Hi guys! I got back into star wars collecting before my son was born but Just getting around to joining rpf as I've lurked here for almost a decade and just never big on sitting at computer and typing or getting involved much. I am a sculptor and well rounded fx artist so I enjoy the project aspect of the hobby. My son is now 13 months old and we have another one on the way in November so my sort of rule now days is one project at a time from start to finish. Helps to keep project on table as the only hobby focus and for me it makes a better piece as I can only do work when I have downtime alone. Saves space in small collection room as well and my goal is a modest museum-like display.
I've always admired this forum for the precise detail that goes into a piece and making sure being finished quick is not the end game as is just putting maximum effort each step no matter how long it takes.
Anyway first intro post and getting to my point I promise LOL. Since slowly stepping back into hobby without pissing my wife off too much, I've finised my home improvement craziness and finished with my tiny collection room. Besides displaying old random stuff in storage and decorating and designing strict SW theme, I've used my sculpting abilities, paining and general FX skills, electronics work, etc. to create my first projects. Anything from a higher end fx lightsaber to whatever else I created, was all important to seeing where I wanted to go with scarce hobby time.
I've settled on obscure cantina and various alien mask/bust sculpture and finally studio scale models.
Yes this is where you can stop scratching your head and see that this thread did involve the xwing kit!
I was happy to see this atomic city models kit offered again and got mine directly from them. Now I know others are out there and it might not be considered the top kit anymore, but its right up my alley. Nothing brings the star wars movie magic nostalgia like the studio scale ships for me.
I plan on utilizing a variety of my skills like painting/airbrush, electronics wiring for cockpit and other lighting , etc...
Here's where I'm lacking and I was wondering if you guys could be of some assistance. Searching yields nothing for an instruction manual or step by step build thread. I've gone thru cleaning parts but should I just get familiar with them and build based on good movie model reference photos?
I've built models and poured resin castings, though this is my first garage style resin kit build. I might be bad at searching but for glue I would think super glue would be best, any advice? I know resin will never melt bond like a plastic kit so not sure what I should use. My supply closet has maybe 20 different glues I've used for project and is at my disposal.
I need to gather reference photos but am starting very soon. Sorry for long intro but I will probably post some build photos in this thread if that's cool.