|Peekaboo, I see you ... TIE pilot's helmet reflects light coming in through the upper hatch|
I've been thoroughly impressed by this Star Wars model plastic kit. The amount of detail Bandai has molded and the ease in which the parts all come together have made this a fun project while retaining a high possibility of achieving a good end result regardless of the painter's or modeller's skill level.
|Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter, painted as The Empire Strikes Back version|
|Matte black is definitely the way to go for the TIE Fighter's solar array panels|
A simple yet effective inclusion to the model kit is the green laser shots. When positioned correctly to catch light at just the right angle, the two clear plastic parts do indeed resemble laser shots. However, they look like the sad, static plastic pieces they are if the light doesn't illuminate them properly.
|When the light catches the tip of the green laser shots ...|
If there is one gripe I have of the model kit is that the decals are extremely small. It takes a lot of patience and a steady hand to get good results with the tiny decals ... something that doesn't come easy to an antsy coffee slugging miniature painter/modeller like myself. But even so, I do have to admit the details on the decals is truly remarkable. So good that it will make or break your final piece.
|'Windows' on the upper access hatch allows some light into the cockpit interior|
|Maybe yet another thing I would do differently is to paint a brighter red for the twin ion engines|
Perhaps one thing I should have done differently was to apply dark grey liners on the Death Star base instead of the pure black I used. It's also the one thing that bugs me to no end. So much so that I was tempted to take shots of the TIE Fighter alone without the base such as the one you see immediately below this paragraph. Ah well, lesson learned. Next base won't have such harsh panel lines.
|Pew, pew, pew ... die you rebel scum|
For a less distracting view of the TIE Fighter, I took some pictures of it without the green laser shots.
I love this TIE Fighter kit so much that I plan to do another version i.e. the light grey one from A New Hope. That project is in hiatus as I still can't get hold of a specific light grey colour I need. In a worse case scenario, I might be tempted to just use the primer as my base colour (that's the lightest gray I have in a spray can at the moment) and seal it with a clear coat. This isn't an ideal solution though.
|A view not seen usually by rebel scum pilots, many whose last words are ... Arrghhh, I'm hit!|
In the meantime, I guess there is always another Bandai Star Wars model kit I can work on, or I could start painting figurines again. If I can find the time I want to do both. But then I also want to draw and meet some self-imposed writing deadlines. So much to do but so little time. Damn you mortality!