I simply love the Bandai model kits. They are Super detailed, easy to assemble, and have usually a few options for you to make exactly the end product you have in mind.
I started the Millenium Falcon kit yesterday, and finished it this afternoon. As usual, I was amazed at the level of details they put into it. Every pipe, scratch, bolt and nut is visible.
This kit shows the Millenium Falcon as she is on Jakku, in The Force Awakens, and comes with a few characters for you to personalise your final product: Chewie, Han Solo, Finn, Rey and B-B8. I chose to go with Chewie and Han, the rightful owners of this magnificent ship.
I think it is the first time I use all the stickers provided, simply because 1/I usually find they are Super difficult to put (the decals even worse than the stickers) and 2/they often represent little details that nobody would see…
This time, however, I tried to put as many as I could because they added some of the Color changes in the surface of the ship, as to show that the ship add been repaired from so many spare parts along the years.
When everything was done, it was time to paint/weather.
My Favourite Colours for this are black and burnt sienna. They can pass as grease, dust, soil, rust… so versatile and natural. Using acrylic, I started filling the little gaps, nooks and crannies, wiping as much as I could right after that. The thick paint (I barely used any water to dilute it) stays in the cracks of the design, and they stain the surfaces just enough to give the rough aspect I was going after.
As you do this, all the parts and pipes and details really come to life and start telling you a story….
The paint sticks very well on the plastic and the stickers. I wanted to give the feeling that She spent a very long time in the desert, with the burn marks under the reactors that brought her there, rusty and oozing her engine oil all over… as some would say: “a piece of garbage”!
As a conclusion, this is a very good set. I was a bit sceptical because the scale of 1/144 would have removed a lot of details, but not at all. Everything fits perfectly, and you’ll have a good time assembling it.