After a bit of rework to the left nacelle dome, the red stripes were painted on and the after thrust vectors/baffles were painted and dry fitted to the T-bars.
Next is the weathering process. This is point where I get worried about doing it right. It’s easy to go too far with weathering. I’ve heard there’s no wrong way to do it, but I think it can be overdone. I’ve seen too many bills with over the top weathering and I want to stay away from that.
All the major assemblies are together. The main body, which is two pieces is together, primed with Mr. Surfacer 1000 and then sprayed with Flat Black. The nacelle radomes have their primer coat and are ready for a layer of flat black.
The nacelle radomes require an extra step prior to the black. Using the actual “Red Jammer” as my guide, I noticed that the gray is the color underneath the chipped away white.
This will require me to apply Maskol to the forward nacelles prior to applying the flat black. It will be important that I do my best not to inadvertently rub off the Masks prior to applying the white color.
I continued work on the forward section applying the red stripe. This was pretty difficult. In my onion, everything hinges on the stripe on the top and bottom of the head. Getting the curve right is the hardest, least favorite part of building a Y-Wing. But it’s so important that it be there.
Right now, the colors are very bright. As one builder described it, “it’s in the clown car phase of painting”. It’s bright. All of this will get knocked back as other light coats of paint are applied.
I was facing a dilemma when it came to deciding what droid I want to assisting my pilot. I had three styles to choose from: R2, R4 or R5 units. Initially, I was going to use an R2 unit, but I always keep swapping the head to an R5. For some reason, an R5 droid and Y-Wings go together Maybe it’s because as a kid, I remember seeing friends put R5-D4 in their Kenner Y-Wing toy. You know, because R2-D2 was always with Luke in his X-Wing!
So, I went with the R5 unit. I made up the paint job. His official name is R5-DE4. I went with a a green paint job to have him stand out. when sitting in the back of the ship. I was afraid that if I kept it overall white with green details, it would get lost with the rest of the ship. I think he turned out pretty good.
The forward domes and T-bar support greeblies where printed on my EPAX X1 printer using EPAX Hard Resin. They turned out very well considering the size of the parts.
The T-Bar is Plastruct T-8, 90086. For a 1/29 scale Y-Wing, the length of the T-Bar works out to about 11 inches. A notch needs to be cut in the forward end of the T-Bar to allow it to slide under the T-Bar supports.
I started painting the pilot figure. Duplicating my effort from my Blue Leader build, I repositioned the figures arms to give it a more natural look.
The figure was primed with Tamiya White Primer. After drying for a few days, I began painting. The first color is Pure Orange thinned as to give an almost transparent orange tint to the figure. I let each layer fully dry between coats until the figure’s flight suit is a solid color. The shadows are accomplished by mixing a drop of black into the pure orange.
Once satisfied with the flight suit, I move one to the belts which are paint “gray”. I picked out some of the details with “light gray”.
The boots and gloves are flat black.
Once everything has dried, I sprayed the figure with a nice shiny layer of Glosscoat and set aside to dry. It’s important that you seal the figure. Handling the figure will rub the acrylic paint off.
I painted the visor Model Master Magnesium. It’s important to do this while the model has a gloss finish. The paint flows better.
Next up was adding some markings to the helmet. I went to the spares box and found what I felt were decals to make it look interesting.
One the decals were set and dry, I sealed everything with Dullcoat.
I recently purchased and downloaded a 3D model from Sci-Fi Scale Models. What you see above is printed on both a Form3 and EPAX X1 SLA 3D printer.
Overall, the detail is very well represented. There are options to print the model as a blank canvas and print/attach all the greeblies similar to ILM or print each part as complete assemblies. I opted to print each part complete.
This is version 2 of the 3D model. A version 3 is in the works with changes in some detail parts and parts break down. When it arrives, I’ll will be purchasing the new version of the Model Y kit.
My Blue Leader project was never intended to be any Blue Leader in particular. It’s a mix of Project 504, Red 2 and Blue Leader (Rogue One).
With that, it was never my intention of using a Rebel pilot in this build. I wanted the ILM style pilot. Unfortunately, that pilot figure wasn’t available for the Revell kit.
That is until now. I found a 3D file of the ILM pilot that I could print on my SLA printer.
I didn’t like the position of the arms or the head. So, once the figure was printed, I cut off the arms and head. I repositioned them to a more natural position.
I primed the figure with Tamiya Gray Fine Surface Primer. Once dry, I painted the flightsuit Model Master Cobalt Blue. Using a custom mix of colors of lighter and darker shades for highlights and shadows. I painted the helmet white with gunmetal visor. The gloves and boots were painted flat black. The stairs and house are painted neutral gray.
The helmet was decorated with various decals from the spares box.
I sealed the figure with a light coat of dull coat.
The engines are finally attached to Blue Leader! Now, it’s looking like an X-Wing. I still need to weather the engines to match the rest of the build, but this X-Wing is turning out better than I had expected.
It was totally worth the wait on these replacements. I want to send out a BIG thank you to the person who made these available to me.
I went back and forth on using the kit engines versus a replacement. I’m especially happy with these results. it really puts this build over the top.