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A while back I posted an in-progress of the Revell 1/29th scale X-Wing Fighter. You can see the original article here: https://imodeler.com/2018/07/revell-1-29th-scale-x-wing-fighter-work-in-progress/
Overall it’s not a bad kit, but it’s not that great either. It needs some help to be a respectable representation of an ILM miniature. I could have really gone to town on this model, but if I did all of the aftermarket stuff available and at the rate I build, it would be another year before I finished it.
Here’s what I did :
Falcon 3D Parts Plant on cannon mounts
Falcon 3D Parts cannons
Falcon 3D Parts canopy
Falcon 3D Parts Pilot figure
Scratch built additional details in the engine bays
Added hoses to the cockpit
Added canopy actuators to the cockpit
Removed the molded on engines and reworked them to better represent the ILM model
Added additional detail to the aft section
I think it turned out good. I’m my worst critic. There was a lot of inspiration from many Facebook groups and Sci-Fi forums that kept me going on this build.
If you decide to build a Star Wars Industrial Light and Magic built filming miniature model, throw all your modeling skill out the window. After a lot of research in how these models were constructed and painted, these are nothing like aircraft. Finishing an X-Wing is more like building an heavily weathered armor model or well used locomotives or railroad rolling stock. I had a real hard time with this because I wanted to build a fighter jet. These aren’t fighter jets. There’s no panel line accents, the paint jobs and construction on the filming models really suck, and the weathering techniques are unorthodox.
These pictures are a little dark due to a filter I applied after I took them to enhance the “weathering and streaking” on the model. The unfiltered pictures don’t show the “weathering and streaking” very well. The last pic is without the filer applied.
7 additional images. Click to enlarge.