Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor Part 1

As I previously mentioned. the next build will be the Bandai 1/72 TIE Interceptor.  I picked this kit up a while ago and did an inbox review of it at that point.   Looking forward to building it up.

The first order of business is figuring out what color I wanted to paint it.  There have been many discussions across the internet about what the true color is.  Suggestions from a light grey to a more bluish dark gray.   I prefer the later myself but I also knew I was going to be adding a wash which will darken and weather the base coat.

In the end, there were two possible choices, both by Tamiya. XF 66 Light Grey and XF 82 Ocean Grey 2 (RAF). I decided to paint two parts of the kit to see how they looked.  

Both parts before priming with Vallejo Black. 

After priming and getting ready for paint. XF 66 on the left and XF 82 on the right. 

I took several photos in different lighting conditions as the difference was quite subtle at first glance.

I think this one in the photo booth is fairly true to what I see.

So I am going to be using XF 66 Light Grey.  By the time a wash is put on it will slightly darken it to the shade I want.

Not that it is decided I can start to prepare the other parts for paint.  With this kit, it is best to paint what you can first then put the major assemblies together.    

I’ve labeled some parts just to make sure I don’t mix up left and right.