Bandai 1/72 PG Millennium Falcon (also the Revell Germany rebox)

gt350pony66

Sr Member
Your Falcon looks awesome! Out of curiosity, how did it go adding the extra gear boxes? Did you document your mods anywhere for us to see?

Many thanks! Yes, in my Hoth Echo Base diorama thread. I thought you scribed it? I'll past a link. the PG was probably the last% pages? I think
 

gt350pony66

Sr Member
Your Falcon looks awesome! Out of curiosity, how did it go adding the extra gear boxes? Did you document your mods anywhere for us to see?

I'm having issues with the laptop. It's titled, "1/72 Hoth Echo Base Hangar diorama"
But the extra gear bays weren't too difficult. You just need to refer back to Jaitea's images he posted in this thread to map out and mark where they go. After that, easy stuff, well I think it was anyway. The most challenging part was actually scratching the thin filler panels that reach over to the new maintenance pits, but that was just patience and time consuming. As far as I know, Korban44 and I are the only ones who have posted the conversion, though I hope a lot of guys are doing it. Tony/308 bits and Age of Plastic made it all possible with their brilliantly designed conversion parts on Shapeways (y)
 

Jaitea

Master Member
I've been asked to repaint a PG Falcon which has already had its decals applied & sealed.....did we ever find out if there were any replacement sets available?

J
 

gt350pony66

Sr Member
I've been asked to repaint a PG Falcon which has already had its decals applied & sealed.....did we ever find out if there were any replacement sets available?

J
I think a couple of the guys had a line on that...I know Korban got something so he could print some but I don't know that he ever did. I'd check with him though(y)
 

GMan68

Active Member
Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon


Thanks for the compliment! I know you've asked a coupe times how people are going about painting. Here is my 2 cents.
-Black automotive primer
-Tamiya AS-20 Insignia White base coat
-I start by airbrushing the obvious grey and red panels (I mixed my own colors)
-liquid latex mask for paint chipping.
-I'll tone down the reds a little by going back over with my base coat color through the airbrush very lightly. You can see where ILM did this also on the 5ft. (See photo)
-For the various other colored panels I used oils. I find if I thin them enough I can get the subtle translucent feel I'm looking for. (See photo) I seal the oils with clear coat or it will be until July until it's dry. The biggest mistake I see is when some of these subtle panels are painted too heavy. The panels start to look more like a chess board if you're not careful. If you accidentally go too heavy you can lightly hit them with your base coat to tone them down.
-I then did all the little black and orange tick marks with a fine art pen.
-I use various techniques for the steaks. For the dark ones I use the post-it note method with the airbrush and extremely thinned Tamiya Smoke. This leaves the steaks pretty sharp more like the 32inch, so I soften them up by lightly going back over them with the Tamiya weathering kit. (See photo) I also use them to make lighter steaks. Look at the reference there are dark and there are really light streaks. I really like this effect and try to emulate this. There are some very small oil streaks on the top of the hull that I used the art pen to achieve
-I use oils for the variations of dark and orangish rusts along the hull and side walls. Same color but based on thickness changes the color. I like doing this because rust isn't just one shade.
-I hit it with the dremel for extra scratches and chips. There are reference where you can see black under the paint. If I accidentally go through the primer layer I just take the art pen or oils and color it black in the groove.
- The 1gazillion decals is what I hated worst. Some I can't even see.
- sealed it all with a clear coat.

Would love to try the ArchiveX paints someday. Just can't afford them right now.


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Kokkari, beautiful work! Exactly the subtlety I am hoping I can pull off on mine. Can I ask, did you prime the maintenance pits before assembly or just whack the whole thing together and prime as one? I’ve already installed one set (and glued it) and now I’m worried I won’t be able to paint it properly.
 

kokkari

Sr Member
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Kokkari, beautiful work! Exactly the subtlety I am hoping I can pull off on mine. Can I ask, did you prime the maintenance pits before assembly or just whack the whole thing together and prime as one? I’ve already installed one set (and glued it) and now I’m worried I won’t be able to paint it properly.
Thanks! The only thing I painted before I assembled was the cockpit interior. I primed and painted the whole thing as one whole piece. That is my approach with ILM style paint work. Pretty sure that's the way they went about it based on the photo evidence. But to each their own! If it helps you sleep better at night knowing that every nook of the maintenance bays got hit with some paint and the gun turret interior is completely detailed, then more power to you. You are more of a perfectionist than me LOL
 

GMan68

Active Member
Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon

For those who are interested, I have uploaded the 3D file (stl) of the mount of my previous post.

DropMeFiles – free one-click file sharing service
(the link lasts for about a week)

I advise those who consider using this file to adjust the size of the hexagonal hole to suit the long-nut that you are going to use.

DISCLAIMER: I am not liable for any Millennium Falcons crashed (or whatever happens) by using this file (or whatever you do).

Hey Lab. Seems I was a twit and forgot to actually click on the link in time to download the STL file. Ugh.
Any chance I could be a pain and ask you to fire it up somewhere yet again? :-(
 

GMan68

Active Member
Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon



I am not sure of the ratings of the kit LEDs, as I have no testing equipment. The kit lighting unit uses 3 regular 1.5V LR3 batteries, but battery voltage has little to do with LED ratings.
Here are pics of the kit's lighting unit with the lids removed, for your reference.

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Here are the ratings of the LEDs that I used.

akizukidenshi.com/download/ds/optosupply/OSPW3131P%20_.pdf
akizukidenshi.com/download/ds/optosupply/OSW54L5B61P.pdf

I have drawn the circuit diagram of what I did, if anyone is interested.

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A very crude execution:

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The additional LEDs are just suspended by their leads, which are simply inserted to the kit part by drilling little holes and slits for the leads.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not liable for any Millennium Falcons burned (or whatever happens) by executing this recipe (or whatever you do).

There are much more powerful LEDs in the market, but I wanted to avoid any heat problems. Besides, going too far would make the Falcon look like a lighting apparatus than a scale model.
LED color is another factor, but I chose to go white to leave the option to fiddle with filters if I wanted to.

Here I go again, Lab, being all needy and asking more questions. I'm curious how you routed the wiring out of the falcon? I'm thinking of using one of these Panavise mounts since it has a hole in it for cabling. Hopefully, it will be robust enough as it is hollow, as opposed to the usual ones which are solid shaft. I'll just run the wiring out down by the 1/4-20 mount and into the hole..
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GMan68

Active Member
Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon

need some info... please. from this pic, that was posted a million pages back, i’m trying to find the name of the mounting bar that wasn’t used here. pretty sure it’s a camera mount, but does the owner know the manufacturer?? please and thanks!?!

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Is this really a Panavise? Because all of theirs look like 1/4-20 camera fittings, whereas this one looks like something else. M8 thread maybe?
 

GMan68

Active Member
And because I might as well make it four posts in a row, has anyone used Mission Models Paints for their bird? Apparently, it is amazing acrylic to airbrush. Durable and easy to use without all the issues acrylics typically have in an airbrush. I would be keen to hear what colours anyone might have used.
 

Lab

Well-Known Member
Hey Lab. Seems I was a twit and forgot to actually click on the link in time to download the STL file. Ugh.
Any chance I could be a pain and ask you to fire it up somewhere yet again? :-(

Here goes.

DropMeFiles – free one-click file sharing service

As to the wiring, the wires just goes through the gun turret window and that's it. The shafts I use to mount the Falcon are not hollow, so the wires are attached to the back side of the shafts so that they are hidden when seen from the "front" side of the display.
 

GMan68

Active Member
Thanks, Lab! Very much appreciated.
For the life of me, I can't find that particular model of Panavise you used. A 1/4-20 thread seems very small to hold the Falcon up, but beyond that, all of the units I can find have the knurled ring for locking onto the model, not the hex bolt as per your photo.
 

GMan68

Active Member
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I’m getting there with my build, finally. Not sure if I have an unwanted gap in my assembly between the mandibles. Did everyone else have a gap here?
 

JoelSG

New Member
View attachment 1018138 View attachment 1018139 I’m getting there with my build, finally. Not sure if I have an unwanted gap in my assembly between the mandibles. Did everyone else have a gap here?
Mine has a gap. I flexed the edges of the saucer to eliminate that part of the gap, but I left it between the "jaws" and the back of the "mouth" References suggest there is a gap there, you can even see electrical wires through it.
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