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Since I built a B-wing already seems logical I build the predecessor to the A-wing. This is my first Fine Molds kit.

No pictures yet but so far I've got most of the hyperdrive ring together and been working on the display stands. There's a lot of pin marks on the display stands so I've done a lot of sanding. Haven't started the actual fighter yet because I haven't fired up the air brush.

Pics later.

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Won't be much magic. Going straight oob and using all the decals.

Got another bug so haven't made much progress or taken pictures yet. Soon.

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Wasn't there aftermarket decals for that kit?

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I believe there are some to do different jedi's starfighters. Nicolas will know im sure.

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Not much to phot on this thing.

Hyperdrive ring basically together. Will add engine bits last.

Started work on cockpit of JS. Just went with a brush since it's so small.

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Construction is complete. Canopy is on and masked. Awaiting paint. Work has annihilated me (thanks christmas) so I've had little to no time or energy to do anything. I can't remember when this GB ends but hopefully not January or I'm not going to make it.

Nothing to see so no pics.

I plan on painting everything racing white which is a creamy white color. Then will apply all decals and start weathering. Weathering is where all the magic will be. At least that's the plan.

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So the decals are horrible. I think. I'm not real sure yet.

I started with 3 on the hyperdrive ring. The first one didn't really fit. Then they're very brittle and not so responsive to the solvent. I hit them with multiple solvent passes and heat and now will leave them for hours to see how they react. Not looking forward to masking if that's the route id have to go.

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It's looking good. I;ve always like the concept of the separate hyperdrive unit. It makes the ship a little more feasible. Plus it just looks cool. Keep up the great work!

Bill

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Well my first fine molds kit is ending in disaster. I'm officially giving up on it. The decals are absolute crap. They don't fit, there's hundreds of them, and when you try to get them to adhere and somewhat fill the space they're for they just rip and tear. So I'm done. I'll come back to this and try to mask and paint everything but for now it's going in the box disgusted.

Has everyone had these issues or did I get bad decals? Are all fm decals like this? Blech.

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Sorry to hear that Kris. That must be very frustrating. :bandhead2:/> Your model was coming along so nicely.

Tom

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Oh wow Kris!

I hope this is not an issue with the decals in all of their kits. I have a few of them in my stash. I'm going to be working on the Slave I for this Group Build, now that I've finished my Phantom.

QT

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I only used their TIE interior decals so far and had no problems with them, though there's just a few of them and are a tad small.

Have you considered contacting FM for a replacement decal sheet?

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I thought about it. Waiting to hear from others if this is what they're like or if I got an old set or one that had dried out. I'll ask something on the acifi page.

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my first few Fine Molds TIE Figther decals crumbled so I sprayed a glosscote on the decal sheet before using anymore. I did the same with the X-Wing, still lost a couple decals from crumbling.

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