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TonyRR
#1 Posted : 06 August 2023 18:26:03

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Hi all!
I'm a huge fan of the Millennium Falcon, like all of you.
I've started my passion when I was 14 years old, just on the moment I've purchased my very first Millennium Falcon model kit, the old MPC/ERTL Millennium Falcon (which I still owns 44 years later!).
I've started painting it but I wanted to improve some stock parts, like the cockpit, the cannons, the landing gear and a large list of parts. So I've started scratbuilding them by hand with plastic, styrene, metal sheets and a lot of craftmanship.
But I don't know why -maybe tired of scratchbuilding-, I left the modelling for some years...
Surprisingly I've started again with it ten years ago, in 2013, just when 3D printing has started to be "popular".
So thanks to my knowledge about the Millennium Falcon, 3D design and 3D printing -with Shapeways-, I've starting modelling my first upgrade for my old MPC/ERTL Millennium Falcon, the cockpit.
And this way I've started designing 3D printed upgrades for the Millennium Falcon, and I keep designing parts for a big bunch of Star Wars models, mainly the Millennium Falcon kits, included our De Agostini Millennium Falcon. And this is a magnific huge kit than can be improved too. Yes, it can be!! But how?

So the answer to the question "How to improve your DeAgo Millennium Falcon?" there are several possibilities:

-Scratchbuild yourself the parts you want
-3D design and 3D print the parts you need
-Buy the available aftermarket 3D printed upgrades
-Add more lighting
-Repaint the model and add new decals
-Add more weathered effects

I will be posting here more tips about improving the DeAgo Falcon. On the attached image you can see my first 3D design for the MPC Millennium Falcon, the upgrade for the cockpit.

Many thanks for reading!



TonyRR
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#2 Posted : 06 August 2023 23:38:45
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Hi All, BigGrin

I`d like to thank Tony for the added input to the forum, that I`m sure we will all benefit from.

Tony does make some amazing enhancements for the Falcon and I wish him luck for the future.


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TonyRR
#3 Posted : 13 August 2023 21:02:34

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Hi all again!
To take advantage of lighting you can get some parts of the cockpit or the turret well in translucent plastic. You will have to mask the zones where you need the light pass through. You can use masking tape and also liquid mask, that's like a liquid silicone that get solid once applied. These parts can be drilled with tiny holes for fiber optics or maybe you can play with unpainted buttons.
You can see my 3D printed cockpit backwall for the DeAgo Millennium Falcon printed in clear resin, and with the light bars and nav computer masked, ready for paint. Of course, the back of the parts must be masked too, and painted in black, with two coats, to block the light.

I hope you will like it!!


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#4 Posted : 20 August 2023 20:31:40

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Following my prior post you can see my 3D printed upgrade for the DeAgo Millennium Falcon cockpit backwall with a coat of paint.
This is the first stage, masking the different parts of the backwall, in order to paint it in different colours. After that it comes the detail and weathering.
The light bars are still covered with masking tape.
Of course this upgrade is available in my 308 Bits Shapeways shop -without paint-!
I hope you will like it!


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#5 Posted : 17 September 2023 15:12:29

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Hi all again!
This is the latest update on the backwall for the DeAgo Millennium Falcon cockpit. I've painted and weathered my 3D printed aftermarket backwall, adding all the possible details. No decals here, every detail is painted!
The next step will be adding fiber optics.


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#6 Posted : 17 September 2023 15:21:26
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Thanks for another great update Tony. Cool Cool Cool

Amazing paint work and not a decal in sight. WTG

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#7 Posted : 22 September 2023 18:11:01

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Thanks for another great update Tony. Cool Cool Cool

Amazing paint work and not a decal in sight. WTG

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Many thanks!!
Trying my best!

Cheers
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#8 Posted : 07 October 2023 18:18:42

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Back again with a new hint to make better your DeAgo Falcon cockpit!!

I've improved it -as you can do!!- with my 3D printed aftermarket De Agostini Millennium Falcon cockpit upperwall.
In this case I've designed a correct upperwall because the stock one is too short. This is because the cabin seen on the A New Hope is shorter than the one created by The Empire Strikes Back, the 32" Falcon created for the Ep. V., that's the DeAgo Falcon.
So I've designed and printed in clear resin a new cockpit upperwall, because I wanted to illuminate the cockpit light bars.
And you can see how it looks my upperwall just printed in clear resin.
On a new post I will shot it primed, and ready to be painted.
Of course, you can buy it in my 308 Bits Shapeways shop.
I hope you will like it!




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#9 Posted : 19 October 2023 22:17:50

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If you have seen my earlier post about my 3D printed aftermarket cockpit upperwall for the Falcon, now it's the time to see the final result...
You can see the upperwall painted and weathered, ready to receive the fiber optics strands. I've detailed all the engraved greebles on it, trying to make them more realistic.
And you can see too the translucent light bars on the sides.
I hope you will like it!!

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#10 Posted : 25 October 2023 22:35:33

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I've show you my 3D printed backwall and upperwall cockpit aftermarket parts alone, so it's time to show them together. So here it goes!!
As you can see both parts assembled look really nice. And don't forget that everything is painted, no decals at all!!
Don't forget to add dark panel line accent colour on grey areas, and gray panel line accent colour on darker areas to pop up the details.
To paint the lines you can use some Posca paint markers. They work very well!!

So you can try too!!
Now starts the painful work of adding fiber optics... More to come!!


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#11 Posted : 21 November 2023 21:24:02

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For sure you have been waiting how my DeAgo 3D printed cockpit looks complete... So here it goes!!
On the attached image you can see my aftermarket cockpit, totally 3D printed -I haven't installed the upperwall-.
All you can see is painted, no decals.
So yes, you can upgrade the stock cockpit of the DeAgo Falcon, a lot!
The next step will be adding the fiber optics strands.
On another post I will show you how to paint the chromed parts of the main console.
I hope you will like it!!


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Hi Tony, Cool Cool

Really appreciate your efforts and input to help people upgrade the Falcon.


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#13 Posted : 22 November 2023 02:43:48

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delboy271155 wrote:
Hi Tony, Cool Cool

Really appreciate your efforts and input to help people upgrade the Falcon.


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Many thanks for your kind words Derek!! I keep trying my best, when I have some spare time!!

Cheers
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#14 Posted : 10 December 2023 21:44:35

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Hi again!
Today I will show you how to paint chromed details.



On the attached image you can see my 3D printed DeAgo cockpit console, with built in holes for 0.25 mm fiber optics. But this is not the meaning of this post but the chromed parts. On the image you can see that the yokes, levers, some buttons and the upper spheres are chromed. How to do it? Very easy! You must use a chrome paint marker. I've used the Molotow Liquid Chrome marker that works very well. It's expensive, but it's a charm!
Tip: shake it very well before use, to achieve the maximum chrome effect.
Tip: test the chrome on any plastic part before applying it to the console or any cockpit part. You must learn how to apply it correctly.
I hope that you will enjoy it!
Of course, my 3D printed console is on sale in my 308 Bits Shapeways shop.
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#15 Posted : 10 December 2023 22:07:40
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Hi Tony, BigGrin

Those chrome parts really do pop.

Thanks for the tip.Cool


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#16 Posted : 16 December 2023 13:09:43

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Hi Tony, BigGrin

Those chrome parts really do pop.

Thanks for the tip.Cool


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Many thanks Derek!

And Season's Greetings!
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#17 Posted : 30 December 2023 20:45:22

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What you can do more to improve your DeAgo Falcon? Add aftermarket parts, do a proper painting and add some weathering. And you can light it!!



The DeAgo Falcon includes some lighting system, but you can improve it too!
You will need fiber optics strands, a led light source and aftermarket parts that are ready to receive fiber optics, with built in holes.



In my case all my cockpit aftermarket parts for the DeAgo are fiber optics ready. So my cockpit parts, my turret well or my hold parts can be lighted.
To add fiber optics you will need to calculate the position of the led light source, the length you need for the strands and plan the fibers routing.



Yup! It's a huge job but it worths to try. The results are incredible!!

Happy New Year to all!!

And Happy Modelling!

TonyRR
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#18 Posted : 21 January 2024 21:25:22

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The most complicated part for adding fiber optics is on the cockpit upperwall. But you can do it!!
On the shots you can see my 3D printed aftermarket cockpit upperwall for the DeAgo Millennium Falcon with fiber optics installed. It's a real mess!!



Pro Tip: to glue the fiber optics strands don't use CA glue. Use Humbrol Clearfix of Ammo UltraGlue.

Pro Tip II: And, as you can see, some strands are coloured. I've coloured them with bulb lacquer. So easy!



The final result is amazing!!

It worths it to try!! Of course you can find this part, as a raw part, in my 308 Bits Shapeways shop.

I hope you will like it!

TonyRR
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#19 Posted : 05 April 2024 17:44:37

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Hi all again!
I want to show you this time a shot of the cockpit completed.
As you can see it seems the real damn thing on the hero shot!!! More shots to come!
I hope you will like it!

Remember that all that parts are on sale in my shop!

TonyRR
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#20 Posted : 28 April 2024 21:42:45

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Hi all again!
Only a very short post about my DeAgo cockpit completed. You can see my floor, seats, main console, side consoles and backwall, all 3D printed and designed by me, 308 Bits.



You can appreciate the paintjob; it has a lot of tiny details. No decals here!

Pro Tip: you need to buy very good tools to paint delicate details like Posca paint pencils or very precise brushes. Having masking tape on different widths it's a good idea also.

I hope you will like it!!

TonyRR
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