I swore my next model build would not be Star Wars themed because my last 4 have been...heh. Was gonna do some Iron Man or Trek. But J.J. dropped that teaser and I got the Falcon bug. This is going to be an out of box build, except for the modification to the dish and paint job to make it the Episode 7 Falcon.
I'm looking forward to this build, as I usually do with your builds. However, perhaps a bit more so because the Falcon is so freaking cool.
I ordered the cabin cone here...
I also have on order the new rectangular radar dish to make it the Episode 7 Falcon, but it hasn't been sent to me yet.
However, I did receive the cockpit cone today, and it's AWESOME! I've never used a 3d printed part before, it's so cool. It does have an EVER SO SLIGHT texture from the 3D printing process, but I'll knock that down with 600-1000 grit sandpaper and it will be perfect. No problem at all, so don't worry about the texture if you want to order one, it's barely even there.
Here is how it looks on the kit, it's a perfect fit...
I will post a picture of the rectangular Episode 7 radar dish when I get it.
looks like this kit retains the fault present on the larger Fine Molds Falcon, where the mandibles inside edges run parallel instead of tapering like they do on the studio model. Are you going to correct that? I can't believe they missed that detail, its so obvious the mandibles taper if you look at any photos of the studio model.
I am aware of the mandible issue, but I just really don't want to fix it. It's a major pain to restore them to their proper angle. I am holding out hope that Bandai will (almost certainly) release a kit of the Millennium Falcon at some point that will have accurate mandible toe in and other details.
The dish and engine parts should arrive in the mail tomorrow. I'll post pics when I get them.
3D printed grill on the left, kit grill on the right. Engine nozzles below.
The Episode 7 dish also arrived with the same shipment. This piece is also awesome, but unfortunately they accidentally sent me the 1/72nd scale dish instead of the 1:144 scale dish. It's huge compared to the Falcon.
The reason the Falcon hull looks like it does is because I had a problem with the paint job and had to strip back down to plastic.
I was thinking something along those lines too. Though, he definitely needs to not let Lando borrow that one.
Heh. I fixed the order and have the properly scaled dish coming my way in a couple of weeks. I'll build the rest of the Falcon in the mean time, and probably put the dish on last.
Firstly, I revised the base color on the respray. This time, the base color is 5 parts Tamiya XF-2 Flat White and 1 part Tamiya Deck Tan XF-55. Last time it was 4 parts white.
I have also begun painting the red panels, as well as the darker panels around the turret portholes.
I also light blocked the 3D printed engine grill as well as gave it the same hull color.
Also painted the cockpit, but there wasn't really much to it.
The paneling looks fantastic. :thumb: