|Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale R2-D2 plastic model kit [Completed]|
|Weathering effects and panel lining on R2's main body helped to increase the astromech's level of realism|
|Painting R2's metal parts with blue, silver and gold metallic paint was essential in mitigating its toylike, plasticky look|
Anyone researching a movie-accurate colour scheme (specifically A New Hope) of R2 would have noticed that the astromech's main body/chassis is actually ivory in colour. It's not, as many would believe, a hue arising from a weather-beaten white chassis. At least that's what I can gather from reference photos found in Star Wars Costumes, The Original Trilogy by Brandon Alinger.
|There is actually an option for R2's third (or centre) leg to be retracted into the main body|
|Painting R2's main body ivory is an option for future iterations but for now weathering on white will suffice|
|Back view of the completed 1/12 scale R2-D2 plastic model kit|
So I had a choice. Either maintain an accurate colour scheme by repainting R2's main body in ivory or keep the whites and apply slightly heavier weathering effects all-around. Ultimately, I decided on the latter as the blues in this version of R2-D2 isn't exactly movie-accurate either. Coupled with my gamble on the unsightly seams backfiring, it seems silly to get only parts of R2 right. Moreover, I will likely attempt another more fully movie-accurate version of R2-D2 down the line anyway.
|It was tempting to over-weather R2's main body, something I resisted as best I could|
|Weathering was accomplished using Tamiya Weathering Master products|
It's fitting that this model kit comprised two different droids in one set. When paired together for a photo shoot, they look simply adorable. Apart from the seams, another design decision I feel Tamiya should have taken with this model kit is to mould R2's main body in hues similar to BB-8. But as you can see from the photograph below, shortcomings aside, both look great details-wise.
|Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale R2-D2 and BB-8|
Finishing a project always fills me with optimism of what's to come. With new techniques and more experience under the belt, I tend to have an exaggerated sense of self-confidence in my hobby skills. While not necessarily a reflection of reality, it is nonetheless a feeling I should act upon or I won't ever dare attempt any of the projects I'm contemplating. This to-do-list comprises painting vehicles at various stages of decay - from weathered to rusted beyond repair; creating more intricately detailed paint designs for miniatures; as well as begin work on C-3PO who is a relatively harder droid to built and paint, amongst others. So I had better get started before this feeling of euphoria dissipates.