I’ve been on a bit of a Star Wars binge lately, and after working in a desultory fashion on my Fine Molds Millennium Falcon, I took the plunge and purchased not one but TWO Bandai Millennium Falcons. They arrived within a week of each other: first the Perfect Grade 1/72 kit, then the 1/144 smaller counterpart. They have many similarities:
And some differences:
--the PG kit is based faithfully upon the 5 foot prototype built for "A New Hope" (for example, the Bandai engineers purchased all of the original model kits used in the original prototype and scaled down all of the parts used from these kits)
--The PG kit comes with lights
--the 1/144 version is based upon “The Force Awakens” version (eg, five landing gear, different radar)
I recommend building the smaller version first. I had a blast building it, and can’t stop looking at it: the detail really sucks you in.
The biggest modification I made was performing surgery to remove the overly raised greebly detail atop the bridge tunnel, and lowering it to a level that more closely matched the prototype. I bought Shapeways parts for the bridge windows, the round radar dish, and the gunners windows, and Green Strawberry photoetched grills. After a black base coat I painted it with a mix of Tamiya XF-2 White and XF-55 Deck Tan, with some gray. After an overcoat with Holloway House Quick Shine I applied almost all of the 100+ decals, then weathered with Flory Washes and pastels.
Edited by Uncarina, 23 December 2017 - 07:40 PM.