|Comparing colour scheme of ANH Tie Fighter against a photo in Sculpting A Galaxy|
Working on my second TIE Fighter model kit meant things went a lot smoother. Naturally, things got done a lot faster and better than the first time around. As this version references the TIE Fighters found in A New Hope, it had a light grey colour scheme. Depending on the lighting, the light greys of the hull tends to look either cool or warm. I went with the latter in line with how Darth Vader's TIE Advanced Fighter looks like as shown in an art reference book titled Sculpting A Galaxy (see above).
|TIE Fighter pilot with helmet decals and a simple armour paint job|
|TIE Fighter pilot, seated before being sealed in his cockpit|
|Most, if not all of the pilot's flight armour is no longer visible after he's enclosed in the cockpit|
|After the cockpit is sealed, the most visible part of the pilot is his helmet decals|
As a testament to how fun Bandai's model kits are, I was never bored even at the second time of asking. A different colour scheme helped keep things fresh but it would've been enjoyable regardless.
|TIE Fighter in the light grey colours of A New Hope, a close approximation anyway|
|Detailed bits of the Bandai TIE Fighter model kit|
For the Death Star base/stand, I made a more subtle approach in that the panel lining applications were visibly softer and less vivid. I did this in order for the base to blend into the background more thus allowing the focus to remain largely on the TIE Fighter model that it supports.
|Bandai TIE Fighter's Death Star base ... this time with more subtlety in the panel lining|
To truly appreciate the difference between this version of the TIE Fighter and an earlier blue-grey Return of the Jedi version that I did, it's best to display both of them side-by-side. That I'll do once I have fully completed the assembly and paint job of this New Hope version. Until then, here's wishing a very Merry Christmas to you, dear readers, who are celebrating the festive season.