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Fine Molds 1/48 X-WIng

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Just starting in on the Fine Molds 1/48 X-Wing. Looking forward to it. Been saving this one up for years (I think I even pre-ordered it when it came out way back when).

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I've only done one other Fine Molds kit which is the Savoia S.21 from Porco Rosso. Hands down one of the most amazingly well-engineered kits I have ever done.

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I never even bothered to glue the main sections together since the tolerances were so fine and the kit so well done that it stayed to together w/o any cement. Amazing. If the X-Wing is even close to the same quality I'll have a very enjoyable build.

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Lokking forward to seeing your work on this! An excellent choice.

Tom

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Starting in on the X-Wing. As much as the SW movies were a part of my youth and I built TIE fighters and Xwings out of whatever was at hand, I just can't bear to leave to kit in the true movie paint scheme. The all over gray of the X-Wing especially bugs me. I won't be doing one as wild as the one I made for my son a few years back....

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... but with that in mind I'll be strategically embellishing the paint scheme adding some panel shading and some bare metal where it makes sense.

Preshading, future, plus Alclad:

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Well, Expanded Universe has a number of colorful X-wing options - Corran Horn was flying a green one and there has been many personalizations among other pilots as well

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I'd love to cut loose, but I do want to stay kind of close to movie canon. Nevertheless, exhaust can should be metallic !

Speaking of metallic, here's my NMF / BMF X-Wing with tons of non-canon decals:

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Must taken 2 bottles of Alclad for that one.

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Preshading continues:

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Polished aluminum for Artoo

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Wings are painted and engines are set off in Alclad

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@nicholassagan - Thanks !

Wings are painted and futured. Also set off one set of panels in a slightly different color:

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Happy so far. The gray is a little cooler (with respect to color) than the movie vehicle. Hope this doesn't push it into the realm of 'what-if'....

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Very nice work. I can't wait to see more. Nice panel variation.

Tom

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Update: all major parts painted. Just adding panel variation and will proceed to decals.

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Close-up:

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As expected tine FineMolds level of engineering is top notch. Model just falls together.

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Gorgeous and colorful xwings!

Makes me want to do a colorful non movie ship too!

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Major parts are assembled and painting is complete

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First decals are on. Should blast through most of the rest this weekend.

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@nicholassagan - Thanks!

Starting to look like an X-Wing now

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Like somebody else mentioned the Finemolds decals are a bit delicate so this stage will need to take longer than I thought.

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Glad that the wing decals are meant to be weathered. Finemolds' decals don't conform well over compley shapes, even slightly raised panels. Nevertheless still looks ok.

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Closeup shows how the decal breaks rather than conformm to the raised panel. Again, not a problem since t adds to the effect.

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Maybe I was pusihing too hard by Microsol rather than Microset.

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FM decals stink. I've got a never finished Starfighter as a result. Eventually I'll paint it but the amount of masking that will be involved means it's going to sit for quite a time.

Looks good though!

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@Bigasshammm - Surprising when you consider how great the models are ! Stunningly good engineering.

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Oh wow they really cracked!!! Surprised the MicroSol didn't do the trick, usually it does...

Regardless this is looking pretty good!

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The decals were a big let down to an otherwise very nice kit...

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