Star Wars YT-1000 Kestrel light freighter - January 2014

John Klein, King City, Ontario, Canada

One galaxy farther: John built a what-if “conjectural YT-1000 Kestrel light freighter” based on AMT/Ertl’s Millennium Falcon. He says, “The most significant changes were to convert the dorsal quad laser turret to a dual-barrel and replace the vertical navigation dish with a flush-mounted sensor array. The sensor array was actually, in a former life, a heat-sink ring on an LED light bulb — it looked just right for what I needed. The cargo pod is made from ping-pong balls to fit between the front mandibles, partly to disguise the kit’s lack of accurate detail and to make the model more distinctive. The model is finished in Tamiya grays and blues and weathered with pre- and post-shading. I experimented with the hairspray technique to weather the markings.”

Posted 11/25/2013 12:53:45 PM by Tim Kidwell
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  • Star Wars YT-1000 Kestrel light freighter - January 2014

    Looks great.  

  • Star Wars YT-1000 Kestrel light freighter - January 2014

    I've been away from the hobby for a while, what is the "hairspray" technique

  • Star Wars YT-1000 Kestrel light freighter - January 2014

    Once I read the discrption, this model became clear. It is a bit of a stretch to think Han and Chewy put one of these together in the bacvk yard. If I needed a space freighter, might have one of these in my driveway.Cool idea and great paint job John.

  • Star Wars YT-1000 Kestrel light freighter - January 2014

    Nicely weathered model.

  • Star Wars YT-1000 Kestrel light freighter - January 2014

    Basically, the hairspray technique involves laying down a colour coat and then covering it with an airbrushed layer of hairspray. Once the the hairspray has dried, the final top colour coat is sprayed over that. This top coat can then be attacked with moistened paint brushed, cotton swabs, paper towels and other tools to simulate worn paint by removing the top coat to reveal the base colour underneath.