A finishing journal for Bandai’s 1/350 “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”
Writing this intro last, after having written everything that follows, it feels like a bizarre amount of verbiage for 4” of model, and to that point, this is truly a journal vs a step-by-step. Completing this project was about the result, not the journey. Nor, if I’m being honest, did I expect to have *any* expressed interest in the process. As a result, steps were recorded sporadically, at best.
A few other caveats to bang out before getting on with it…
First, the studio models are dull. Those with stones in your pockets, you can throw them now. Don’t get me wrong, I know the reasons, but as static models they’re bland af. My plan going in was to create a rendition of the studio model through the lens of contemporary weathering — an interpretation recognizable as the Millennium Falcon, though not tied to any specific point in the movie arc. This approach granted the freedom to be imaginative, embrace happy accidents, and produce a more realistic-looking model, without fretting about absolute fidelity.
Second, working with oils. This project used oils exclusively for washes, filters and weathering. When I work with oils, I am constantly varying my colour mix, and never using a ‘bulk mixture’ to be applied extensively across the model. I leach my oils on cardboard, then transfer small amounts to a white non-permeable mixing surface where I mix with any thinners or drying agents (usually VMS Oil Expert or Abteilung 502 Matte Effect Thinner). This mix-on-the-go approach provides more variation in my weathering effects, and leads to a more organic finish, imho. Finally, oils were allowed to dry for 12-24 hours between steps, unless noted otherwise. This is not only a practical reason, but also gave me that window of time to review the previous step, and adjust if necessary before moving on.
Third, these steps are recounted in the order I applied them. It was easier to remember, and avoids copy conflicting with the photos. However, the process as given did involve a few “Why the eff didn’t I do that 3 steps ago!” moments. Read through fully and adjust to taste.
Okay that’s it. Punch it, Chewie!
Starscape/planet image credit: Credit: ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/