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Bandai Mini Star Wars Kits
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:28 PM

I had these pretty much assembled for ages, so when I was painting another project, I used the leftover primer in the airbrush cup to get these stalled projects moving again.

The Star Destroyer has been painted Tamiya white primer, which is too bright.  I'll finish up with Floquil Reefer White, which is slightly off white.  I bought some aftermarket decals for the red areas on the Blockade Runner, so I will find out how difficult it will be to trim and fit them onto those teeny tiny surfaces.

I had some fun while I was at it.

1977 was so long ago, in a childhood far, far away...

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:41 PM

    "They have shut down the main reactor....we'll be boarded for sure".

 Thanks for the memoryGeeked

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:37 AM

“We’re doomed.  There’ll be no escape for the princess this time.”

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Posted by armornut on Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:43 AM

    "Funny the damage doesn't look bad fom here".

   Fast forward...." Look sir DROIDS".

  Never saw the movieWhistling

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:24 AM

I like them, nice work!!! 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:24 AM

armornut

    "Funny the damage doesn't look bad fom here".

   Fast forward...." Look sir DROIDS".

  Never saw the movieWhistling

 

I'm seen the movie so many times I think I have half the lines memorized... 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:29 PM

“Oh no no no sir, not that!“

”Yes, THAT.”

”Uwwwwwwwwrrrrrrr....!”

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Posted by armornut on Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:37 PM

   Ludachris speed NOW!!

    They gone Plade.

    What's that coming out of the nose?

    SpaceBalls

   Great there goes the neighborhood.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:25 PM

"And now you know Lonestar, that EVIL will always triumph - because good is dumb!"

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Posted by armornut on Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:22 PM

   Yogurt, Yogurt, I hate Yogurt!

   Ugm mum bugh buok gaa, 

 You can read that ?

  No just clearing my throat.

   BARF, 

   Not in here this is a Mercedes! Nooo thats my name BARF short for Barfolomew, I'm a Mog....half man half dog.....I'm my own best friend.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:33 PM

And the most “stick it to ya, George Lucas“ line:

”Moichandising!  Moichandising!!  Where da real money from da movie is made!!!”

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Posted by armornut on Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:42 PM

   Oh yea thats the ticket

   SpaceBalls the flamethrower....kids love these.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:04 PM

armornut

   Ludachris speed NOW!!

    They gone Plade.

    What's that coming out of the nose?

    SpaceBalls

   Great there goes the neighborhood.

 

First movie I saw in Kentucky at Fort Knox in July 1987. About a dozen soldiers in the nearly empty theater, laughed my butt off.

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:42 PM

    Not lying, I watched it again layer that evening after my post, spoiler alert.....IT'S STILL FUNNYBig Smile

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:26 PM

For me, it got funnier as time went on.  I rolled my eyes and thought “ugh!” when I saw it in the theater.  Now, it is one of my all-time favorite comedies.

”May da Schwartz be with you!”

Adorable.

I now feel the Schwartz flowing through me.  Time to finish the yard work!  Or is it the sugar rush from the Coke I just drank?

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, June 1, 2020 9:57 AM

It's a fun movie to try to pick out all the parodies beyond the obvious like the original Star Wars triology (ANH, ESB, RoTJ).

If I remember, there was Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Alien, probably more, but it's been years since I last watched the movie.

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Posted by armornut on Monday, June 1, 2020 11:16 AM

   Ya gotta watch it Rob, you won't be sorry.

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:51 PM

The Rebel scum continue to make gains against the Empire!  I had serious worries that the aftermarket decals would not be able to conform to the raised details that encrust the model.  Plus the decal sheet is printed on a continuous carrier film, so each piece must be meticulously trimmed out.  And you know how small manufacturers can sometimes use dodgy decal paper with thick film or adhesion problems.

Well, I need not have worried about any of the above.  With a fresh #11 blade, a straightedge, my magnifying visor, and a little help from Gunze's Mr. Mark Setter and Softer, things went way better than expected.  I was going to just try a few easy decals to test them, but I ended up doing one half of the ship.

The ring decal was nail-biting to trim out!

I'll have to trim some edges where detail intrudes, but I am extremely pleased with the results.  I'll have to check my emails to dig up the source of the decals, if anyone else wants to have a go.

I have to hurry; Vader is close behind in his Star Destroyer, hell-bent on finding those stolen data tapes.  Tapes?  Who the heck uses data tapes anymore?

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:36 AM

Oh, those aftermarket decals are a big improvement. Those Bandai stickers- well I've tried them and not been overly impressed. Love the worn chipped paint look they give. 

 

And those data tapes- I think the Empire mostly uses Beta. The Rebellion will need to translate them over to VHS to use them. 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:31 AM

Heck, the data tape that was shown in Rogue-1 looked more like an 8-track!  I bet the kids are scratching their heads right now.

The scratches and chipping on the decals are way more than what I could have achieved.  I did notice an offset litho screen dot pattern, but it is not noticeable when viewed with the naked eye.  I am super happy and relieved that the decals were so forgiving.  More so than Vader or the Emperor!

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 12, 2020 10:04 AM

Well, I guess an 8-track makes sense considering SW came out in 1977...

 

Would have been funny if the 'Death Star Secret Plans' tape had turned out to be something Vader was borrowing from Palpatine's 'private' adult library. Something like 'Sly Snootles Does Coruscant'.  

 

 

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Posted by armornut on Friday, June 12, 2020 10:50 AM

   Lmao GamaraBig Smile

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Posted by Real G on Friday, June 12, 2020 12:32 PM

"Star Wars XXX: Porn of the Sith"  Surprise

I got the other side decaled last night.

Now to give the decals a little time to fully dry.  A little trimming, a little touch up paint, and then detail washes.  Getting so close to the finish line, I can feel it.  Or was it the onions that I had?

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:36 PM

A Mig oilbrusher was used to start the weathering process.

I'll use a darker color for the deep recesses.  I'll also switch to a fine brush to apply the oil paint - the applicator lays down too much paint, which leads to extra cleanup and waste.

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:29 AM

   Looking good G, wish I had a Star Wars ref but it is early and my brain hasn't shifted outta neutral yet.

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:29 PM

Hookay, the oil paint exercise was initially disappointing because the paint got all over the place, making the model look muddy.  So I went back with little pointy cotton swabs with Testors MM airbrush thinner and cleaned up the panels and tops of detail.

Before oil paint:

After initial painting:

With some cleanup:

I'll go back and refine it some more, but I like what I'm seeing.

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:06 PM

     In the words of probably the most annoying character in the Star Wars universe....." Wheesa Going Hooomee"

    For the record he reminds me of a basset hound I had once, couldn't help but lover her.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 19, 2020 8:24 AM

I really like how she's looking! Yes

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Posted by Real G on Friday, June 19, 2020 12:23 PM

The Rebel Scum are home - lights are on.

I painted the forward viewport light yellow to give a little contrast to the hull.

Armornut - Dogs are adorable because they give us their unconditional love.  That thing from "Star Wars: The Phake Menace" is not.  I think it was born of the contempt that Lucas harbored against the very fans that made him a millionaire.  He "poonished" us with that Jarjar, just to get back at the people who badgered him for years to do the prequels/sequels.  Lucas said in an interview that the character was for the 12 year olds in the audience.  Well, it so happens I was 12 years old when I saw "Star Wars", and I don't think I'd have appreciated a janky Rastafarian alien donkey stepping in Bantha podu and going "Oh~pee-yew!"

I better stop now.  Jarjar leads to anger, which leads to hate, which leads to migraines, irritability, high blood pressure and the Dark Side.

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Posted by armornut on Friday, June 19, 2020 6:12 PM

   My deepest apologies for touching a sensitve nerve Real G. I do not take your post to heart nor am I offended by your strong opnion. I really don't think to much into entertainment other than the face value. Trust me he annoys the heck outta me too....however I can fast forward through him, the basset hound was a whole different situarion.

     May the force be with you!Wink

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