Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Star Wars 1/72 Scale TIE Fighter, Fully Painted Model Kit (The Empire Strikes Back version)

To continue with our offering of fully painted model kits for sale, Shire Works is pleased to present a different version of the Bandai Star Wars TIE Fighter. Specifically, this 1/72 scale TIE Fighter was painted in a bluish grey colour scheme similar to those seen in episode five of the Star Wars franchise i.e. The Empire Strikes Back [EST].

Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back [EST] version

With the introduction of this version collectors now have a choice between the light grey TIE Fighter from A New Hope and this one from EST. Both would look equally good in any collection, individually by themselves or together side-by-side. 

EST version of the TIE Fighter is fully painted in a bluish grey colour scheme
Twin lasers of the TIE Fighter come in the form of clear green plastic parts
Also included is the Death Star base, suitably weathered

Inside the TIE Fighter's cockpit area sits the Imperial Navy pilot with the requisite decals and paint job. Sufficient lighting can enter the cockpit area via the top hatch to make the pilot partially visible to the naked eye. With reference to the first photo, the TIE pilot's helmet can be seen as light - coming in through the upper hatch - reflects off it. Accordingly, the front viewport has been assembled without the front clear plastic canopy - ala the actual movie studio models - in order to allow more natural light into the area.

Imperial Navy pilot that is seated inside the cockpit area of the TIE Fighter

These model kit includes painted details that aren't obvious at first glance. For example, details on the TIE Fighter's power, fuel and laser systems have been painted. However, if you choose to display the TIE Fighter on a stand on its base then the fuel tank cap will have to be installed. This cap in turn attaches to the display stand. That being said, the fuel tank cap can still be removed to show the painted innards if you so wish.

Bottom view of TIE Fighter's power, fuel and laser systems - still visible at this stage...
... until it's covered by the fuel tank cap which incidentally attaches to the base

Included in this fully painted Bandai Star Wars 1/72 scale TIE Fighter set are its twin laser shots. These are green clear plastic parts which attach securely to the laser cannons. 

Solar array wings were painted in matt black
Top down view of the Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter, [EST] version
Back view of the Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter, [EST] version

Painted to mimic a colour scheme as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, this Bandai Star Wars 1/72 Scale TIE Fighter retails for RM499 inclusive of shipping which will be on a cash-on-delivery basis to selected malls in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. Interested parties can email for info on the purchasing process.

Pew, pew, pew ... die you rebel scum

For a less distracting view, the following are photos of the TIE Fighter which were taken without its green laser shots attached to the laser cannons.

Careful, time-consuming panel line work was required to bring the bluish grey colour scheme to life
As with the earlier fully painted model kit on offer (i.e. TIE Fighter, A New Hope version), this piece will be a limited one-of-a-kind offering. It was painted by our resident painter whose collection of works can be seen at his personal miniature/model kit painting blog site

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming

Arguably one of Spidey's big screen adventures in a long time, Spider-Man Homecoming exists within the Marvel Cinematic Universe - a huge storytelling vehicle that ropes all of Marvel Studios’ superheroes into one interconnected movie narrative. Homecoming is not to be confused with Sony Pictures' own Spider-Man offerings i.e. The Amazing Spider-Man which exists in its own story world. Regardless, any Spider-Man movie is a must-see with Spider-Man Homecoming more so than the others.   

Although Knight Models no longer sells miniatures from the Marvel Universe franchise, we here at Shire Works still have some of their Marvel superhero resin/metal miniatures in stock. Shown below is their Spider-Man model kit which comprises a resin base (part of a taxi) and white metal parts of Spidey himself. This miniature requires assembly and paint. To see the Knight Models Spider-Man kit assembly and paint process, click here.  

Knight Models Spider-Man miniature model kit
Unboxed - white metal and resin parts comprise the Knight Models Spider-Man kit

Shown below are photographs of the Knight Model Spider-Man after he had been assembled and painted by our resident modeller/miniature painter FourEyedMonster.

This classic version of Spider-Man by Knight Models sees Spidey in his original suit and not the high-tech one shown in Homecoming. Nevertheless, it's still an excellent kit and has the potential to look good when painted up as you can see above.

So be sure to catch Spidey's latest adventure in the big screens. We here at Shire Works had a blast watching Homecoming and believe it to be one of the best Spidey movies in a long time. And while you are at it, you might also wan to get your own friendly neighborhood Spider-Man miniature to paint up, classic superhero suit and all.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Star Wars 1/72 Scale TIE Fighter, Fully Painted Model Kit (A New Hope movie version)

To complement Shire Works's existing products which currently comprise solely of unassembled, unpainted resin or metal miniatures, we will begin offering fully painted model kits as well as miniatures starting with the Bandai Star Wars TIE Fighter. These fully painted model kits and miniatures will be limited one-of-a-kind offerings painted by our in-house painter whose collection of works can be seen at his personal blog site 

Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter; Star Wars: A New Hope version

Our model kit of choice to kick off this project is the Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter. Bandai Star Wars plastic model kits are chosen especially because they faithfully reproduce Star Wars props with wonderful part details. This then allows a painter to bring a high level of realism to the project and recreate a near movie accurate scaled replica of the model kit.  

To recreate the TIE Fighters seen in A New Hope, a predominantly light grey hue was used for its hull

Shire Work's meticulous attention to painted detail meant that even the TIE Fighter's interior sections were intricately worked on regardless of whether they would be visible in the final build. For example, the TIE Fighter Pilot flight suit was painted a combination of glossy and matte black as well as instrumentation markings. Meanwhile, we applied panel lining, washes, light weathering and decals to the cockpit area to simulate a lived-in environment and add to the realism of the piece.   

TIE Fighter pilot has flight suit markings painted on with an Imperial insignia decal on his/her helmet

In addition, the bottom section comprising fuel/power lines and fuel tank was painted up before being covered up with a removable fuel tank cap. The cap is needed in order for the TIE Fighter to be displayed on a stand (see two immediate photos below this paragraph).

Bottom section showing the fuel and power lines as well fuel tank prior to be covered by the fuel tank cap
Hull markings help add realism of the TIE Fighter, which is attached to the display stand via its fuel tank cap

During the exhaustive painting process, the TIE Fighter actually had two separate synthetic lacquer clear coats applied on its hull. Firstly, a gloss clear coat was applied in order to protect the initial light grey basecoat during the delicate panel lining process. Then, in the latter stages a matte clear coat was applied to provide a final protective outer layer as well as for aesthetic reasons. Moreover, only the finest quality primer was used - Tamiya Fine Surface Primer - to ensure the paint job adhered securely to the plastic model kit. 

Astounding details on the TIE Fighter's wing are brought to life with careful panel lining
With light grey being the hull's predominant hue, dark grey decals also made for a welcome contrast

Also included in the model kit are clear plastic pieces which simulate the TIE Fighter's iconic green laser fire. Tiny detailed decals rounded off the whole built, providing realistic hull markings to increase the level of realism. Some of the decals were applied as is while others were reconfigured to resemble markings seen on the original movie props. To enable ease of transportation of the TIE Fighter model kit, both of its wing panels remain detachable from the main body/command pod.

Pew, pew, pew ... I've you in my sights Red Five
A close-up of the TIE Fighter with its twin laser discharge attached to its cannons
At just the right angle, both lasers will catch the light just right and result in a glowing effect

Fully painted to resemble the ones seen in Star Wars: A New Hope, this Bandai Star Wars 1/72 Scale TIE Fighter retails for RM499 inclusive of shipping which will be on a cash-on-delivery basis to selected public malls in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. Interested parties can email for more info on the purchasing process.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Logan the Movie

Make sure you catch Logan before its run in the local cineplexes finishes. If you are wondering what's the latest Marvel movie all about, well here's the official synopsis to wet your appetite ...  In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Better yet, go watch the official trailer or read the numerous online reviews.

Back when Knight Models still maintained its licence to produce Marvel-related miniatures, it had a great Logan metal model kit. Below is how it looks like with a professional paint job.

There is also the original yellow and blue spandex equipped Logan which looks equally cool.

If you fancy a crack at painting either versions of Logan, both model kits are still available from Shire Works. As for Logan the movie, I hope you enjoy it!