X-Wing Madness. Flying at last!

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Guy Cowen

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First I'd like to say "WOW" to the other guy's building their X-wing's, Lee, Jason, Julian & everyone else, you guy's are just mentalists & totally blow me away. This V3 has really brought out the best (& worst) in people. I tip my massive hat to you guy's. I would never even begin to know where to start with the level of knowledge you blokes have about these prop's & there construction.

It seems every man & his dog are building V3's at the mo so I thought what the heck why not do mine? Its been just over a year since I painted my first X-wing (& SS model). I think its about time to re visit this beauty & put all the stuff I've learnt into practice. I am tweaking it here and there but this is basically just ment to be a nice X-wing, no more no less. I have nothing to share other than how & why.

I've decided its to be RED 3, & hope I can do the original SS beast proud. I dont have much time as my work will take me away from home for nearly 12 months from September, so its time to get cracking. I've already ballsed the hull up by taking too much off when sanding the 2 halves, hey ho :unsure. The look I want to achieve with this X is a cross between the prop how it looks now & a slight idealized (on screen) version. I'm just using the stock V3 kit & styrene sheet, no donor parts.








All the little styrene bits are done by eye, I haven't worked out the actual size of each piece but just gone with the basic look. No measurements were calculated just cut n glue, cut n glue...........
 
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MonsieurTox

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Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Hey Guy,

Looking good so far, and knowing your talent for painting, it will be kick ass !

I'm glad you're doing Red 3 ! It is not very often done.
 

Guy Cowen

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Thanks mate, no doubt it will be a scruffy build but if its too clean it detracts from the the way the prop looks now. Its the SS version I'm doing not the big 4 footer, if anyone has tackled it before it would be great if they could throw some pics up here, I don't think I've seen an SS Red 3 on the boards this is one of the reasons I've decided to do it. I will do my best as always on the painting, I've been thinking about a few different ways to pull this off, I just hope it all comes together?????
 

imaginager

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Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Great start, Guy - Red-3 is a fave, can't wait to see yours...
 

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Kuhn Global

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Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Excellent! RED 3!!!

Which are you doing? The large scale ROTJ version, or the smaller SS ANH version?
 
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Hi Guy,

I am looking forward to seeing this build. Your ATST and probe droid were brilliant so hopefully you can top those beauties :)

No pressure :lol

Good luck

Cheers Chris
 

ralphee

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Great start Guy, cant wait to see the paint on this :)

lee
 

Guy Cowen

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Np pressure Chris, I'll remember that :). Started the cockpit tonight as this will need to be in before the 2 halves are joined. Its ment to be very old looking instead of an uber clean detailed version.

I may be a bit daft but can someone confirm which way round the wing mount are ment to be? I think I know but would love a confirmation?



Its not as blue to the eye I've upped the contrast to show the detail a bit better.
 

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mslz22

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Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Np pressure Chris, I'll remember that :). Started the cockpit tonight as this will need to be in before the 2 halves are joined. Its ment to be very old looking instead of an uber clean detailed version.

I may be a bit daft but can someone confirm which way round the wing mount are ment to be? I think I know but would love a confirmation?



Its not as blue to the eye I've upped the contrast to show the detail a bit better.

Here is a pic of how they get mounted inside the fuselage, i mentioned it in a couple of other threads but if you are putting this togethter before i can finish the instructions one of the things that needs to get done on bottom fuselages that DO NOT have the # II scratched on the inside is to trim the sidewall where the fuselage meets the wing mounting block by about 1mm on the STB side, it not a big deal if you don't and only takes a few seconds to do, but it will match the height of the port side a bit better...on fuselages marked with the II you don't need to worry about that...
mike


 

Guy Cowen

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Thanks Mike, I'm glad I was right as its assembled as of this afternoon. I sussed the wings out as well I think? Its all good, just got to fill & sand a few area's & then its time to get painting.
 

Guy Cowen

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

A quick update, I'm motoring through this as fast as I can, so it may be a bit scruffy in places but it is coming along nicely as well.

I had to add a plate of styrene to the nose cone & re shape it as it was way to deep for the body after I'd joined the 2 halves.




Also some major adjustments the the side plates that cover the mounting holes




A quick coat of under coat to check out the new plating to the area under the thrusters




& all the new holes drilled into the butt plate, Also the center gree bee has been modded to resemble the one on the SS ANH Red 3 X-wing. I did want to make a hole new back plate with the tiny holes in tit but had to mod the one that comes with the kit.



My task for tomorrow is to get the black then white coats on & hopefully start with the air brush on the main color *(grey) .
 

Guy Cowen

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Been at it very hard today, almost 12 hours:eek, my girlfriends given up on any kind of conversion the past few days:redface. I've spent most of this time mixing colors & pulling my hair out, I just cant get that GREEN.

Anyway here's where I'm up to tonight





As always just quick shots with Flash, this does over enf the colors.
 
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Treadwell

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Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Lookin' Great! :thumbsup




You're missing the Sherman "toilet seat cover" looking thing that the Harrow piece attaches to (seen here from the underside):
 

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Guy Cowen

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Thanks Jay, its not on the ref pics that I have of the ANH SS red 3 its different to the usual toilet seat style.
 

Treadwell

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Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Oh, I see. I've seen ref pics where the plug was missing altogether, but never where there was a Harrow part but no Sherman part. Interesting!
 

Nwerke

Master Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

Oh, I see. I've seen ref pics where the plug was missing altogether, but never where there was a Harrow part but no Sherman part. Interesting!
Um, Red 3 had the Sherman turret part - it's right there in the original Art of Star Wars pic. I think you want it.

Edit: PS - bloody nice looking build so far!
 

ralphee

Sr Member
Re: X-Wing Madness. Not here, just boring old fun!

She's looking killer Guy, the paint seems to be going well, and i think the green is close TBH bud, not a million miles off at all!
You dont need the Sherman piece either Guy, not for this bird.

lee
 

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