Bandai 1/12 scale R2-D2, part 1

I needed a break from reality so I put the mostly-finished Apache aside until I can airbrush it and grabbed my neglected R2 kit. I started on this last summer and then got distracted by other kits. Now, however, I’ve dived in to finish this one before building another. We’ll see.

I don’t feel like bothering with the airbrush right now so this is all spray paint. I didn’t like the slightly yellow-tinged white plastic color and found the blue to be very plastic-y looking, so I painted them with Tamiya spray paints. White parts are getting white primer followed by glass clear while blue gets an under coat of aluminum followed by a dark metallic blue that looks reasonably close to the “real” R2. Once the blue started to dry, I went at corners and edges with a toothpick and dinged him up like we always saw in the films. It came out pretty well just from putting the dome together.

I had to devise my own way to build the dome as I cannot abide the seam that runs from one side to the other. I found that most of the dome parts could have the various tabs and pins removed to enable fitting them together later. Granted, this requires glue so it’s not meant for beginners but the dome looks so much better with the seam filled and coated with buffing Metalizer aluminum (if I do say so myself.)

The one problem I didn’t anticipate – because I used Metalizer on my Cylon – is how much of the aluminum accidentally rubs onto the blue as I finagle the parts back together. I have Metalizer sealant but as it fills the effect, I’m hesitant to use it. And, of course, the blue parts are already integrated and I don’t know what effect sealant will have on regular paint. Going to have to test on some scrap and see…

2 thoughts on “Bandai 1/12 scale R2-D2, part 1

  1. Great work on your R2.
    I have this kit and have been debating what to use on the Dome.
    I have Testors metallic silver, metallic chrome and model master aluminum metalizer that requires buffing.
    I’ve never used metalizer and am hesitant going that way.
    I was curious how your dome is and if you’ve seen any other issues with metalizer.
    My biggest concern is, like you mentioned, sealant ruining effect but not sealing leading to paint rubbing off.


    1. I’ve had R2 and C3P0 packed in a box since we moved last year so I’ll have to dig them out to check, but until then the metalizer dome had held up just fine. I don’t touch it much though, and finger oils are a huge problem on the metalizers. I wish I could use Alclad but I don’t want to deal with that indoors as I don’t have a ventilation system for my airbrush yet. I just started messing with Vallejo’s Metal Color acrylics and they’re pretty impressive, might want to give them a shot if you have an airbrush.


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