This project took several days to complete. I was looking to convert the existing ship into a detailed version of Wedge Antilles' ship. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Parts: POTF2 Power F/X X-wing fighter. The decals were set aside.
Supplies: X-acto knife, emery board or file, super glue, Testor's Dull-Cote, Paints and Brushes.
Reference: I used a pictures of Wedge's fighter from the X-Wing: Rogue Squadron comics and a still photo of Wedge's fighter from one of the films.
First, I took the whole thing apart and removed the cockpit area. I tossed the Luke Skywalker figure and replaced him with a seat (for my purposes, it is not necessary to have a figure actually fit in the cockpit. If you want that, you'll probably have to remove all of the electronics and the battery box). The inside of the cockpit was painted black and grey. The decals for the pilot's controls were then applied and the cockpit was replaced. I lopped off R2D2's head and replaced it with an R5-D4 head (in the Rogue Squadron novels, Wedge uses an R5 astromech). If you are careful with the glue, the lever that moves the head back and forth will still work. The fuselage stripe and wing markings were painted red. The landing gear was painted "steel" and then given a dark wash. A few of the access panels were painted a slightly different color than the ship itself to indicate that they had been replaced. A lot of the edges were drybrushed with aluminum-colored paint to show where paint had been chipped off. The proton torpedo was painted white with red and yellow trim. Wedge's X-Wing does not have the blue striping on the laser cannons, so they were re-painted. I tossed the pilot into my parts box and replaced him with a Wedge Antilles figure from the Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene. I added a blaster and holster to the Wedge figure and then gave him a couple of washes and a light coat of Testor's Dull-Cote. The decals were applied at this point. A huge "Thank You" goes out to Jason Fleigel at FFURG, who was kind enough to help me out with the kill marker decals. The entire ship was then given a light coat of Testor's Dull-Cote. The entire ship was given several washes of very thinned out black paint to show oil leaks and general wear and tear. Scratches were made with a hobby knife and then filled in with aluminum-colored paint. Testor's Dull-Cote was applied liberally to every part of the ship, except the cockpit windscreen.
Out in the wild finds
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