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Bandai 1/144 Millennium Falcon TFA with Extras 2 months 1 week ago #1

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So after a couple of Star wars builds it is time to tackle the most iconic craft in the Star wars universe.
With Bandai releasing the 1/72nd version (from a new hope) and another 1/144 based on The Last Jedi later in the year it was time that I started on this which is based on The Force Awakens version and comes with figures to reflect that.



I have decided to throw some lighting in there to get the most out of the Green Strawberry aftermarket interior details, also being added are their exhaust grills and their painting masks should make painting easier.



The biggest issue is that the details are stickers, that are not even pre cut :-/

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Starting with the cockpit the back wall is replaced with 3 pieces of PE for the rear wall



The roof of the cockpit had to be ground back for the PE to fit, 2 small pieces that will sit on either side of the cockpit are nothing more than backing for the stickers.
A tiny bit above the pilots will not even be seen once assembled.



Test fitted everything, pity all this nice detail with be barely visible once together. note the tiny headrests on the rear seats

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Oooow nice!

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Cockpit got a spray and started with some of the details



Figures are super tiny in 1/144 scale and are not super detailed, here are Chewis and Rey test fitted, still needs some work



but thats ok as you wont see a lot of them once the glass is on

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Looking good, you know you're using the medium size images links and that you can use the full size links like this?

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Some great reference material here,



even though it does not cover The Force Awakens variant you can get a good idea of whats going on inside for the colours of lights and panels etc

Time to move on a bit, adding the PE and optics to the cockpit means that its sitting glue and clamped as some of the support inside had to be removed
The front parts of the ship are next, lots of parts layered inside others to get the amazing detail here



Also visible here in the side walls etc



Now onto the lighting. Sadly the mounts for the Bandai LED set wont take the 5mm LEDS i had so time to gently widen the holes, dont by hand to ensure no unwanted damage.



Breadboard in the background to check the clear LEDS are white, and not red like the first ones i found. Lesson, always label ya electronice.

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Gary wrote: Looking good, you know you're using the medium size images links and that you can use the full size links like this?

Fill size shows the amount of work still needed in the cockpit way to clearly :-)

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:D Fair enough.
Don't forget to put a 1K resistor on each of those LEDs ;)

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Probably about time for an update, however small it is. Life is certainly slowing this build down but im determined to push through and get some real progress this week.

Lets start with the fddly little gunners pods that sit in the middle of the falcon, one top and one bottom.


Yup more stickers and chopping of the kit parts required to get to this phase


They then slip into a small hexagon shaped pieces to hold their shape and attach to the clear parts (not pictures)

Cockpit finished and glued on (you can still see some wet white glue in there)



Annoyingly there is a massive gap on the back, which im hoping can be glued in place once i test fit the 2 halves. I suspect cutting parts out for PE and lighting have note helped.



Here you see the central holes for the gunners ports, the mount for the LED that will light the landing ramp and the end of the fibre optic that goes behind the cockpit, and will be lit from the same LED on the ramp



Next step, figuring out the LED config for the engine

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Kinda conflicted in that I want to light the engines but as im doing it in a landed pose they are not really going to be running :-/


Ahh well, lets see how they look anyway.

First attempt was all centered too the middle


Obvious result, bright spot


Attempt 2


Better but still has bright spots (looks worse in photos


3rd attempt


Much better. Again it looks worse in the photos.


This looks to best layout for LED's (and yes Gary there are resistors in the breadboard now) but ill try some paper or frosted plastic between LED's and engine before I lock it all down.

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