U-Wing 1:18 scale for 3.75” figures - FINISHED, building plans released for free

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This 1:18 scale U-Wing (from Rogue One and the fourth season of Star Wars: Rebels) is made from cardboard and paperboard. It’s designed for the 3.75” action figures. The building plans I designed are free for all Star Wars fans who want to make one of their own. Links to the plans are at the end of this post.

Length: approx. 55 inches/139.7 cm. Wingspan: approx. 6 feet/183 cm.
































https://youtu.be/7UYz6_bxYSQ

https://youtu.be/phsTSKVHhCw


Templates
(Building plans and photo guide)
http://www.mediafire.com/file/todzssgzqyqy48u/U-wing_1-18_scale_templates_w_UPDATES_1_and_2.zip

Accessory Pack
(Building plans for the inside elements)
http://www.mediafire.com/file/v90cence644d3y1/U-wing_1-18_scale_accessory_pack.zip

Paint Guide
(How to prep and paint cardboard models)
http://www.mediafire.com/file/bcoq2p5o28z51l5/U-wing_1-18_scale_paint_guide.pdf

Alternate Engine Build
(Build the mid- and end sections of the engines so you won’t need to paint them)
http://www.mediafire.com/file/tu7cl...scale_alternate_engine_midsection_and_end.pdf

Sound Add-on
(Implement the sound board from Revell’s U-Wing model)
http://www.mediafire.com/file/tvi784qvqab8q7d/U-wing_1-18_scale_Revell_sound_addon.pdf

Photo Album
(200+ photos of the fully painted 1:18 scale U-Wing vehicle playset)
http://imgur.com/a/VCxsf

Design Archive
(Archived photos showing the original design and build process)
http://imgur.com/a/P8OP2

 
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Love what you did here. Esp the interior is amazing. I made this paper model some time ago and looking at your texturing it seems like you recycled it a bit B)

Where did you get references for the interior? I always wanted to make an update at some time with the interior added, but when I designed mine it was before the movie release so there was not much there.

Keep up the good work!
 
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U-Wing 1:18 scale vehicle playset -- paint preview

I've been painting the entire playset inside and out. Here is a quickly snapped sneak preview of the interior components fully painted and with the decals glued onto them.

After the painting is done, I'll put online a whole bunch of new photos of the completed ship. I'm also hoping to get a Bodhi figure for the shoot -- you can't break up the team!

At the same time, I'll also post a brief guide that will explain how to properly prep and paint cardboard/paperboard models.



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Looks great, but why didn't you just buy a sheet of styrene and make it out of plastic?
 
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Paint guide for U-Wing 1:18 scale vehicle playset kit





PDF version of this paint guide:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/bcoq2p5o28z51l5/U-wing_1-18_scale_paint_guide.pdf

This guide can also apply to prepping and painting any cardboard model properly.


General rules for painting cardboard and paperboard models:

1. Brush GESSO over the cardboard and paperboard pieces and sections to be painted. Use art paintbrushes to apply the gesso. DO NOT use foam brushes.

2. Apply the gesso in thin strokes. You are not applying color -- you are just covering the piece with a thin surface of gesso. Wipe off excessive amounts of gesso with a napkin, paper towel, or toilet paper.

3. After the gesso has fully dried, if there are any rough areas, smooth them out by gently brushing the dried surface with an anti-static wiping cloth. Use a used toothbrush to smooth hard-to-reach spots. Fine-grain sandpaper can be used but do so very carefully.

4. Paint over the dried gesso'ed areas of the ship pieces and sections using art paintbrushes. Use ONLY ACRYLIC paints. (DO NOT use any other kinds, which would include enamel, oil, spray paint, tempera, and watercolor.)

It is advised that you use a new set of brushes, not the ones you used to apply the gesso. This is because the gesso will likely have worn out those brushes.

5. DO NOT apply gesso or paint to the top section of the U-Wing or its wings. There's no need to since the white poster board plating sections and wing decals already provide color.

6. TIP: DO NOT squirt gesso or paint onto a model piece/section from the bottle or tube. Put the gesso or paint first on a scrap piece of cardboard, and dab your paintbrush into that:





7. TIP: Avoid applying gesso and paint to areas that will not be seen when the U-Wing is fully assembled, and areas that will be covered with decals. You want to avoid wetting and weighing down the cardboard and paperboard with excess gesso/paint:





8. TIP: Black gesso can be used to block out text and graphics printed on cardboard. But it will make a lighter-colored acrylic paint painted over it a little darker.

9. TIP: When they're still wet, gesso and acrylic paint can be washed out of paintbrushes under running warm water. A dab of dish soap can be applied to the brush to help remove the paint. Paint thinner is not necessary; it doesn't work well for removing gesso or acrylic paint anyway.

Painting the plastic sections of the engines:

1. Apply BLACK GESSO to the engine mid-sections and end sections (which are made of plastic cups). The black will help cover up the graphics and text printed on the yogurt cups.

2. After the gesso has dried, paint the mid- and end sections with MULTI-SURFACE acrylic paint. (Regular acrylic paint will more easily flake off from the plastic after it has dried.)

3. Alternately: spray-paint the engines, if you are skilled at using spray paint. (You need to use a good quality spray paint that can bond to plastic.)

I suggest detaching the mid-section and end section from the main engine, so that you can spray-paint these sections separately. To do this (if you have already put these components together), carefully cut the rear rim of the main engine and unwrap it. Then you can pull the mid-section and end section off:





My personal paint color guide for the 1:18 scale cardboard U-Wing:

1. Apply BLACK GESSO to the arch, cannon housing, outer-facing sides of the interior wall mod plates, pilot seats (including stand and control panel), power reactor wall plate, rear heat fins piece, engine mid-section and engine end sections.

Apply WHITE GESSO to the remaining pieces/sections.

2. Paint with MATTE GRAY ACRYLIC: arch, cannon housing, pilot seats (including stand and control panel), power reactor wall plate, rear heat fins piece, engine mid-section:





3. Paint with MATTE BLACK ACRYLIC: the flight controls (and the stems they are attached to), and end sections of the engines:





4. Paint MATTE WHITE ACRYLIC: everything else.

5. For the top section of the U-Wing, use a white-out correction pen or white paint marker to fill in the gaps between the plating sections:





6. Paint in SILVER ACRYLIC: the troop bench:





7. DO NOT paint the underside of the wings. This will add weight to them, and probably cause them to bend. Leave them alone, since people will rarely see their undersides. If you still really want to cover the original cardboard, cut to fit and glue white paper sheets, or white construction paper, onto the undersides of the wings.

What is gesso?

It is a tacky paste that’s usually a mixture of acrylic paint, talcum powder, and white glue. You brush it over a canvas or wood to prep these surfaces for paint. For cardboard/paperboard models, it does the same thing and can also help protect the paper surface from getting soaked with excess paint. You can buy it from arts supply stores in a bottle or tube:





When dry, the gesso'd surface will feel chalky to the touch. This helps paint to stick to it.

TIP: as it starts to dry, gesso can be used to fill in small holes and narrow gaps between pieces of cardboard/paperboard:





Why only use acrylic paint?

Acrylic dries fast and doesn't consist of as much water and oil compared to other kinds of paint:





If you use other kinds of paint (e.g. enamel, spray paint, etc.), you risk wetting the cardboard a lot, which will likely warp and damage it.

NEVER slather on the gesso or acrylic paint. Brush on thinly, let dry, before you apply another layer -- but only if it's necessary to have more.

 
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U-wing 1:18 scale engine alternate build

It can be difficult to properly paint the plastic sections of the engine -- the paint might peel or flake off due to the flexible nature of the plastic cups. So here's an alternate way to add color to them, by glue-sticking paper wraps around these cups.

You can download the photo guide to this engine alternate build as a PDF. Or, scroll through the step-by-step photos at the second link below. (These photos also show a closer look at the layout pattern of the engine detailing that uses plastic wire ties.)

U-wing 1:18 scale engine alternate build guide (PDF file):

http://www.mediafire.com/file/tu7cl...scale_alternate_engine_midsection_and_end.pdf




















You can view the complete photo guide to this U-Wing engine alternate build here:

Rogue One U-Wing 1:18 (for 3.75" figures) -- UPDATES:

http://imgur.com/a/P8OP2

 
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U-Wing 1:18 scale massive photo dump coming on Force Friday!

I’ll be dumping a whole lot of photos of the fully finished 1:18 scale U-Wing on Force Friday (September 1). It will be nearly 200 pictures (or more than 200), which will include hero shots and close-ups that will reveal the nitty-gritty spots of this vehicle playset. Personally, I always clamor to see lots of shots whenever I’m admiring someone else’s model build, both flattering and unflattering shots. Since I always designed my U-Wing to be a kit for the public to download and make for themselves, I’m aiming to give you more than enough photos of the completed ship. So you’ll have tons of visual resources to refer to if you want to build your own.

Here’s a preview below -- and the whole Rogue One gang will be there. (Bodhi cost me $21 on ebay!)

And there’s going to be one last special thing added to this U-Wing… it’s hinted at in the fourth/last photo below...













 
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Massive photo dump of fully painted 1:18 scale U-Wing vehicle playset

Happy Force Friday! I’ve put online over 200 photos of the finished, fully painted 1:18 scale U-Wing vehicle playset.

Below is just sample. You can see the rest of the photos here:
http://imgur.com/a/VCxsf































 
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Here are links that may be of interest to any who are interested in building or designing cardboard toys.

I recommend this guy's YouTube videos if you want to quickly learn the basics of cutting cardboard properly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E6UbAs2sCs

Here are two brief articles I recommend reading; they are about architecture modeling, but the general rules apply to building cardboard toys. (The first article says not to use box cutters, but ignore that since it's talking about building architecture models!)

https://youngarchitect.com/2014/03/31/building-architecture-models/
http://www.arch2o.com/make-impressive-architectural-model-complete-guide/

This guy has been building Star Wars vehicles out of cardboard for 3.75" a lot longer than I ever have. He built most of the Clone Wars era vehicles, and they are amazing. He also built his own U-Wing around the same time I was building mine. Seeing his work motivated me to up my game, adding more details to my U-Wing and building out its interior. If you are building your own U-Wing from my kit, this is the guy you should thank for inspiring me to keep at it.

https://www.youtube.com/user/hoppyscreations

Here's another Star Wars vehicle builder to check out for inspiration. He builds ships for the 6" figures, and his building material of choice is styrene (plastic sheets mostly used for architecture models):

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGIihDTqvNvcd4-wk2HC-7Q

This guy restores old toys, many of which are vintage Star Wars. He created a custom interior for the vintage AT-AT, designing original decals for the inside. In another video, he shows how to bend clear plastic sheets to make a cockpit window for the Imperial Shuttle. Both of these techniques can apply also if you're designing your own original toy. (He also makes repro decal sheets and generously gives them away.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe-GOSNxXB8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avrIvBoCyp4

Of course you should bookmark the Rebelscum photo archive of Star Wars toy vehicles. I found this a great resource for studying the photos in order to be inspired by the "look and feel" of the way Kenner and Hasbro designed things.

http://www.rebelscum.com/hasbro.asp
http://www.rebelscum.com/VINvehicles.asp

GI Joe toys are no longer popular, unfortunately. But many of the vehicles Hasbro made are amazing and should be closely studied if you are aspiring to design your own vehicles for 3.75" figures. Hasbro made such huge vehicles for the Joe figures. Check out the Defiant space shuttle vehicle playset -- that thing is just nuts!

http://www.yojoe.com/vehicles/
http://www.yojoe.com/vehicles/87/defiant/

Lastly, so you want to build your own U-Wing, but need a 3.75" Cassian figure (the one that comes with Hasbro's U-Wing) -- but you don't want to have to buy Hasbro's U-Wing and you can't find that Toys R Us exclusive two-pack with Cass and a Stormtrooper? This seller is selling spare Cassian figures that came from the factory in China that produced Hasbro's U-Wing. (He’s also selling spare TIE Pilot figures that were meant for Hasbro’s TIE Striker. Neither figure was sold by Hasbro on single card.)

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sta...-Model-Stormtrooper-Toys-for/32801575962.html

 
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