YT-2000 Series Scratch Build

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WINGNIT

Active Member
Hello All!

This one started life 3 -4 years ago when I decided I wanted to build my first scratch model. I have always loved this ship, and aside from Stefan Hacker's amazing build, I have seen none. The plan was to make the top and then mold it so I could slush cast a bottom, but having less experience then, I shelved the project after there wasn't enough silicone to make the mold as deep as I wanted and the casts bulged. Fast forward three-four years and I had learned how to make a rigid mother mold after casting resin copies for parts of my full size Iron Man suit, and I decided to go back. I still had some issues, but was able to pull a good cast of the hull to make the bottom part. The drawback is that I could not slush cast it,...so it's solid resin on the bottom and quite heavy. Moreover, I drilled in aluminum brackets to join the frames and have a brass rod securing the center as well so it's stout to say the least. Additionally, I cast some greeblies from vintage kits and used a AMT Falcon cockpit as the base for the cockpit, then extended it, molded it, and slush cast it with small brass rods as reinforcement. I decided to take some creative license with the design and made some modifications by extending the engine block and adding a slant to the front mandibles. I would love to get your thoughts! Enjoy!

Robin
Renegade Replicas
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WINGNIT

Active Member
WOW, what a great scratch build. Love all the details and greeblies.
Thanks! I'm actually going to remove a few. Now that there is some base coat, I think I could stand to dial it down a greeblie or two. ;) Also going to smooth some imperfections a bit. We'll see how it looks.
 

ThrakenSal

Active Member
Thanks! I'm actually going to remove a few. Now that there is some base coat, I think I could stand to dial it down a greeblie or two. ;) Also going to smooth some imperfections a bit. We'll see how it looks.
NO! Don't do it! She looks fantastic as is. Please just don't remove any of the greeblies.
 

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Sluis Van Shipyards

Master Member
Very cool! I've wanted to do this ship since the X-Wing Alliance game. That's pretty optimistic for your first scratchbuild! I started with something small that I knew there was no way I could screw it up. :lol
 

Hope4Sun

Member
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Wow! Amazing work! Love seeing a scratch from start to finish like this, so inspiring.
 

WINGNIT

Active Member
Thanks guys! I'm loving the satisfaction that comes from scratch building. I'm on the fence as to the next one. Either a 20" concept slave one, a 1/32 TFA resistance transport, a 36" Rots blockade runner, or a studio scale ESB background ship.
 

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Pcoz

Well-Known Member
Awesome scratch build sir ! Love the paint job !

What did you use for the brownish weathered streaks ? I'll be doing some weathering soon and I'm trying to mentally prepare my layers....
 

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WINGNIT

Active Member
Awesome scratch build sir ! Love the paint job !

What did you use for the brownish weathered streaks ? I'll be doing some weathering soon and I'm trying to mentally prepare my layers....
Thanks! It was a combo of a few:

- Mig rust pigment with a tamiya flat base and thinner
- A custom mix of Tamiya medium gray and yellow with some brown thinned out

I usually start with my "Star Wars Base white" which is 7 parts tamiya flat white, a drop of medium gray, half part deck tan and a drop of buff. Not quite a "Reefer White" but works with most scales.

I spray it over the black semi gloss base coat and go heavier in areas where I want it to be really light, then I add accents of sky grey, medium gray, and buff, each with a dash of base color to tone it down (heavily thinned). The darker streaks are an equal parts mix of grey, brown, and black. Then I airbrush the rusty brown and "streak" it with a 0000 brush dipped in a small amount of thinner. Then I go back and add highlights in the base color (paint chips and panel accents) with a small firm brush to lend the feeling that the layer of grime or paint got rubbed off in places.

Simply put, my layers go:
-Primer
-Semi-gloss black
-base colors
- low lights / dirt
- dullcote laquer
- weathering wash in some panel lines
- airbrush some base color in some panels lightly
- walk away all angry and confused, doubting abilities etc.
- come back and add chips with stiff brush
- accent streaking

If I'm feeling like it is too "blingy" or dark and I want to give it the look like it has been in the archives for a while, I will dust it with very thinned base color with buff added at high pressure from about 2 feet away using a Badger 155 airbrush. I pretty much only use that for base coats and "dusting" since it's about one step above a paint gun as far as accuracy goes.

That was ten times longer than the answer needed to be, but hope it helps!
 
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Pcoz

Well-Known Member
Thanks a great deal for the info !

I realize there are probably a 100 ways to skin this cat, but I'm trying to plot my method out now. Your explanation makes a lot of sense. I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to do the black pre-shading at first, but now I believe this is the way to go. That and your approach of multiple subtle layers.

I'm going more for a realistic scaled feel rather than the exact scale model paint job.

Thanks again for your advise !

Pcoz
 

Vacformedhero

Sr Member
Brilliant , you must have the best collection of large scale expanded universe ships ( by large I mean not board game pieces like xwing)
great display
 

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