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Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:01 am

The next build will be the Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor. I picked this kit up a while ago and did an inbox review of it at that point. Looking forward to building it up.

The first order of business is figuring out what color I wanted to paint it. There have been many discussions across the internet about what the true color is. Suggestions from a light grey to a more bluish dark gray. I prefer the later myself but I also knew I was going to be adding a wash which will darken and weather the base coat.

In the end, there were two possible choices, both by Tamiya. XF 66 Light Grey and XF 82 Ocean Grey 2 (RAF). I decided to paint two parts of the kit to see how they looked.

Both parts before priming with Vallejo Black.
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After priming and getting ready for paint. XF 66 on the left and XF 82 on the right.
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I took several photos in different lighting conditions as the difference was quite subtle at first glance.
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I think this one in the photo booth is fairly true to what I see.
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So I am going to be using XF 66 Light Grey. By the time a wash is put on it will slightly darken it to the shade I want.

Not that it is decided I can start to prepare the other parts for paint. With this kit, it is best to paint what you can first then put the major assemblies together.
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I’ve labeled some parts just to make sure I don’t mix up left and right
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Re: Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:38 am

Too much real life going on, but did get one solar panel done. The fit is quite impressive.

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Here is one assembled with just the blasters to be painted. Since it is a very small area to be sprayed and I have to be precise, it is the perfect job for the Sotar 20/20 airbrush. I could mask the area but the Sotar has such a tiny spray area, I won’t need too.

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Re: Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:35 am

Here are both solar wings assembled and painted.

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Onto the cockpit next.
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Re: Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:35 pm

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Re: Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:44 am

The cockpit area consists of an inner and outer tub. Based on my own observations even though there are decals provided for the cockpit instrument panels, once the cockpit is closed up you will not see these panels. The cockpit being all black does not help the cause either. In that case, I decided to skip the decals. I did, however, decide to add some red details using a pin and a nail polish dot applicator. I really doubt these will be seen.

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Some of the tools used.

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Inner tub was then assembled.

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Followed by the outer assembly. Just a few small details to put on and paint.

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Assembled. As you can see, the cockpit is almost invisible.

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As I've said before I'm very happy with how easy this build is going.
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Re: Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:49 pm

All three sections now together.

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I'll use Alclad Ultra-Gloss to seal in the base painting prior to weathering.

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Re: Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:00 am

Weathering starts with UMP's Ultimate Weathering Wash. I like the product as there is no order and being water based after about 20-30 minutes, I use cotton buds dipped in water to take the excess off.


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At this point, the three main assemblies are ready to be put together.

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The base was primed and painted with Tamiya XF82 Ocean Gray 2 (RAF)

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Everything ready to go together.

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Re: Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor

Post by Stuart Clark » Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:28 am

Calling it done. I'm very impressed with the Bandai kit and it's worthy of praise that others have heaped upon it. Nice simple build, excellent molding, and great fit.

I would definitely consider getting some more.

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