|Kaelynn posing to show how big the box was!|
Well, after so many weeks (OK, months. OK, OK, years) I now have a 1/72 Finemolds Millenium Falcon to call my own. Just like the Polar Lights's 1/350 Enterprise which debuted in the early 2000's, the MILF (coined by a friend of mine) was among those listed as THE models to get.
For the Enterprise, it was the sheer size of 1 metre and the almost accurate details which got Trekkers going nuts. But for the Finemolds MILF which was slightly smaller than an AMT Falcon, its the 'over 900 parts' amount of detail which got everyone flustered.
For me, its more than that. I want to be the person who can design the lighting for the Millenium Falcon and keep those Christmas string Lights people out of business. I want to come up with a lighting solution which, just like my earlier products, is easy to put into the models without much soldering. So, having a model means you just need to glue, sand, gripe, paint, decal, etc. and there is nothing in there that says you need an Electronics Degree.
Anyway, how I got this MILF also has a story on its own. Many years ago, I was eyeing the one stocked by ToyPanic but never did get the change to get it (OK, you all know my story so I won't tell it here). Finally in 2014, I had the great opportunity to venture out on my own and try my hand at Scale Lighting and that was where I got to know Derek Ho of Neo-Plamo in Ipoh.
Although we have yet to meet face to face, it was through Facebook which cemented our friendship. And it was the Moebius Cylon Raider incident which I was so grateful to him. This was when I was rushing to complete the model in time for Animangaki 2014, there was a missing part. And before you know it, Derek plucked that part from one of his customer's orders and shipped it to me. I got it less than a few days while Moebius took almost three weeks and USD8.95.
How I got the MILF from Derek was through helping.
I have learnt that when you help people, you help with the kindness in your heart and not think about the possible favours owed or the strings you can get or expecting a response in kind. So, this is more or less, genuine or pure help, which, when you don't think about it, will return to help you when you least expect it.
So, it was through small electronics favours which I helped Derek on his models before it grew into an Aerial Hunter Killer from Pegasus Models. This very model, as he put it, was for me to 'play with it'. This was very unexpected and so, what I did was to light the model up and send it back to him as a surprise. Derek, as usual, insists on paying me for the effort but on a personal level, it has already been paid for, with the experience I gained from making the model, lighting it and also, learnt how to paint metallics
Anyway, its finally here! Woo hoo!