This one was finished earlier this year, but then I used Flickr as host. Time to put it here too.Continue reading “AMT’s Slave 1 from Star Wars.”
I did some touching up and decided it was enough. I mounted it on its stand and took some pics with both black and white background.
It feels good to have it done and placed in the cabinet! On to the next build!
I had some problems gluing the wings in the right position as the construction is a bit wobbly. Perhaps I could have sorted that somehow, but now it is as it is, and the wings can fold and unfold, if done carefully.
I noticed on the pics some spots that needs some touching up. Other than than it’s done, and I’ll take better pics for the final reveal.
Using oil paints, some streaks which to some extent destroyed some of the rust I’ve already done. Not sure I’ll bother, but perhaps I’ll add some minor streaks with rust.
Soon I can start assembling it and do the final touches.
I started the weathering process by doing a wash with black oil paint. Then I went over it with Tamiya’s weathering kits. First sand and then dark and light rust.
I think I might have gone overboard with the rust. I’m thinking of adding some sooth and oil streaks, which might tone down the rust somewhat.
Looks like I need to check up my airbrush, as I had some difficulties laying the Pledge clear cote. It seems to be some leakage, as it was coming small bubbles in the cup even when the trigger was closed.
I tried to get it somewhat even. Perhaps I can polish it somewhat. As it dries very fast I was able to do both sides without any greater problems.
In order to get the wings aligned, I decided to try and remove the cover over the gears. It went well, without anything breaking. With some luck I can glue the wings in the right position and have the mechanism work as it should.
I also found the plaque for the stand, and started painting it. I touched up the grey fields on the stand somewhat.
Next I’ll start painting the letters on the plaque, and prepare the ship for some weathering.
After moving around stuff in my hobby room, I finally found the stand for the ship. I did some touching up of the black areas. Still missing the plaque though, but hopefully it’s there somewhere. I’ll just need to find out where.
I did a dry fit of the ship with wings and all on the stand.
There’s a mechanism inside that’s supposed to enable the wings to move, but I’m unsure of which position it is in, and the tabs that are supposed to mate inside the wings, doesn’t seem to fit very well. So I might have to glue the wings in either folded or fully extended position, whichever looks best.
All the wings and the body is now painted in their main colour.
There’s a slight difference in the colour on one of the wings and half the body, due to a little mistake I made when mixing the colours. Something I realized too late. I’m not sure if I can correct it without masking and repainting again,which will take some time. Perhaps a light cote of lighter colour will sort it. Otherwise I can pretend that parts have been replaced or repainted.
I’ve also started to paint some of the details.
I’ll add some more details and clean up some minor mistakes. Once that is done I think it’s ready for assembly.
The paint on the Virago consists of a mix between grey and brown, and the only available colours (matching the colour description) I have is Humbrol, which takes a bit longer to dry sometimes. I’m using vaseline as chipping method.
One of the wings before vaseline and 2nd cote of colour.
2 of the wings with 2nd colour painted on the topside.
One of the wings done and unmasked.
I’m quite happy with how it turned out. Gonna go over the chipped areas with a brush later.
Half of the body is also painted.
Next I’ll paint the last wing and the underside of the other two, and paint the 2nd half of the body.