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Bandai TIE Interceptor
Posted by MIflyer on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:25 PM

Hi all,

I completed this build back in April, but just now got around to taking photos of it. I built this totally OOB in about two weeks (which is earth-shatteringly fast for me) and I couldn't be happier with it. Beyond the basic airbrushing (which is at least six different mixes of Tamiya XF-53 and XF-69), the model received a Mig Ammo panel line wash, Tamiya clear red in the engines, and that's it.

Frankly, my only nitpick is that the fit is SO positive, that it makes test-fitting during assembly difficult in some cases. Once you press two parts together, they may not be easily persuaded to come apart again. Shaving down the mating lugs a bit will help... I'll pay closer attention to this when I build the Y-wing.

If you have even a passing interest in Star Wars, build yourself one of these 1/72 gems from Bandai. You won't regret it!

 

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Eduard F6F Hellcat

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Posted by Culhwch on Thursday, July 06, 2017 12:17 AM
Great work! I'll have to pick up one of these guys at some point. I'm currently towards the tail-end of building the Y-Wing myself, though my amateurish skills won't make for as polished a final product I'm sure. It's also a bit of a fiddly build with all the pipes on the main body, which made for quite a few frustrations. Makes for a lovely, detailed kit though.
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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 06, 2017 7:42 AM

That's beautiful! 

Built the old MPC kit about twenty years ago, I've got to get one of these. Wish I could get it to look anywhere near as good as yours. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by MIflyer on Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:17 AM

Culhwch
Great work! I'll have to pick up one of these guys at some point. I'm currently towards the tail-end of building the Y-Wing myself, though my amateurish skills won't make for as polished a final product I'm sure. It's also a bit of a fiddly build with all the pipes on the main body, which made for quite a few frustrations. Makes for a lovely, detailed kit though.
 

 
Yes, with all the exterior detail, the Y-wing has at least double the parts count of the TIE, if not triple. I bought the Y-wing as an excuse to go nuts trying to weather it, which should be fun. I resisted the urge to do any weathering on this one.
 
The thing that blew me away in the Y-wing kit was how Bandai molded several colors into one single sprue. I'd never seen that before. They really are a benchmark for quality.

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Eduard F6F Hellcat

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Posted by MIflyer on Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:19 AM

Gamera

That's beautiful! 

Built the old MPC kit about twenty years ago, I've got to get one of these. Wish I could get it to look anywhere near as good as yours. 

If you've made it through the MPC kit, then I think you'll find that the Bandai kit makes it relatively easy to get good results. Give it a shot!

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Eduard F6F Hellcat

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:27 AM

Hobby Lobby carries a couple of the Bandai Star Wars kits. They carry the TIE Interceptor for $29.99 before 40% coupon, and the double kit 1/72 and 1/144 scale X-Wing fighters for $39.99.

The TIE I bought came with a pair of clear green laser beams to attach to the wing tips.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 06, 2017 11:22 AM

Thanks guys for the help. I haven't bought one yet since I did pick Bandai's A and X-Wing fighters and I really, really, really need to finish them first... 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, July 06, 2017 11:40 AM

I've built a small fleet of the Revell kits, but I have been eyeballing these new BanDai kits at HL for a while now.

I must say you've done a fantastic job on this one. :)

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by MIflyer on Friday, July 07, 2017 9:38 AM

Rob Gronovius

Hobby Lobby carries a couple of the Bandai Star Wars kits. They carry the TIE Interceptor for $29.99 before 40% coupon, and the double kit 1/72 and 1/144 scale X-Wing fighters for $39.99.

The TIE I bought came with a pair of clear green laser beams to attach to the wing tips.

 

 
The TIE Interceptor comes with them, too. There are actually quite a few optional parts, mostly so that beginners can avoid using the clear parts if they want. Masking really was the most challenging part of this build, and of course now that I've finished, I discovered that Greenstrawberry makes a masking set for it. 
 
For those who aren't familiar, all the Bandai kits come with full interiors, pilots, droids where applicable, the stand is posable, and the different stands from the 1/72 fighters can be locked together to make a large display. There are a lot of cool features.

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Eduard F6F Hellcat

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, July 09, 2017 9:32 PM

Hello, I am a huge ( HUGE!!) Star Wars fan. It is hard to get a sense of scale when it comes to Sy-Fy subjects. 72nd scale aircraft are way smaller than I want to deal with, ( except the very large cargo or airliners), and I'm very interested in buildind the cool Imeprial ships, just afraid that they will be to small. Would it be possible to get a comparison for size before I dive off the deep end. Side bar: I was pleasently suprised by the 1/20th scale offerings of Indy and Formula 1 cars. Thank you.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, July 10, 2017 12:02 AM

Many of the 1/72 scale Star Wars models are fairly small, about the size of comparable 1/72 scale aircraft kits. The exception being the Fine Molds Slave I (Jengo and Boba Fett versions) and the Bandai and Fine Molds Millenium Falcon. These are quite large.

The Revell Clone Wars Republic Destroyer is a fairly sizable ship. About the size of an aircraft carrier model. There is a new Revell Star Destroyer with lights and sounds that is good sized too. The older MPC/AMT/Ertl Star Wars kits are much larger, but are not standard scales.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, July 10, 2017 12:40 AM

Lovely finish on this, really nicely done.

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Posted by armornut on Monday, July 10, 2017 1:19 PM

Thank you Rob, guess I need to broaden my horizons abit LOL. Forgot to mention in my first post..that is AMAZINGBow Down

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Posted by MIflyer on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:28 PM

The TIE Interceptor and A-wing are quite small, comparable to a large WWII fighter aircraft like a P-47. The X-wing, Y-wing and most other Star Wars subjects in 1/72 will be considerably larger. The 1/144 Millenium Falcon is about the size of a large 1/48 or small 1/32 aircraft - in 1/72 the Falcon is REALLY big. The small ships, however, are not difficult to deal with - the Bandai kits really are relatively easy to build.

Bandai also makes a line of 1/12 Star Wars figure kits which are just as impressive, but not available through US distributors - although readily available online. 1/12 figures are an easily workable size.

 I'm very tempted by the Bandai 1/72 Falcon - it looks like an amazing kit! - I just don't know where I would put the dang thing.

Thanks everyone for the complements.

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Eduard F6F Hellcat

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Posted by jacobrivers on Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:52 PM

Fantastic work, sir. I was going to post my TIE Interceptor but now I think I need to keep it on the bench a while longer Wink


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Posted by armornut on Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:38 PM

I took the plunge a couple weeks ago, picked up the Y-Wing. Man that is a cool kit. Need to take some time to cipher the instructions as they don't appear to be the usual line drawings,( not that that is a bad thing), DEFINITLY have more of these gems on my wish list.

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Posted by CavScout 2/107 on Friday, August 18, 2017 9:19 AM

I love the bandai kits as well. My only problem with them is the scale. I would much prefer a larger scale, 1/48-1/32. When it comes to Star Wars, bigger is better. But on the bright side at least they are keeping them at a consistant scale unlike the old revel kits. Great work btw, can't wait to see more.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:28 AM

The Bandai AT-ST is 1/48 scale. With spaceships, they probably have to pick a scale that will be common to one another, but not be too big for ships like the Falcon. It is huge in 1/72, 1/48 would be too big.

They do the Falcon in 1/144 as well as an X-Wing. I know several of the starfighters are done in 1/72 and 1/48 like the TIE, X-Wing and Y-Wing. I have a snowspeeder in 1/48.

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Posted by cwalker3 on Sunday, August 20, 2017 6:00 AM

armornut

I took the plunge a couple weeks ago, picked up the Y-Wing. Man that is a cool kit. Need to take some time to cipher the instructions as they don't appear to be the usual line drawings,( not that that is a bad thing), DEFINITLY have more of these gems on my wish list.

 

I'm almost finished the Y-wing and found it to be the easiest build I've ever done. The instructions, while different, are actually very good. Each shows only one or two parts and even shows which end of the part attaches first. That is very handy when installed the numerous pieces of piping. And be very careful with the piping as the pieces are easily broken.

Mlfyer, excellent build. I'm not a SyFy modeler and only bought the Y-wing to try and get out of my modelng funk. But now I'm tempted to add a few more from the Bandai line to my collection. 

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Posted by armornut on Monday, August 21, 2017 1:36 PM

Thanks for the heads up CW3. I'm looking forward to starting mine, gotta few other kits in the way on my bench first but I feel the disturbance in the force.

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Posted by GlennH on Saturday, October 07, 2017 2:54 PM

Just beautiful work. 

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

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

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