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    Nov 7, 2015, 3:04 PM - Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon GROUP build awakens! OPEN TO EVERYONE! :) #1

    Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon Group Build Thread

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    Finally a Build thread for my new project AND for anyone who wants to show what they plan to do with the Bandai Falcon.

    Feel Free to post any of your Bandai 1/144 Falcon builds / Projects.

    OPEN TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!


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    There isnt a great deal of things to get this up to scratch. I am going to light it with a 9V battery and several LEDs,also i will modify the existing fixtures to suit the components i have,i need to find a decent place for the switch aswell.

    Im going to use the decals provided instead of painting all the different panels as i think they will look nicer scratched up. Also the pipework needs minor changes.

    I thought i would start with the blocky pipe work:
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    I used 0.5mm styrene rod and it seems to be a good match for the tube size.

    Some more progress will be posted tommorow
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    Nov 7, 2015, 3:14 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #2

    Yeah! That's was I'm talking about, that's the way I would go. Love placing pipelines
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    Nov 7, 2015, 7:54 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #3

    The pipe mods look great! Might have to do that to mine. I wasn't pleased with the filled flat pipes when I first looked at them.
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    Nov 7, 2015, 9:34 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #4

    Hi Roboted

    I cleaned out all the A frames on the kit with a sharp knife.Click image for larger version. 

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    more to come.


    Leyrich
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    Nov 8, 2015, 7:06 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #5

    He's using .5mm rod.
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    Nov 8, 2015, 9:51 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #6

    Robiwon said: View Post
    He's using .5mm rod.
    Thank you, Robiwon. I swear my attention to detail is fading by the day. I didn't even see that he DID say what size it was under the photos until your post made me go back and read his again. My attention span is getting worse and wor.....oh look, a penny!!
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    Nov 8, 2015, 12:01 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #7

    That's ok, sometimes my atte Squirrel!
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    Nov 9, 2015, 6:11 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #8

    Okey, some progress....

    I have started the painting, if i could offer some advise to anyone building this falcon, it would be this> assemble it before painting as it becomes very difficult to fit the parts especially the very delicate ones. Also take extreme care in removing the delicate parts from the spru, they are not forgiving.

    I have primered and painted the sidewalls and pit areas, also the battle damage has been added with a rotary tool.
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    I made a battery fixture for the 9 volt square battery and also began painting the cockpit,landing gear and gunwells.
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    The wiring system soldered minus the switch which i need to buy.
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    A little light for show
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    Next step is to start the main colour and get some decals going.

    Thanks for viewing
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    Nov 9, 2015, 6:28 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #9

    You forget the scale until you see things like the 9 v battery fitting...very cool thanks for the heads up on the plastic
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    Nov 9, 2015, 8:47 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #10

    You're hauling butt on this build! It's looking good!
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    Nov 10, 2015, 3:18 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #11

    Nice Roboted. All most done....
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    Nov 10, 2015, 10:27 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #12

    Vacformedhero said: View Post
    You forget the scale until you see things like the 9 v battery fitting...very cool thanks for the heads up on the plastic
    That 9 Volt is one of Hans "special modifications." The Falcon used to run on AAA batteries before he got hold of it.
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    Nov 10, 2015, 11:30 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #13

    Keep up the good work.

    Looking forward to seeing more
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    Nov 10, 2015, 3:19 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #14

    I laid down the main colour...

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    I mixed some Tamiya Flat White with a little Royal light Grey and a dash of Deck Tan,seems like a good match to the instruction manual pics.
    I dont have many other reference pics besides the trailers so thought id stick to the manual

    I masked all the sidewalls and pit areas and did one coat, then took off the masking and ghosted over those areas as well as another full coat on the main hull.

    Next step decals
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    Nov 10, 2015, 5:27 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #15

    Very nice colour , looks brilliant,
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    Nov 11, 2015, 11:54 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #16

    The decals are finally complete after many many hours of eye straining. I used Microscale industries decal softner and setting solution.

    I did apply the decals to the engine vents but found even with the softner it would not conform to the very fine detail of the vent mesh, so i removed the decals and used a black wash. The vents look much more pleasing to eye IMO.

    I also painted in the blaster damage ready for the airbrush to go on over it. I scraped the decals to give that worn look the falcon has.
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    Also i added the landing gear and tested the dish out as well.
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    I decided to add a couple of fibre optics to give the cockpit a bit more light. I got jelous of Pinousses thread and copied his idea. although he has fancier flashing colours, mine sadly does not lol.

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    Next step, airbrushing some panel streeks,blaster damage and engine vent dirt.

    Many thanks for viewing
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    Nov 12, 2015, 12:42 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #17

    Looking really nice already Roboted.
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    Nov 12, 2015, 12:50 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #18

    Love that last image,.....you'd swear it was 1/72

    Brilliant

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    Nov 12, 2015, 4:08 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #19

    Very nice build so far. I love the fact that a kit this detailed can be lighted and built so fast by many people. Bandai has spoiled us!!!
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    Nov 12, 2015, 8:03 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #20

    Wow....you guys are doing great on these builds....I must get one of these kits somehow
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    Nov 14, 2015, 1:41 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #21

    I decided before i go any further on the paint, i would finish the LED switch first..

    I used the smallest switch i could find, i will most likely paint it the same colour as the main hull. Im pleased with how it looks,
    its in a very discreet place and wont be noticed when the model is in situe.
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    Also the character figures are now done minus BB8.
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    I sorted the blockyness of the panzer tank at the back. I again used 0.5mm styrene rod.
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    And the boarding ramp and engine grilles.
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    Today i will finally start the airbrush jobs

    Back soon...
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    Nov 14, 2015, 9:52 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #22

    The airbrush work is now done minus the varnish, then i can get on with the final washes.

    I have now clipped the model together, the battery fits perfect with about 0.5mm gap to the cover, its held in by force alone. It can be removed/installed with little effort too
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    I started with 2 coats of semi gloss clear to seal in the decals. Once that dried i added all the water run marks,blaster and engine dirt. Im very happy with it, i think i stopped just before it would have started to be over the top.
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    Thanks for viewing
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    Nov 14, 2015, 11:39 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #23

    That comes together perfectly!
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    Nov 15, 2015, 11:15 AM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #24

    I applied 3 coats of pledge klear acrylic varnish and some black wash, it should fade over night as these pics were taken an hour after the wash had been applied.

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    Next step will be a final coat or two of klear and some tamyia weather master for the final touch

    Thanks for viewing.
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    Nov 15, 2015, 12:25 PM - Re: Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon build awakens! #25

    Sooo nice

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