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    Dec 6, 2015, 9:05 AM - A novices Deagostini Falcon #1

    Hi
    I've built and painted a few models over the years. And they haven't come out too bad in my opinion anyway. Lol
    I've subscribed to the Deagostini Build the Falcon and I've received up to issue 26
    To be honest I'm frightened of ruining it.
    The largest model I've built and painted is a 1/48 Finemolds X wing so to paint on such a large canvas is quite intimidating
    Especially after viewing the threads on this very site.
    Any tips or suggestions please?
    Last edited by craig g; Feb 24, 2016 at 8:18 AM. Reason: Title change
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    Dec 6, 2015, 11:55 AM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #2

    The great thing about this kit is that it comes in stages and it takes about two years to collect all the parts. You can build it as the parts come and or at your own pace. There is no rush to complete it.
    Everyone has different skill sets when it comes to anything. Some have a natural ability while others may take years to master.
    You can follow many of the great build threads already started as they have great tricks and tips that may help you on your build journey.
    Expect to make mistakes along the way and last but not least... as long as you do your best and you like the outcome that is all that matters.
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    Dec 6, 2015, 12:56 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #3

    Thanks
    Been looking at the threads and am interested in trying Darkview's technique with the oil and Tamiya weathering sets
    Just hope that I can match the image of the completed build that I have in my head
    I want a Falcon replica not going for a replica of the filming prop. If that makes sense.
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    Dec 6, 2015, 1:07 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #4

    You should be able to pick up the Hasbro Hero Series Millennium Falcon (AKA the BMF) for peanuts compared to the Deagostini. Its similar in size, so you can practice on that before moving on to the much more expensive model.
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    Dec 6, 2015, 5:53 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #5

    That's a good idea.
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    Dec 7, 2015, 1:21 AM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #6

    vectorzero said: View Post
    You should be able to pick up the Hasbro Hero Series Millennium Falcon (AKA the BMF) for peanuts compared to the Deagostini. Its similar in size, so you can practice on that before moving on to the much more expensive model.
    Last time I looked the BMF was 200+ USD on the sec market. Maybe the large Rebels Falcon may be better suited for painting training purposes.
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    Dec 7, 2015, 9:59 AM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #7

    Nice I have just brought one, good to see any photos of how you tackle the weathering.
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    Dec 7, 2015, 12:13 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #8

    It's a great model, you'll be fine & there's plenty of help making it ;-)
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    Dec 7, 2015, 2:27 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #9

    Here's my advice - just go for it.

    One of the great things a bout SW ships is that they are messy. As long as you take some care to get the paint right it will likely at the very least be passable.

    Advice on getting the paint right - follow some of the threads around here. Follow Steve Dymso's you tube vids... get as much reference as you can...Follow your heart. if you're worried about spray painting or airbrushing - practice a bit. Old soda bottles - anything plastic can be used to practice on. First learn to make a "clean" paintjob. Once you have a few of those then try weathering. Know this going in - EVERYONE has a difference style/preference for weathering. After you play with it a while - you will too . Don't be afraid... if you've screwed up - what is lost - a smooth painted 2-liter bottle? and also remember - only YOU know where the mistakes are 99% of everyone else will look at whatever model it is, and think its awesome... because it will be, even if it has flaws.

    Jedi Dade
  10. Guy Cowen is offline Guy Cowen
    Dec 7, 2015, 3:34 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #10

    I'm painting 5 of them when theyre built so if your prepared to wait I'll be documenting the process
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    Dec 7, 2015, 4:08 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #11

    Here is a 1/144 Falcon I did a few years ago and the 1/48 X-wing I mentioned





    I think that I could improve drastically on both of them now, after following the threads of the awesome builds here.
    You guys are so talented and I can only hope to try to learn from you.
    Last edited by craig g; Aug 22, 2017 at 5:57 PM. Reason: Photobucket
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    Dec 7, 2015, 7:13 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #12

    Guy Cowen said: View Post
    I'm painting 5 of them when theyre built so if your prepared to wait I'll be documenting the process
    Hi Guy.
    You really going to paint 5 Deago MF?
  13. Guy Cowen is offline Guy Cowen
    Dec 7, 2015, 7:24 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #13

    If people who have asked still want them doing then yes
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    Dec 7, 2015, 7:56 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #14

    Guy Cowen said: View Post
    If people who have asked still want them doing then yes
    I'll follow that thread for sure.
    You're going to use Tamiya AS20 as a base or Tamiya acrylic (XF-55 and XF-2) mix ? Or something else maybe?
  15. Guy Cowen is offline Guy Cowen
    Dec 7, 2015, 8:29 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #15

    I won't know till I do it, no point in testing yet, I've got my 5 foot panels planned for January but will have to be lighter fir that as the scale is about the same as a 20foot wide falcon and it's based on the ANH paintwork , the 32 I've never done so will do tests when it's time but am thinking of having my own mix done then colour matched locally into a lacquer based spray
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    Dec 8, 2015, 5:32 AM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #16

    Guy Cowen said: View Post
    I'm painting 5 of them when theyre built so if your prepared to wait I'll be documenting the process
    I'll definitely be watching your thread but I'll hopefully have started mine by then
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    Dec 8, 2015, 1:31 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #17

    Based on those pics - you'll do just fine... BUILD IT!

    Jedi Dade
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    Dec 8, 2015, 2:20 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #18

    Dude you'll do fine but I feel your thread will not be allowed soon here as its a build thread for studio scale models in construction.
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    Dec 8, 2015, 2:24 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #19

    Ahhh - He's asking for advice on the DeAgostini... I think its OK here. we just need to stop moving the topic and get back to advice on building the damn thing

    Jedi Dade
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    Dec 8, 2015, 3:01 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #20

    DaddyfromNaboo said: View Post
    Last time I looked the BMF was 200+ USD on the sec market. Maybe the large Rebels Falcon may be better suited for painting training purposes.
    About 60 in the UK on eBay
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    Dec 8, 2015, 8:54 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #21

    I'm going to echo what was said earlier... Just friggin' go for it! It's the Falcon, you really can't F' it up. The more you work it the better it'll look. And worse comes to worse and you don't like something, paint over it!

    Some of my weathering jobs I've been the most happy with over the years I was sure I was messing up as I was doing the!
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    Dec 9, 2015, 4:19 AM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #22

    Thanks
    I've ordered some supplies and gonna bite the bullet this weekend
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    Dec 10, 2015, 2:04 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #23

    Craig... you have no need to be scared... just do your homework first. Don't just jump on it and hope it comes out alright. Watch some of the online build videos and read some of the build logs here. Find some good reference material and plan your work. That's called Zen Modeling... where you think about modeling instead of actually modeling. Think about the materials you need and gather them together. Think about how you will start and gather reference pics. Make a descision about how you want your final ship to look. Do you want it to look very realistic or just your interpretation. Don't RUSH into it. You've got plenty of time to plan your attack on this beauty. In the end, you have to be happy with it... no one else. Don't strive for perfection unless perfection is what you are after... but if that's what you're after it will be a long long long journey. Just make a descision and stick with it... you are on the best forum on earth to find answers to questions if you need help during your build. Everyone here is willing to give you advice and give you a hand! Don't be afraid to ask questions... don't be afraid to show that you don't have the experience that many have here... that's why we are all here... to share our knowledge with everyone else. I know I love helping people out... it makes me happy!
  24. Guy Cowen is offline Guy Cowen
    Dec 10, 2015, 6:21 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #24

    My first piece of advice is start from the beginning and do it when it's almost complete , by the time you paint the top you'll be better than when you did the bottom ... Practise on blanks or models or scraps but honestly the continuity of your work will be far greater if done closer rather than in long stages

    Just advice though
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    Dec 10, 2015, 6:53 PM - Re: Scared of my Deagostini Falcon #25

    craig g said: View Post
    Hi
    I've built and painted a few models over the years. And they haven't come out too bad in my opinion anyway. Lol
    I've subscribed to the Deagostini Build the Falcon and I've received up to issue 26
    To be honest I'm frightened of ruining it.
    The largest model I've built and painted is a 1/48 Finemolds X wing so to paint on such a large canvas is quite intimidating
    Especially after viewing the threads on this very site.
    Any tips or suggestions please?
    MAKE IT!!

    To be any kind of model maker, if you want to improve your skills, Make the Models that scare the f#ck out you!

    Were is the challenge? were is the want? Were is the need? To build anything that is only suitable to your current principles, standards and capabilities.

    If you restrict your self, to the easy road, while hoping to better yourself as a model maker, then your wasting your time.

    If a kit makes me question: - Can I do this? Should I do this? Is This is beyond my skills? Will the final product be insult to what it should be?

    ....."Then that is the model you must build""!. Because that's the challenge, That's the 'Want' to be good model maker.

    Even if it turns out as a piece of crap. Cause with every thing we build, everything we make, increases our knowledge to be good makers.

    BE AFRAID OF THE MODEL, BUT NEVER BE AFRAID OF THE CHALLENGE, OR KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN FROM THE CHALLANGE.

    Only after building a good challenge, even is it doesn't work out, you would still not have failed.
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