Sooo…I started building scale model again. If I remember correctly, the last time I build one was in 2011. In short, my scale modeling hobby was intervened by a handful of other priorities. I’m always, however, waiting for the right time to come back to it and now is that time. The first kit that I thought was perfect to get myself back in the game is Bandai’s 1/144 Slave 1.
Not only that I am a fan of Star Wars but Boba Fett’s choice of transportation mode also happens to be my number one favorite vehicle in the Star Wars galaxy. Aside from that, I always think that Bandai’s kit nowadays are perfect for beginners because they could be snap-fitted easily without having to bother on seam lines problem and whatnot. By having that advantage, I can fast track the lesson immediately on painting the scale model.
Decent paint job is just what this kit needs because you’ll encounter this bland color right out of the box. So different from how the Slave 1 is actually represented in the movie. So I bought some Mr. Color paint and check whether my airbrush equipment still works after this 7 years. Good news, it still does!
This is how it looks like after repaint. The chipped color effects are created by spraying different layers of color after the base color is protected using a masking sol. I am way too rushed with getting the paint job done and I think that was my biggest mistake in building this kit. There are still nub marks in some of the visible parts if you look close enough on the actual kit. Some other parts are broken and some are missing during the process. After the repaint, I start applying weathering effects using oil color. Because Slave 1 is fictional and I assume that it was made with very special material that could withstand space travels, the weathering effect would be very simple. A nice wash of black color would do just fine.
Well, it’s far from perfect but perfect is never the aim with this project. The real goal is to revive the passion for scale modeling again and I think I have achieved that objective.