My First Thread, MPC Millennium Falcon Build

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  1. Roboted

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    Hi RPF guys and girls, im new to the RPF and have only started modelling again, not done it since i was 12 and im 28 now. Iv collected a couple of Bandai kits and have started a AMT/ERTL/MPC falcon which is the cut-away version.

    I planned on making it more detailed and closer to the ESB version, although i might go for the force awakens version yet, i have not decided.

    I love all the threads here on the rpf about the MPC kit but havnt seen any updated threads. so thought it may be of interest to show my progress.

    Here are some pics of the build so far:
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    Some Shapeways parts and all rear engine detail removed and being replaced.

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    Landing gear boxes,the rear has been extended and the access bay at the front extended over

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    Here is my first (pic on the right) and second attempt at the engine grills using 0.5mm styrene

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    Some more shapeways parts from 308bits to go on

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    The two other Bandai kits i built


    Sorry for the low quality pictures, all i have is a 720p webcam
     
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    some updates coming soon. i need to get some progress going before i start my bandai 1/144 falcon when it arrives late october.
     
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    My recent progress.....

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    Some more detail work and the new inserts for the engine ports, scratch built by me :)

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    Engine Grilles made from 0.5mm styrene rod.

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    I decided it would be better to go more accurate and rebuild the front mandibles,first by removing the old ones. Im going to reduce the centre section next.

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    I scratch built some new ones which seemed easier than modifying the originals.

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    I also started work on the new cockpit tube. made from ABS plumbing pipe for 32mm tube.


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    My new friend soon to be joined by R2 :)


    More updates to follow, Thanks for taking the time to look :)
     
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  4. Galactican

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    Very nice progress! I still have the same kit in my stash. I'm following closely. :)
     
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    Thanks dude, always a boost when any praise is given :)

    What ideas have you got instore for your falcon?

    I forgot to mention that im going off the 5 foot falcon for reference. im not much of a fan of the 32" one.
     
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    Im looking forward to this for the build...

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    Its going to get the kit to a good standard i think :)
     
  7. bwize

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    Looking awesome. Love to see the ole MPC getting an overhaul, lol. Those mandibles look great as does the rear engine deck!!
     
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    I'm planning to light it, add some greeblies and correct some issues such as the missing seats. I like the impossible-to-re-create interior and don't wanna skip it, so there will be some creative license involved when I'm tackling my model. :)
     
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    Sounds like a cool project. im going to light mine as well. Iv got the pre wired with resistor LEDs from ebay. and iv got all the electronic components for the flasher circuits inc a few 555 timer ICs, breadboard, Diodes and such what. it so much cheaper making them yourself.

    Im not going to recreate the inside of the model besides the cockpit. i dont think id remove the panal all that much anyway. Hats off to you for going the mile tho, Iv referenced many a picture of the real 5 footer and also iv been following the studio scale falcon thread where they have been accuratly planning the dimensions of the 5 foot model.

    If you havnt already seen the thread,it is here: http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=199048&page=4
     
  10. Unes

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    WOW....really good work :thumbsup
     
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    Finally some updates :)

    I have started to clad the centre sections with plate and greeblies plus some more on the engine deck area, also the tank recess area thingy and the oposite side tube mess.

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    The landing gear boxes have been modified to be slightly more screen accurate as they were to straight before.
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    The Model cabinet is starting to fill up with some other projects under my belt :)
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    Im going to do a load of weathering to all the models at a later date.

    Hope you enjoyed the progress and thanks for viewing :)
     
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    Looking really good Riboted :thumbsup
     
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    Absolutely beautiful.
     
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  14. jake88

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    Nice, NICE models! Love the attention to detail. Your on a roll, keep going!
     
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    :eek

    Awesome!
     
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  16. ozzyguanche

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    Great work :thumbsup
     
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  17. Gus76

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    Lots of thought and very clean build. Really like what you are doing!

    Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
     
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    Thought i would tidy up the engine fans and rear pit area with some paint:

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  19. blakeh1

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    Your detailing is excellent

    I love seeing what people do with these old models.

    In some ways I like seeing an accurized MPC falcon more than a Fine Molds falcon.

    I guess it's because the MPC is closer in look to the 5 foot model than the Fine Molds one
     
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    Thanks dude, most appreciated.

    Its crazy when you look at reference how correct some of the MPC kit is,things that even the fine molds got very wrong.

    should be fairly accurate once its done. I love the 5 foot falcon the most.

    Also i think the main reason i love working on this kit is the idea that its a 1989 mold design and i was born in 87 so its nearly as old as i am. although this kit was made in 1996 lol.

    It seems like not many poeple will have a model that resembles this one, but i guess thats whats great about these modified mpc falcons. no two are the same.
     
  21. Jaitea

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    Looking cool.....yes,...the MPC gets a lot of slagging,.....but its really not as bad as people think

    I posted this over on my TFA Falcon thread:

    The Bandai & its closest relation,.....a mod I'd started on another MPC,...then changed my mind & started on the FM72,....after seeing Hunk a Junks
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    J
     
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  22. robn1

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    Actually it's ten years older ;)
     
  23. rbeach84

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    Looking good; great job with the plastic card work.

    Regards, Robert
     
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    I decided to paint the TonyRR cockpit. i used some blue clear to let the light come through the back wall.

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    Im very happy with how it turned out. Cant wait to see it all lit up with the fibre optics :)
     
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    Okey some updates :)

    I Decided to build a hallway leading up to the cockpit instead of just having a closed door which was an option. Also i finished sizing and trimming the cockpit tube and glued it to the saucer. Notice i tapered the the tube to fit the shapeways cone.

    The hallway was made from sheet styrene and i used a door from the original kit to close off the hallway, you can hardly see it from any angle.
    I cut 20 rings and glued 4 of them per section for 5 rings.

    The idea is that i can still run all the fibre optics to the back wall as there is a 90 degree angle of the walls behind the doorway.

    I put a coat of dark grey on the cone and primered the hallway, then paint. Im very pleased with the results :)

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    And lastly some more work on the engine deck greeblies. Only a few more bits on this section of the model which is good because im getting a bit bored of having to do that area and look forward to not coming back to it. It has been a many month effort, slowly doing the odd bit here and there :)

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    I Should have some sidewalls coming to me shortly so will begin the main assembly of the hull. Then i can begin to plan the fibre optics and lighting stuff.

    More updates soon, many thanks for viewing :)
     
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    a slightly better pic of the engine deck. sorry for the bad pics, i only have a 720p webcam and the time i had taken the photos it was dark :(

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  27. robn1

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    The pics look just fine, as does the build. Nice job on all the 5 footer details.
     
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  28. Haystack Hair

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    Superb, I'm envious of your skill! Keep us all updated, also I've got a bunch of casts for various greeblies you might find useful on your Falcon, if you're interested shoot me a PM :D
     
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    You're doing a stupendous job. Love the cockpit and hallway. That back engine desk is looking awesome as well.
     
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  30. retiredadguy

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    Sweet! Really nice job!

    When your done I bet it would look cool with decals,…:facepalm Just so happens,... I have MPC/AMT decals on e bay.
     
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  31. Roboted

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    ah sweet your right. can you send me a link, i was after some decals as it happens :)

    were they from JBOT ?
     
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    Goof luck with JBOT.:D I tried many times to order the same decals your talking about. Never been available.

    Which is WHY I created the sets currently available. And JBOT's are no way as complete.

    best regards.

    You get what you pay for.:facepalm
     
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    Oh dear i didnt know that about JBOT, to be fair i havnt looked into them much.

    If i can get the funds together i will go for a set off you then. did you have many sets avaliable and would the be avaliable after christmas?
     
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    Ok, so after seeing HaystackHairs build i decided to bite the bullet and section the saucer. it wouldnt have made sense going the distance and not doing that job.

    Haystack very kindly sorted me a sidewall set, minus the inner mandible sections as he is yet to remold them. I will most likely have those from him when they are ready as his resin parts are really great and he prices them fairly.

    I cut the saucer the same way as Haystack showed in his thread. I also made a support structure with ribs, to create the ring I softened the styrene in the oven at 200 degrees and wrapped it round a cup of the right diameter.
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    I mounted some white LEDs into mandibles and hot snotted them into place.
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    More progress posted soon. Thankyou again to haystackhair for the parts and reference material. many thanks for viewing :)
     
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    If not, don't worry, we can make more.:cool

    A little history.

    Not to slam JBOT or JTGraphis or ANY other Mill. Falc. Decals. (Ken Rice decals are great, just not as comprehensive, if you can find them buy them)

    Having been in the same boat you are I could not find any on line. Having spent almost 30 years creating graphics, I thought why not make my own.

    Research. Turned out no one had done a complete eye ball of all the decals on the 5ft. Falcon.

    All the other parts had been documented, NOT the graphics. I did a post here asking for input from RPF members.

    And of course they came through.;) So I thought why not make them available. As to cost, all I am concerned with is covering my production and handling cost.

    Ink, paper, packaging, ect.

    SOOOoo,….

    Not looking to steal your thread.:)


    Considering ALL the work you have done on your MPC/AMT model (Great job, by the way!) WHY would you skimp on the finish?

    Best regards,

    retiredadguy


    AND a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone!!
     
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  38. Haystack Hair

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    Fantastico-superb-o-licious your Falcon is looking better and better with every update, glad to see you bit the bullet and decided to change the curvature.

    I also have the inner mandible parts moulded and I'm pulling casts out the mould as we speak, so if you'd like some those along with a cockpit and any other bits and bobs just shoot me a message over on Facebook.

    I'm honestly thrilled to bits to see my parts being used, and on SUCH a great build too...it's going to look better than my own for sure ! :D
     
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    Thanks dude, thats an honour coming from you with your skill. your falcon is the boss i could only try to beat lol.

    I will hit you up for those parts, so expect a facebook message :)
     
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    Today i glued the saucer to the newly made ribbing.i started the fillering too.

    I had to cut the cockpit tube as it was sitting far too low, im yet to patch in the gaps on that bit.

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    You can see the curvature has defintaly increased :)

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    Im happy with the results. just waiting for the putty to dry, then i will add some fine surface filler and sort out the cockpit tube. Also the front centre section need some filler peices too. it now has the right amount of gap in reference to the 5 footer.

    after that i will start on the lower saucer.

    Fun Fun Fun
     
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  41. Jaitea

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    Looking great,.....although,....doublle-check your references for that curvature,.....in your photos it looks perhaps exaggerated

    Now is the time to get it right,......

    J
     
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    It does look that way from the pics :)

    the centre section has got to be angled down and filler peices put in. i made sure the curve was right before i glued it down aswell and i have checked it against a few different sources for reference.

    when the bottom saucer is done and the madibles are on i think it will seem alot thinner, but on its own it does look very dished and fat. the 5 footer is a beefy ship i must say.

    Thanks for the heads up tho and thanks for viewing, its always nice to have a dialog about projects im doing and any advice is always appreciated.
     
  43. Haystack Hair

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    I wondered the same thing John....hard to tell from the photos though, but either way it's miles better than the pancake the kit originally was. When in doubt though: reference photos ! If it IS a bit off, as John said, now is definitely the time to fix it

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    It must be my camera distorting the image or somthing, i use a 720p webcam which isnt the greatest. here are a couple more pics head on this time:

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    Thanks for those pics, i did use the first pic as a reference.

    The only issuse i think i have is the cockpit tube is not angled in enough. i can easile fix that tho :)
     
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    I got working on the bottom saucer. and decided i needed to sample the fruits of my labor :)

    you can see the reinforcement i put in to help strenghten the hull, it also makes it easier to mount all the other peices to something.

    These are a few stages of the work.
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    And a sneaky peak at the parts together :)

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    More updates soon....
     
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  46. sqbiedoo

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    Really impressive Roboted, that's what I call a major do over.
     
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    Thanks dude. its been a long journey to get here lol. Im very OCD so until its finished i cant focus on other projects, its very rewarding knowing what it used to look like. i go to bed at night going through what i need to do the next day. My day job comes very low on the list of priorities lol.
     
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  48. sqbiedoo

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    Hmmm, sounds familiar to me :lol
     
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  49. Haystack Hair

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    Hey Robert where did you get that PVC pipe for the cockpit tunnel? I've decided to replace mine as I simply detailed over the tunnel the MPC kit came with...too flat !
     
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    Howdy Will. I got it from B&Q. its a sandard size plumbing coupler, its 32mm. That isnt the overall diameter but the size of pipe it is meant to join. the 40mm coupler was too big.

    Heres the exact one i got: http://www.diy.com/departments/floplast-abs-solvent-weld-waste-coupler-dia32mm-white/259291_BQ.prd

    Im hopefully getting that present you sent me tommorow. eagerly waiting lol. I managed to do a bunch of jobs today on the MPC, so pics will soon be uploaded. funnily enough i made a peice to fill the gap between the cockpit tube and the saucer.

    I also put some of your resin greeblies to good use on the engine deck. they look so much nicer than the ones i made. great stuff :)
     
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