Millennium Falcon MPC kit Rebuild

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  1. Captain Han Solo

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    Hey Guys!

    First sincere apologies for any confusion.

    I have been rebuilding an old first issue MPC Millennium Falcon to more closley represent the original 5' Miniature seen in Star Wars on the big screen back in 1977. I didn't like the changes to her for "Empire"or the 32" Falcon's Look. They enlongated the cockpit, added the extra landing gear boxes Etc...

    Having built two Fine Molds 1/72 Falcons, I thought I could tackle the challenge.

    To do so, and hopefully bring the old kit up to Fine Molds standards I had to..
    Disgard the kit's supplied Cockpit and Cockpit Tube.
    Trim the sidewalls down to correct height
    Add an assortment of scratch-built details, aftermarket details ETC...

    As great as the Fine Molds kit is, It wasn't the version of the Falcon I loved.

    Pix to follow.
     
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  2. tek2graphics

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    The torture!!!!! :facepalm
     
  3. ozzyguanche

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    LOL, let the pain begin.

    Mate it looks like you done some time on the side walls already. Looks pretty bloody good so far. Definately 5 footer inspired.

    What height have you got the walls? As I am measuring the wall height as being from the top rim of the upper (Outside edge) to the bottom rim of the two halves. I am not measuring between the two halves. On the mandables my side walls will have to be attach to the outside. The thickness of the upper and lower halves adds another mm or so the overal height. however on the inside of the mandables it has to be placed on the inside of the two halves.

    Yours look spaced well.

    Looking forward to seeing the other walls

    ozzy
     
  4. Captain Han Solo

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  6. crackerjazz

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    Hi Beatlepaul, that's fantastic! What did you use for the cockpit tube - looks like styrene (I havent seen any styrene tubes that size anywhere). And is it the same tube for the tunnel? And how did you form the cone for the cockpit itself? Sorry for all those questions - I'm amazed with your rebuild and want to do the same thing on my 1/72.
     
  7. Blade90

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    I also have an unbuilt MPC. I am very glad that I held off from building her. After I am reviewing your project I see nothing but great inspirations/ idea for my next build.
     
  8. ozzyguanche

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    Man you are flying ahead with this. Few questions of my own to add to crackerjazz.

    What size tube you using?

    Have you re-used the top part of the canopy? If so great idea. It realy maintains the 5 foot stubbied canopy. Which is hard to do.

    The cockpit interior looks killer as well BP, I like the idea of the studio scale interior, if you decide to keep in in there.

    (y)thumbsup:thumbsup

    Ozzy
     
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  11. Tim Nolan

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    Wow awesome work so far!!! Your a madman!!!!
     
  12. crackerjazz

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    Awesome job, Beatlepaul, thanks for the tip! :)
     
  13. Captain Han Solo

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  14. Bondo Fett

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    I'm so glad you're building this! Really looking forward to your paint job. Built both the MPC and the FM and I gotta say, the MPC has the nicest profile. The 5-footer is my fave!
     
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    BEATLEPAUL, are you using any donor kits for the detail? I'd like to try and scratch the side walls, but I'm not sure what's out there for this scale of Falcon.

    Thanks for sharing your work.
     
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  18. ozzyguanche

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    Looking good buddy

    Ozzy
     
  19. Junk Pilot

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    I love this image too. I think it still ranks as one of the best ever, just as good, if not better than the FM Falcon kit.

    Does anyone have a super hi-res image of this at all?

     
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  22. robn1

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    Nice work so far. This was a nice kit in the day, and still looks good with some care.

    Here's the best copy of the box top I have.
    [​IMG]
     
  23. ozzyguanche

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    Mate you have no idea how good that is looking.

    PS: I found the radar dish toks correct at the same diam as the cockpit.

    Interested on your approach to the cockpit holes too. I ahve not gone there yet.

    Ozzy
     
  24. trooper

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    a fine job your doing sir
    and they say you cant polish a terd:lol
     
  25. Captain Han Solo

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  26. ozzyguanche

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    BP,

    I have got a strip of photo etc that turns out to be the right length. I have been trying to think of a way to make copies of it. The photo etch is so thin there is nothing to play with, thickness wise, when you do cast it.

    I was thinking if it was raised higher then I could cast it and then sand from behind till the sunken lines broke through. Something like scratchy has done with his engine grills.

    Any ideas? would be easier than trying to scratch the bloody thing!

    PS: You got PE for the engine grills?

    Side note: Sorry I have not been much help of late, I am not getting very far with the falcon or its parts at the moment, Work!. I gotta work when the works is there.

    PS: email sent

    Ozzy


     
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  28. Stormy320

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    This is looking awesome. You nailed the cockpit and tube.

    Make sure you shave down or re-do the veins on top of the mandebiles. They ruin the scale of the model as they're way too big.
     
  29. BTTFSpencer

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    Very impressive scratch building!
     
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  31. crackerjazz

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    Awesome job! Looking great! :)
     
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  35. Stormy320

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    What's up with the delete?
     
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  37. robn1

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    I thought you were erasing evidence of the previous version :lol The new cool shade looks great, it really sets it off.
     
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  40. Alaneye

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    That's a great looking Falcon. Coming along nicely.
     
  41. Stormy320

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    That looks money.

    I still think you need to shave down the mandible rails that are on top. Is that making sense...do you know what I'm referring to?
     
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  43. Chrisisall

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    Oh, don't make me revisit mine now...:cry
     
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  45. Stormy320

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    You've done such a great job on this. It's too bad the original kit doesn't look like yours as it would have been money all those years ago.
     
  46. crackerjazz

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    Awesome job, Beatlepaul! :)
     
  47. Captain Han Solo

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  49. Chrisisall

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    Epic...
     
  50. ozzyguanche

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    Buddy as usual a great update.

    I do prefer your side walls, so are you going to incorporate your work into the upgrade kits?

    What did you use for the panza tak part, is that PE?

    And are you going to change the size of the radar dish. My calculations have it as the same diam as the cocpit diam.

    Wish I was keeping up with you, but just got a new job, have to prove oneself again.

    Perhaps, we can do a group build this year, share scratched parts and build a couple of monsters.!!

    Again great work

    ozzy
     

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