Bandai 1/12th scale BB-8 and R2-D2 combo kit

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  1. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    And a Full Build Thread, The Bandai 1/12th BB-8 and R2-D2 combo kit.
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    the instructions are nice,
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    6 multi colored sprues in 3 bags,
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    and Bandai's signature 2 sets of decals, both waterslide, and pressure type,
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    That's what's in the box, next assembly starts...
  2. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Building starts with BB-8...
    he starts with his "head"
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    the upper dome/ head is in multiple multi colored pieces,
    BB-8_012.JPG BB-8_013.JPG BB-8_015.JPG BB-8_016.JPG
    BB-8_017.JPG BB-8_018.JPG

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  3. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    and final of the upper dome / head,
    BB-8_020.JPG BB-8_021.JPG

    The antenna will be saved for last as they are so small, but at least Bandai gives you 2 of each...
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  6. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    The Body Ball consists of a more or less cube core,
    BB-8_023.JPG

    six 3 piece circular detail pieces that attach in different locations to the core,
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    BB-8_002.JPG BB-8_001.JPG BB-8_002.JPG BB-8_003.JPG BB-8_004.JPG

    the next stip finishes "skinning" the core.

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  7. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    The Core skin gives you a choice of two options, 5 white covers are used, but 6 are supplied,as the final one has 2 options
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    The 2 options are for your choice of display, the clear stand has 4 parts, a round base, a double jointed, curved arm, and the head adapter,
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    Using the whole stand gives you posing options,
    BB-8_011.JPG BB-8_012.JPG BB-8_013.JPG

    The 2nd option is a skin sections with the head adapter molded in, which lets you sit your BB on the disk, and not use the support arm.
    BB-8_014.JPG BB-8_016.JPG

    The next step will be detail painting, weathering, and deciding on my display options...
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    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    And the last post on BB-8,
    These are the posing options the kit offers for BB,
    BB-8_001.JPG

    Adding the details of the "equipment" bays
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    Details added and antenna's attached to the "head"
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    I chose the "Thumbs Up" pose...
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    The beauty of these kits is that it gives you the extra parts to "change" the pose
    BB-8_017.JPG

    Next week I'll start on R2...
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    THUMBS UP! :)
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  10. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    I started R2 sunday, and the first thing I decided was to paint the "silver" metal sections with a silver paint, to get a better effect than the colored plastic.

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    I used my standard Vallejo Acrylics for the silver color, in this case Game Color "Chainmail Silver"
    BB-8_005.JPG BB-8_006.JPG BB-8_008.JPG BB-8_009.JPG

    The blue looks spot on to my Old Mk I Eyball.
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    Looking good :)
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    Are you going to eliminate the seam on the head?
  13. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Yes, the seams will be filled, sanded, and then touched up... BB-8 didn't have such a glaring seam...
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    When I used to do plastic kits I always used to paint every visible surface, regardless of what colour the mold and finished product was :)
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    Bandai plastic needs to be handled with care when it comes to painting and weathering. Use acrylic colours only. Thinner and oil-based colours make the plastic brittle and may melt it down.
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    Good point, I only built Airfix, Heller & yes, Revell :) Those handled the enamels I used quite well
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  17. zathros

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    Great job Micah!! Really nice looking, and big too! :)
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    Apparently it is part of Bandai's credo: Don't let the customer poison him-/ herself in order to assure a long-time relationship. :D ;)

    Micah, I have noticed that the latest combo feat. C-3PO and R2 has a shinier silver with a metallic sheen instead of that dull grey. That proves that Bandai is constantly improving its products. I have the first editions (the ones with R5 and BB-8). I was a bit disappointed with my R2s because there were a lot of swirls in the plastic. For that reason painting is imperative, not only to get rid of the seam. The blue does look a bit "plasticy", too, and needs some paint, too. I have seen a few guys who painted the blue parts silver and then used transparent blue on top in order to achieve a metallic blue finish. I haven't tried that before but the results were not bad. :)

    BTW, you have to get their C-3PO and Captain Phasma. The chrome finish is so breath-taking that I would not add some weathering to it in order to keep it nice and shiny. thumbsup
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    started that nasty seam on R2's dome... just have to see what it looks like
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    sanding files first, next step will be filler... then more sanding

    Oh Joy...
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    seam filled and re sanded, then repainted
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    that seam is now gone, and on to the legs...
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    okay well, leg... the tubing that came with the kit for the power cables on the legs snapped on the sprue...

    I cut thin copper wire and replaced the power cables, but they will need to be painted.
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