Fine Molds Falcon!

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by superjedi, May 11, 2005.

  1. superjedi

    superjedi Sr Member

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  2. Watson

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    HELL YEAH BABY WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
     
  3. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    1:72, wouldn't that be in roughly the same size as the old AMT/ertl kit? I'm sure the details and proportions will blow that old crap out of the water but I would have wanted something bigger.

    Steve.
     
  4. cobywan

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    The old kit is more like 1/80 something. Hopefully they will be allowed to make it like the FX miniature instead of the newly connonized Highwall Falcon.
     
  5. Watson

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    Fine Molds will do it right. Very rarely would I ever say something with such certainty, but thier track record speaks for itself and I have faith they will do it justice and then some.

    Greg
     
  6. Boba Flint

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    I'm speechless.........
     
  7. slave1pilot

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    Man,
    My wife flipped when I spent half that on the SlaveI.
    & that's still sitting on the shelf after nearly a year.
    Think she'll go for it?
     
  8. binkleywalker

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    Does that say it won't be released until March? Well, time to save up for it, I guess.

    Brian
     
  9. sstinson

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    Here is an even better link with pictures of a prototype.

    BTW, greetings i am new to the board...

    Falcon Prototype
     
  10. wakeboardjedi

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    Great pics, looks like it will be fun to build.

    Welcome to the board.
     
  11. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    For some reason the pics are not showing.
     
  12. staermose

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    I wonder if this will be the large 5 ft ANH Version or the smaller from ESB? It will most likely not be a compromise of the two or one of the other models that where used. I'm hoping for the ESB version. The detailing of the 5 ft would in this scale be to small in many cases to be included.

    What version are you guys hoping for??


    And in case the pics still don't work

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/204.jpg[/image]


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/205.jpg[/image]
     
  13. Gary Weaver II

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    holy god almighty...

    Thats AMAZING... This just bumped my PL Enterprise from first place...

    -Gary
     
  14. Treadwell

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    It's an ESB, too. Lookin' good.

    I wonder, though, why so many add-on parts are necessary. Most of them have no undercuts, so they could've easily been tooled as part of the base hull pieces, eliminating a tree or three. That would've driven down production cost (and price) tremendously.
     
  15. Watson

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    Man those gunwells look amazing. I am drooling over this already. As for them making all the add on pieces that doesnt really bother me.

    JDH
     
  16. Hotshot

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    B) oh yea . . .
     
  17. METALLBOY

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    EXCELLENT :)
     
  18. gobler

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    I just ordered the TIE-Fighter from them The Pics look great, does any one have any of the modles from this place? How are they in person? Also How big is the TIE? Sorry if this in a little OT from the Falcon (which looks super)

    Cheers,
    Jeff
     
  19. nivektunk

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    I might just have to put aside my old AMT kit and Falcon kits parts. It looks great. I already warned my wife I'm buying it when it's available. And with it being 1/72 there's more room for lighting.
    Cheers, Kevin
     
  20. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :D

    This is the best news ever for Falcon fans.
     
  21. masterjedi322

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    This is great news. Is there a Fine Molds dealer you can pre-order these at?

    Sean
     
  22. Watson

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    StarShip Modeler will be taking pre orders once final pricing has been established.

    Greg
     
  23. kleine Stefan

    kleine Stefan New Member

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    wooohaaa......best news ever...
     
  24. cobywan

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  25. Watson

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    Sweet shot of the new Batmobile :)
     
  26. dcarty

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    I suppose you could always tell her how much the MR studio scale replica is going to cost ;)

    PL Enterprise and now a Fine Molds Falcon, it's a great time to be alive.

    Cheers,

    Dave C
     
  27. superjedi

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    Ack. I wanna see Cobywan's pictures.. I get 404 errors when I click on them.
    Any more pics of this gorgeous thing?
     
  28. cobywan

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  29. Treadwell

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    The site apparently has blocked direct linking. You have to navigate back to http://pam.main.jp/
    and scroll down to the thumbnails.
     
  30. staermose

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  31. superjedi

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    I saved them at work. Unfortunately I am at home. Wait...I didn't mean to say that.

    The link to HLJ has new pictures.

    http://www.hlj.com/product/FNMX-01

    Ah. Thanks. . . those are excellent.

    I just had a thought. Knowing FM's penchant for "comprehensive" decal sheets, what do you guys imagine the Falcon's decals will be like?
    All those mysterious tiny markings? Maybe the various off-color panels done as decals?
    What do you think?
    Eric
     
  32. Ivanhotep

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    This is right excellent. I'd love to see some aftermarket detailing kits, with lighting kit, etched brass detailing, real grills over the engines, etc. Wonder if one of those armor detailing houses would turn out a supplemental kit?

    I'm also looking forward to Miyazaki's pig tank.
     
  33. Pauleysolo

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    Finally.. Of course this occurs right on the heels of the completion of my AMT with scratch building and Falcon kits complete conversion kit.

    Timing is everything.

    Not to hijack the thread--but I am tempted to wait on this until I see the Master Replicas Studio Falcon (32 inches?)--which will probably be the most expensive thing they have brought to market. Anyone know what the price might be? North of $3000?
     
  34. PHArchivist

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    Hopefully with Finemolds we won't need aftermarket detailing kits. :D

     
  35. SinkTube Jedi

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    * that is SSSWWWEEEEEEEEEEEET.
     
  36. Ivanhotep

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    Do they include brass detailing in their kits? I think for the engine grills at least, some sort of mesh screen will be essential to avoid that "plastic kit" look.
     
  37. PHArchivist

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    Touche'.

    God point -- ya got me.

     
  38. Hotshot

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    If it's a simaler scale, why can't you just get some train top screens at a train shop? they work great.. As do half the gazillion greeblies you can find in one of those shops. B)
     
  39. KUROK

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    I'm pumped 'bout this kit. Gotta start saving up now.. :D
     
  40. cobywan

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  41. phase pistol

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    Check out this new info from the HLJ site.. 800 parts. ENGINE DETAIL. B)

    According to Fine Molds' President Kunihiro Suzuki, he and his staff took over 600 photos of the actual 60cm dia. model that was used for principal photography of the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi to give them all the reference information they needed to create the perfect replica. The building process will be much like the way the prop was built, with numerous detail parts being attached to the large hull pieces. When completed, the model will be about 30cm (about one foot) in diameter -- just slightly smaller than the MPC/Ertl kit. It will take a lot more effort to complete this than the older kit, however, as some 17 runners will house over 800 parts that you'll need to attach.

    Other features we know: Landing ramp will be able to be built open or closed. Display stand will be included to allow landed or in-flight display. Landing gear will be able to be attached either deployed or retracted. Figures of some kind will be included, but no details on those are available yet. The kit will also include the first-ever Millennium Falcon engine detail. As that part of the ship normally appears simply as a blue-white special-effects glow, details were missing in previous products, but Lucas' artists created "official" information specifically for Fine Molds as to how that part of the ship is structured as well (based on the brief, added special effects shot from the original movie when the Falcon lifts off from Mos Eisley).


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    "Stolen"? Harsh. I was giving free publicity, morons... :lol

    Anyway HLJ (which is a fine company BTW) has a special page up on the Falcon, check it out.

    http://www3.hlj.com/shs05/falcon/index.html

    - k
     
  42. Raygun

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    Just think how much easier this will be to paint. With the hull halves being a mostly blank deck with no greeblies in the way, you can do all sorts of panel masking and weathering and paint all the bits seperately and then assemble it. Personally, I prefer it like this. I can't wait to get my hands one...just hope I can afford it when it hits the shelves.

    Raygun
     
  43. TFrosst

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    So, anyone think they know what the MR scale is going to be? I highly doubt it being 32". Plus, I think it's just too big to display. It'd be overbearing. What's the diameter of the FM 1/72 Falcon?
     
  44. phase pistol

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    "When completed, the model will be about 30cm (about one foot) in diameter "

    [​IMG]
     
  45. Treadwell

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    But on the studio model most of the greeblies are the same color as the hull and weathered along with it at the same time.

    No big deal, mind ya.
     
  46. SGluedMyFingers

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    Words cannot describe my elation regarding the news of this release. I was 12 when I opened my first MPC falcon and was almost as disappointed as the last AMT falcon that I opened about 6 months ago. I had forgotten how bad it was. After several thousand (it seems like) e-mails to falconkits, I made an order for styrene sheet from Plastruct - I'd make my own sidewalls. And I'm glad. I've learned a lot. But I'll be a lot more glad when I have a Fine Molds Falcon on my bench. I imagine it will be a useful reference for fixing the AMT. Maybe I'll cast new sidewalls and meet the WIDE OPEN demand for those unable to afford the Fine Molds. Maybe?

    Viva La Fine Molds.

    Cliff
    Super-Glued My Fingers
     
  47. Betamin

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    Anyone have a rough estimate as to how much they think this'll cost??
     
  48. Watson

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    Pricing as of right now, but will most likely change, is in the $175 - $185 range USD.

    JDH
     
  49. SGluedMyFingers

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    Last I heard was about $180. Figure in shipping and I'm saving up $200.00

    Seemingly expensive, at first glance. But let's add this up:

    AMT Falcon Model: Oh, about $25.00 on a good day.

    Trilliance Gunwells: $21.00 (each) x 2 = $42.00 (plus Shipping)
    http://www.starshipmodeler.com/store/store_2.cfm?Line=5
    or
    http://www.triliance.de/products.html

    Falconkits: $115.00 maybe more due to lack of availability - IF you can find a set.
    http://www.falconkits.com/html/order.html

    MMI Grills: $48.00
    http://www.federationmodels.com/products/millennia%5Fmodels/
    or
    http://www.coldnorth.com/millennia_models/...ucts/index.html

    Trilliance is also offering accurized turbo laser cannons for about the same as the gunwells, so you can tack on another $40.00 or so for a total of:

    $270.00

    And you still have a flattened, greeblie starved, aftermarket laden falcon that STILL isn't accurate. Let's face it: falconkits sidewalls - nice, but inaccurate. The cockpit insert - not even close. The trilliance gunwells are nice too - but again, not real accurate. At $200.00 for a falcon with finemolds accuracy - IT'S A STEAL.
     
  50. imaginager

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    Wow - I think I just wet myself.

    So, this is basically the same scale as the TIE and X-Wing...think of the diorama possibilities....I'm reeling. I've always wanted to do something with the Falcon getting sucked inside a hangar on the Death Star. At this scale, that just might be doable. Recreate the scene with the Space Troopers...

    Cool. Thanks for the news..

    Allan
     

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