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Talk about procrastination.
I built this model a few months ago, took all my pictures but kept putting it off from recording things in the forum.  Well it is now the last minute and I wanted everyone to see it so I will throw it at you.

I built the Bandai Millenium Falcon.  The plastic is complete out of the box.  A great kit as everyone knows, doesn't need glue.  The challenge was adding lighting to the kit. I didn't want to use the Bandai lighting kit, too limited and too expensive.  Therefore I spent a lot of time with adding this to my kit.

Here are the parts.










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The kit details fit together so nicely and add some many layers to the kit.

















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Update 2:
The build of the kit is straight forward, simple and easy to follow, even if you can't read Japanese.
My challenge was with the lighting. I wanted to add more than the standard light kit provides.  I found some references on the net and went to town with drilling some holes on the underside for landing lights.





I sprayed the inside of the ship with silver to help with light blocking.


I bought a small switch that I could attach on the inside so there would be no external wires to turn it on and off.





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Update 3:
I used a variety of LED bulbs and chips as well as some fiberoptic cable to bring the light to where it was needed.




For the cockpit I placed a LED chip on the floor. This didn't really bring out any of the details that I wanted. So I drilled out many very small holes in the bulkhead and glued in a lot of fiberoptic cable. I found that if I Painted the ends with Tamiya clear colors and illuminated them with a LED I would get good color.











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Update 4:

I then assembled the many individual LEDs, soldered leads, and resistors and then attached them to the hull with PVA glue and Gorilla tape.


 By the time I had added the lights in the back for the engines(Flickering LEDs), gangway, landing lights, gun pods, Mandibles, front of the ship, cockpit as well as wires for the switch and 9V battery, there were wires everywhere.  I soldered the power leads into a circuit board so I could then solder the leads to all of the individual LEDs onto the board.






Some quick connects were added so I could remove the top with the cockpit as needed.


Multiple tests were done during the routing and bundling of the wires until I was satisfied.

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Update 5:

Standard primer coat with typical preshading was done.  Then the base color of an off white was sprayed.  Clearcoat followed by decalling and a second clear coat before weathering.












Some detail painting was done.  The craft was then weathered first with an enamel pin wash for the many surface details.  Then I used some oil paints for some individual streaking from many of the raised surface details.


















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Update 6:
The ship was reassembled with all the wiring safely tucked inside.  Here are a few shots before the final reveal.










Thanks for your indulgence in this last minute thread
Steve

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A  W  E  S  O  M  E! mind blown. Glad you got this beauty in the back door.WOW!
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