Gunstar from 'The Last Starfighter'
The Black Sun 1/72 resin kit is comprised of 96 resin parts, including the name plate, plus one laser cut acetate part.
The model is hollow cast and the casting quality was exceptional. Part fit is good. Though, due to the hollow casting, several parts had to be heated in warm water to correct minor warping. The assembled kit has a nice size and presence about it. Once assembled, the kit diameter is slightly smaller than a basketball.
Parts were built in subassemblies using Jet brand super glue and 5 minute epoxy. Any gaps and seems where filled with strip styrene and Aves Apoxie Sculpt, then sanded smooth. As expected, some panel lines needed rescribed after sanding. Metal tape from a hardware store was cut to shape and used as a guide to recreate/deepen existing panel lines. This is very useful for scribing around curved surfaces. Like most of the ship, the center hull is hollow. To avoid any weight distribution issues, I trimmed a PVC plumbing coupler into a crescent moon shape. And used Aves to hold it in place and fill/reinforce the center body. This added a pound of weight to the model. I originally wanted to use acrylic tube. But the weight, thanks to all the Aves, made the size tube needed to support it a bit too large for my taste. So I decided to use a 1/8" carbon fiber rod. It’s has both a smaller diameter and more than adequate tensile strength. The model was painted in subassemblies. Starting with a base coat of automotive etching primer, buffed smooth. Followed by Tamiya grey primer. I proceeded to preshade with Tamiya Flat White and Tamiya Dark Green 2. Tamiya Pearl White was de-canned into an airbrush for the top coat. All the thruster cones where painted with de-canned Tamiya Silver Leaf, then accented with Alclad Chrome. The cones were then masked off with Tamiya tape and Silly Putty. Other colors used include Tamiya Dark Ghost Grey, Tamiya Haze Grey, and Tamiya Rubber Black. Much of the detailing, including the cockpit, pilot, and gunner where hand painted with various Games Workshop and Vallejo acrylics. Decals were applied between layers of Future.
The most challenging part of the build was filling/sanding the gap between the front and rear canopy sections. The canopy sections are clear cast resin. Both sections were masked off. And the gap filled and sculpted smoothed with Aves and a wet toothpick. After the Aves had dried, jeweler’s files were used to carefully sand and shape the connecting sections without scratching the clear portion of the canopy.
Completion time was 8 weeks, not including breaks.