Wonder why they chose to break it up there.
Wonder why they chose to break it up there.
It looks like that seam is going to be the big challenge of this model. I never thought to use Tulip on an outside application. I only use it for interior light blocking. Would several thin coats of Mr. Surfacer also do the trick? I imagine it's going to be near impossible to make the seam vanish without at least some sanding.
Where'd you get those pointed swabs? I've trailed my wife into department store make-up sections and never seem to find them.
They are made by Tamiya. I found some similar at the dollar store in the nail polish section that are softer and not as small or as pointed. The Tamiya are more dense and definitely not for personal use! I'll lay a few styrene chips down over whatever seam may remain. If the weather holds out I'll squirt some primer over it tonight.
Instead of tulip, couldn't you have just used Testors putty and some fingernail polish remover?
Thanks guys. I have a lot of different putties, thinners, sanders, etc. I try to pick the best tool for the job and for this tiny, and I mean TINY seam, Tulip worked great. I didn't want to use a putty where sanding would have been required as I didn't want to loose any surronding detail.
Oh, and my fiber just came in todays mail. I guess I know what I'll be doing tonight!
That's a great idea for filling in the seam!
I had e-mailed Revell USA asking if the Revell of Germany issue of the Zvezda Star Destroyer will be sold in the US since Revell USA has the Star Wars license.
It seems that Revell USA will also be issuing the Zvezda kit in May in the US.
Here is the response I got from Revell USA:
Yes our plan is to have this kit available in May. Our kit number will be 85-6459.
Hope that is what you needed. The retail price has not been fixed yet. Should be soon however.
Here's the conversation I had with Zvezda. You should be able to make the image bigger by clicking on it.
Also, a few words on fiber optics. I used to work in visual effects in Hollywood. A thing to remember is that the studio models were made for filming multiple passes which were composited later. The fiber points on the studio model were bright enough for the lighting pass, the beauty pass being separate. The model being made for eyes-on display needs to have enough brightness to be seen while the rest of the model is lit for display. This can mean that your fiber light source should be brighter than normal to be seen in daylight. Some experimentation may be necessary to suit your display method and area. A variable brightness source may be a very good bet.
I hope that holds true crowe t! That would be about the time I could afford a second one!
Maybe Bandai was waiting to see what the Zvezda offering was going to be like before releasing their own.
Here's the bottom line for me: Within the next 6 to 9 months I'm going to own a 2-foot, reasonably accurate replica of the ESB Star Destroyer suitable for lighting and super-detailing. It's only a matter of which company wants to take my money.
I responded to the e-mail and said I was asking if the Revell of Germany issue of the Zvezda Star Destroyer will be sold in the US but since they(Revell USA) will also be issuing it that's even better.
Ed responded again and said," Yes we have to do it that way because of licensing rules."
He sent me the item number in his first response. This is going to happen. It is the 40th anniversary and Revell does sell the Fine Molds kits so this all makes sense to me. They can appeal to the serious model builders by offering the Zevzda kit without having done the R&D themselves and still have the snap kit as a cheaper and more affordable alternative.
Ed just responded again and said it should be around April. April/May, what's the difference. lol It'll be so much easier for those of us in the US to get these.
Please be at Hobby Lobby!! 40% off here I come!!!! Finally got shipping notice on mine...can't wait.
With the exception of Bandai's palm sized star destroyer I haven't bought any ship models before. This one looks pretty darn brilliant.
Does anyone here at the RPF tend to offer a build/paint/lighting service??? seeing as how my skills(lack of?) leaves much to be desired
The problem with Revell for me is the Revell (Fine molds) 1/48 Tie fighter in my hobby shop is $140 AUS and so is the X-Wing .................so what the hell are they going to charge for the SD I know you can get them cheaper online but I am just talking about hobby shops
Last edited by Gans; Jan 13, 2017 at 7:49 PM.
I can't see the US version of the kit being any cheaper than what it is online.
I agree Gans, the Revell kits are either rare or non existant in local hobby shops, part of the problem lies with the Aust Revell distributors, for some reason they charge a premium to retailers to order the star wars kits, so the retailers have to charge the high prices to break even, which results in them not ordering any more!
Given the Fine Molds falcon goes for $500 Aus, i could only assume the big Z will command a similar price!
Ex-FM Tiefighter 80€
Ex-FM MF between 220 and 250€
Ex-Zvezda Pirate ship 90€
The Zvezda SD is announced for 90€
Maybe you can compare those with the requested prices for these kits in your area.
Edit: The Tie and Pirate prices are Revell MSRP, the MF is a price from the net. On Amazon they are cheaper, 50 for Tie and 60 for pirate.
Last edited by Lichtbringer; Jan 14, 2017 at 11:23 AM.
Here on Amazon Italy:
Ex-FM Tie fighter 60€
Ex-Zvezda Pirate ship 75€
The exFM falcon is more expensive (340€)
I started running fiber last night. Running fiber, lots of fiber, is soo much fun......
So, first time running fiber and have some questions. Is there a guide online that anyone would recommend or is it just trial and error? Is there anything unique with this kit that I should look out for when installing fiber? Thanks in advance - really looking forward to lighting this kit!
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