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A Rebel Starfighter for Rebel Scum: MPC X-Wing

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A Rebel Starfighter for Rebel Scum: MPC X-Wing
Posted by rocker286 on Monday, August 15, 2016 10:19 PM

If I were to go back to my parents house and dig through the darkest parts of their basement, I might be able to find a ton of old Star Wars books, some action figures, and maybe the original three movies on VHS. Star Wars had a huge impact on my friends and I. Growing up in the early to mid 1990's, we relished in the 20th anniversary merchandise that flooded the toy stores, exposing us to a world of starfighters, lightsabers, blasters and even wookies.

One of my friends from college met up with me about a year ago, and presented me with the old MPC X-Wing kit. Like my childhood buds, he too loved Star Wars. But he never had the time to build this X-wing, nor does he have the time now. He asked if I would build it for him, and of course I agreed. I'm finally getting around to it now myself! I'll be working on it while I have other projects going on, so updates may be few and far between. But I've got big plans for this kit. After all, my friend has been waiting to see this thing built since he was ten!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 7:18 AM

Now this is going to be cool! I built one or two of the vintage MPC kits back in the day and remember they weren't well the most detailed or well-fitting around. Looking forward to you taking her on. 

Ya know I'd be very much tempted to subsitute one of the new better quality kits. Unless you friend is really into SW models he probably wouldn't notice the difference. Wink

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Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:25 AM
Very cool! I've built a couple of these too, but only one is surviving. I still have the parts of the other kit as well as a whole other kit in the stash. I'll be watching this for sure.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:23 AM

I've built this kit twice; once back when it was released after first movie and a reissue after Desert Storm in 1991. One of the things I remember about it was that the upper and lower fuselage halves don't quite line up. I think you have to add some scrap plastic to the inner edges of one side of the lower fuselage so that there isn't a gap.

Be careful with the old MPC/AMT/Ertl plastic; it is very soft and too much glue with cause it to melt.

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Posted by rocker286 on Saturday, September 17, 2016 2:04 PM

Thanks for the tip, Rob! I FINALLY started this X-wing today after a very busy few weeks at work. I used a very small amount of cement on the engine nacelles, and they went together without any difficulty. I'm hoping to do some more work on the fighter when I come home from work tonight!

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:27 PM

Cool!!!

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:50 AM

"I might be able to find a ton of old Star Wars books, some action figures, and maybe the original three movies on VHS"

 

Exactly the same here.  Love this.  :)

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, September 18, 2016 11:13 PM

You're off to a good start. I've picked up a couple of the newer Revell Easy kits (snap together & pre-painted) on clearance at Hobby Lobby. One is Luke's X-Wing Red 5 and the other is the Resistance X-Wing from the Force Awakens.

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Posted by rocker286 on Monday, January 2, 2017 5:58 PM

I know I'm responding to all of you guys REALLY late, but Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great holiday season, and I really hope you all got a chance to see Rogue One! And that's the part of the reason I was able to get back on track with this build. I saw that film twice, and was reminded of the fact that I have an X-wing on my workbench that's just screaming to get worked on! So after I was done working on a 1:72 Thunderjet this morning, I switched gears (and galaxies) to my X-wing. I have the laser cannons all set to go, and I've started working on one of the wing sections. I gotta say, this build goes together pretty quick and easy!

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Posted by rocker286 on Sunday, July 30, 2017 10:23 PM

Well after MONTHS of neglecting this build, I dusted off the part of my workbench where my X-wing kit was sitting....and started working on it again. I've got the wings assembled, and I'm working on the cockpit and figures now. The wings were a bit tricky, and the instructions weren't too clear about how far back/forward the laser cannons should be mounted. But, I managed to get everything looking good!

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, July 30, 2017 11:05 PM

Well, at least you have plenty of reference photos at your fingertips...

nice to see this back in progress!

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, July 31, 2017 4:55 AM

Nice to see this up and running.

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Posted by rocker286 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:44 PM

Darn! I let yet another few months pass by without any work being done on this X-wing. I can explain, I was involved three other group builds!

I finally put my Defiant down for long enough tonight to get some work done on this here starfighter. I painted the cockpit and decided to add a bit of interior detail to make it look more realistic. I've painted some of the buttons and dials different colors, and I've added solder to look like hoses and cables. The solder was attached with super glue, and tomorrow I'll be painting over it with different colors. It's also become apparent to me that the figure provided looks more like a Russian cosmonaut than an X-wing pilot. Though it WOULD look cool if a miniature Yuri Gagarin was at the controls, it wouldn't be accurate. I've got some sheet styrene that will be used to modify the helmet to make it look standard rebel issue. Here's a photo of the cockpit for now. I'll be working on the pilot figure tomorrow night.

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Posted by rocker286 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:50 PM

I did a great deal of work on the pilot figure for the X-wing tonight. I completely overhauled the helmet, and added bits of styrene to make the helmet look more like what the pilots wear in the films. I've also added a small section on the front of the pilot, which will be the "chest box". I also had to make a new chin for the pilot after reshaping the helmet. It looks worse than it is, once I get some paint on this guy, it won't look half bad!

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Posted by rocker286 on Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:46 AM

Kalifornia - That's hilarious!  

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, October 22, 2017 8:47 PM

Gamera

Now this is going to be cool! I built one or two of the vintage MPC kits back in the day and remember they weren't well the most detailed or well-fitting around. Looking forward to you taking her on. 

Ya know I'd be very much tempted to subsitute one of the new better quality kits. Unless you friend is really into SW models he probably wouldn't notice the difference. Wink

 

I recently found a close out store that had a Revell 1/30th scale X-Wing. Very large and very nice kit.

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Posted by Pinkbooger on Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:49 AM

I am really looking forward to seeing this built. Building Star Wars models will be a dream come true for me and then I can make my own Star Wars scenes in my garage. Geeked

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:10 AM

Really nice work on that pit Andy.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

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Posted by rocker286 on Sunday, August 4, 2019 8:42 PM

Holy smokes, how did I let THIS thread go by the wayside? I’ve been working on this X-wing, slowly but surely! I’ve finished construction, painting and decals on this thing. Soon, it’ll be weathered, finished, wired with LED’s and then attached to a diorama which hopefully won’t take me too long to build! But, this thing isn’t for me, it’s for one of my best friends. So this thing HAS to look good!  The windshield split over the many years that my buddy had this in storage. No big deal however, it’s just going to add to the battle damage!

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:49 PM

Is that the MPC X-Wing?  Even with its age and all its warts, it still looks exactly like an X-Wing.  So many fond memories  from back in the day.

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Posted by rocker286 on Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:20 PM

It is ineed the old MPC X-Wing! It's been a pretty neat old build, too. I have have since completed the X-Wing, complete with LEDs in the engine nacelles to simulate an engine fire/battle damage. Stuffing from a ripped up dog toy will be used as smoke coming from the damaged area. The stuffing was readily available, as my German Shepherd loves to rip his toys apart! Soon I will start the display base for it, And I have used the kit provided stand to fix the model to the display base with. I will also be using another piece of clear styrene to help secure the fighter because I don't trust the old stand!

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, November 17, 2019 4:40 PM

Oh wow that's a great job!!! Glad to see her all done! And beautiful work!

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Posted by danburnsart on Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:59 PM
Sweet! I just picked up this same kit except with the "flight display" disc. Just started.it but I've also got a T-47 snowspeeder that I'm picking on too. Nice see such a nice buildup of this kit.
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Posted by Real G on Monday, December 16, 2019 5:07 PM

Back in 1977 and until fine Molds did one, the MPC X-Wing was THE X-Wing model to build.  Even with its warts, like others said, it looked exactly like an X-Wing.  Fond memories - I built three between 1977 and 1983.

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Posted by rocker286 on Monday, January 27, 2020 9:35 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys, and also I didn't know there was a snowspeeder kit out there, nor did I realize that this was THE X wing kit for the longest time. Thanks for the info guys! 

With the fighter and it's wiring/lighting complete, I've devoted my energies to building a diorama for it. I started with an old book shelf, cut down, and a piece of styrofoam cut to the same dimensions as the shelf. I bought a foam cutter and made some patterns that look like the surface of the Death Star. This surface was then primed, the scribed lines pre-shaded, and then the whole thing was painted cement grey. A large portion was also cut out to simulate a giant explosion (which is where the X wing stand will be placed). 

After that was complete, I built a battle-damaged turbo laser turret. And by battle damaged, I mean this thing took a direct hit from a proton torpedo. It's made from balsa wood and faced with sheet styrene. The one remaining cannon barrel is made from an aluminum tube, a dorsal turret ring from the Blenheim kit I recently finished, and a thermocouple bracket from a bad thermocouple I took out of a water heater about a month ago. Sometimes junk gets a second life as something else! I'm literally waiting on a handful of 270 ohm resistors to get here so I can get to work on the lighting for the diorama base itself. Here are some progress photos! 


 

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Posted by sickdude on Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:38 PM

Excellent, most excellent sir! I really like the job you did on the x-wing, and the dio you're doing with it sounds awesome! Tower and base look great so far, can't wait to see it finished Smile.

William (Willy)

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Another thingy, to stick on this thing, is always, is always good...Propeller

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