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Bandai Tie Fighter Question
Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:47 AM

Hi all,

I'm working on the Bandai Tie Fighter.  Really impressed with the detail on these kits.  It's just crazy better than the ones from back in the day.  :)

Curious what those of you who have built this kit have done about the solar panels.  I had kit-ending results using a flat black rattle can, because the paint stuck unevenly to the micro grooves and looked much worse than the base plastic did.

Should I use an airbrush with thinned paint and try again (at least I have an extra set of parts to work with now, lol), or just leave the solar panels as-is because they already look so darn good?

Advice appreciated.

Thanks!

Mark

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Posted by learmech on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:58 PM

Last year I built the Tie Interseptor for my brother-in-law. I airbrushed the tiles Tamiya Nato Black.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:33 PM

learmech

Last year I built the Tie Interseptor for my brother-in-law. I airbrushed the tiles Tamiya Nato Black.

 

Same here... XF-69

 Bruce

 

 

 

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Posted by NucMedTech on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:43 PM

Airbrush is the way to go. I think the spray can can be a bit heavy on the fine detail. You can also just airbrush a flat or semi-gloss coat (depending on the look you want)if you do not want to try the black again.

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Posted by Rambo on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:29 PM
Same go with the Tamiya nato black.

Clint

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Friday, February 01, 2019 2:59 PM

A little no-fume oven cleaner took the spray paint right off with no trouble (idea taken from a post on this site).  So they're ready to airbrush with Nato Black.  :)

After a sit overnight, and a little toothbrushing, they're as good as new. 

Before I tried that, I'd ordered another kit.  Unfortunately that one showed up with bad warping of the solar panels.  Boo.

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Friday, February 01, 2019 3:02 PM

I should mention that I expect the condition problems were a result of bad handling by the dealer, not anything done wrong by the manufacturer.

I've not put together a Bandai kit yet that wasn't a joy to build.  The amount of research they put into getting the proportions correct is amazing.

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Posted by NucMedTech on Friday, February 08, 2019 12:28 PM

Yes sir, I would agree with you there. They have the best detail on Star Wars kits that I have ever seen. You should also look into the Gundam line, they are also nice kits to build. I know a lot of people here are not into or have not watched any gundam shows, I myself have only seen a few, but I just consider them as a giant robot that is fun to build. Who doesn't like to build giant robot models? I have not tried the Space Battleship Yamato line, so no idea what those are like.

Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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