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STAR WARS "Millennium Falcon" - 1/72 Revell
elmarriachi
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Posted: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 03:18 AM UTC
Hello,

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away . . . everybody knows this opera of the biggest space opera all the time: STAR WARS.

I always thought about the wonderful spaceship of Han Solo which is the most beautiful space ship ever in my eyes... now I want to build the Falcon finally... in 1/72 scale from Revell's Master Series. The kit is equal to the Fine Molds kit with more then 900 parts.

Additionally I will use the etched parts from Paragrafix, some 3D-printed parts for the guns, the cockpit and the antenna. The engine will receive some clear resin parts, the exhausts some resin updates as well.

And ... the most important thing for the Falcon.... I will illuminate it. It is the first time I will do this ...

So let's start... I began with the planning of the lights. Finally I have decided to go like this:



Red = red LEDs (8), yellow = warm white LEDs (14), blue = cold white LEDs (5), light blue = LED strap for the engine (1), plus one blue LED and some fibre optics for the cockpit.

Here we go with the LEDs marked on the hull (downside):


















Next I will add some details on the outside and inside of the bottom side of the ship, then I will drill the holes and make the wiring ...

I hope you like the new project ...

Cheers
Micha
Scarred
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Posted: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 04:15 AM UTC
It is the Fine Molds Falcon, and a beautiful kit. I'm going to use the MadMan Lighting kit on mine along with some of the parts you listed. I'll be watching your build so good luck. BTW have you seen the Zevzda Star Destroyer? It'll be reboxed as Revell and released nxt month. Can't wait to see what the after market is going to come up with for it.
elmarriachi
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Posted: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 09:00 PM UTC
Thanks a lot. Yes I saw the Revell's Star Destroyer in Nuremberg at the Toy Fair exhibited... it looks really, really amazing!:)
Cheers
Michael
elmarriachi
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 09:33 PM UTC
Hello,

I have added some first detail parts on the underside of the Falcon. Some of these inserts were assembled separately, some piping added then inserted from the inside, glued and screwed (!).













Here you could see the clear/blue resin parts for the engine which will replace the plastic parts of the kit.



Next step will be the "lightbox" for the engine illumination ...

Cheers
Micha
Scarred
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 02:41 AM UTC
Nice! Can't wait to see the light box.
elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:31 PM UTC
Hello,

I have added some more parts and details on the lower part of the hull... the area around the engine is nearly finished ...










For the illimination of the engine I have used the kits part (a box light part which is mounted behind the grille). I have removed the back of the boxand painted the rest in black. Then I have glued the clear resin parts at the backside of the frame (rest of the "box").
The box I have extended on the backside with plastic sheed about 1cm, parallel to the backside of the box. Then I have glued the blue LED-stripe on a plastic stripe in the high of the box. painted this and the extension in silver. The stripe with the LEDs Ihave glued on the backside of the box as back panel.
I have used Tape to fix the back wall better and to close all remaining gaps. Then I have glued Aluminium foil with super glue all around the new "lightbox", the wires leaving the box on the side and will go through the hull later.

That's how it looks like ...













I think that this is ok ... I like it

Cheers

Micha
jjcadenhead
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 02:17 AM UTC
Looks great so far. I will be following with interest!
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:18 PM UTC
Hi Michael

I have long dreamed of acquiring this kit and adding it to my collection of 1/72 Star Wars kits, but unfortunately it's way out of my price range at the moment, so I will have to live vicariously through yours!

Watching with interest!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 02:41 AM UTC
Thanks a lot for your interest.

I always loved the Star Wars movies, specially the old ones which I watched so many times in my child hood... and .... the Millennium Falcon is the most beautiful spaceship ever ....

Cheers
Michael
Scarred
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 02:50 AM UTC
That engine is looking good, keep it up!

RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 08:48 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Thanks a lot for your interest.

I always loved the Star Wars movies, specially the old ones which I watched so many times in my child hood... and .... the Millennium Falcon is the most beautiful spaceship ever ....

Cheers
Michael



I know what you mean Michael. Being born in the mid 70's I was just the right age when Star Wars was came out and I must have watched them so many time on VHS that the tapes wore out. Then when the prequel trilogy came out I fell in love with them all over again and now drive my wife nuts having movie marathons watching all 6 movies in a row over the space of a couple of weeks...

The Falcon's design is a bit of inspired thinking from George Lucas, based upon the shape of a hamburger of all things! This together with the x-wing are two of the greatest sci fi designs of all time (IMHO)

Looking forward to see what you do with the Falcon!
elmarriachi
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 09:12 PM UTC
Hello,
born 1980 all the three "old" movies came in free TV when I was young... and the VHS were available in the local library... I remember that we rent the VHS so many times... and later we had our first TV recorder and recorded the Star Wars movies... I think these and the Die Hard movies were the movies most ofteh seen in my life (together with "The Crimson Pirate" which my parents had on a very old VHS cassette and which was my first cinema movie seen in my life )
Cheers
MIchael
elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:55 PM UTC
Hello.

all the kits parts of the underside of the hull are mounted and the holes for all the LED lamps drilled inside the hull.

I have installed the wiring and the LED for testing .... lot of wires (without the LEDs for the engine). Next I will make the base and the stand which will include the wires then.






... and lights on for testing ...















Some nice small figures are included with the kit, it is even possible to recognize the persons.... I will install Han Solo the captain, Chewbacca and on the seats behind C3P0 and Luke Skywalker.





Cheers
Micha
Scarred
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 02:24 AM UTC
Very nice.
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:16 PM UTC
Looks amazing, with all those LED's.
elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:51 PM UTC
Hello,

after having added all parts as far as necessary I have sprayed the inside of upper and lower hull in black before gluing the LEDs in the holws with white glue.

Around every LED I have added a piece of plastic pipe which was glued in place and filled with white glue from the top side... Then the lightbox for the engine was installed...

... and all wires put together.... finally, there will be four wires going out from a hole in the center of the bottom, inside the display stand...














Before having installed the lightbox, the rear side of the hull was painted already ...



elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:51 PM UTC
Once all the glue was set I have painted also the plastic pipes and the filled white glue in black....

Now there is no chance for any light shining somewhere where it is not planned A testing and everything works as it should

Also the LEDs for the cockpit were added now, the lower cockpit area glued to the lower part of the hull.











elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:52 PM UTC
Once everything is finished in the inside of the hull the upper hull was put on top.... testing, some wires putting in place.... testing, some plastic removing from the lower side of the upper hull at the center of it .... testing ... fits.
The upper side was mounted on the lower one with scews... then the lights tested again ... works.

After that I have added all the side panels full of added details and the upper part of the cockpit. The docking ports left and right were replaced with 3D-printed parts, painted also black from the inside.
Also the radar on the top and the engine nozzles were 3D-printed parts with correct size and better details. The engine will receive some etched grills later after the primering.


















elmarriachi
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:52 PM UTC














With the Dremel I have added some damages as it is seen in several pictures of the movie ... some holes on the upper side nect to the radar, some scratches on the lower side....

Now everything is ready for some first primering

Cheers

Micha
Scarred
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 11:01 PM UTC
"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid"

Looks great, keep going!
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 11:14 PM UTC
Looks great Micha!
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 07:19 AM UTC
Amazing work Michael!

This kit has been high on my wish list for a long time but never been able to find one.

Are they available in Europe yet?
Scarred
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Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 09:52 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Amazing work Michael!

This kit has been high on my wish list for a long time but never been able to find one.

Are they available in Europe yet?



Revell Germany has them in their catalog, Amazon UK and Ebay Uk have them. You may see it listed as the Fine Molds 1/72 Falcon and that is the same kit. Fine Mold released the kit first then Revell picked up the license, reboxed it as Revell. Same price, a couple hundred bucks but its a great kit.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 08:19 AM UTC
Thanks. I'll have to keep my eyes open.
My local shop can only get the smaller snap kits (which have increased in price quite a bit I noticed!)

Failing that I still have my AMT Falcon that I could repair and restore.
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 09:43 AM UTC
I got my fine molds version off eBay for almost $40 less than anywhere else, it shipped just fine, no damage to the huge box and it was shipped free. So my advice is check online you can probably fine a great deal.