Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falcon

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Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falcon

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 22:57

Another beautiful piece of plastic kittery from the modelling gods of Fine Molds.
Not a huge number of pieces, to be sure, but every one fitted perfectly and is full of lovely, crisp detail. Even at this small scale, you can go greeblie-spotting and see the various remnants of tank, motorbike and lorry kits, used in creating the original studio model.
It is also very well engineered, with all seams conveniently hidden behind side panels and depth added to the various semi-open portions of the hull.

All that said, no crew is provided, so rather than make some, I've opted for the gear down version, á la Bespin.

Having built the model, all I've done now is to give it a base coat of H27;

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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 22:58

For this 1/144 model, painting it a dark grey is an alternative to adding a dark wash later.
My next step is to brush H147 all over, without pushing the paint into all of the gaps and crevices.

Once that is dry, I'll be adding the decals provided.

Compared to the paint, these will stand out and will need some work to help them blend in with the rest of the model. I expect I'll be doing some dry-brushing, to emphasise raised detail as well.
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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 22:58

Transparencies

Ooooh....I have a criticism of a Fine Molds kit! No masks. Strange, but true.
Actually, at first glance, there does appear to be a set of masks supplied. However, after much head scratching and ponderment, I realised that the masks were not actually pre-cut masks, but black shapes, printed onto a piece of paper, stuck to a piece of masking tape.
Apparently, the idea is to cut your own masks out, using the printed shapes as a guide. Now, I will profess to being quite good at cutting things out and can follow an outline with the best of them. I've even got an especially sharp pair of scissors for the task.

Unfortunately, having cut out the shape, it was extremely difficult to seperate the tape from the paper, without mangling some of the edge. Normally, in 1/72, this would not be too much of an issue. That said, for the panes in 1/144, I found it impossible.

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Shame on you, Fine Molds. Eduard do beautiful tiny masks for their 1/144 Spitfires and MiG-21s, so why not for the Falcon.

As it was, I masked the panes the old-fashioned way, with Tamiya tape, a fresh cocktail stick and a very sharp blade;

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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 22:59

This is the model with H147 brushed over the H27;

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Closer up;

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Less of a dry-brush and more of a moist-brush!
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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 22:59

The decals are exactly the right shape to fit whichever panel they're supposed to. The colours are also 100% accurate, but a little too bright and 'clean' to my eye;

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I found H64 a close enough match to the grey of the decals, so stippled a thin coat of this, all over the model, including the decals. NOTE that the paint was spread around to make a very, very, very thin coat.

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There is an excellent, full-colour, paint guide provided. Plus, I have several Star Wars books, with lots of colourful (and very useful) photographs of the original Falcon. There is some rust and this is of an orange tint. I used H82;

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(The yellow is H24, which is a close match to the yellow decals).
I brush a small amount of the paint on the model, following the edge of a panel and then smear this in one direction, with my finger. In the next picture, the top patch, on the right, has been smeared once, the bottom patch twice;

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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:00

Looking at my references, some red patches were missing. I found that un-mixed, (shaken, not stirred), H153 was a close match.
This is where I am up to, tonight;

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My masking was successful.
I've applied some dark grey and Mr.Metalcolor Dark Iron to the rear vents and used my Dremel to buff this and make it look almost air-brushed.
I've also begun to add some battle damage.
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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:00

Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300 (modified), Han Solo

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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:01

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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

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Re: Fine Molds 1/144 Corellian YT-1300, The Millennium Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:02

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(The bottle top is from Shepherd Neame "Spitfire". The little Fokker is from Valom).
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