Blue Leader Progress

While waiting for glue to dry on the Red 5 build, I decided to move over to the Blue Leader build that had been sitting forlorned on the side table.

Falcon 3D Parts.

I recently received my shipment from Falcon 3D Parts. If you haven’t ordered update pieces from Falcon 3D Parts, you’re really missing out on some fantastic stuff.

The part I was going to tackle is the area on the aft side of the S-foils underneath the engines. Revell’s details aren’t accurate and really lacking detail. Additionally, the kit has you sliding the part into a recess.

Comparison of the kit parts to the Falcon 3D Parts.

In actuality, these parts are plant on details. So, the first thing that needs to happen, is the recess needs to be filled in. Using Evergreen sheet styrene and using the kit part as a guide, I created an insert that fits into the recess.

Styrene fill in.

The styrene was a little bit thicker than the depth of the recess. This was easily fixed by sanding the insert until it was flush with the surrounding area. Any gaps were filled and the area was sanded to remove any access filter.

Death Star/Battle Station Tiles

Death Star Tiles

Prior to Bandai incorporating Death Star tiles as bases/stands into their kits, there was essentially nothing available in the way of dressing up your in flight displays. ICONS displayed their X-wings and TIE Fighter over a Death Star display base, but those were available as a separate product and if they were, you’d pay a small fortune for them as ICONS was pretty proud of their product.

That’s all changed. Hole in the Wall productions has made available a very nice set of tiles for your displays.

The tiles are cast resin and measure 6×6 inches. Each tile cost between $12 & $14. This is an excellent price for these tiles! With my previous builds, I’ve had to scratch build the tiles out of Evergreen sheet styrene. It is very tedious and time consuming work to replicate these necessary tiles for an in-flight displays.

Below you can see the size difference between a Bandai tile and the Hole in the Wall tile. The detail on the larger tile is excellent.

Size comparison to Bandai tile.

I highly recommend these for your next project! A set of four tiles is $48 and worth every bit of it. I will most likely order another complete set for my McQuarrie X-Wing build.

Group size comparison.

The tiles can be found here.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the tiles.

Mcquarrie X-wing – Studio Scale

I really had no intention of picking up this project so soon, but sitting in the corner of my hobby room is my Frank Cerney studio scale McQuarrie X-wing.

This kit is the only one produced in this scale (1/24). It features full instructions and nicely molded resin parts.

Mounting hardware installed

I decided to put the mounting hardware to the bottom fuselage half. I used the same stand and hardware that was mentioned in a previous post for my upcoming Blue Leader build.

Adding more colors to Red 5

I adding some more grays, redid some grays and added some aged earth with chipping to my Red 5 build.

I’m really amazed how the ILM modellers were able to make a hodge podge of colors work together.

Added gray with chipping to exposed the aged earth underneath.

Corrected some grays and added aged earth to the fuselage.