A glimpse into my scale modeling hobby

Interceptor Time

I have fond memories of the TIE Intercepor from the first time it appeared in Return of the Jedi to spending hours playing Lucasarts’ TIE Fighter on my parents’ old PC. I even had the original Kenner TIE Interceptor, and it was one of my only Star Wars toys that still had a working noise maker. Something about the shape of the wings looked sleeker and better than the standard TIE Fighter.

So I bring all of that wonderful nostalgia into building this TIE Interceptor kit from the late Star Wars line of model kits from FineMolds. So far, no surprises. The basic ball cockpit assembly is exactly like the TIE Fighter. FineMolds usually does a pretty good job of covering up seams, but there are a couple I will have to fill.

I did change the color for the Interceptor because all of the resources I have and my memory from the movies skews to a bluer tint than the original TIE. I did a little experimenting with mixing Intermediate Blue and Flat White and finally got a mixture that I like. The pictures below show the first steps with this kit. I look forward to setting this TIE next to my other on the shelf.

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Standard cockpit design with my blue-gray paint mixture. I like how the tint turned out.

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An attempt to get a closer look inside the cockpit. The wall decals show up pretty well and you can see an outline of the TIE Pilot. Once the clear piece goes on the front it will be much harder to see inside.

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