This is my model of the Millennium Falcon. It is the Amt Ertl version, which I bought from an online model shop a good few years ago now. I really put a lot of work into, using filler for the edges to remove unsightly joins, and by using star wars reference books to make sure I got as much detail into it as I could, above what was in the kit already. This was only the second model I built where instead of just building and painting, I tried to make it worthy of having on show.
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This was perhaps a good model to try adding all the marks and weathering to, as there are so many good pictures in reference books, that it gives a clear idea where detailing should be added. This also gives you insight into where to add it on the next model you try that there are no reference pictures to look at.
Adding detail into the tiny cockpit as well as replicating the numerous dents and scraps on the outer hull is a must, when building something like this. The model maker makes a kit of a YT13000 but to be the falcon the finer detailing is needed.
The other must to make this into the falcon is to get the very strange paint job correct. It has a mish mash of different coloured panels many seem to think are repairs, but whatever they are they need adding in the correct places.
Now I donít know how many model makers add the various marks, and I am guessing there are no hard and set rules. I find for light scraps and scratches a solider iron gives very good results, as its hot enough o mark, but not go through or leave furrowing. For deeper marks or laser hits, where a proper crater is needed, or a furrowed scar, I find molten pewter works great just dropped on. I have found lead cools to quickly leaving just slight surface mark, but pewter stays hotter for longer so melts the plastic creating either a crater or furrowed scar.
The back is perhaps the worst bit of the model, as its lacking so much engine panel detail, but it canít be helped. There is the newer fine moulds model falcon that is a proper high detail model with lots of bits added that this AMT version lacks, but that is very expensive, and out of reach of all but the most hard core model owners that have around £175 to spend on just a model kit. As it is a bit or airbrushing to try and replicate the engine glow, came out ok.
So there you have my attempt at building the Millennium Falcon model kit, and trying to get it as authentic as possible. I think it came out quite good, plus I learnt a lot from doing it.
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