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Kind of a lurker here for a while, so I figured it was time to get more involved 😀

 

I love the aircraft designs from Space Battleship Yamato/Starblazers and have been building stuff from the 2199 series. however, the Black Tiger design morphed into the Cosmo Falcon so it obviously missing from the lineup of 1/72 fighter kits. 

 

There was an old kit that Bandai made. This is the 1/70 scale version. However it is as basic as basic can be. Nothing like the more detailed 1/100 Ex version that came out later

 

The appeal here was having a kit close to 1/72 scale

 

It is a standard glue kit and It sure is a far cry from the engineering they have today.

 

The parts count not counting landing gear is something like 12 pieces

 

The body is basically and an upper and lower half for from yellow section and an upper and lower half for the back body and wing section.

 

Two halves for the big tail fin and 2 small fins for the underside

 

The cockpit is one piece, with molded in blobs you glue 2 heads onto and absolutely no detail

 

There are  no panel lines whatsoever beyond scribed lines to be used a guides on where to place the decals

 

Out of the box, it looks like a kids toy

 

So, I scratched up some detail for the cockpit.

I didn't go to nuts with it since the wavy glass canopy will obscure most detail anyway, but I at least wanted something that looked more reasonable

I used the extra pilot from a Hasegawa 1/72 FA-19C kit as well as a greenstuff copy I made of a Bandai 1/72 A-Wing pilot

 

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I added some additional details and panel lines

 

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At 1/70 scale I think it is close enough to 1/72 to be able to display it with the 1/72 Cosmo Zero and Falcons

 

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I painted the cockpit and canopy so I could move onto gluing the body halves together and filling the seams

 

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Had a big fit problem mating the yellow body part to the black. Hopefully filled and sanded enough to look seamless when I prime it

 

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Added some details on the rear

 

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now ready for primer (I think)

 

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Edited by blakeh1
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I have always liked the designs of the fighters from Space Battleship Yamato/Starblazers.  The details that you have added look great and if you didn't know that it was another scale you would never know it.  The other two kits that you built look awesome and I can't wait to see how this one turns out.

Els

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Awesome work Blake!

 

I also have a vintage Bandai Black Tiger kit that I'm about to start working on. Just need to order some high-vis 1/72nd decals for stencils, warning stripes, etc. 

 

NWarty (also named Blake) 

 

 

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thanks guys

 

For decals, I am hoping that between the Bandai 1/72 Rogue One X-Wing and the other Bandai 1/72 Cosmo Zero and Falcon kits as well as other 1/1000 2199 kits plus the 1/72 FA-18C kit I have there will be enough left over decals left over to cobble together markings for this

 

I know I have some Cosmo Navy markings as well as tons of "No Step" markings and numeric markings

Plus from the X-wing kit I have some intake warning markers that I did not use since I did Red Leader like the ILM studio model which had none of that stuff

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Got a chance to get some painting done

 

I still have to do some touchup in a few areas as well as paint the underside (white/light grey) 

 

Also will be adding a little bit of weathering and some decals

 

but here is where it is at..

 

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that's looking AWESOME Blake! You've done a bang up job on this so far. Really dug the additions to. Looking forward to seeing more

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Gorgeous work, really got it up to snuff with the detailing 😄

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That really does look great, and the added details are not only well done, but fitting to the classic design.

 

 

 

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Blake,

What color did you use for the yellow? I can never find any yellow that isn't water thin and super skimpy on pigment. I started in on my Tiger last night. 

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Thanks everyone!

 

8 hours ago, NWarty said:

Blake,

What color did you use for the yellow? I can never find any yellow that isn't water thin and super skimpy on pigment. I started in on my Tiger last night. 

 

As far as the Yellow, I used Tamiya paints. I think it is Lemon Yellow (or maybe Flat yellow) mixed with just a little bit Flat Red. (I can confirm the exact yellow color when I get home)

 

I did add a layer of Tamiya Deck Tan Mixed with Flat White (left over batch from painting my A-Wing) as a base layer over the black primer before I sprayed the yellow

 

I find if I try spraying yellow directly on a black base coast, it sometimes can take forever to build up enough coats

 

Even when hand painting gaming miniatures and such I usually try to paint a white, tan or redish-brown layer first before doing yellow

 

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