Another version of Vader's Sith Starfighter, this time as a repaint of Obi Wan's Jedi Starfighter model by Revell. This kit was a lot of fun to put together and I got the chance to apply a whole slew of new techniques I've learned since my last version in order to bring Vader's ship to life.
I had no real fit problems to speak of and the amount of detail in the model is very good. The only things about this version is that the wing flaps on this one are wrong for Vader's ship and the inside panels of the flaps are lacking the "grid" detail that the AMT/ERTL kit had. I was tempted to try to paint this pattern with a wire mesh mask but decided that since I wasn't sure how to approach it just to leave it be.
To mask the canopy this time I used Tamiya masking tape which is quite wonderful and my new favorite addition to my building arsenal. This is also my first real extensive application of oil paint as a wash for weathering and detailing. And as before the decals are custom made with Testors decal paper and Photoshop, but this time when applied I used MicroSol. The MicroSol works great at getting decals softened to fit unusual surfaces and blending them into the paint for that "painted on" look.
The only thing left to do is create a display stand which I haven't figured out yet how I want to go about doing that. Feel free to send me your suggestions...
- Testors Model Master Acryl Euro I Gray
- Testors Model Master Acryl Flat Black
- Gamesworkshop Citadel Mithril Silver
- Gamesworkshop Citadel Boltgun Metal
- Tamiya Acrylic Chrome Silver
- Tamiya Acrylic Clear Red
The ship was first airbrushed a basecoat of Euro I Gray, then paneling was singled out for Flat Black and Mithril Silver by hand. The canopy is Clear Red on the inside and Mithril Silver for the ouside as well as inside the cockpit. An oil wash was then done to blackline the panels and bring out detail. Dryrbrushing was done with Chrome Silver while scorch marks and blending were airbrushed. Decals were applied and set with MicroSol. Finally, the entire model was sealed with Future mixed with Flat Base to give it a satin feel, except for the droid and canopy pieces which were given pure Future for a glossy look.