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Bandai 1/144 X-Wing
Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, February 11, 2022 2:15 PM

The last few months have kept me from the bench and the forums and therefore haven't posted much of anything.

As a warm up, sharing something from a build I did late last year.  One of the many Bandai 1/144 models.  My goal with this one was to treat this as much as possible like a large scale model.  

These things are so tiny especially in my meathook hands.

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Like all modern Bandai models, clean assembly just happens.  So we'll skip that and go into painting.  I used filming models photos for inspiration.

Here I painted the nose with a mix of lemon yellow and clear orange.  I didn't mix it thoroughly which gave it a look of discoloration due to age and exposure.  Everything was so small that I couldn't mask and did it all free hand. 

yellow gray and more

The canopy and cockpit outline is a mix of Medium Sea Grey plus Azure to give it that blueish hue.  A thinned version of that mix was used to create a pinwash that I used to color the panels on top of the engines. Finally the center gray strip is plain Medium Sea Grey.  I created the wear by hitting it with the tip of a toothpick while it was no longer wet but not yet dry.

I really didn't like the stickers so I scanned and cleaned them up before printing them on waterslide paper.  This was my first attempt at this so I printed several different copies of the decals.  Which turned out to be fortuitous as each decal took several attempts to apply well. Decals were used for all the red markings.

used decal sheet

As it turned out this waterslide paper is particularly susceptible to even the gentlest decal solution.  They would literally start to dissolve on the model.

waterslide

Turns out this was a great way to create a well worn look!  Talk about serendipity!

additional decaling

Applied light grey pinwash to make panel lines stand out more.  Then did a very light brown wash over the entire model to give it a sense of use and grime.

And of course had to show my custom template for painting the the engine exhaust. Wink

card 1

card 2

Then pastels, and yadda, yadda.  Enough of that stuff, onto the final model!

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x 3

Really pleased with how much detail I crammed into a model this small.

tiny 2

Reviewing this build has got the boiler fired up.  Really want to get some new builds finished and posted!

On The Bench:

TBD

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 11, 2022 5:40 PM

That's awesome! I can barely see anything that small much less paint it! 

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

 

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    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, February 11, 2022 8:14 PM

Holy crap! Wow! That's a lot of detail in this scale!

Red 3 is Wedge Antilles ship, if IRC.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, February 11, 2022 9:09 PM

Gamera

That's awesome! I can barely see anything that small much less paint it! 

Neither can I!  LOL

One word, Optisight.  Had that on the entire time.  Best investment ever!

On The Bench:

TBD

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Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, February 11, 2022 9:13 PM

M. Brindos
Red 3 is Wedge Antilles ship, if IRC.

I think Red 3 was Biggs and Red 2 was Wedge.  50/50 chance either of us right. ;)

Was a time I could have quoted it chapter and verse but my mania has thankfully cooled over the years.  Much to the appreciation of friends and family.  LOL!

On The Bench:

TBD

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, February 11, 2022 10:21 PM

Nice detail and weathering. Good job and it looks cool!

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, February 11, 2022 11:09 PM

PhoenixG

 

 
M. Brindos
Red 3 is Wedge Antilles ship, if IRC.

 

I think Red 3 was Biggs and Red 2 was Wedge.  50/50 chance either of us right. ;)

Was a time I could have quoted it chapter and verse but my mania has thankfully cooled over the years.  Much to the appreciation of friends and family.  LOL!

 

Well I just so happened to have a need for TET and hit HL before work. Guess what was on sale?

I snatched up the TIE fighter trio. Talk about tiny! Yikes!

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 12, 2022 12:58 AM

PhoenixG
 I think Red 3 was Biggs and Red 2 was Wedge.

 

Yup, Red 3 was Biggs. 

Nice job on Biggs' ship! Gotta love those 1/144 Bandai kits!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Saturday, February 12, 2022 2:45 PM

M. Brindos
Well I just so happened to have a need for TET and hit HL before work. Guess what was on sale? I snatched up the TIE fighter trio. Talk about tiny! Yikes!

That's awesome!  I think you'll find them totally worth the effort. :)

I've got that same set in my stash.  They are being saved for more nefarious purposes.  Devil

 

On The Bench:

TBD

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Posted by PhoenixG on Sunday, February 20, 2022 2:04 AM

stikpusher
Yup, Red 3 was Biggs. Nice job on Biggs' ship! Gotta love those 1/144 Bandai kits!

 

Thanks!
They are great little kits that fit so well you can spend more time on the painting.  The first one I did was the AT-M6 from The Last Jedi which was a real pleasure.

On The Bench:

TBD

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 20, 2022 9:24 AM

That looks great!  And wow, what a little guy.   At that scale you could build a whole fleet of them for a cool dio.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Kincheloe Michigan
Posted by Mikeym_us on Sunday, February 20, 2022 10:08 AM

If you bought the Rogue one boxing of the Red Squadron 1/72 scale it came with a 1/144 X-Wing. I bought that and the 1/144 decals for it were also on the 1/72 scale decal sheet.

On the workbench: Dragon 1/350 scale Ticonderoga class USS BunkerHill 1/720 scale Italeri USS Harry S. Truman 1/72 scale Encore Yak-6

The 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron the only Squadron to get an Air to Air kill and an Air to Ground kill in the same week with only a F-15   http://photobucket.com/albums/v332/Mikeym_us/

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Posted by PhoenixG on Sunday, February 20, 2022 8:08 PM

keavdog

That looks great!  And wow, what a little guy.   At that scale you could build a whole fleet of them for a cool dio.

 

Interesting that you should mention that.  As it turns out I have that exact plan! Big Smile

https://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/6/t/189582.aspx

 

On The Bench:

TBD

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Sunday, February 20, 2022 8:10 PM

Mikeym_us

If you bought the Rogue one boxing of the Red Squadron 1/72 scale it came with a 1/144 X-Wing. I bought that and the 1/144 decals for it were also on the 1/72 scale decal sheet.

Good to know!  I do have that particular boxing but had not looked at the decal sheet. 

On The Bench:

TBD

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 20, 2022 8:12 PM

Oh right!  I do recall that thread now.  Should be fun and interesting 

Thanks,

John

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