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i just got in the mini Star Destroyer and the detail on it is insane. I have no doubt the Y-Wing will follow suit.
Got any pics of the star destroyer? My favourite sci fi ship design :D
 
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Oh man, I'm embarrassed to admit I ordered four of those Battle Droid kits. Prequels don't really interest me but the customization potential made me salivate. I have some ideas :whistling:

Got any pics of the star destroyer? My favourite sci fi ship design :D
Here you go, man. This set is just so good. Such little effort for so much awesomeness B)

The instructions are simple and printed in the inside of the box. The details are incredible but are hidden :ninja: until you add a little wash. The stand is great and pivots. I'll add another layer of wash tomorrow to even it out. Then probably some blue on the back booster engines and white highlighting to simulate lights.

As far are QC, the back edge of the upper and lower main parts are thin, so just be cautious. One of mine cracked a little. Also, at the nose when put together, the upper part slightly lifts up and leaves a slight gap. I'll need to add a little glue to get it to sit more flush. Hardly noticeable though.

Overall, this set is soooo worth it. I own the Metal Earth Star Destroyer which is very detailed as well and similar is scale but this Bandai kit is so much less of a headache. 9/10 :awesome:























 
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Nice kit, great build.

Are Bandai going to release an OT Falcon?
 
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Nice kit, great build.

Are Bandai going to release an OT Falcon?
I'm sure this in inevitable. They already have three X-Wings. A mini model and 1/144 kit seem practical. But Bandai has already teased larger scale prototype/display models of AT-AT, Star Destroyer, 1/72 Falcon and pretty sure a 1/2 BB-8. But going mass retail for the larger kits is a giant leap. A five foot falcon is not going to be cheap or easy to display.

EDIT: sorry 1/72 is about 18-24". Good to go! :awesome:
 
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On the Bandai Hobby site if you look thru the pictures this version is referred to as a Death Trooper (Specialist) and then they have another version minus all the gear as a Death Trooper. So I guess we will get the option to add or subtract the gear.
 
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On the Bandai Hobby site if you look thru the pictures this version is referred to as a Death Trooper (Specialist) and then they have another version minus all the gear as a Death Trooper. So I guess we will get the option to add or subtract the gear.
Oh then this makes this set even more a must buy. Just like the FO Stormtrooper kit included parts to convert it into a Riot Control Trooper, this Death Trooper kit likely inlcude parts to turn him into a "Specialist". Looks at all those belt accessories. He's ready to blow stuff up! Apparently these guys are the Director Krennic's most personal, elite sidekicks.

Troopers are perfect for models! These are good times for Star Wars collectors.

That looks nice BARF!
Thanks, Gree. I highly recommend these little guys.
 
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Hey BARF! I can't wait to see your custom of that new R2 unit, C2-B5
 
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Hey BARF! I can't wait to see your custom of that new R2 unit, C2-B5
I'm just waiting for some more reference images before I begin it. The lighting in those new pics might be playing tricks. Plus those are CG images, so likely exaggerated a bit with all the various shades of black. I want all my droids to be as movie accurate as possible. Likely the new upcoming Rogue One Visual Dictionary will provide more images before the movie hits.
 
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Rogue One X-wing 1/72 and 1/144 set and Poe's 1/72 X-wing are showing as coming up too.



 
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Do you guys think the Bandai R5-D4 could be used to make a Rebels 6" Chopper? I know there would be a lot of cutting involved. My main concern is the diameter of the R5 body.

I did this quick photoshop to see how the dimensions could possibly work. The Bandai R5 body seems a bit too wide but it could pass especially since we've never seen a "live action" Chopper to compare it too.

I think the version I shopped still needs to be a bit shorter in the body, legs, and maybe the dome. And of course there would need to be multiple cosmetic modifications all over.

 
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I think you would be able to salvage some parts like the dome which can be cut shorter.. The legs would have to be cut short and glued back together. The biggest problem area will be the body cause it's all one piece (two halves attached together). Cutting that will be pretty impractical given all the intricacies and openings. Might be easier to do a scratch build for the body using PVC piping and a dremmel.
 
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I think you would be able to salvage some parts like the dome which can be cut shorter.. The legs would have to be cut short and glued back together. The biggest problem area will be the body cause it's all one piece (two halves attached together). Cutting that will be pretty impractical given all the intricacies and openings. Might be easier to do a scratch build for the body using PVC piping and a dremmel.
Yeah that body would be tough. While building R2 and R5 I kept eyeballing the body to see where cuts may possibly work. I'd really like to be able to incorporate the nice fit and look of the Bandai "shoulder" joints and the ribbed "cone" on the bottom of the body but I don't know if my skills are up to the task.
 
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Been digging up some old pics. Found this one. I can't believe this is a model kit. Such a good representation of the character. I need to add some more reviews. Sorry I've been a bit lazy lately.

 
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It looks like you went with paint instead of decals or stickers on the face plate. I used a silver metallic sharpie and tried dry brushing over it to dull it a little.
 
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It looks like you went with paint instead of decals or stickers on the face plate. I used a silver metallic sharpie and tried dry brushing over it to dull it a little.

That is correct, SithSim. I avoid stickers at all costs. I used some Tamiya Flat aluminum instead with some flat black to fill in the grooves. Then I dry brush in the worn in look. Will be posting a review shortly.
 
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Bandai 1/12 Kylo Ren




Not a lot of hype or attention was given around this kit. It kind of flew under the radar. But this kit has become one of my favorites. I am wow'd!

It captures Kylo so well plus it succeeds at creating a decent robe from plastic (for the first time). The leg articulation is hindered as expected but not like some other kits. One downside to the rubbery robe is it attracts dust. But that's just a nitpick. I'm really happy with the final product. The texture and detailing is incredible, especially the helmet and robe.

Out of box, it needs a bit of work. The gloss was my biggest issue. The only parts I did not paint Flat Black are the belt, boots (except boot straps) and helmet and external robe, scarf and hood. I even painted the inner skirt. What a difference such a simple thing made. I used Tamiya Flat Black.

Some pics...

Here you can see the difference a little flat black paint makes. The off the rack gloss was not realistic.


Here you can see the rubber-like pliability of the "soft goods". IMO a great improvement from Vader and Phasma's cape.


I chose not to use the included mask sticker. Not as effective as paint. I used Tamiya Flat Aluminum and Flat Black



So many layers to this kit. Very well thought out design. I had a lot of fun building it.





The elbows don't bother me as much as I thought they would.


Some helmet close ups.




And of course with the lightsaber

I painted the hilt Tamiya gun metal which is hard to capture in a picture but believe me when I say it is a lot darker than the pics would demonstrate. I added titanium gold, flat aluminum, flat red and sky blue for the accents.






And a little weapon storage



Final Analysis

This is a great starter kit for the novice. If I had one nitpick it would be that the hood sometimes will not sit low. I find myself adjusting into place often. Not a big deal really. All in all, very easy to put together and little effort is needed to add the details. It’s awesome! 9.5/10


"Complete your training I will..."


 
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Just nabbed two Bandai C-3P0 kits for only $31 each (Canadian dollars). I've never seen them this cheap. Sorry I do not see the same deal on the .com site for you Americans unless I'm missing it. You might want to search further. But here is the link for those Canucks that might be interested.
 
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OK, so I almost feel too embarrassed to show these in the same thread as the awesome work of Mr BARF but, having inspired me so have a go myself, I'm going to. These are my first four attempts at customising and the first models I've painted and assembled in over 25 years, so be gentle with me! I've currently got over 130 droids from Hasbro and Disney so I wasn't going to repeat anything I've already got, these will all be something a bit different. I also haven't weathered any yet, I may work up to that but I quite like them shiney and new, for now. I also have no real artistic skill, I leave that to the wife, so there won't be any fancy patterns or lines. It's all down to what can be done painting different parts in different colours.

I've always wanted a black and silver R2 so he was my first, and it shows! The paint is so thickly applied that the head really didn't go together very well at all, but I've certainly gotten better at applying thin layers as I've gone on. He's best viewed from a distance (about 20 feet or so!) and may well be redone at a later date. The green and white R5 was done next and, I think, worked much better. I've always loved the green and white R5 from the Clone Wars, so this was my homage to him. I thought I'd do something slightly different with the blue and yellow R5 so I added some tools to him. But I'm really impressed with the Boba Fett themed R2. I know everyone seems to do him, but I liked the idea of using the sensorscope to mimic the rangefinder on his helmet. And the other tool arm looks quite like a gun, to me anyway.

My next one will be an R2 based on R5-K6 and I missed out on the Disney black and silver R5, so he's probably after that. And then I've got 2 more kits on order to come up with ideas for! This is slightly addictive, but I'm finding the actual process quite relaxing and a good way to unwind in the evenings after work. So, thank you Mr BARF for the inspiration and the very helpful advice you've put up on here.
 
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OK, so I almost feel too embarrassed to show these in the same thread as the awesome work of Mr BARF but, having inspired me so have a go myself, I'm going to. These are my first four attempts at customising and the first models I've painted and assembled in over 25 years, so be gentle with me! I've currently got over 130 droids from Hasbro and Disney so I wasn't going to repeat anything I've already got, these will all be something a bit different. I also haven't weathered any yet, I may work up to that but I quite like them shiney and new, for now. I also have no real artistic skill, I leave that to the wife, so there won't be any fancy patterns or lines. It's all down to what can be done painting different parts in different colours.

I've always wanted a black and silver R2 so he was my first, and it shows! The paint is so thickly applied that the head really didn't go together very well at all, but I've certainly gotten better at applying thin layers as I've gone on. He's best viewed from a distance (about 20 feet or so!) and may well be redone at a later date. The green and white R5 was done next and, I think, worked much better. I've always loved the green and white R5 from the Clone Wars, so this was my homage to him. I thought I'd do something slightly different with the blue and yellow R5 so I added some tools to him. But I'm really impressed with the Boba Fett themed R2. I know everyone seems to do him, but I liked the idea of using the sensorscope to mimic the rangefinder on his helmet. And the other tool arm looks quite like a gun, to me anyway.

My next one will be an R2 based on R5-K6 and I missed out on the Disney black and silver R5, so he's probably after that. And then I've got 2 more kits on order to come up with ideas for! This is slightly addictive, but I'm finding the actual process quite relaxing and a good way to unwind in the evenings after work. So, thank you Mr BARF for the inspiration and the very helpful advice you've put up on here.
I'm not sure what you are talking about, sir, but you've done a great job on those customs. I especially admire true customs, where there is no reference material. Just only your imagination. As you make more, you will become familiar with the intricacies of the mold. Painting the dome is alway a challenging. Take your time and trust in the paint. Weathering is very challenging. There are lots of good products out there that can helps. Sometimes I like to incorporate weathering in my painting techniques. It all depends though.

I have one question. What paints are you using for your custom work?

And yes, it is quite relaxing making these. Glad the info in this thread has inspired you to take on this cool little hobby. I have been in a hiatus lately. Lacking motivation. I need to be challenged, but I'm coming up short on ideas. I think part of the problem is I don't have a decayed work station set up in my house. I'm constantly packing away and bringing out my supplies and it's a PITA. I need a better set up.
 
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Thank you, sir, for your very kind words. I do feel I'm getting better the more I do. I've used a mixture of Tamiya and Revell acrylic paints, depending on which had the colour I was looking for. I know what you mean about having a dedicated work space, I work on the dining room table but I've managed to fit all my paint and tools in one plastic storage box, so it's easy enough to set up.
 
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Thank you, sir, for your very kind words. I do feel I'm getting better the more I do. I've used a mixture of Tamiya and Revell acrylic paints, depending on which had the colour I was looking for. I know what you mean about having a dedicated work space, I work on the dining room table but I've managed to fit all my paint and tools in one plastic storage box, so it's easy enough to set up.
Haha that's exactly where I do my custom work too. We never use the dining table because we always eat at the breakfast bar. But when we have guests, time to pack up shop. I actually painted tonight. It was a good feeling. I used Testora enamel paints for a Transformers project I'm working on. Man that stuff is not easy to work with. Fumes are strong too. Had to use them though since Tamiya didn't have the right color I needed.
 
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I built the Phasma kit over the weekend. Does anyone know if theres a trick to getting opaque paint on the chrome parts? I had no problem doing washes to paint in some of the recessed areas in place of decals but couldn't quite get anything more solid on her hands to get those areas black. Opaque didn't work and also tried layering washes and that didn't work either.
 
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Are you prepping your parts before painting?

What kind of paint are you using?
 
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no priming, i wanted to keep that chrome finish and I'm using liquitex acrylics thinned with water.
hmmm...maybe mask the chrome parts of her hand and prime and paint?
 
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Washes are not going to work on chrome if your intention is to have it look opaque. If I understand correctly, you want to just paint the gloves black but keep the surrounding chrome untouched?

If so, the way I would approach this would be to wash the hands in luke warm soapy water (dish soap). This will remove the release chemicals from the factory mold. Primer is not necessary.

Then I would simply apply black acrylic paint directly onto the hands where needed using a small detailing brush. I would not thin out the paint. Once dried, add more layers if needed. Scrape off excess with a flat edge like a popsicle stick or side of a tooth pick.

If you've already added paint and not sure how to remove it safely, check out my first post for further details. My experience is with Tamiya acrylic paints but I'm sure the removal process would work the same. Just be cautious with the chrome. It scratches easily.
 
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Bandai 1/12 Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike


A very fun build. The Scout Trooper is very movie accurate. The white is whiter than the Hasbro version. Still have to apply some weathering/damage effects and some painted details. Have to admit, I think Hasbro did a great job on their set. Here are some comparison pics.

I don't really have much else to say about this set other than it's a great set and worth it. You will need to put in some effort to get it weathered. There are lots of included decals/stickers for the speeder that I will probably use since they are not easy to replicate in paint.







 
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My model kits I finished while on vacation











And I am putting the finishing touches on my Sandtroopers

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Phasma has on a custom cape from rickhor409 and I followed the tutorial from a YouTube named Let's Talk Greek for Vader's Rode. The material is polyester I think and it was 4 or 5 dollars a yard from Jo Ann's fabric.

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Phasma has on a custom cape from rickhor409 and I followed the tutorial from a YouTube named Let's Talk Greek for Vader's Rode. The material is polyester I think and it was 4 or 5 dollars a yard from Jo Ann's fabric.

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That cape looks good. I may need to order one for when I do my Phasma build.
 
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I like it better with the BS cape.
Still can't seem to get anything to stay on the hands so Im just going to mask the fingers and spray the hands with a Tamiya black spraycan I had lying around. I think it has just enough paint left in it to cover one pair of hands.

 
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I used Tamiya Flat Black to cover the palms on Phasma. It took about 2 coat

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^That's what I used on my Phasma kit.

Here's a pic I took tonight of Bandai BB-8. I used Citadel Nuln Oil for the panel lines on top of Tamiya Orange.


 
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Looks great BARF! I have my BB-8 & R2 on order, and here's a look at my almost finished Sandtroopers



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Very good sand effect. How are you achieving it?
 
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I use Mr. Hobby Weathering Color Sandy wash like a panel liner and follow up with Tamiya accent color for the darker/dirtier spots. Then spray the trooper with Tamiya Semi Gloss Clear from a rattle can. I give it time to dry and then use the Tamiya weathering master A compact it has the sand and light sand and mud in that compact and I lightly brush it over the model kit and use the panel liners again if needed and after that one more very light spraying of semi gloss clear.



And practiced on this Battle damaged stormtrooper from the Black Series Amazon exclusive.

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