Wounds healed (or rather, plasters with dinosaurs on them applied) I cracked on with the fiddly and somewhat arduous construction.
I’m using 502 Abteilung oils from Mig productions, and the thinner is AK Interactive Ordorless Thinner (sometimes called “odourless turpenoid)”. You can use turps, white spirit or similar thinners, but they are stinky. Also important is to varnish the model before you start using them – all the paint on the kit so far is water-based acrylic, and the turpenoid thinner would just rip that off the surface. Ideally, if you are doing washes, you should use a gloss varnish, as that gives a smooth surface, but I only had matte.
That wraps up this build, the Fine Molds 1:72 scale Millennium Falcon. 900 parts, build time 4 months in on-and-off sessions. Painted with Tamiya and Humbrol Acrylics and 502 Abteilung modelling oil paints.
It was arduous and sometimes tedious, but other than some baffling design choices, the kit is of an incredibly excellent calibre, and poses few challenges compared to other manufacturers. The attention to detail and accuracy should also be highly commended. This kit simply makes other kits look like utter crap. It’s a testament to Fine Molds drive for accuracy that it is actually possible to recognise and identify pieces from other kits that the original modelmakers at ILM kitbashed from tank and vehicle kits. Not only are the “kitbashed” parts accurate to the ILM Falcon, they are also accurate to the parts from the kits that they were kitbashed from in the 1980s!
Thanks very much for reading this lengthy build. I hope you have enjoyed it and perhaps learned some stuff along the way – I certainly did! If you have the budget, I would STRONGLY recommend this kit to you if you can find it - it seems to have been discontinued for the second time, so good luck.
If you would like to own a modelmaking.guru-built Falcon, check out the Works for Sale page in case we have one built and ready. If not, fill out the contact form on the Commissions page to get me to make one for you!
Stay tuned for more writeups – next up will be the Fine Molds 1/72 Y-Wing!