Building the X-Wing

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  1. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Building the CC X-Wing.
    Just primed and the wings have not been mounted.
    Cockpit is nearly ready, just have to paint the front and some other details.
    R2 has some major scars as he has been blasted by Vader :)
    Luke will get yellow glasses.
    Cockpit has been modified with tubes and wires and other details.
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  2. 1138

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    SCHWEEEEET. :thumbsup

    Great job on that cockpit dude. Is that the CC pilot figure? Also doesnt look like the R2 in my kits either.?.?

    Very nice paint job, cant wait to see more...

    Dan
     
  3. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks :) Yes it is the original CC Pilot but the R2 is not :D
    It is the R2 from the AMT E3 Anakin Jedi Fighter Snap Kit (Thanks to PHArchivist for the hint :D ). Much better than the R2 which comes with the kit.

    Philip
     
  4. streetjudge79

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    Great cockpit.....
     
  5. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Sweet..

    I like the R2 unit...

    I can't wait to see the rest.

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  6. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you all guys :)
    Not to forget: I have to thank Tony Agustin who gave me the hint how to do the hoses .
     
  7. MegaPrime33

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    That is truly amazing work. Can't wait to see the rest of it.
     
  8. PHArchivist

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  9. Master Propmaker

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    That is totally awesome work.
     
  10. ckwanwoo

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    Really Really great job.
     
  11. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    More WIP pics. Sorry no wings yet :) The cockpitwindow isn't fixed yet and there are still small details missing on the body.
    In the pics the model looks much cleaner than live and the colors look to bright (flash ?). I don't know why but surely i am not a good fotographer :)

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  12. Ketzer.com

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    Looking good.

    Tim
     
  13. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Awesome work dude. It's going to look smashing ones the wings are on. I'm currently wrapping up a CC kit myself, mine is Red-2.

    Good stuff.

    Steve.
     
  14. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys :)

    @Steve: Red 2 is cool . Much better reference material than Red 5. I just have this: Red 5 and screenshots out of the movie (which are quite useless)...
     
  15. R2B9

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    Your cockpit is living proof that it isn't necessary to light it electronically. Awesome-- the fleshtones on Luke are incredibly lifelike.



    Only one tiny (and I'm a X-wing costume wearing geek so I have to say it) constructive comment. The orange flightsuit needs a good dullcoat on it. Other than that, I'd swear that you build a giant cockpit for a 1/6 scale pilot figure. I can't wait to see the wings on your bird.
     
  16. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks :) And yes, your absolutly right about that, i was going to dull the suit down. It's all still wip. I really appreciate constructive comments because they help me to get it right in the end.
    Btw. the fuselage is way more weathered now and the last little details were added. I will post photos when i have the wings ready :D
     
  17. moffeaton

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    Looks fantastic. Big fan of hoses in these cockpits :-D
     
  18. Ivanhotep

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    That's a thing of grungy beauty. Your cockpit looks great, and the paint job is excellent.

    Care to give us a quick rundown on your painting process? Did you start with a glossy black primer coat and then overspray white, or did you go another route?
     
  19. Spiker

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    Thanks again :)

    A very quick guide to what i did:

    First built the main body complete and i built the 4 wings complete.
    Cockpitwindow, cockpit, pilot and R2 seperate.
    The whole X-Wing was primed with Tamiya gray primer (the regular one).
    Luke was primed in white (Games Workshop Skull White Primer).

    Next step was airbrushing the X-Wing completly with Model Masters Camouflage Gray.
    Then everything was masked and painted with several colors. I used salt with water for the chipped paint. Some scratches were painted by hand, some were real...
    After that the weathering started. First i did some pastels but realized it would take a 1000 years to get it where i want it... so i used my airbrush with acrylic black paint to weather. I use a airbrush color from "Schminke" for that. You can spray it in the recesses and wipe it away with your fingers. Great effekt.
    Then i used Oil Wash for the heavy weathering (believe me it looks very heavy weathered now, as promised i will post photos when i have the wings ready :) ).
    Dark brown and black oil color was used.
    Some sandcolor for different areas and so on. It is a long process of adding and taking away dirt until it fits to the original colors. Everything is sealed and dulled down with Gunze flat varnish.
    I have to thank some people here from the board for some of the hints to get this right. I guess i used every technique known on this model :)
    So stay tuned for further progress :D
     
  20. REL

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    This looks amazing. Very nice.
     
  21. Watson

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    Great work she looks really good. :)

    JDH
     
  22. Less than Super Ostrich

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  23. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Short update :)
    The wings have been painted but no weathering yet.
    I tried to get the chipped paint as accurate as possible on the red markings :)
    This is what my workplace is looking right now :D
    Will start the weathering tomorrow and hope to get good 'ole X-Wing ready by the weekend.
    Will keep you posted B)

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  24. Watson

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    LOL Not Mine Super :lol but it is gorgeous nonetheless
     
  25. EchoLeader

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    I see you also use translucent inks, am I correct? I've used these and they can create some great effects.
     
  26. REL

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    That work space looks familiar. I finally cleaned mine up yesterday. I found several things I thought I didn't have that I went out and bought again, now I have spares.

    That ship is looking great.
     
  27. Ivanhotep

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    Thanks for posting your paint techniques. The wings are looking good.
     
  28. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yes, absolutly. I use the translucent airbrush colors from "Schminke". Very common here in Germany. That is the stuff i used for much of the weathering as you can wipe it with your finger if too much :)
     
  29. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    See next posting :)
     
  30. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ok, i am ready now :D

    I have some problems with the stand, the X-Wing is a tad too heavy for my support-system...
    So i have to built a new one which will be absolutly safe. This will take a while but i wanted to show you some photos before :)

    Please note .: The photos are not really good, i will take better ones when the new stand is ready and will use a black background. Please ignore the dumb background for now ;)
    The photos have been taken without the flash to show how the colors look in real life so they are all a little blurry...but better blurry than falsified.
    Because of the lack of flash it's all very dark there, but when i do the new photos i will have good lights :)
    Finally please mind this will NOT be the final place for the X-Wing :D I will give it a worthy spot .

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  31. 12Rogues

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    Fantastic.

    I'm cleaning and filling mine now and if it comes out 1/10th as good as yours I will be thrilled.

    Great job.
     
  32. temponaut

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    Beautiful work, Spiker.

    I'm impressed by your entire build... but want to congratulate you in particular on how much your little Luke figure actually looks like Mark Hamill.

    Great job. :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  33. R2B9

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    It is the R2 from the AMT E3 Anakin Jedi Fighter Snap Kit (Thanks to PHArchivist for the hint :D ). Much better than the R2 which comes with the kit.

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    I finally opened my AMT kit for the R2 figure-- to quote Luke, "What a piece of JUNK." The idiot who thought the dome should be assembled in a left and right half should be hung by his toes. Ugh-- soft detail lines, blobby would be the right word for it. Did yours start out that way, too, or did you luck out and get a good mold?

    Gads. The rest of the AMT kit seems ok, so I won't beeyach about it.

    I think for my CCXW I'm going to go with my original plan- I had a friend copy the R2 and cast it in clear resin, so I can light it. I'm going to stay with the rest of the kit as non-lit, though.

    Your "lousy pictures" look great, by the way. :thumbsup
     
  34. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hm, my R2 was great from the start. Ok, that it comes in halfs was dumb from AMT but i sanded and primed it well.

    Here 2 comparison shots of Red 5:

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    And good 'ole Luke in his cockpit

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  35. R2B9

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    Your CCXW is a thing of beauty, definitely a show stopper. Now if only Captain Cardboard would do a Y-wing to go with it... *prayer* :angel *prayer*
     
  36. superjedi

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    Spiker,
    Outstanding work. The comparison pics really show how much detail you put into your weathering.
    I wish I could afford one of these kits.
    Eric
     
  37. Tony

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    Great work. I really like the comparison pics you took comparing yours to the real Red Five.
    Congrats.
     
  38. RickDTM

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    Spiker - Did you fabricate Luke's clear amber visor or did you get if from another kit?
     
  39. Spiker

    Spiker Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I made it myself from a sheet of yellow foil. The only thing i used from another kit was the R2. Everything else is from the CC kit or scratchbuilt.

    Philip
     
  40. RickDTM

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    Gotcha. Awesome work on the entire thing.
     
  41. Pauleysolo

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    That is a beauty.. Very nice job on all aspects of that one.
     
  42. 1138

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    Philip, you are one sick puppy. Those side-by-side pics with the studio model - man you nailed it. Great work :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  43. Spiker

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    Thank you so much guys . I really apriciate all your nice words .
    My next projet is the SS TIE Fighter which i start with this week :)
    My collectionroom is going to explode... (i have to get a concept in the room, look at that chaos...) :D

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  44. Darth Detroit

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    One complaint. The face of luke is the ESB luke, post car accident.... :lol

    Just kidding. You have a sharp eye for detail. It looks really nice. :thumbsup
     
  45. Spiker

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    Late, but here are the final pics :)

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    The last 2 were taken under different lights.
     
  46. Duck9000

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    Impressive job, awesome details an so on.... Congrats. :)
     
  47. jedi_adrian

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    wow amazing...great job.....
     
  48. Ewok

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    absolutely.....a piece of art. Very nice paintjob. Great to have it finished...isn't it? Back to social life :D
    Give us an update of your next project when you're on. Keep it up....
     
  49. Hand Solo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Spiker @ Mar 15 2006, 09:54 AM) [snapback]1206299[/snapback]</div>
    Now all you need is a studio scale replica of Uncle George in flannel and BC glasses circa 1983 and you'll have a nice reproduction of the Lucasfilm Archives. :love :lol
     
  50. CessnaDriver

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    Truly a very accurate Red Five.

    Much care was clearly taken to match the originals weathering in great detail.

    Mine is still primered and drilling holes for fiber optics, so painting is a little ways off but Im gathering my mojo so any tips are appreciated.
     

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