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Built! Bandai 1/144 Millenium Falcon

I was finally able to call the Bandai 1/144 model kit done a week and a half ago. But being involved with other sponsored projects kept me from taking the pictures. Here you have it! The most sought after model kit from Bandai followed I’d say by the 1/72 Y-Wing Starfighter has been the heck of a ride over the last 2 months and a half.

As you most likely know, the Bandai Millenium Falcon this is a snap together model kit. Panels are represented in tow choices: Peel-and-Stick and classic water slide decals. It would be a shame to at least throw a coat of base color on it because the factory molded color is in the ”cool gray” area. This model was painted using Tamiya AS-20 Insignia White. All the panels was painted with Vallejo and Polly Scale acrylic colors. After sealing the model with Testors DullCote, I proceeded with a wash of Medium Gray A-MIG-1601 from Ammo Mig.

Weathering at this scale requires more patience. My advice would be the same as with the big 29” Millenium Falcon featured a few months back. Take your time and go in small layers because it can be so easily overdone. Other streaking effects and Rust washes from AK Interactive were added as well as pastels. The level of detail is so good on this model kit that it can hold very tight close-ups. The more I look at the finished model the more like it. The landing gear is displayed deployed but being a snap together model it is not permanent and one can go back to close the landing gear wells which was also weathered while mounted to achieve an uniform effect.

Some modifications was done on both hull halves to accommodate the 9v battery that is powering up a strip of 6 LED’s, one LED to feed the boarding ramp lights and 1 LED for the cockpit wall. A non-alkaline 9v battery keep this set up for up to 5 days. The turret well windows are from 308Bits.

I second Bandai Millenium Falcon will be built as the OT version with the dish and other 3D printed parts from 308Bits at Shapeways.

The photo etched engine grille set was kindly provided by our friends at Green Strawberry. This set is Highly Recommended as the one included with the kit are pretty much blanks covering the engine details.

George Collazo
George Collazo

George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.