Presenting my latest adition! RED-2

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  1. STEVE THE SWEDE

    STEVE THE SWEDE Sr Member

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    This got to be my slowest project ever. Not becuase it was especially difficult to build or paint but due to being started right before my move to a bigger place. Then it had to wait on a shelf during the renovation of our new appartment.

    Well it's finally ready for display. Good Ol' Capten Cardboard studio scale kit with lots of mods made by me (including a studio accurate pilot). A big thanks must go out to Lee who shared he's painting tricks for me. This one was done with his "trade mark" gloss white car paint/steel wool rub down technique. I was sceptical at first but I have to say that he's technique really paid off. It really gave the entire model the same feel the originals had. As always the goal was to make something as true to the real model as possible without taking any "artistic freedom". Staying true to the real deal so to speak.

    A big thanks also has to go out to my girlfriend who helpt me light the pics, our goal was to capture the same look as those wonderful ILM "black backdrop" pics seen back in the days.

    I hope you like the final result, thanks for looking.

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-1-web.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-2-web.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-3web.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-4web.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-5web.jpg[/image]

    And finally a close up to show some details.

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-7web.jpg[/image]

    Cheers,

    Steve.
     
  2. Howard

    Howard Sr Member

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    Stunning work Steve. Worthy of a job at ILM back in the day without a doubt.

    Many thanks for sharing such a beautiful model.
    You are a true artist.

    Howard.
     
  3. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Beautiful Steve - as always.

    But, wait. - I thought you were sticking strictly to ESB props these days. ;) :lol

    Just kidding bro - congrats on another gorgeous addition to your collection,

    -Chris
     
  4. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah...it looks okay.
    Not NEARLY as good as my Kenner X-wing repaint that I did when I was 12 back in '79, but not bad.




    :lol
     
  5. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    F'n beautiful steve. nice job.

    :thumbsup :thumbsup

    did the pilots have there arms up like that though???
     
  6. superjedi

    superjedi Sr Member

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    Man, every time I see one of these X-Wings it makes me all sad and wistful that I didn't get one. . . *sigh*

    Fantastic work.
     
  7. billy1974

    billy1974 Well-Known Member

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    Looks amazing, great job Steve :thumbsup . Bill
     
  8. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks * good. :thumbsup
     
  9. STEVE THE SWEDE

    STEVE THE SWEDE Sr Member

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    thanks guys. Glad you like it.

    Jedipunk, yeah you're right I'm strictly going ESB these days but I figured there's some X-wings in that flick too. Sure, they all have the wings folded together but what the heck. I have no idea if the Red-2 model was used though (I know Red-3 was) but I picked it anyway just because I'm such a big Wedge fan. :)

    Oldken, It's probably the pic that gives that illusion, he's actually holding on to the dash board. One hand is slightly raised though, and yes, the original pilot was posed that way. I agree, it looks kind of silly but then again I tried to stay true to the original model so what to do.? :lol

    Thanks again,

    Steve.
     
  10. ralphee

    ralphee Sr Member

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    Thats one gorgeous Xwing Steve, the paint just yells studio replica, a joy to behold buddy.......lee
    Its funny, all i want now are ESB props. :thumbsup
     
  11. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is AWESOME...

    Markus
     
  12. Rogue Studios

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    Steve, sooo glad it worked out for you the model looks fantastic. I appreciate the plug too. Some parts are easier said than done but it looks to me like you nailed it.. Also, I love your pilot too I just built one for mine and kind of glad to see the original touch it adds to it.

    All the best.

    Lee
     
  13. MegaPrime33

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    That is incredible work. Great job..
     
  14. Jimbo890

    Jimbo890 Well-Known Member

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    WOW.

    Great job. What does one of the SS kits cost?
     
  15. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Fantastic. Nice touch adding the brass tubes to the side mount points, too :)
     
  16. Lello999

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    Great job, Steve. It´s everytime a big pleasure to see Your work.

    Domenik
     
  17. CessnaDriver

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    <div class='quotetop'>(STEVE THE SWEDE @ May 14 2006, 02:25 PM) [snapback]1244211[/snapback]</div>

    Great work. Inspiring. I'm tackling one right now, so this post is much appreciated.
    What kind of mods did you do? and can you share the details of the kinds of paint and elaborate on this steel wool method?
     
  18. PHArchivist

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    I am simply speechless...

    This is clearly the best finish I've seen on a studio scale X-Wing.

    This is the tyupe of work that is both inspiring and intimidating.

    To apply a Home Theater adjective -- "REFERENCE QUALITY".
     
  19. mbmcfarland

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    Awesome work, Steve. I have a CC kit that I want to build someday, but after seeing yours I don't think I'll ever be able to do it justice. Thanks for sharing.

    Mike
     
  20. amish

    amish Sr Member

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    Good lord... That is freaking awesome. The pictures are fantastic as well.
     
  21. EchoLeader

    EchoLeader Well-Known Member

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    Steve, AWESOME. work on your X-Wing. I can't wait to see what you do with your latest acquisition. Any ideas what you have planned for that one?
     
  22. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    Guess who wants an MR X-wing commission :D

    Professional quality work as usual.
     
  23. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Thanks a bunch guys. Your response to the model is quite over whelming. :love

    I'll try my best to answere some of your questions:

    CessnaDriver,

    The model was painted with a technique that Lee (rough studios) tought me. I'm also a firm believer (this has been discussed to death) that it just happens to be the same exact way that ILM did the original X and Y-wings. Basicly you start coating the model in flat black primer. Then you hit it with gloss white car paint. Yeah, that's right, everybody knows the real X-wings were white and not grey, right. ;) Your model should now look like crap. Don't worry, here's where the magic comes in. Rub down the white paint with fine grade steel wool. This should result in a finish that's kind of a cross between flat/satin and gloss. It looks incredible in real life and it's VERY hard to fake it with clear coats, believe me I've tried. This is what gives the model that special sheen that you see in some of my pics. Also, the rubbing takes a way some of the white paint which exposes the black primer, looks very cool.

    The model was weathered, or rather SOAKED in different enamel washes. The soot and blast marks were airbrushed on. Finally I gave the entire model a final rub down with steel wool to blend it all together. I like to call this model building on steriods cause it's really a VERY rough prosses, much more like prop building then modeling. Since there's no pastel or stuff like that on it there's no need to seal it. Well, I hope this helps a bit.

    moffeaton,

    Thanks for noticing. Yes, the brass tubes was a little detail that I really liked and wanted to incorperate on my model too.

    Echoleader,

    The sad thing about that one is that it's gonna have to wait on a shelf until I've taken care of my commission works. One thing is sure though, I definately intend to make it my best work yet. Then again, with a canvas like that it's going to be hard to fail. ;)

    Thanks again all. Here's some new close up's taken without lights in plain daylight, as you can see different lighting changes the apperance drasticly.

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-8-web.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-9-web.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-10-web.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/red-2-11-web.jpg[/image]

    Cheers,

    Steve.
     
  24. Beeb89

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    One word, Steve... OUSTANDING. AWESOME. UNBELIEVABLE. Take your pick. :)

    I'm fortunate enough to own one of Lee's X-Wings and I agree, using the those techniques makes it look dead on to what you see on screen... and yours is no exception. Very well done.

    -B89. :D
     
  25. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member

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    wow those last few pics blow my mind. That truly is a spectacular paint job. :)

    Dave
     
  26. cking

    cking Sr Member

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    Steve, Steve, Steve.

    I'm BLOWN AWAY by your ability to recreate the ILM paintjobs. This is just STUNNING work.
    You can be proud of this one for sure.

    You and Lee have really nailed the ILM technique.


    Chris
     
  27. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Looks awesome bud..
    I've been waiting to see this one...
    I used Lee's techniques on my Red leader and they rock.

    Lynn
     
  28. imaginager

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    Great work. Love the look of the "2".

    Allan
     
  29. stonky

    stonky Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Fantastic.
     
  30. CessnaDriver

    CessnaDriver Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I also notice the styrene blade in the intakes is properly sized and placed.
    The video instructions for the kit shows putting in this big fat bar right up in front.
    Not correct. on the Red Five studio, they are thin like these posted pics here show.
    I would just bet that the original inspiration was the thin blade seen in an F-16 intake.
     
  31. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Steve,
    I'm in love with your X-Wing. :love

    Great, great job. ;)
     
  32. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    That is SWEET..... :thumbsup
     
  33. natty15d

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    VERY nice work as always Steve :)

    Nathan
     
  34. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Thanks a bunch guys. Your aproval means a lot to me. :)

    Cheers,

    Steve.
     
  35. gonk27

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    Looks superb Steve.

    How did you do the tiny rust patches? and the chipped paint effect with the red at the fronts of the engines?


    Jeremy
     
  36. Gigatron

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    Let's face it Steve, you're a painting and weathering god. But I'm just as equally impressed with the photography skills. Its just as much an art form as the painting.

    -Fred
     
  37. Lord of the props

    Lord of the props Well-Known Member

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    Ohhhh WOW Steve, thats just fantastic
     
  38. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Gonk 27,

    The rust was just an ordinary enamel wash mixed with different amounts of paint depending on which effect I was after. The chipping effect was achived with liquid latex mask. It's applied with a tooth pic and when dry painted over with red. Then you just rubb of the latex blobs and voila. Instant chipping. :)

    Gigatron,

    Thank you so much for that comment. Not everybody notices the hard work behind a good picture. My girlfriend (who did the entire lighting set up) and I worked for hours before we achived the look we was after. IMO well worth the effort.

    Thanks again, all.

    Steve.
     
  39. swpropmaker

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    Swede,

    Great job, the question I have is how are you gonna "TIE" Red 2 into your ESB collection? Did Wedge escort the "First catch of the day?"

    Fantastic myman. Get to work on the Probe Droid.

    Steve
     
  40. nwjedidave

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    steve --

    AWESOME ..

    when you get a chance could you tell me what type of camera you're using? i would like to take some good model pictures myself

    NWJEDI
    dave
     
  41. Pauleysolo

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    Wow- just like the model shots in the good 'ole Art of Star Wars book..

    Are you sure you didn't just use a time machine- go back in time to Van Nuys, CA in 1976 and grab the original Red 2 ??

    Stellar work..
     
  42. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't know if this was mentioned before, but I had just read that for the SW Special Editions the computer design team used Red2 to generate the new CG X-Wings since it was one of the few surviving models, and as a result, the 'new' shots of Lukes X-Wing in the SE's only have 2 red stripes on the wings, so this is Red5 also.

    Awesome job, BTW.....
     
  43. gonk27

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    <div class='quotetop'>(STEVE THE SWEDE @ May 17 2006, 07:31 PM) [snapback]1245775[/snapback]</div>

    Cool. thanks very much for the tip :)


    Jeremy
     
  44. Spiker

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    Absolutly great work (as always) . Very nice .
     
  45. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Thanks a bunch guys. :cheers

    Steve,

    :lol Well I haven't been able to confirm yet if RED-2 appears in ESB but I'm hoping for the best. Maybe I should pull off a contest -Give me picture proof of Red-2 appearing in ESB and I'll send you the model as the grand prize. ;)

    nwjedidave,

    Believe it or not but we actually used my super old and craptacular "Olympus 220-camedia". It was bought back in the stonage but it has to do until we have money to buy a full system digital camera.

    James Kenobi 1138,

    Yes, that's correct. The Red-2 model was also the one used for most if the publicity pics used back in the 70's. As far as I know it's the best documented X-wing of them all.

    Cheers,

    Steve.
     
  46. PHArchivist

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    Just had to come back here and admire this beaut one more time.
     
  47. vaderdarth

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    Great Lord, every time I see this thread I fall out of my seat all over again.........absolutely phenomenal... Steve is The Master indeed...

    Dave :)
     
  48. Kuhn Global

    Kuhn Global Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(STEVE THE SWEDE @ May 14 2006, 02:25 PM) [snapback]1244211[/snapback]</div>
    Wow... this is VERY NICE..

    Kudos Steve.
     
  49. BoBoDohn

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    Absolutely beautiful. I'm certain I can hear the engines roar just looking at it.
     

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