by Filippo Belletti
Scale: 1/48 (ish)
I built this kit a long time ago... in 1997. It is the old MPC-ERTL snap kit with raised panel lines. I assumed it to be in 1/48 scale so I replaced the pilot figure with an Hasegawa spare figure, modified to give him a credible Rebel Pilot look. Essentially I removed the oxygen mask and added a plasticard strip to the helmet to recreate the typical rib, as seen in the movies. Then I painted it, including the helmet markings, with a mix of acrylic and enamel paints.
Regarding the spacecraft, first I scribed the panel lines. Then I replaced the gun barrels with plastic rods and added some detail with copper wire.
In order to display the model on a landing pad, I kept the kit landing gear and scratchbuilt the well doors (using 0.5mm thick plasticard), attaching them directly to the gear legs. I did so, in order to keep the legs removable from the hull.
I painted the A-wing by airbrush, using Gunze Sangyo water based colors.
First I sprayed the entire model with several coats of H-325 Light Gull Grey then I painted some panel with the darker H-317 Dark Gull Grey. At this point, inspired by the PC video games of the X-Wing series, I decided to introduce the Rebel Alliance Kalidor insignia in the A-Wing paint scheme. Before to paint the red areas, I printed some Kalidor logos on an adhesive film then I cut them by hand and used them for masking the Grey color.
For the Rebel Alliance Red I used a mix of Gunze H-33 Russet, Tamiya XF-7 Red and some drops of yellow. Once removed the masking, I added some red stencils from my spare decals depot, then I washed the engraved panel lines and added dirt streaks with tempera colors thinned in water. I completed the weathering by shading some panels with pastel powder, and adding paint chipping with a thin brush.