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My Bandai 1/72 Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon Build

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My Bandai 1/72 Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon Build
Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:37 PM

YES!!!!

 

"THE" Millennium Falcon model I have wanted since standing in line around the block and finally seeing a film called STAR WARS! While everyone at the time loved the X Wings, I from day one loved the Falcon...THIS Falcon...An almost perfect reproduction of the 5' Filming model.

 

Very excited about building her up!

 

Fully Built and awaiting PAINTING/WEATHERING.

 

The model has some weight to it! The lights go on individually. You can have the engine and cabin lights on without the landing gear and entrance lamps on...etc.Unlike the brittle plastic of the fine molds kit, the plastic has some give but care must be taken when removing the delicate pipe work from the sprue.

 

The cockpit lighting is true to the lighting of the cockpit as seen in Star Wars...in scale and believable , unlike in Empire when it was lit like a Christmas tree.

 

 

 

 

A little work on the cockpit...

 

 

A little more work...

 

A couple more "IN PROGRESS" shots for anyone interested...

 

OK...A little more progress. First there is no hymn or reason for how I am doing this. I am bouncing around the upper hull, sides and engine deck right now. I used photos of the real 5' Falcon .(I ran out of ink on my printer, otherwise I would display the photos with my model)...The fun continues!

 

 

Note...the little gaps here and there will be cemented flush with the hull as I progress!

 

 

A couple more "in progress" shots...

 

 

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:51 PM

Uber cool, WOW.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:11 PM

Looks great, does the upper hull open so you can see the insides?

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:56 PM

Rob Gronovius

Looks great, does the upper hull open so you can see the insides?

 

No. Does not open...and that's fine by me!

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Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:51 AM
After I win the lottery I'm going to have to buy this kit. Very cool!

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, November 12, 2017 2:01 PM

since standing in line around the block and finally seeing a film called STAR WARS!

 

I think that is one of only a couple films I ever saw that  had lines around the theatre. Godfather was the other if I recall.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Sunday, November 12, 2017 5:21 PM

Started on the lower hull...

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Monday, November 13, 2017 1:18 PM

Bandai Perfect grade 1/72 Millennium Falcon... lighting. Love the “scale” lighting in cockpit! Han and Chewie shouldn’t need welders goggles to fly the Falcon!!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, November 13, 2017 1:59 PM

Wow that looks fantastic.  Thanks for sharing!

 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Monday, November 13, 2017 3:00 PM

Dang!  I don't believe I'd have the patience to do that!  Very nice work there!

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, November 13, 2017 7:29 PM

[/drooling]

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:12 PM
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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:52 PM

That is pretty friggin' epic man!!! Cool

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:26 PM

More refining on the Falcon...

 

 

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Posted by iSteve on Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:08 PM

Beautiful work! Very accurate weathering, sir.

So, are the landing gear and loading ramp interchangeable for inflight and landed display? Or do you just have to choose one or the other for your final build?

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:23 PM

iSteve

Beautiful work! Very accurate weathering, sir.

So, are the landing gear and loading ramp interchangeable for inflight and landed display? Or do you just have to choose one or the other for your final build?

 

 

Yes It's all interchangable! Ill post pics of it with the gear and ramp down soon...

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:38 PM
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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:44 PM
That's just amazing, excellent work

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

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Posted by iSteve on Friday, November 17, 2017 12:45 PM

Jim Kirk

 

 
iSteve

Beautiful work! Very accurate weathering, sir.

So, are the landing gear and loading ramp interchangeable for inflight and landed display? Or do you just have to choose one or the other for your final build?

Yes It's all interchangable! Ill post pics of it with the gear and ramp down soon...

Yes!

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  • From: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Posted by iSteve on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:11 PM

Did you use the panel decals supplied or did you paint them? Is the individual lighting your own doing, or does the kit come that way? Where is the switch for the lights?

Thanks!

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:06 AM

Man I love this model!!!!

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Friday, November 24, 2017 1:10 PM

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, November 25, 2017 2:54 PM

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:30 PM

Here are some pictures with the landing gear deployed...

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:54 PM

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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:09 PM

Wow, your Falcon looks fantastic. Right out of the movie.

I have the Fine Molds kit but it does not come with the lights (although I plan to rig it for lights nonetheless) nor does my inspection of the parts make me think the level of detail matches this Bandai kit. Hmmm, perhaps I should just sell my Fine Molds and get the Bandai.

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:12 AM

Very nice! How did you make and detail the blaster mark on the top of the hull? it looks spot on.

Clint

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:26 PM

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Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:49 PM

Man everytime I look at this I think it looks better than the ones these used in the movies.

 

What I learned from Star Trek.  Never wear red when visiting a new planet......unless your Scotty of course

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 4:05 PM

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