Here is a Green Squadron A-Wing completely repainted. The model was first stripped of all factory paint by placing it into a jar of brake fluid.
The process can take a day or two. What I did was place the model in a jar of brake fluid and let it sit overnight. In the morning I took an old toothbrush and scrubbed off some of the paint. After that I put the A-Wing back in the jar and went to work.
That same day after I came home from work, I again scrubbed and again put the A-Wing back in the jar. Don’t worry about the model melting. I’ve left models in a jar for a few days when I went away for a weekend. The type of brake fluid I use does not melt the plastic at all.
Use you’re judgement though! Don’t be lazy and leave the model to soak forever. Let the model soak, remove and scrub it, inspect it, and then place it back in the jar as needed.
While scrubbing be mindful that the brake fluid can flick into your eyes, so be careful. If you are paranoid, wear latex gloves and eye goggles, otherwise just be very careful how you scrub, as brake fluid is acidic. Don’t scrub so things are flicking up into your face!
I got my brake fluid at Canadian Tire. For those Americans reading this not understanding why there is French on the bottle of brake fluid, Canada is officially bilingual and all labels must have French as well as English on them.
You can find brake fluid in the auto section of the store. The bottle costs around $5. You won’t find a better stripper at that price.
I primed the model in grey, and if I was to do it again I’d prime it in white.
The battle damage was done by taking a small drill and drilling two holes. Then a few coats of thinned Black Ink was applied to give the effect of small blaster damage or fires that burned out at high speed.
I used a gloss varnish on the model and regret it as it’s much too shiny. Today I would use a no gloss varnish to seal it. Much later on I added some carbon scoring at the same time I did it to Tycho’s A-Wing. On this Green Squadron A-Wing I wanted to see what a heavy amount would look like. Here is a link to the video on how to do carbon scoring.
I’m not 100% sold on the results, but it does look like this little guy has seen some rough fighting.
I like to imagine the story behind him is that he’s part of an elite squad or rebels that are always struggling to get fresh supplies. The little triangles were hand painted and add a great touch to the model, making it seem less messy.
Below is a gallery of my photos for this little guy. I’m a huge fan of the A-Wing model and painting up this Green Squadron pilot was a lot of fun and worth the effort.