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OOTB: Fine Molds 1/72 X-Wing and TIE Fighter
Knuckles
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 08:53 AM UTC
The postman made the Kessel Run in about 12 parsecs and brought me my 2 plastic Fine Molds kits today. They were on my porch at lunch (early!). These will be my first FM builds. I've only ever read good things about them, so here's to hoping they were worth the $70 (many Bothans died to bring us this information).

I'll be building these (before August) for my daughter's B-day. We'll hang them in her room in a space-dogfight. I imagine she'll be pretty darned stoked.

The boxes are nice and pretty, and the box dates say 2004, and the fret dates say 2002. Both kits arrived to me with the frets in the bags with no damage or wear evident.

I was immediately reminded that I do not speak nor read Japanese. This may be a hindrance surrounding all of the side-text and what not in the instructions, but thankfully the parts are shown clearly and the assembly pictographs are easy enough to follow.

The decals look amazing, and the clear parts are sharp and free of distortion. The X-Wing has a decal for the canopy frame, and the TIE Fighter has a nice mask. There are no PE parts included, but the X-Wing does have some poly caps.

Both include a simple stand, although I won't be using either of them. Both kits also include nicely detailed figures, each with a seated pilot (of which I'll be using). The TIE Fighter has 2 standing stormtroopers, and the X-Wing has a standing pilot.

The detail is overall impressive. For a 1/72 kit, they packed an amazing amount of things into it. The one complaint I have after initial inspection are the panel lines on the X-Wing. They are very faint, and will assuredly get the business with my scribing tool to improve the detail.

With all of the detail on these, the painting and weathering will be the true test of my modelling mettle. I've never done a sci-fi kit, but between the dozens of aircraft and tanks I've done, I think I can pull some techniques from both genres to add to this build.







Is this right?






I will cut you--deep and slow.




Amazing 1/72 detail. You can make out the original Panther fans ILM used


And the Sherman turret




There's a pair of these frets










Still no clue...


The solar panels are deigned to paint separately, so you can sandwich the panels between the frames--easy painting!


Again--this is 1/72 detail!


A close up of the solar panel surface (I want to find a finish that will give me a rainbow reflective sheen to spray over the black)

That's what's in the box(es)! I'll be building these and taking my time about it over the next couple of months. I'll post my progress, and we can see how they turn out.

RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:37 AM UTC
I'm on board Christian!

My all time fave movies (not including the 'house of mouse' ones ) and a great set of vehicles you've chosen too...

Watching with interest!
Knuckles
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:42 AM UTC

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I'm on board Christian!

My all time fave movies (not including the 'house of mouse' ones ) and a great set of vehicles you've chosen too...

Watching with interest!



One of my earliest memories was standing in line in LA waiting to see New Hope (c. 1977). I started my daughter off right--altho she chose the Dark Side:
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:28 AM UTC

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I'm on board Christian!

My all time fave movies (not including the 'house of mouse' ones ) and a great set of vehicles you've chosen too...

Watching with interest!



One of my earliest memories was standing in line in LA waiting to see New Hope (c. 1977). I started my daughter off right--altho she chose the Dark Side:



Great work Christian! She looks positively fierce!
And there's always hope she can be turned back to the good side

Hoping to introduce my younglings to the Star Wars universe in the coming years and that they love it too!
badmojo
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 09:53 AM UTC

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I was immediately reminded that I do not speak nor read Japanese. This may be a hindrance surrounding all of the side-text and what not in the instructions, but thankfully the parts are shown clearly and the assembly pictographs are easy enough to follow.


English instructions are available on HLJ's unlinked Fine Molds X-Wing page: https://hlj.com/product/FNMSW-01

Good luck!
Knuckles
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:06 AM UTC
Thanks!

I am 90% of the way done with building and initial paint on the TIE fighter--went together just perfectly. The plastic is very soft but there are no seams. It went together like a Swiss watch.

The wing/solar panels turned out really nice. I base coated with Tamiya NATO black, then sealed with gloss, applied a pearl medium in a gloss coat, then applied a black panel line wash. Tonight after work I'll dry brush it with satin black and then start detailing the fuselage.

My one complaint is the "masks" included in the kit were simply a sticker with the shapes printed on them. They were not pre-cut, and after my first cut I chose to abandon them and free-paint the canopy. #nailedit

I'll post some pics when I get home.
Knuckles
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 04:48 PM UTC
Here she is, washed, dry brushed, and ready for a clear coat in the morning before work, then blasters and engine tomorrow after work. Done by dinner time!
Knuckles
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Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 09:35 AM UTC
OK! I got the TIE Fighter done, and ready to surprise my little girl with when she gets home tonight.

I was happy with the build, quite a small kit, and the detail was outstanding, except for some shallow panel lines. I had a huge problem with the decals. Luckily, there really aren't any on this model, so it wasn't an issue using a fine brush to paint on what was supposed to be there.

The X-Wing is next, but I've got a couple of projects in front of it. I imagine that kit will take (a lot) longer to complete.

RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:20 PM UTC
Excellent work on the TIE fighter Christian!

I bet your daughter will be chuffed!

Looking forward to seeing the x-wing!