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Gekko_1

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    What if? subjects, Science Fiction, History, General Plastic Modelling.

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  1. Thanks James. The redish coloured parts are primered parts that had no time to be painted properly because of the urgent need to get this highly modified AT-ST out into the field to assist other reconnaissance units in the detection of Sand People insurgent forces that were hindering the Empire's control on Tatooine (post Episode IV time period). Hence they are newer parts attached to an already weather beaten machine. That is why some of the AT-STP (Pathfinder) is mostly weathered and other parts, Imperial Grey and red primer are newer. I'm following the "real world" examples of what American and allied forces have had to do to counter insurgent forces in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 16 years as an example of what sorts of ad hoc modifications the Empire has had to come up with under similar circumstances on Tatooine against continuing Sand People resistance. The prod things are IED detector whiskers. (35th scale US military aerial mounts) These whiskers are used to detect microscopic movement in sand and dirt, plus changes in moister at ground level. They are positioned where they are so as to get maximum clearance from the main body. Plus it was the only real place the two Imperial Engineers, unlucky enough to find themselves garrisoned on Tatooine, could find that would fit with everything else that would have to be externally mounted on an already busy frame. No wiring necessary for these units as they are internally powered and transfer data electronically. The role of the AT-STP (Pathfinder) is to sit further back on the battlefield and use its sophisticated electronic equipment to detect a whole host of environmental changes to the natural environment. Moister, carbon dioxide, movement, electronic emissions, changes in temperature, sound and many other things. It still retains its ability to fight it out should that be necessary too. Cheers Richard.
  2. Thanks Geoff. The Sniffer unit was found in a vitamin jar, I think the contents are meant to keep the vitamins dry? Anyway as soon as I saw it I thought to myself - "That has Science Fiction modelling potential!" I didn't know at the time what I was going to use it on, and have since collected several, but just knew the day would come! Contemplating the mods that were going to go on the AT-ST to bring it up to AT-STP (Pathfinder) standard I just simply started mucking about with options and came up with what you see. Richard.
  3. Here's a few quick shots before I embark on the additional sensors and mini cameras..................... Cheers Richard.
  4. Funny you should mention that Richard, because that is exactly what is going on it at the moment, plus small cameras.
  5. Thanks Geoff, I was actually a little worried posting that as its not technically a model, so wasn't sure how people would take it.
  6. Yes actually, I've been flat-out heavily modifying the AT-ST into an AT-STP (Pathfinder). A lot of fiddley work, and still a little more to do, but here is a little teaser of where things are going.............................. Cheers Richard.
  7. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    Hi Tony, I've agonised over this for a while now. Bottom line, I think this jet may be in FS. 36495 too like the VF-111 bird. The starboard front main undercarriage door looks like FS. 36375 (from another Tomcat in the TPS scheme) and that patch on the ventral fin looks like fresh FS. 36495 over old and dirty FS. 36495 (which can tend to give it a faded Gull Grey look). Here's a pic of another VF-103 Tomcat in what looks like the same colours, dated 1985. http://www.cloud9photography.us/US-Squadrons-USN/US-Navy-Fighter-Squadrons/VF-103-JOLLY-ROGERS-pictures/i-V5j43bF/A The nose looks like FS. 36375 or faded FS. 36320? I'm tending to wonder if a lot of aviation buffs/journalists have confused FS. 36495 with faded Light Gull Grey? I'm hoping to come across two Tomcats side by side or near each other, one in Light Gull Grey all over and the other in FS. 36495 all over to get a really good comparison, but haven't found one yet. Anyway there's my thoughts, now you can agonise over it too!
  8. I'd love to see the Resistance bomber in 72nd scale!
  9. New Star Wars trailer

    OK, here's what I've spotted so far..................... The AT-AT's supporting the AT-M6's have a very different look to them! They've been heavily modded! Extra armour plating, new guns, beefed-up legs and sloped head. The AT-ST's also have some modifications, but they are harder to work out. Easy to see is the new front face. Something? is going on at the back too but its too hard to tell for now. All I can hope for at this stage is that Bandai bring out the AT-M6 and modded AT-AT in at least 1/144th scale, preferably 1/72 scale. Cheers Richard.
  10. Hopefully people will like what I'm revealing next. I've delved right into the type of mission these things are involved in on Tatooine, and the types of modifications necessary to carry out such specialised operations in very harsh conditions. against a very cunning enemy.
  11. Actually Geoff I've completely changed my mind on the antenna and am going for something else that looks way better and will, I hope, add that extra bit of 'wow' factor to the build, plus ties in to the short story that will go with it once completed. Stay tuned......................................
  12. If you think the transitional period for F-14's was bad to try and work out, have a look at the early US Marine A-4M Skyhawk schemes! The VF-111 Tomcat turned out very nice indeed!
  13. Stowage added............... Cheers Richard.
  14. More pics of the unattainable (for most of us) Falcon to get sad over................... http://www.gunjap.net/site/?p=326335#more-326335
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