies... I think these and the Die Hard movies were the movies most ofteh seen in my life (together with "The Crimson Pirate" which my parents had on a very old VHS cassette and which was my first cinema movie seen in my life )
Cheers
MIchael
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 08:48 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Thanks a lot for your interest.

I always loved the Star Wars movies, specially the old ones which I watched so many times in my child hood... and .... the Millennium Falcon is the most beautiful spaceship ever ....

Cheers
Michael



I know what you mean Michael. Being born in the mid 70's I was just the right age when Star Wars was came out and I must have watched them so many time on VHS that the tapes wore out. Then when the prequel trilogy came out I fell in love with them all over again and now drive my wife nuts having movie marathons watching all 6 movies in a row over the space of a couple of weeks...

The Falcon's design is a bit of inspired thinking from George Lucas, based upon the shape of a hamburger of all things! This together with the x-wing are two of the greatest sci fi designs of all time (IMHO)

Looking forward to see what you do with the Falcon!
Scarred
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 02:50 AM UTC
That engine is looking good, keep it up!

elmarriachi
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 02:41 AM UTC
Thanks a lot for your interest.

I always loved the Star Wars movies, specially the old ones which I watched so many times in my child hood... and .... the Millennium Falcon is the most beautiful spaceship ever ....

Cheers
Michael
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:18 PM UTC
Hi Michael

I have long dreamed of acquiring this kit and adding it to my collection of 1/72 Star Wars kits, but unfortunately it's way out of my price range at the moment, so I will have to live vicariously through yours!

Watching with interest!
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 02:17 AM UTC
Looks great so far. I will be following with interest!