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RX-78-2 Gundam SD Cross Silhouette and EX-Standard

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Here I am with another SD - Gundam post after a Star Wars kit. (But I swear, I build other things too.)  As I mentioned in a previous post , I like practicing on SD kits primarily because of the cheap price, but also because the large exaggerated surface areas are easy to work with. It helps that they're cute, too. For this entry, I decided to do a combined post for both my SD EX-Standard and SD Cross Silhouette RX-78-2 builds since I don't think either is interesting enough on its own. I guess you can consider this a comparison post. RX-78-2 Gundam SD Cross Silhouette with Cross Silhouette Frame As you may know, the SDCS line is the latest in SD kits. Their main gimmick is the swappable inner frame where the Cross Silhouette frame option gives SD kits more height and articulation. I bought this kit because I was curious about this new CS frame. But I was also pleasantly surprised by the amount of color separation here compared to older SD kits. Only the usual yellow on the

Completed Bandai 1/72 T-70 Resistance X-Wing Fighter

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Here is my completed Bandai 1/72 scale T-70 Resistance X-Wing Fighter as piloted by Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you'd care to read about the kit and the build process, you can check out my build log post on this X-Wing . Otherwise, I'll spare you guys from my usual long-winded rambling by just going straight to the pictures.

Building and Painting the Bandai 1/72 T-70 Resistance X-Wing Fighter

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I used to be a big Star Wars fan. I had watched the movies, kept up with the expanded universe, and played the games. Some of my favorite games were those in the X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter series because of how you could experience and geek out on the fictional technical aspects of various ships in the Star Wars universe. And because of those games, I grew more attached to designs like the Tie Interceptor and of course, the X-Wing. I'll digress a bit to mention that what often amuses me is how game designers (and fans like me) seem to give ship and starfighter tech specs more thought than the movie directors or visual-effects guys. Nerds gonna nerd, I guess.

RG-Style Painted G Generation-F SD RX-93 Nu Gundam

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For a kit first released way back in 2000, the G Generation-F SD BB (No. 209) RX-93 Nu Gundam  can still be an impressive model if you take the time to do some basic painting and panel-lining work. And because of how cheap it is, you probably won't feel too bad if you screw up with things like seam-line removal and masking. In case you missed it, you can see the build process here .

Building the G Generation-F SD BB RX-93 Nu Gundam

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Like i mentioned in  a previous post , this pandemic gave me the chance to work on a few kits in my backlog, one of which was this  SD BB (No. 209) G Generation-F RX-93 Nu Gundam . I wanted to warm up with what I thought would be a simple kit before tackling the  Millennium Falcon . I was right about the simple part, but this kit was much more involved than I thought.

Display Case for the Bandai Millennium Falcon 1/144

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I was hoping to move on from posting about the Millennium Falcon . But as fate would have it, the display case that I ordered for it just arrived in the mail today and I thought to make a quick post about it. Bonus peak at my homemade light box with green screen I got this through Shopee straight from China for about $8.00, but I'm sure you can find the same thing on Amazon or Aliexpress. Just search for a Perspex or acrylic display case and be mindful of the dimensions. For the 1/144 Millennium Falcon, the 30 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm size is an almost perfect fit. The case is made of 5 interlocking clear acrylic sheets with a sixth black one as the base. Both sides of each acrylic sheet are covered by a protective film that you'll have to peel off to reveal the clear plastic. While the film does a great job of preventing scratches in transit, the static electricity generated when you peel it off pulls in so much dust to the sheet itself. It's easy enough to wipe down at least. B

Completed Bandai Millennium Falcon 1/144

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After around two months of work, here finally is my completed Bandai 1/144 scale Millennium Falcon. This build involved a lot of firsts for me: airbrushing , applying decals on bumpy surfaces , gunk-washing a kit , hand-painting pilot figures , installing custom LEDs , scratch-building a base , and even making my own light box for the purpose of this shoot. So without further ado, here are some photos of my completed model.

Scratch-Built Base for Bandai Millennium Falcon 1/144

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In the continuing tradition of giving myself more work than what I planned for , I had the urge to build a base that would conceal a power bank and a USB toggle switch for the lighting setup of my Millennium Falcon. I had never scratch-built anything with plastic before, but I thought a box would be an easy start. My idea was to make a base that the included sand-dune base could just sit on top of. A base for the base, if you will.