|TIE Fighter Solar Array Wings 1/72 scale, outer panels|
|TIE Fighter Solar Array Wings 1/72 scale, inner panels to be attached to wing pylons|
Initially I had wanted to leave the wings and base 'clean' i.e. without adding a black wash/panel lining to both. In the end going without was never a viable option because the parts looked 'off' and lacked depth without application of the black wash/panel lining. So out came the Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color as well as cotton buds and enamel paint thinner to clean the excess black enamel paint/wash.
|TIE Fighter wing brace after (left) and before (right) black wash/panel lining|
While a pure black wash/lining works for the wings due to its darker blue grey colour, it looks too dark for the lighter neutral grey base. I should've used the 2:1 black to grey Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color mixture, which I had prepared for the Millennium Falcon, on the base. But it's too late now.
|Death Star base in all its original 'toy plastic look'|
|Death Star base after application of the Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color (black)|
|Death Star base after a final matte clear coat to rid it of its plastic sheen|
So the stage is now set for my final reveal of the TIE Fighter, Empire Strikes Back style. Only two minor things left to assemble, namely the clear green laser shots and display stand. Soon, one of the finest fighters of the Imperial fleet will be ready to take down some rebel scum! ^_^