Revell Star Wars Episode 7 Millennium Falcon

Revell Star Wars Episode 7 Millennium Falcon SnapTite Kit #85-1633

by Martin Schultz

I had heard that there were going to be some new kit releases covering a range of skill levels to “Tie” in with the new movie coming out in 2015. I stopped at my local Target store and they had one of each kit on the shelf. I decided to pick up the Falcon and it set me back $19.95 + tax. Hobby Lobby up the street had them marked at $29.99 so they must be catching on to using the 40% off coupon.

The kit comes in a well-illustrated box, with artwork on the front and pictures of the completed model and parts break down on the back. There are also small illustrations of the other kits in the series, the Resistance X-Wing Fighter™, Poe’s X-Wing Fighter™ and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter™.

Box Art

Box Art

Packaging

Packaging

The Falcon kit consists of 19 pre-decorated parts including an Action Sounds and Light! Module. There is a 4 page illustrated set of instructions with 8 steps.
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The size of the posts and holes for the parts make for easy and sturdy assembly, and show that this kit was engineered for its intended audience, kids who will play with them.

Sturdy assembly features

Sturdy assembly features

The kit is molded in light grey with brown and dark grey panels and black for the windows and grills. The parts were all trimmed cleanly from whatever sprue they were on and I did not find any evidence of ejector in marks on any of the show surfaces.
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Assembly is straight forward and seems to be fool proof. The pins and snaps go together without too much pressure and keep a snug fit. When finished, the antenna and the top and bottom laser cannons turn and the landing gear can be positioned up or down.
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Two LED’s light up the engine in the rear when the center rear grill is pressed and there are three different sound effects.
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A quick check of the internet for photos of the filming models confirms that there are five landing gear on this version of the Falcon and that the antenna now appears to be rectangular instead of round. I guess a few things get upgraded over the years.

Finished Model

Finished Model

Finished Model

Finished Model

Overall this is a great kit for introducing your kids, Grandkids, nieces or nephews to model building if they get excited about the Star Wars Universe.

Improving the Kit:
Once I had the kit together, AMS (Advanced modeling syndrome) kicked in. I decided that I would do a panel line wash to add some depth. For the top panels, I used a dark grey wash with a hint of umber using oil paints. For the deeper recesses, I used a lightened black wash.

Starting to add the panel line wash.

Starting to add the panel line wash.

Here is a comparison of how one of the sides looks before and after.

Before adding shadows with a wash

Before adding shadows with a wash

After the wash

After the wash

After I let the wash dry for about two days I could still wipe the oil paint off the bare plastic. I decided to spray the model with Testor’s lacquer dullcoat from the bottle. I probably should have done that before the wash to give the oil paints something rough to adhere to. I’ll be finishing the wash and maybe doing some dry brushing next.

Mostly finished.

Mostly finished.

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  1. Rodrigo Sena says:

    Very good! Wonderfull work of paintiing!! Congratulations!!

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