After all the model kit parts had been glued onto the
Millennium Falcon model,
I primed it with gray primer and then painted it with the base
color, an off white. (It took me a while to find the right base color.
In the movie, the Falcon looks gray. The original model, which was on display
at the Art of Star Wars exhibit in San Francisco in 1994, was painted in
an off white/beige. In order to find the right tone, I did some research
on the internet and somebody told me he had heard from "his source at ILM"
that the Falcon was painted WHITE. Well, I knew that it was
not white, so I decided to call MY source at ILM who had worked on the
original model and ask him what paint they used. He gave me the manufacturer's
name and paint#. I ordered it and... it was too dark! I ended up buying
paint that I thought looked right at a paint store around the corner.)
To see how different a model can look,
see the color comparison.