I finally finished my custom Red Leader X-wing with Garven Dreis and R5-K6. I used a Biggs Red 3 X-wing, with the white bands on the engines. Red Leader's X-wing never really had any color, it was rather bland. I took it apart, and used nail polish remover to take off the red rings on the engines. Next, I painted a red stripe on both sides of the body, also connecting them in doing so. After that, I dry brushed the white bands on the engines - both the white bands in the back and front a light gray, then went over the ones in the front with a light blue. I also used the light blue for the canopy. I am basing this off of the model from Lucasfilm. I dry brushed the light gray again over 2 red stripes on the wings, then gave the ship a wash to weather it.
For the figures, I used a basic Luke figure and an R5 unit from the Yavin binoculars Micro Machines playset. I repainted the gloves and boots black. I repainted most of the helmet with a beige color. It was a skin tone color that closely matched Red Leader's helmet. I left the middle white, along with the red stripe. Finally I added in 4 red dots, 2 on each side. Lastly I repainted the R5 unit red and added in the black details.
I've been wanting to do this X-wing for the longest time, and am very happy to have it done.