Unlike my aircraft builds I feel the need to use the included pilots on these Star Wars kits, the TIE Pilot is adequately represented in this kit, it’s not a great figure but at this scale and with how much of him will be visible he doesn’t exactly need to be.
The colour call out for the solar panels is matt black, and I am sure this is what the fantastic studio models were painted, however when I put a coat of this on I found the detail on the panels themselves of each cell tended to fade away compared to a gloss finish, but then this got me thinking too… and thinking’s never good!
When you see the on screen TIE Fighters the panels have a blue hue to them, this, much like the grey shade debate is often put down to a “blue bleed” from the special effects screens. Then I remembered a recent trip to the National Museum of Scotland where I had seen solar panels up close and they’re not black, the ones I was looking at either had metallic blue or bronze almost like flakes in the make up of the panel. I know realism doesn’t really come in to it with Sci-Fi but I decided this was enough to ignore the colour call out here and try something a little different, so here I go probably offending all those hardcore Star Wars fans/builders out there.