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Gekko_1

Bandai 48th scale AT-ST (alt camo scheme)

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Here's a few quick shots before I embark on the additional sensors and mini cameras.....................

 

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Cheers

 

Richard.

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The extras look just right for a Star Wars machine, based on real life.

 

What was the sniffer device before it joined the Imperial Navy? Looks familiar. 

 

Great stuff. :worthy:

 

Geoff

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This is absolutely incredible. You are a very skilled person and I am extremely jealous. I have one questions though, is there a reason all of the weapons and redish coloured parts have no weathering or chipping? I noticed the small prod things at the front (apologies for my ignorance not knowing what these are) jut out and the edges would be right in the firing line for sand/dust abrasion, as well as being the first things taht would get knocked, or scratched when squeezing between rocks, or trees etc. I guess they could have only just been bolted onto the frame as a later update, but I would imagin if they were doing that, and all the wiring that would go with it, they'd get the prior battle damage touched up at the same time? Just my 2 cents.

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3 hours ago, Bugle07 said:

The extras look just right for a Star Wars machine, based on real life.

 

What was the sniffer device before it joined the Imperial Navy? Looks familiar. 

 

Great stuff. :worthy:

 

Geoff

 

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.

 

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Richard.

 

 

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4 hours ago, James B said:

This is absolutely incredible. You are a very skilled person and I am extremely jealous. I have one questions though, is there a reason all of the weapons and redish coloured parts have no weathering or chipping? I noticed the small prod things at the front (apologies for my ignorance not knowing what these are) jut out and the edges would be right in the firing line for sand/dust abrasion, as well as being the first things taht would get knocked, or scratched when squeezing between rocks, or trees etc. I guess they could have only just been bolted onto the frame as a later update, but I would imagin if they were doing that, and all the wiring that would go with it, they'd get the prior battle damage touched up at the same time? Just my 2 cents.

 

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.

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This is awesome, certainly one of the more unique AT-ST models i've seen. The paint scheme alone would have been quite impressive, but all the modifications make it far better!

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