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X-Wing

Posted in malaysia,plastic models by chrisau on July 20, 2009
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This is one of the models that I badly wanted to built, after seeing a scale model of it back in 2003. I thought it’s very difficult to find it until one of my friends saw it somewhere and alerted me! Yeah, this is  X-Wing  from the first (1977) Star Wars movie, Episode IV- A New Hope, as well as the remaining sequels in the original trilogy.

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This is not cheap, having bought this for almost S$50, where typical Tamiya plane models cost around S$40 plus at 1/48 scales. This one is 1/72 scale but it’s not really that small as it’s size is almost of a WW2 fighter in 1/48 scale. Below are the parts for the model. Some of it are probably one of the tiniest I’ve ever worked on, especially the R2-D2 android.It’s so small that I have problems sticking the decals on it.

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Since this is a Japanese product, the instructions are in Japanese and I had a hard time trying to figure out the guide as well as recommended colours. Luckily, there are lots of references on the Internet from hobbyists who have completed the model and kind enough to post their experiences.

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Here’s the front part of the fighter. I’ve painted the cockpit and the above engines with a flat black and spray R2-D2 with gloss aluminium. I did some research in trying to determine the colour of the body which I thought it shouldn’t be too light (white), thus I settled down with two layers of spray paint – light grey(Tamiya AS16) on top of another light grey (AS2). The mixed of both colours offered some very slight glossy effect.

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These are the completed wings. It’s not that difficult to build it but then, as I mentioned before, I’ve problems understanding the instructions and it took me a while. The two wings needed to be attached together.

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The wings as seen from the back…..

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….and front. The two wings are not supposed to be glued as the wings can be opened (attack mode) and closed (normal mode).

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I cut short some of the development work and here’s the almost completed model , without the decal and waiting for some touch-up of the paint. Notice the four long torpedo launchers sticking out from the wing.

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The pilot (which is Luke Skywalker), is not that tough to paint though it’s quite tiny. I gotta use a very a thin brush and paint with a combination of colours – Orange (Tamiya X6) for the uniform, medium grey (XF20) for the vest and light grey(AS16) for the helmet.

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And below, the decals applied and I also did some ‘weathering’. There are four sets of decals to match the different modes (red1, red2, red5) of the model. I chose the less complicated one – red5 but modified it by adding extra decals from other modes.

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Then to make it realistic …since the x-wing belongs to the rebel alliances and it supposed to look dirty….I experiment with the ‘dirtying’ or weathering by using a combination of thinner (to wear off some colours) and black, brown paints.

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It was not easy with the weathering and I’ve to refer back to the guides on the internet as well as getting other’s opinions.

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Here’s more shots of the model…

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I guess the 1/48 scale model (around S$100) would be a great beauty with its size but that’s a bit expensive for a model, to me. :p

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A closer look at R2-D2 and the pilot.

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Next…..probably get the Tie Fighter or Darth Vader’s Interceptor, to match with the X-Wing. 🙂

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11 Responses to 'X-Wing'

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  1. claire said,

    aiyoh..still playing with toys.. big child, my bro.. hehe… i know la.. this is yr hobby.. last time no money to buy hor… now u can buy what u love to have… eh.. u let yr son play or not ? did u buy a cupboard to display these?

    • chrisau said,

      eh…these are toys for adults….not for kids… 😛


  2. I also had a lot of toys now. Storage is an issue now. Hope you got more toys/collectible to show

    • chrisau said,

      BF – yeah, my collections getting more and more now, just like your transformer toys. Btw, I got the four mini transformer toys from Petronas, each cost around RM15.90.

  3. Ju Ann said,

    hihi! din know u have twitter.. 🙂 followed you! @ngjuann

    • chrisau said,

      Thanks Ju Ann. Will follow you too and listen to your mini rantings..haha..

  4. jen said,

    boys will always be boys, lol..

    • chrisau said,

      girls also la…. cooking, shopping… etc etc… 😛

  5. eugene said,

    “Boys will alwyas be boys” guess i do not fall into this category,,, dont like buidlng plane modelling,painstaking, patience comsumming,

    i am happy for you,,,,bro

    • chrisau said,

      LOL..bro. Anyway, you do have to admit that boys are still boys… we bought all sorts of ‘toys’ – handphone, camera, car, electronic gadgets..and etc. Im sure there’s one you belong too! 🙂


  6. nice post, keep posting


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