Awesome post, Gene - thanks for taking the time...
Nothing like having the actual top hatch off of an original TIE miniature and some serious, expert sleuthing to answer 30+ years of questions and idle speculation.
Thank you Gene for thsi great post, that's what I like, proofs & pics !
Thanks Gene. Your post is the kind of post that effectively ends discussion, in the definitve this is it way. If I ever get around to using this Koolshade its good to know that Tamiya Haze Grey is SO close.
So is stormy sea the ESB+ROTJ color too?
I'm sorry Gene but the colour is way off because you've gone and coloured matched 33yr old dirty and UV faded paint.
Thankyou once again for your tireless research.
Did efx mention anything about the TIE Interceptor? I would love to get that one but would settle for the TIE if they decide not to do the TIE/i
I love all the background info about this project. Extremely informative.
My understanding Its next after the TIE Fighter release. Everything is still a go as far as Im told. Will let you know more when I hear back from EFX.
I took this photo at the Star Wars exhibition that was recently in my town. Hope this helps with a few issues/discussions you guys are talking about...
Hmmmm, blue repaint over gray. INTERESTING!!!
Do you folks ever take into consideration that after thirty years the paint may have faded?
Notice how dark the paint is / and how thick the rim around the window is compared to the EFX?
Mic... would the paint fade if the model is kept out of natural light?
Depends on the paint type.
Is there even a rough ETA? 2011, 2012?
After seeing it this time last year at SDCC 2009, I would have bet money we'd all own it by now...
The models have probably been in all sorts of light, with no real thought about color preservation for longer than a lot of members here have been alive. You can see where the colors of the paint have sometimes dramatically shifted on the models, when a piece has fallen off, exposing the preserved paint (or primer) beneath. They're all currently under fluorescents, day in/day out. No idea if there are UV considerations in place now?
I seriously doubt it. These models while I'm sure the handlers are "careful" go through a lot of hands on their tours and as we've seen take a decent amount of damage along the way... and over the years.
All that being said - while I'm sure there is "some" degradation in the color, its not like they've been in the desert sun bleaching either. They should still be "close"... especially if you look at he undersides that are almost perpetually in the "shade" of the model itself.
Gene can address this better than I, but I suspect that hatch cover of Richard's spent the better part of the last thirty-five years crated and in storage.
FWIW, I've got an old MPC Vader TIE I originally painted in `78 using Testors spray enamels. A couple years ago I performed some minor touch-ups using the same stuff, and the fresh paint matched the original finish perfectly (or perfectly enough to my nit-picky eyes).
Any color degradation in his case is likely to be so minimal as to be irrelevant.