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Another X-Wing? With Invasion Stripes?

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  • Member since
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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Another X-Wing? With Invasion Stripes?
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, April 16, 2022 4:18 PM

The latest from the bench. The Bandai 1/72 X-Wing. Not done according to Star Wars canon. I used just about every color of AK metallic I have. Well, four colors: Polished Aluminum, Aluminum, Dark Aluminum, Pale Burnt Metal. The nose and invasion stripes are Tamiya colors. I modified the tips of the "guns" to make them look more menacing, I think. Opinions and constructive criticism always welcome.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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    November 2020
  • From: Blaine ,MN
Posted by BootBoyx2 on Saturday, April 16, 2022 4:41 PM

Wow! Looks great! Now you need to do a Tie fighter with mottled como and swastikas. Lol.

Be careful of what you ask for, you just might get it.

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, April 16, 2022 7:19 PM

Awesome build!  Those invasion stripes look great!  That natural metal work looks flawless too.  How about a Y-Wing in Navy/Marine Pacific Theater camo?  I always thought of the rebel pilots like the Black Sheep Squadron.

tjs

TJS

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, April 16, 2022 7:50 PM

Very sharp.  What a great excercise in natural metal finishes.  Fun project.

Thanks,

John

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, April 16, 2022 9:21 PM

Thanks, everyone. This build was a fun break from a couple of Thunderbolts that I have on the bench.

I do have a couple of Naboo N-1 Starfighters that need to have something done with them.

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Sunday, April 17, 2022 12:52 AM

Always enjoy your re-interpretation of these ships and yet they always look like something you would find in the films.  Wish my brain worked this way! Smile

Looking forward to seeing what you do with a Naboo fighter.

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USS Grissom + Klingon Bird-of-Prey

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, April 17, 2022 9:33 PM

Love that, the NM looks awesome! 

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

 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Saturday, April 23, 2022 7:51 PM

I've been meaning to ask.  How exactly did you leverage the four colors of aluminum?

To be honest it looks like there are more shades than that present.

It's been fun trying to guess but if you don't mind sharing I'm all ears. :)

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USS Grissom + Klingon Bird-of-Prey

MB Strange Company Ep. 1

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, April 23, 2022 9:05 PM

PhoenixG

I've been meaning to ask.  How exactly did you leverage the four colors of aluminum?

To be honest it looks like there are more shades than that present.

It's been fun trying to guess but if you don't mind sharing I'm all ears. :)

 

First I built sub-assemblies, the guns, engines, upper and lower halves of the fuselage and each wing. Each sub-assembly received a base coat of Mr Color Gloss Black. This paint cures to a good hard finish.

Second, the fuselage halves and wings were sprayed AK Polished Aluminum. I let this cure over night then shot it with Tamiya Gloss Clear. The guns and engines received different colors of AK Metallic. The AK Metallics were just misted (more air than paint) on over the gloss black primer. The pressure was set to 9/10 psi. I used my Sotar 20/20 for the paint on this build.

Third, I did a lot of masking. I just masked different areas for different colors of AK metallic, whatever seemed right. Not a lot of planning for the masking, just some "yeah, this will look good." The recesses between the wings are Tamiya Neutral Gray.

Fourth, I put the Invasion Stripes where I felt they fit best. Each stripe is 4mm wide. I sprayed the white first then masked for the black.

After all the painting and masking and more painting, each sub-assembly was sprayed with Tamiya Gloss Clear and left to cure overnight. The next day everything was snapped (glued) together. I think the whole build took me a week.

I'd like to find an A-Wing and a B-Wing so they can get a similar treatment.

Oh yeah, I started with the lightest shade of AK Metallic then moved to progressively darker shades.

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Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 2:57 PM

Thanks for sharing the methodology!  It's got the wheels spinning.  Another item on my "methods to try" list. 

The final product was fantastic and I keep coming back to these two X-Wings to admire them. 

Good luck on your quest for the A/B-Wings!

 

 

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USS Grissom + Klingon Bird-of-Prey

MB Strange Company Ep. 1

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Posted by PhoenixG on Saturday, April 30, 2022 7:13 PM

Not sure if you are still looking for a B-Wing but in my search for models to add to the stash I ran across this re-issue of the Snap-Tite B-Wing from Return of the Jedi. 

https://starshipmodeler.biz/1-144-star-wars-return-of-the-jedi-b-wing-fighter

I've ordered from them before without issue.

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USS Grissom + Klingon Bird-of-Prey

MB Strange Company Ep. 1

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, April 30, 2022 7:52 PM

I haven't gotten anything from them in a long time.  The last time was years ago when I was trying to get a kit something went wrong and he cut off all communications with me.  

I guess I can try again.  Thanks.

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, April 30, 2022 8:44 PM

PhoenixG

Not sure if you are still looking for a B-Wing but in my search for models to add to the stash I ran across this re-issue of the Snap-Tite B-Wing from Return of the Jedi. 

https://starshipmodeler.biz/1-144-star-wars-return-of-the-jedi-b-wing-fighter

I've ordered from them before without issue.

 

Thanks, PhoenixG. I don't usually build smaller than 1/72 scale but this kit just might be worth a look. Anyway, the price is right.

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 1, 2022 4:09 PM

The Rebels flew Jugs?

     LOL. Great Looking job, and neat take on an X-Wing!!

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    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, May 1, 2022 8:22 PM

I saw the B-Wing, X-Wing and a few other kits at my local Walmart recently. The snap kits from the Return of the Jedi. I think they were $24.97.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, May 2, 2022 9:41 AM

No that's very cool,sorta like a what if build in reverse.

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