Just a small progress post of a little experiment I did, before I publishing the finished photos of these TIE fighters.
All of the instructions suggest, solar panels should be painted with Black. I don’t know what kind of technology Seinar shipyards use, but earthly solar panels are not just black and they often change colour between black, blue and violet depending on the angle of view. Time to try out the special kind of Alclad paint – ALC-204 Prismatic Sapphire Deep Blue to UV.
It’s kind of tricky to make a proper photograph, but the effect looks really great, especially when you are moving the part or if part of it falls into shadow.
Little progress has been made since my last update, consequence of tight working schedule and better weather and longer daylight resulting in my spare time being used on my mountain bike. But fear not, the builds are progressing nicely.
Much has been said about the colours, these TIEs should be painted in. While the general consensus is that Air Superiority Blue is THE correct colour, which was used on studio models, I find it way too blue on these 1:72 models and by comparing it to the shots from the movie. I have used ModelMaster 1721 (FS35237) Medium Grey, which is basically very blueish grey and really liked the result.
I find it interesting, that FineMolds used different approach with solar panel tiles with each of the kits. As you can see above, solar panels are moulded into the “wing” and one has to mask them before painting them.
TIE Fighter has solar panels moulded in one piece and they get sandwiched between the framing.
TIE Interceptor has the most clever and modeller friendly solution – solar panels are moulded separately and when finished with painting, they can just be inserted segment by segment into the framing.
Since TIE fighters don’t have shields (TIE Advanced being exception here), if they get shot, they usually get killed. That means they are mostly clean and not as scruffy looking as Rebel Starfighters. I’ve decided I will not weather them. However, a dark grey oil paint wash (mix of Winsor&Newton’s Payne’s Grey and Titanium White) brings out all those lovely little details and accentuate the shadows.
I am a huge Star Wars fan and proud and not ashamed to admit it! 😀 Therefore it is no wonder, that my stash contains quite some kits of spacecraft and other weapons from this science fiction saga. A decade or so ago, Fine Molds released a wonderful TIE fighter in 1:72, which was later followed by TIE interceptor and a few years ago, Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced. Decision was made to build all three models together and now that Bandai took over the Star Wars license, I just hope, they will release TIE bomber as well.
And here we go! Fighter and Interceptor share the same “fuselage”, the difference being only the cannons below the cockpit. While the pilots came with Imperial logo decals for the helmet and shoulder patches, the decals refused to follow the curves and I’ve decided to ditch them. Truth be told, when the cockpit is encased in the “fuselage”, little of the pilot can be seen in there.
I’ve made a darker wash to bring out the details on the back plate and the floor, but due to the before mentioned reason, no one will ever see the effort. As you can see, Advanced’ cockpit is of different shape.
Cockpits simply fall into the “fuselage” halves.
Little drybrushing brought out the details in the front.
Notice how taller the Darth Vader is, compared to the Fighter pilot – I guess using the Force, he didn’t have to see out of the canopy 😀