1/72 Bandai Red 5 X-Wing Fighter - Assembled and painted by StevetheSwede

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cking

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Once again, my good friend StevetheSwede has produced a scaled down ILM quality paintjob on my 1/72 Bandai X-Wing Fighter.
I am thrilled with the results!
 

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Talaris

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I’m about to post my own Bandai 1/72 here in the next few days, but this is miles better in comparison. I’m a bit discouraged now
 

cking

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I certainly don't want to discourage anyone. My own modelmaking and painting skills are nowhere near this level. At the end of the day - if you enjoy the hobby and are pleased with the end result based on your own skill set, you should share it and be proud of what you've done.
 

Talaris

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I think I over-weathered mine, and in an effort to reduce it, damaged a few decals. I think I should just top coat it now and call it a day.
 

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Analyzer

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I think I over-weathered mine, and in an effort to reduce it, damaged a few decals. I think I should just top coat it now and call it a day.

I find a good way to tone down overweathering is a mist coat of the base color. Matte or gloss varnish your subject, then use a very very thinned down color of your base coat or a light color and very lightly spray.

The same technique is also good if you use decals, the get decals to look a bit faded
 

Talaris

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I find a good way to tone down overweathering is a mist coat of the base color. Matte or gloss varnish your subject, then use a very very thinned down color of your base coat or a light color and very lightly spray.

The same technique is also good if you use decals, the get decals to look a bit faded

That’s good advice, but unfortunately I don’t have an airbrush, nor the ability to use it. My new apartment is very small, in fact I’m only working off a coffee table
 

cking

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I am literally speechless. Here is the little 1/72nd beauty in all its glory. This is a studio scale quality paintjob on something that is a fraction of the size of the ILM models. Truly, a work of art in my opinion and StevetheSwede has mastered this technique and style. Next up - 1/72nd Gold Leader Y-Wing.
 

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cking

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I tried to match up the ILM reference photo. Hard to believe how much accuracy StevetheSwede was able to get into this tiny 1/72nd scale model compared to the studio scale miniatures. I've owned a lot of studio scale X-Wings and Kotobukiya X-Wing in the past, but this is by far the most accurate. (I added a hint of canopy glass into the photo of my model so it matched up even closer with the ILM photo).
 

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cking

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Here's a photo that shows just how incredible it is to be able to recreate the ILM paintjob on a model that is so much smaller than the original 1/24 scale filming miniature.
 

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