Post X-Wing build photos

A quick run down/recap with what I did on this build.

This is the Revell 1/29 kit. Overall it’s not a bad kit, but it’s not that great either. It needs some help to be a respectable representation of an ILM miniature. I could have really gone to town on this model, but if I did all of the aftermarket stuff available and at the rate I build, it would be another year before I finished it.

Here’s what I did :
Falcon 3D Parts Plant on cannon mounts
Falcon 3D Parts cannons
Falcon 3D Parts canopy
Falcon 3D Parts Pilot figure
Scratch built additional details in the engine bays
Added hoses to the cockpit
Added canopy actuators to the cockpit
Removed the molded on engines and reworked them to better represent the ILM model
Added additional detail to the aft section

Overall, I think it turned out good. I’m my worst critic. There was a lot of inspiration from many Facebook groups that kept me going on this build.

Some armament

It was a challenge, by the canons are on!

The installation of the Falcon 3D Parts cannons to their plant on detail proved to be a little tricky.

It involves drilling the plant on part and installing a pin. Then drilling an alignment hole in the cannon. This gives the canon some thing more to attach to than just the raised base on the mount.

Falcon 3D Parts Cannons Installed

Overall, I think it looks great. I’m on the fence if I would want to tackle this again on my next X-Wing build.

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 weren’t 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.

Early Blue Leader work

I couldn’t paint anything on Red 5 yesterday, so I decried to push ahead on some early Blue Leader /Blue 1 progress.

A fellow builder and good friend pointed me to some stands and inserts that he uses on his X-Wing builds.

These video camera stands can be found on Amazon for around $10.

The 1/4″-20 threaded insert can be found at Amazon as well. The only problem I had with purchasing the inserts on Amazon is that they come in quantities of 50 or 100. I only needed two. I went to a local hardware store (Lowe’s) and found what I needed in the hardware department in the specialty furniture hardware drawers. They had a bag of four for $4.00.

I drilled a 5/16″ hole in the belly of the fuselage. The was hole was a little undersized, which was okay. This allowed me to get the opening to the right size to install it as flush as possible.

I glued the insert to the inside of the fuselage with a generous supply of super glue reinforced with baking soda. Apply the baking soda while the super glue is still liquid.

Since there is a curve in the belly of the fuselage, I sanded the edges of the insert until the entire insert was contoured to the fuselage shape.

Metal insert.

Once dry, you can screw the stand to the model.

Stand attached to X-Wing.

Once I was satisfied with the overall install and strength of the insert. I removed the stand and attached it to a 12×12 base.

Stand attached to wood base.

This seems to be the accepted method for displaying Star Wars models. The stand swivels allowing the builder to position the model in any attitude.

Paint and some rework

I have completed the red paint work on the S-foils. It’s now Red 5 again. Painting these markings isn’t hard by any means, just a little tedious. I don’t like that Revell made the markings like panel lines, but it did make it a little easier to mask the markings. On my next build these will be filled in as the ILM models didn’t have these.

Red 5

Additionally, I needed to rework some paint. I initially painted the rings around the intake a gray, when it should have been a light blue. So I corrected that, continued the ring around the intakes and added them to the lower intakes.

Intakes

Left side intakes