I decided to attempt the Finemolds Tie Fighter after building their X-Wing and finding it to be an excellent kit.
The Tie is even easier to build with few parts and just about perfect fit.
The cockpit is a simple affair with a seat, control stick, pilot and some funky decals to put on the walls. Not much can be seen in here once built but I know itís there! Once the cockpit is installed in the fuselage it is time to mask and paint the exterior. I used Graphic Encounters masks instead of the kit ones and found them to be excellent.
I primed everything with Alclad grey primer and micro filler. For the main colour I used Tamiya Sky Grey XF-19. The black panels, painted Tamiya Flat Black XF-1, are separate parts so no tricky masking, although the edges do need painted with the Sky Grey but this is fairly easy. The panel directly behind the cockpit cover and the middle panel on the rear were painted Tamiya German Grey XF-63. All the small exterior details were masked as per the instructions and painted Tamiya Neutral Grey XF-53. Next a coat of Future(Klear) before the decals, which are very good, follwed by another coat of Future in preparation for the weathering.
Mig Productions Dark Wash was then applied with any excess removed after 10-15 minutes using an old cotton rag. A coat of Vallejo Matt Varnish was sprayed on everything except the black panels which I left with the satin look they got from the Future. The final touch was the cannons which were painted chrome using an ancient Tamiya paint marker which I think is the best chrome enamel paint I have ever found. This was followed by a coat of Tamiya Clear Orange X-26.
All thatís left to do is sandwich the black panels between the grey spars and attach to the fuselage. The stand came with the kit and is painted Tamiya Nato Black XF-69. I really enjoyed this little project and would not hesitate to recommend the kit to anyone. Now, will it be the Tie Interceptor, or the Y-Wing, or Slave-1, or the 1/48 X-Wing, or another Tie fighter, orÖ!?