I just joined the other day after trying to locate some reference pictures and came across this forum, and I've got to say I'm really impressed by everyone's skill. My build that I'm doing right now is the first model I've built in over 20 years, so I'm going to be going through a lot of firsts with this. Unfortunately I had already started on assembling my kit before I found this awesome cache of reference material and somethings are are just going to have to stay the way they are glued in place. That's ok, I'm using this kit to get back into the hobby and make mistakes on. So if anyone has any tips or recommendations feel free to clue me in. Here are some pics of my progress so far, thanks for looking.
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Rebuilding the guns in brass.
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I mounted a brass tube inside of the part that attaches to the wing with squadron white putty.
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I found that picture in an article about how that prop went to auction and sold for like $221,400. That photo is from the auction company's site, used as their official photo. It's easy to tell it's a MPC kit by the guns. Here is an article, not the same one that I saw but it has the info. 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars,' 'Alien,' 'Ghostbusters' Props Score Sky-High Prices at AuctionIs this verified to be an ILM MPC X Wing??
I found that picture in an article about how that prop went to auction and sold for like $221,400. That photo is from the auction company's site, used as their official photo. It's easy to tell it's a MPC kit by the guns. Here is an article, not the same one that I saw but it has the info. 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars,' 'Alien,' 'Ghostbusters' Props Score Sky-High Prices at Auction
I'm using a regular hardware store pipe cutter. It's a smaller one though, it's marked 3-28mm O.D. or 1/8 - 1 1/8 O.D.Could you tell me what tool you use for cutting the brass tubing??
Is it just a small pipe cutter from a hardware store or is there a specific modelers one??
Yep, that's exactly it.Thanks for the link. Very cool.
Is the problem with the cannons just that the half circles are horizontal when they should be vertical??
So are you saying that your wings have twisted a bit too?Looking great! I replaced my barrels with brass on mine too and it really improves the look. They are heavier than the wings are designed to carry however and mine have drooped a bit over the years. I'd consider reinforcing the wing hinges a bit, maybe strengthening the wings themselves slightly (I'd added trenches to the back edges of the wings too, to match the details on the studio models, which added a bit of structure to the wings).
Pffft. And I thought the guys at ILM could build models. They couldn't even get the cannons on right on this.
Nicely done, I know it says it was done 15 years ago but you wouldn't happen to remember what colors/brand of paint you used?