With Christmas holidays in full swing, I had a chance to rekindle more creativity with Star Wars.
About 6 months ago, I acquired a B-Wing bomber scale model from the USA. These are as rare as hen’s teeth in Australia so I was grateful to get my grubby mits on it. Produced by MPC as a beginners ‘snap-kit’ the scale is not one of the usual standards, such as 1/72 or 1/48 or 1/100, but what the American companies call ‘box scale’. Yes, this is as dumb as it sounds with the company scaling the model kit to fit a standardised box and therefore this particular kit is actually around 1/90.
I live by the 1 meter rule for modelling, that is if a model can be recognised by someone at 1 meter then it is acceptable. This means no massive paint streaks and good blending between colours is a necessity, add some washes for aging / weathering for increased spunk and viola, a decent model is born.
Some die hard modellers will point out minor flaws in either the kit or the paint job. This stereotype is refereed to in hushed tones only as ‘the rivet counters’. Given this is a fictional sci-fi space ship, I have no issues with a clean build and crisp paint job over hours of fine detailing that can only be picked up by the 1 in 500 people whom view the model.
For me, it is about getting enjoyment out of the build and gaining positive, motivational feedback from others.
So today, I present to you, my MPC snap kit, out of the box (OOB) build of a B-Wing Fighter Bomber as made famous in Star Wars – Return of the Jedi.
A fan-film, youtube clip of B-wing heavy bombers in action.