CC X-Wing Returns!

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by Ivanhotep, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. Ivanhotep

    Ivanhotep Well-Known Member

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    Looks like someone has bought the molds and masters from Scott and has plans to reissue the kit.

    If you've thought about picking one up, you may want to hold off a bit and see if the reissue prices are better than ebay.

    OTOH, I hope this doesn't run afoul of MR, which surely has plans to sell an X-Wing replica somewhere down the line.

    More (not MUCH more) here:
    http://p197.ezboard.com/fatomiccityfrm3.showMessage?topicID=40.topic
     
  2. Jedi Dade

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    F'ing awesome!

    Jedi Dade
     
  3. PHArchivist

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  4. 12Rogues

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    Getting my hopes up!

    ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
     
  5. CaptCBoard

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    Further news on this can be had by emailing Mike Salzo.

    Salzo1@AOL.com
     
  6. morpheus13

    morpheus13 Well-Known Member

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    If any of you are on the fence, dont be! Mike is amazing to deal with, keeps great email contact ussually within minutes and is an all around great guy. While I never owned a CC kit I cannot compare the two, but regardless the quality of the kit is top notch. Even my wife was amazed by Mike's casting ability. Minimal cleanup if any is required. Im really just floored by the speed of this transaction and the product in general. I simply couldnt be happier.
     
  7. Ivanhotep

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    How clean are the castings of the "lugs" at the read end of the lasers? My CC versions had more problems there than anywhere else (but the CC casting was overall very clean).
     
  8. Treadwell

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    I don't have either version of the CC kit but I do have the source kit for those parts (M8 Ammunition Carrier wheels) and I can tell ya they tend to be pretty nasty right out of the box. It seems Tamiya's mold was breaking down (even in the 70s); I was hard pressed to get four decent-looking wheels out of the 20 or so that come with the kit. CC might've had worse luck with his donor kit.
     
  9. morpheus13

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    Ivanhotep wrote:
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    How clean are the castings of the "lugs" at the read end of the lasers? My CC versions had more problems there than anywhere else (but the CC casting was overall very clean).
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    Im going through the kit now. I will take some pics and post later today. So far, everything is very clean. The cannon bodies have a slight line where the mold wasnt sitting perfectly but I believe this part sits against the wing. It really doent matter as the line can be easily cleaned up. That is the worst thing Ive found so far; a hairline mold slip line.
     
  10. morpheus13

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  11. Ivanhotep

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    Looks good. Thanks for taking the time to photograph the parts.
     
  12. morpheus13

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    No problem. I had no idea there were so many parts so Im glad I got what you needed.
     
  13. CaptCBoard

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    I'm glad to hear Mike has come through for you!

    Treadwell-- The M8 wheel is from the 1/48 scale Aurora kit, not Tamiya!

    Scott
    CaptCBoard@AOL.com
     
  14. Treadwell

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    whoops, quite right...was going on memory; pulled my wheels over a year ago. [​IMG]
     
  15. star-art

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  16. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    I just got a copy of this new kit that I have been comisioned to build for a board member. Let me just tell you, IT ROCKS!

    The new kit is just as sharp and crisp as the old CC kits, I have one of those so I was able to compare them. The old CC kits are great, don't get me wrong, but these new ones are even better! According to Mike more parts (that didn't use to be) are being pressure cast then before. He didn't need to tell me that though, you can tell just looking at the parts! Hardly any bubbles at all.[​IMG]
    This is without doubt one of the best resin kits I ever seen, don't miss out!

    Steve.
     
  17. spinner 44

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    Steve,
    How about the detail panel behind R2? That's the one that had more bubbles on my CC X-wing because is so full of tiny details...

    Sergio
     
  18. star-art

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    The R2 strip looks absolutely perfect to me -- the only way you could do better is build one from scratch using the original donor parts!

    Hope that helps. . .
     
  19. spinner 44

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    That helped indeed... I was thinking of buying another X-wing hope that I can buy the extra stripe too (too much filling on the other!)

    Thanks star-art!
     
  20. Akanah

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    This makes me so incredibly happy, because I missed out on CC initial offering, so this is awsome for me!
     
  21. JLinNY

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    Thank you so much for this post!!!! I missed this kit the first time around, and I might have missed it again if I hadn't seen your post.

    My order is in!!!
     
  22. JLinNY

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    I just received my kit today, and all I can say about it is AWESOME!!! This kit is a real beauty. Top rate casting which looks like it will require very little clean up.

    If anyone is on the fence about this kit, grab it while it lasts!!! You won't regret it.


    [​IMG]
     
  23. Watson

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    Welcome to the club hehe.

    JDH
     
  24. wakeboardjedi

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    Still plugging away on mine. I can't wait till it's finished. I just need jadesdarkheart to keep going on his so I can know what I need to do next!

    Seriously, check his website casue it will help you out.

    http://www.blockheadpictures.com/

    JDH, I'll be ordering a Tie fighter soon, are you going to throw anything up on that on your website?
     
  25. Watson

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    </SPAN><TABLE BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH=85%><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Quote:<HR></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>JDH, I'll be ordering a Tie fighter soon, are you going to throw anything up on that on your website?</TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE>

    As a matter of fact I will be doing a write up of Steve's SS Tie. I just got it in last week and started washing all the parts on Monday. I will be adding a page about it pretty soon. My webpage is a constant work in progress but I appreciate the compliments [​IMG]

    I can say this, if you want a really good primer for the real thing, build one of the Fine Molds X-Wings. I learned allot by building that little ship.

    <TABLE BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH=85%><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Quote:<HR></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>I just need jadesdarkheart to keep going on his so I can know what I need to do next!</TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE><SPAN CLASS=$row_color>
    I am sufficiently shamed into updating my page thank you sir [​IMG]

    JDH
     
  26. JLinNY

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    What are you guys doing for a base??

    Great tip, JDH. Maybe I will follow your advice and do my FM X-Wing first. I have no worries about the assembly of the SS X-Wing, just the weathering.

    I think I am going to grab one of those SS TIE's myself. How much are they?? I haven't heard from Steve yet.
     
  27. Watson

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    </SPAN><TABLE BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH=85%><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Quote:<HR></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>What are you guys doing for a base?? </TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE><SPAN CLASS=$row_color>
    I was able to get my hands on one of Ronaldo Gutierres' bases he did. I don't know if you can even get these anymore.

    I would PM Steve and email him. I know right now he is either already shipped out, or about to be shipped out on assignment with the military. Just have some patience with him as his work is well worth the wait.

    Here is a picture of the base I am using.
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    JDH
     
  28. wakeboardjedi

    wakeboardjedi Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I was hoping to shame you into updating it! j/k

    I'm building one out of black phenolic so I can have all my electronics at the bottom and just run the wires for the engines and all the fiber optic stuff through the support. Plus I'm going to get a case made for it. The valley is too dusty of a place to let this beauty sit uncovered.

    Looking forward to the Tie write up.

    And yes, the fine molds X-wing is a great idea. I built two before I attempted the CC X-wing. It really helped me to learn how to weather the paint.
     
  29. JLinNY

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    And yes, the fine molds X-wing is a great idea. I built two before I attempted the CC X-wing. It really helped me to learn how to weather the paint.


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    Any painting tips would be appreciated (hint, hint).
     
  30. Watson

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    </SPAN><TABLE BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH=85%><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Quote:<HR></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Any painting tips would be appreciated (hint, hint).
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    Good Grief where to start. I primed it with flat black thinned way down. Used Testors Camo Grey as a base color. Mottled the paint using Tamiya Sky Grey and white mixed at different ratios.

    Once main body was done I coated it with Future, then I applied the decals. Once the decals were on used fine grade steel wool to take the shine off the decals.

    After that I lightly dusted another coat of future on it. Once that dried I used india ink and alcohol to weather it. The great thing about this method was if I went overboard on the weathering I could get it off with a clean Q-Tip and alcohol. Once done I went over the entire model again with Fine Grade Steel Wool.

    Once it was done and I had the weathering the way I wanted it, I put a final coat of Future on it mixed with Tamiya flat base so it would not be shiny but the paint and weathering would be nice and safe under the Candy Coating [​IMG]

    This method works great on the Fine Molds, but for the CC X-Wing I will be using the time honored method of Oil Paints for the weathering. But everything else will pretty much stay the same.

    The oil paint idea I borrowed from Alfred Wong, and the paint scheme generally came from Guntruck at:

    http://www.guntruck.com/XWingFighter.html

    **EDIT** Terrible Grammar
     
  31. lonnie sweet

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  32. JLinNY

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    That is a nice base Lonni, thanks for the link.
     
  33. JLinNY

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    Thanks for the excellent reply JDH!! I have been out of modeling for a few years now, and I will have to kind of re-learn how to do stuff, haha. I've got a couple great books from Kalmbach Press which also have a lot of great weathering tips.

    I have read about using India inks but never tried it myself. I know people also use pastel chalk but I've never done that either.

    Thanks for the link to Guntruck, that's a nice site.

    I don't know if you guys know this or not, but there's a couple outstanding close up shots of the Red 3 X-Wing studio model in the book The Art Of Star Wars.
     
  34. PHArchivist

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    Weathering is an art, not really a science. Its easy to teach how to make something dirty (swipe, wipe, or brush on streaks, runs, and drips of thinned paint; smudge with pastel chalk dust, knock down color brightness, etc.)

    Any individual weathering technique can be learned fairly easy.

    The key is having the artist's eye.

    Knowing when the weathering is heavy enough, but not too heavy. Recognizing the specific techniques or styles used on what your are emulating. Using the right colors (browns, blacks, greys, and variations of the model's base color) to mimic the color palette of the original... When you begin working THESE concepts, thats when the artist comes out...!

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    Thanks for the excellent reply JDH!! I have been out of modeling for a few years now, and I will have to kind of re-learn how to do stuff, haha. I've got a couple great books from Kalmbach Press which also have a lot of great weathering tips.

    I have read about using India inks but never tried it myself. I know people also use pastel chalk but I've never done that either.

    Thanks for the link to Guntruck, that's a nice site.

    I don't know if you guys know this or not, but there's a couple outstanding close up shots of the Red 3 X-Wing studio model in the book The Art Of Star Wars.
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  35. PHArchivist

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    By the way, what is the cost of the new kit, and has the kit been physically altered or modified?
     
  36. Watson

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    Contact Mike Salzo at Salzo1@aol.com

    He can answer any of your questions

    JDH
     
  37. Naked Brain

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    Here's mine that I finished back in April of 2003... one of my favorite buildups of all-time. Weathering included pastels, oils, powder from cut open fireworks, and a candle (don't attempt this at home, kids!).

    http://www.nakedbrain.com/xwing.html

    I was fortunate enough to receive one of Rolando's bases to finish it off. Thanks, Rolando!

    Tim
     
  38. JLinNY

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    Tim, that X-wing you did is a thing of beauty!!!! I'm just going to copy what you did, haha.
     
  39. Naked Brain

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    Thanks, JL!! [​IMG]
     
  40. Laser Brain

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    Beautiful. I love the targeting computer!

    Neil
     
  41. OPPI

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    What colors are you all using for the base color of the x-wing body? Also what about the red?

    thanks
    dan
     
  42. EchoLeader

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    Tim, your X-Wing is the best I've seen done in my opinion and I hope mine turns out half as good when I get to work on it.

    Glad you were able to use the base.
     
  43. Naked Brain

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    Rolando,

    That's an amazing compliment... coming from someone whose work I respect and admire tremendously.

    Thank you! [​IMG]


    Dan,

    The base coat on mine was nothing but Krylon sandable white primer. It depends on the look you're going for... some say white, some say gray. If you opt for the gray, I've been told that Camo Gray is the color to go with. It's the color I'm going to use for a commissioned buildup I'm currently working on.

    When I used the white Krylon, I scrubbed the model afterwords with 000 steel wool to get a metallic sheen.

    HTH,
    Tim
     

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