My Imcold's X-wing build

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by bigpetr, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member


    Recently, I decided to finaly build X-wing from paper. After some research I choose Imcold's X-wing (, because for me it is the best paper model, even nicer than great UHU02's X-wing.

    So here are some photos from my building. I will add another as I progress.

  2. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    You are off to a really good start with this build. Everything looks crisp and clean.
    I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
  3. Kjev

    Kjev Member

    That looks great! I really like the details you're adding.
  4. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    Thank you for your kind words. Adds to my motivation:).

  5. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Unbelievable! Looks like you are building this at ILM for filming! Great work sir:)
    Rhaven Blaack likes this.
  6. starbuck

    starbuck Active Member

    Wow! Very clean build. :Bravo:
    Are the Details parts of the model or are they additional Details added by you?
  7. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    Thank you guys, trying to reach quality standards of great models presented on this forum.

    I am adding Details. But there is lot of details as part of the model, witch are good base for additional custom detailing, if you want to do it. And almost all details are incorporated on beautiful textures, witch makes aditional detailing lot easier (you just print the parts again and cut details from it). So model is realy nice even without aditional detailing (hail to the Imcoldthumbsup). I just wanted to give it some nice touches:). Sure,
    all of you know this time consuming compulsion;).

    For comparison: On this photo is level of details on droid plate without any additions (photo is from Imcold's designing process, so textures there weren't finished)[​IMG]

    And if you are interested: here in instructions ( you can easily see witch details are there in the model.
  8. bgt01

    bgt01 Exemplary Confidant

    Anybody who can make those small detail parts without mangling them has my respect. You sir, have that respect. :bowdown:
    Kjev likes this.
  9. Kjev

    Kjev Member

    Amen, bgt01! Excellent work!
  10. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    Backplate is finished and ready to mount.

  11. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Wow, I mean WOW! You really dove into this head first. It's excellent, and if this is an indication of what's to come, WOW! :)
  12. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    Thanky you all. I am still learning all that stuff, gathering some experience, so hopefully with some luck I will not mess it up:).
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  13. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    You're learning? Looks like you done done learned really well!! :)
  14. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    I was building plastic and paper models as a kid (no PC, printers or Internet widely available:)). I rediscover paper modeling again maybe year ago and was amazed what beautiful models you guys can do with paper. And that there is plenty of models to choose from you can just download and print. So I builded few smaler models from Internet, not so precisely, because I wanted to build them fast:hammerhead:.

    Then I found Imcolds X-wing, saw Wedge's great build (, and wanted to make it best I can. So this is my first model where i glue edge to edge (without tabs), painting edges and making details:).

    I even tried to retexture cockpit panels because I wanted to have them as they were in first film:). After I finish X-wing I would like to try to design some model (I know how to use 2D and 3D graphic software quite well).
    Sky Seeker, Rhaven Blaack and zathros like this.
  15. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I started out the same way. My older brother built plastic models, my father had just died, so there wasn't much money around. We had a massive collection of 331/3 l.p. albums, and 1/3rd of them were doubled up in one album cover, leaving me with much cardboard stock. That cardboard made for some stiff models. My Mom was a seamstress and had scissors that would cut your hand off! (at her nighttime job, she worked at Hamilton standard building gyroscopes and testing them for Hamilton Standard, which was why she had so many tools) That made the cardboard easier to cut. I was ambitious. Lost in Space had just come out and I like every other kid, fell in love with the chariot. The paper chassis was rather easy, and everything came blister packed, and though I did not get the glass perfect, it was close enough to play with. I used old wooden thread bobbins for the track wheels, these were pretty big chariots, I built quite a few, always trying to improve the design. I built one, and used straight pins as links. My Mom had a really nice set of needle nose pliers, and I would bend the pointy tip at 90 degrees to hold the pin in. I would fold the tracks over and between using glue (Elmer's glue, which I came to loath for the way it penetrates paper and takes forever to dry). This one came out so nice, I painted it it with some extra spray paint my brother gave me, battleship grey, which was kind of lucky. I showed it to a kid who lived in the apartment. He was a single child and his Mom purchased him tons of plastic models. He fell in love with that Chariot, and offered to trade me for a "Willy's Gasser" dragster model. This kid was an excellent model maker. When my Mom saw that model, she marched me upstairs and asked my Mom if her son he her permission to trade the "store bought plastic model", with the paper one. His Mom said, "They're his, and if it's O.K. with you, it's O.K. with me, (I didn't know they worked at the same factory and were colleagues.) We became friends over that exchange. He had this habit of dropping his models, a month or so after he had meticulously built and painted them out of his 4th story bedroom windows!! I always wondered where all those smashed up pieces came from. He then decided to give them to me, and we both started kit bashing what we call multi-media models. We would make the wildest contraptions. Of course, now that I had this great friend, he moves away 3 months later. I can still see his face, but can't remember his face.

    I couldn't blame his Mom for moving, we were all trying to get out of there. So many people have made paper models, and come to this and other forums, and are shocked that it has become what it has become.

    You're doing an excellent job on this X-Wing!! :)
    bigpetr likes this.
  16. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    I was imagining the place and athmosphere as I read your story and I wonderd if I was even close to the reality. But that I will never know:). Never mind, only funny thought that came to me:). Maybe I am so courious because I am from Europe, Czech Republic, and lived my childhood in communist regime, so I realy like stories, like Yours, of other people around the world. I also had such a childhood best friend, we sat at the same school desk (one school desk has two seats), witch mooved out and I never saw him again. You bring this precious memories to me mind, thank you for that:).

    I came to paper modeling, like virtualy every child in our country, thru technical magazine for kids (only one magazine with this theme in our country). It had appendix with paper models. Magazine was very popular and quiet hard to get (like almost everything in comunist era in our country) also because of this paper models, so if you were able to get one, you were considered lucky:). Paper models must have been aprooved by supervisors from communist party, so you can not have much "capitalists" models, like foreign cars or technique (so no X-wing available:)). It is funny, that it never came to my mind to bulid my own papermodels from scratch. With my younger brother we made things from wood and whatever you can find in grandpa's workshop, but never from paper. Interesting:). For plastic models, you could get mainly Russian technique. My father has built planes from First Word War. Modelers in that time can not get specialised tools, like colours for exampe. You could buy only set of six glossy basic colorus, as i remember. You had to mix desired shade. If you wanted to make them matte, you must mix them with baby powder. But it was fun, you had to be inventive:). I secretly played with father's unassembled models, break them by hand from the plates and dryfitted them together. He was not wery happy about that:). I remember, that I started to buld my own plastic models after the fall of comunist regime, when I can get those long forbiden american planes and helicopters and foreign modeling tools and acessories and all shades of colours for modellers. But then puberty kicks in ...
    Sky Seeker and zathros like this.
  17. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I enjoyed reading your story! It is amazing that during the Communists regime, the U.S.A., of which I love very much, was touting this perfect society, but a women had to work two 8 hour jobs for 15 years to support her family and got now help, except around $160 a month, for seven kids. My father did not plan to die. He died because he painted Helicopters at Sikorsky Aircraft, and in those days, they used no masks. It destroyed his lungs, and one night, walking home, very cold, he stop at a bar, gets a drink to warm up. goes back outside, walks a quarter mile, that cold air, he collapses because he cannot breathe. The police see him, smell the alcohol, figure he's a drunk (there's a racist element to this, we can talk in P.M.'s about it if you wish0, and they realize at the police station something is very wrong. He died. No recourse in the legal system, wrong shade of skin tone.

    I know variations on this theme happened all over the world. It is humans that do this.

    Anyhow, I have flashes of memories of him. Over 3000 people came to his funeral, streets had to be closed down. My mother couldn't understand how he knew so many people. He affected many people, had a beautiful singing voice, and his two brothers were famous in Puerto Rico, had radio stations, and have high schools named after them. They invented a style of music called quartero, it's on the government website. I do not put to much information as I value my privacy, and there is a whole forum worth of people that have have ever met, and they have been taught to hate me, though, to be fair, I have more friends there than not! :)

    I like when members share these stories. These stories are threads that hold this world together. The friendship we build as individuals is exponential, as we talk to other people about what we converse about, then then realize, we are all going through this big blue ball whirling through space, we are experiencing the same thing and variations of it, the parts that make up the whole.

    Thank You for sharing your story with me, like you, my ind created images of you, as a child, and what you went through. This is the heart of the human experience.

    This kind of discussion is never off topic either! It is also the heart of the ZEALOT experience, we are real people, treating each other with respect, and we do it freely. Damn, that is as good as it can get! :)
    Sky Seeker and bigpetr like this.
  18. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    Thank you for sharing another piece of your life, Zathros. I certainly am interested to talk with You in P.M.'s.

    Build goes on. Both plates attached to the fuselage. For now I am done (but not finished) with fuselage.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Now working on wings ...
  19. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    That sub-assembly looks like a real sub-assembly of a vehicle, not a paper model sub-assembly attempt of a vehicle. :)
  20. wedge

    wedge Member

    You embarrass me in front of the world !!! Thank you ...

    Now I just see what I could do better but was to lazy... Great build Velkopetře (vocative of Bigpetr in czech :D )

Share This Page