Fine Molds Star Wars X-Wing


Adding some old builds which dropped off when I moved from one site to another, so here is a a build up of the RetroSF Rebel Speeder all combined into a single post.

As the Speeder is nearing completion and I need to get it all sealed (and the weather outside is not great tonight, which is where I need to be to do the spraying) I decided to make a little start on the X-Wing that will also be part of the display.

The Fine Mold kits are pretty decent and need no introduction or review, there are plenty elsewhere.  So started with the cockpit.  Not sure about the placement of the imaging scanner thingy.  Looks too far forwards so might tweak that later.  Followed tak5haka’s idea of some extra cables which were done with some solder wire.

Cockpit
Cockpit

Having had a browse online I came across a build of this particular kit by Diego Quijano on his excellent Scaleworks website.  He did the model as a captured ship with tons of open panels:

From Diego Quijano’s X-Wing build

I was pretty taken with this model and would like to replicate just a few of the open panels.  So spent a little while with a sharp scalpel and removed a couple of similar panel.

Panel Surgery
Panel Surgery

So just need to do a bit of cleanup on the removed sections and thin them down and then they will eventually be added back in hinged away from the open part.  So need to hunt out a load of little detail parts now to busy up the open areas.  If I can do 10% of what Diego did in his build I’ll be happy.

Sat down for literally a few minutes a night or so ago to try and come up with something that might look like the back end of the gun for the lower access panel.  Used some piano wire, Wave Option Part springs (size 3 I think) and some bits of plastic tube.

Guns
Guns

Well this X-Wing is a complicated little build.  Lots and lots of parts and quite repetitive assembly.  Which wasn’t helped by doing this quite late in the evening after a busy day.  Only lost 1 part so far to the carpet monster, which was one of the tiny, tiny bits which go along the foils.  Doubt anyone will notice that!

But two evenings working on it meant I’ve done the back end which means the assembly is basically complete.  For the options I went with uniform parts rather than mismatched (which you should do for specific builds like Red 3 or Red Leader etc) as I’m thinking at the moment of not weathering this one down too much and having it a little closer to factory condition.

Also need to take a decision on base coat colour.  Was thinking of going dark but as the base will be quite dark colours I’m now not so convinced…

Assembled
Assembled
Assembled
Assembled
Assembled
Assembled
Assembled
Assembled

Looks like one of the guns needs a slight reposition to get it just right in these photos.  Hadn’t spotted on the actual model.

So now need to crack on with the detailing bit on those missing side panels and get something behind them to make it look like things are going on there.

Very small amount of progress but very frustrating to get to this point and nearly gave up completely as it was annoying me so much.  Had a few small resin pieces I found in a box which looked like they would be useful for detailing up the interior of the sections where I had removed the panels.  Trimmed them down a bit and tested them and all looked fine.  Popped a piece of plasticard in the bottom for them to sit on no worries.  The came to gluing them into place and they would keep pinging off the tweezers, dropping into the back, falling out.  Was getting severely fed up with them quite frankly.  But finally got them in.

The wiring was done with some thin wire I got from somewhere I don’t recall.  Was going to add more but again these were pinging off left right and centre.  Think I lost 3 or 4 pieces which had been carefully bent and measured into the carpet.

Also tried to reposition the targeting scanner as I didn’t like it sticking so far into the cockpit.  Got it off no trouble but when I went to glue it back in it slipped and has ended up inside the body of the ship (which by this point had been glued up).  So now I have no targeting scanner and an X-Wing which rattles.

Not the most successful of evenings and now I need to make a new targeting scanner.

Bit more work last night and a little more successful.  No parts lost and no desire to chuck the thing across the room.  Basically just did the panel doors that I had previously removed.  Added some internal detailing to one of them and left the other pretty much blank.  Added a little pillar inside the panel as well as thought that would look good.

Panels
Panels
Panels
Panels
Panels
Panels

Sorted out the misalignment on the panel behind the cockpit a bit at least.  No idea what happened there as the one on the other side is perfectly aligned and everything else on this side is in alignment.  Weird.  Just need to sand it off a little bit.

Also started to hollow out the droid socket on the top as I’m planning to have the droid being lowered into place and not already there.  Bit rough around the edges at the moment but you get the idea of it.  Pain to do though as the plastic there is quite thick and you need to maintain the round opening.  So drilled it out (but went slightly off centre but didn’t notice at the time of doing it) and then trimmed the front away.  Had hoped to keep the shoulders of the droid for something else but it got trashed in the process.

Droid Hole
Droid Hole

About time I got some paint onto this monster and try to get it a bit further along for the Brampton Show on 30th September (not very far away at all!) and although I know it wont be completely finished I wanted to get the painting done and leave the weathering for later. So onto phase 3.

So still wasn’t sure what base colour I was going to go for and having got an idea in my head I went to Halfords to pick a can.  Nothing even close to what I had in mind so ended up coming away with a can of White Primer.  So going traditional now.

So coat of that on started picking out some details.  The engines are Dwarf Bronze from the Games Workshop colours and will be weathered down a lot (one coat of wash already on).  The picked out some panels and bits with a very light grey (one of the Games Workshop greys but diluted down with some white) and then some of the raised bits with silver.  Cockpit was done with grey and the instrument panels have initially been picked out in black.

All the open panels have had a paint with Games Workshop Averland Sunset and will get a wash in due course.

Experimented with a wash along the gubbins on the top to see how that comes out.  Might be a bit much and will probably bring that back up with some dry-brushing.

Need to pick out some more details next and then get some decals sorted out.

Paint Started
Paint Started
Paint Started
Paint Started
Paint Started
Paint Started

Update as the decals are now done and will hopefully start applying them tonight.

Mine are the top ones (the ones below are for someone else who is doing a build and then there are some for various other purposes).  Interesting colour choice which was suggested to me and not something I would have thought of myself.

Decals
Decals

Further update on the decals.  Gave the model a coat of gloss to help with the application of the decals and got cracking.  Top part pretty much done now.

Decals
Decals
Decals
Decals

There are tons of tiny decals to add from the kits sheet as well as the new ones I’ve run off.  So progress is pretty slow.

Will move onto the sides tonight and see how far I get.

Finished the decaling the underside and added some of the small detail ones from the kit’s decals.  Underside isn’t as busy as the top but it wont really be seen when it’s sitting on the ground, so not too worried about this.

Will give it a coat of clear to seal the decals in and then there is just a few little bits of detail painting to be done and I can get onto the weathering (which will be part 4).  Although I may have to park this now until after the Brampton Show on 30th September as I have to get the base finished for the Star Wars kits that will be on display (this one, the Speeder and an old Y-Wing, plus those which will be brought by Eric and Rich). This will be a run through in some ways for the main display.

Underside
Underside

At the Crewe show in February where there will be a lot more models and a much bigger base (over twice the size).

Quick update as started to do some weathering with very mixed results.  Tried the ProModeller washes for the first time and on their advice used a highly glossed surface.  Now either my gloss is much glossier than theirs or I didn’t wait long enough for it to dry, because it came straight off.  Also the finish was quite gritty looking, so maybe I hadn’t shaken it up enough.  So did a little bit of washing with Badab Black around the engines and some Rocket Exhaust MIG Pigments on the engines to knock back the copper.

Not going to get any further with this now before the show next weekend as have to sort out the models I’m taking and finish off the base for the Star Wars display, plus I’m away for a couple of days now.  So this is as far as I’m getting for the first show and will need an IN PROGRESS sign for it.

Think I’ll go my usual route and go with a satin finish and oil washes instead of the ProModeller washes and I don’t like the Games Workshop washes for flat surfaces, although they work well for bringing out the detail in the gubbins.

In Progress
In Progress
In Progress
In Progress

Very minor update to prove that I’m still working on this, although been a bit distracted working on the majorly sized base that this and all the other models that will sit on it at the South Cheshire Militaire show in a couple of weeks time.

The X-Wing has had a slightly dirty wash applied all over and just now needs some streaks applied using some pigments and calling it done.  The Speeder next to it has also been completed but realised that the canopy hasn’t been weathered (not sure how that happened), so will get that done and also call that done.  The trailer has had some weathering but just needs one small addition to finish it off.

The little gaggle of droids are pretty much done, although some may get a little bit of weathering to make them look used.

X-Wing and Speeder
X-Wing and Speeder

And now just need to finish off the ancillary equipment and the figures as well for the display. I had forgotten about the figures which came with the kits, so will need to add them as well to the little group.

Figures
Figures

Nearly done!

So this was pretty nearly finished and was completed for the main display at the Crewe Model Show in 2013.

Here are some pictures from the show.  The model is currently with a friend and once I get it back will take some new pictures.

Hanger
Hanger
Hanger
Hanger

 

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