January 2018

This is the large (40cm long) 1/72 Revell Millennium Falcon Easy Kit, kit 06694

The kit has relatively few parts and is designed to hold together without glue; parts are relatively thick but reasonably detailed. Details are pre-painted so that the model can be built quickly without any additional finishing

There is an in-box review with good sprue shots at: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234992569-star-wars-the-force-awakens-millennium-falcon-172-revell-easy-kit/

I can’t justify the £300+ for the Fine Molds version or indeed the forthcoming Bandai one which I gather will come in at similar price. Stunning as those kits may be, £29 for this version (£60 RRP) seemed like a good compromise after watching Last Jedi

Originally released a few years back as an ‘Original Trilogy’ version, this kit has additional parts for the rectangular radar dish from Force Awakens together with slightly different undercarriage and access ramp but the original parts are also included.

The kit goes together quickly, plan was to leave main ship parts unpainted other than a coat of Matt Varnish before weathering but the pre-painted side panels were very different in tone so decided to paint everything.

Cockpit is basic but thick glasswork makes it hard to see anyway, I modified some Airfix pilots to make a crude Han and Chewbacca for a bit of fun.

To avoid a see-through look to the hull I added plastic card squares, coloured black with a sharpie, over the gun position windows top and bottom.

The blue painted (on rear) clear engine part was installed and masked with Tamiya Tamiya paint for protection against both scratches and paint.

I used the newer ‘Force Awakens’ undercarriage parts as they seemed more detailed and made an extra radar dish mounting (copying kit part) so that I could use both parts and swap them around. I assembled everything other than the undercarriage doors, guns and radar dishes then masked the clear parts with Humbrol Maskol ready for painting.

Lifecolor FS 36440 Light Gull Grey was airbrushed all over, when dry a coat of MIG Ammo matt varnish added extra protection. Red, grey and yellow panels were brush painted back on (using pictures of the pre-painted kit parts as reference along with a copy of Fine Molds kit instructions I found on Internet.

When all this was dry, I used Vallejo acrylic washes (Light Grey primarily, with Dark Grey and\or White wash mixed in for variation) to weather the ship.

Maskol removed, all finished

More Work In Progress pictures here: https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&q=cjhm%20%20%23REVELL%20MILLENNIUMFALCON&src=typd&lang=en

Was a relatively quick and very fun build, only problem now is that it’s too big for display cabinet !