There is not much to say about the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter that many if not all of you know about it at this point. This is the same Snap Tite™ X-Wing we did an in-box review little over a year ago. Even though they don’t share the same scale, I thought many times to give it to my youngest son (19) to build it for display under a skylight in our office hallway. But at the same time I knew that the model had more potential so I held back from the idea. As my many personal projects that happen between builds in the studio, I decided to finally tackle this one little over a month ago. After reviewing the 3D printed hangar for the Revell/Zvezda Star Destroyer, the folks over at Falcon 3D Parts were kind to join this venture and sent us their 3D printed cockpit. This cockpit is a far cry from the original stock one and brings the model to a whole new level. They also provided us with their 3D printed cannons and emitters. From there I took over with Evergreen Models tubing. Last but not least, Falcon 3D Parts sent in a recently added to their catalog canopy frame which is glaze-less.
Since I like to photograph my models, I thought of adding to mounting points on the front and back. That was achieved using some ingenuity and 7/16 Evergreen styrene tube (#234). 3/8” brass tubing from K&S Metals slides into the 7/16”. Every end has a miniature connector to power the 8 LEDs. 4 for the engines and 4 in different colors including RGB for the cockpit. Speaking again of the cockpit, the pilot is provided and the printing detail (at 50 microns) is outstanding. I lost the provided clear 3D printed visor to the carpet monster and I had to improvise with acetate.
With room available -but not visible on the final photos-, I decided to add a 3rd mount right under R2-D2 for top camera flybys.
WHAT COLOR IS THE X-WING?
That’s the 64k dollars question. I used a base color of Tamiya TS-20 Insignia White but after a few days of my eyes acclimatizing to it, I wasn’t entirely convinced. The final base color was a 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF-19 Grey and XF-2 Flat White. That looked closer to what I remember from the movies. The weathering took care of toning down the cleanliness of new paint. I wanted to depict Red 3 for a change because our hero Red 5 I find personally overly built. I did not follow a weathering pattern based on the studio filming model but rather my personal interpretation of Red 3 ”at any certain point”. All the weathering was done using Ammo Mig Products.
As with any build of this kind, I highly recommend to join a group of the same interest. I did it for the Eagle Transporter from 1999, the Revell/Zvezda Star Destroyer and now with this build I joined X-Wing Builders Anonymous group on Facebook. There you will find help, answers to your questions and find yourself giving help to some other folks building X-Wings of all types and media.