PART 2 – Painting the DeAgostini Millennium Falcon Scale Model with Steve Dymszo

In Part 2 of the series Steve shares his tips and details on beginning the painting process for the De Agostini Millennium Falcon 1:1 scale model replica!! I love this!! Thank you Steve!!

 

The first image is what the model looked like after I separated all of the broken parts that were just loosely hanging together. It was pretty badly damaged in shipping from HK to the UK to the USA. The SLA resin is pretty brittle and shatters like glass when hit. So there were lots of cracks to re-glue and reinforce. In many places, when the resin broke, lots of little chips spalled from the edges, so that all had to be re-sculpted.

The lighting electronics also had to be completely rewired with new switches and internal battery pack (The prototype came to me with a big battery pack strapped on the underside.)

It took about 150 hours to completely rebuild and repaint it. I had to fabricate many missing pieces and integrate some of the production ABS parts that DeAgostini had supplied to me with the SLA prototype parts. Most of the time, they didn’t want to fit together, and had to “be coerced.” Thank God for large clamps.

There are still probably about 20 or 30 missing parts, but there just wasn’t enough time/money to go hunting for the remaining vintage model kit parts and acquire/install them. But it is 99% intact.

The model is now on its way back to the UK (in a MUCH better shipping container) for a television commercial and other marketing “opportunities”. I am very honored to have been selected to participate in this project. It is pretty darn cool!

Thanks!!!

Stephen Dymszo
President, SD Studios
President, Artifactory

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