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  1. BB-8 Astromech Bandai 1/12 These two turned up today, so I thought I'd get a wip underway, although it'll be a while before plastic gets cut, as I need to finish the BTR first. To get things going, I'll just show a few sprue shots for anyone who may be thinking about ordering one. I'll just be dealing with BB-8 here, as R2 is the same as he was in the previous boxing. There's only two sprues in the box for BB; one in silver and the other with the white and orange panels The white panels are very shiny. It'd be a shame to have to paint them. All the body panels fall along natural panel lines, so shouldn't be a problem. The dome however is split in two, as R2's was. There are panel lines on the dome too, so I'll have to see whether it'll need any filling or not. These are two of his arms, including the one for the scene (which I guess at a push you could light, if you threaded a fibre optic along the arm) The orange panels seem like a pretty good match for the prop colour, but I think I'll paint them anyway These two parts make a box section that all the main body panels then attach to. There's space inside to run fibres and LEDs should you wish The 'silver' parts aren't bad as they are, but I'll be Alclad-ing them (although I have just ordered some of that new Vallejo metal paint, so I might try that) A couple of tinted clear parts for the his sensors And the clear parts for the stand. The idea with this is that an arm holds his head in place, and traps the body between the head and the base of the stand, allowing the body to be rotated. I'll be dispensing with this, pinning the dome to the body, and placing him on a terrain base And lastly, although I said before that R2 was identical to the earlier release, Bandai have changed the colour of the plastic for the silver parts. BB-8's silver is the same as the first R2/R5 release but here R2 has a much paler, less metallic plastic I'm not sure what the change is for, or why they haven't done it with BB-8, but as I'll be repainting it, it doesn't really matter. Just thought I'd point it out. I'll make a start on him as and when Andy
  2. C1-10P 'Chopper' Astromech Star Wars Rebels JPG Productions 1/12 It's been a while since my last droid build (BC-44 back in June), so I thought it was high time I added a new one to the collection. This is Chopper from Star Wars Rebels, a resin casting from JPG, who released the Gonk and Mouse Nigel last year. If I'm honest the sculpt was a bit rough around the edges, and could have used a few extra hours on cleaning up and fettling the master before the cast was taken. In the end, I had to remove and rebuild some areas, mainly the details inside the open body panels. The manipulator arms on the head were also rebuilt, as that proved easier than cleaning up the kit parts. Despite all that though, the underlying sculpt is pretty good. It just needs a bit of TLC. Proportionally he's a bit out to the original, but you can't really tell when he's built up. Over all, not as good as the Gonk and Nigel, but not bad all the same. Andy
  3. Finally managed to get my Gonk Droid to a stage where I am happy with him (had a slight nightmare during build that is covered in my build thread, but also a very luck recovery). He still needs a proper display base where he can be with BB8, but for now I'm calling the done. thanks for looking, Leigh
  4. So, after a somewhat protracted build, the Gonk (DN-LD) and Mouse (N1-G3L) are finished, and can join B0-R15 in whatever depraved activity he's involved with. Both are resin castings from JPG Productions and, despite a few rough edges, are very nice. The best bit about them, of course, is that they're scaled to match the Bandai droids. Sgt. Squarehead is responsible for the names (apart from the perennial Nigel, of course), so many thanks to him. Hopefully next year this lot will be joined by an astromech, and maybe even a scratch build droid. The wip for these two, and B0-R15, can be found here DN-LD (EG-6 Power Droid) N1-G3L (MSE-6 Repair Droid) Tres Amigos Thanks for looking Andy
  5. U9-C4 Astromech R5 Unit Droid - D-Squad Star Wars The Clone Wars So, the first droid's done. U9, despite the name, is an R5 unit, although I've had to make a few tiny alterations to the base kit to bring it closer to the screen version. For those who haven't seen The Clone Wars animation, U9 was part of D-Squad, a group of four astromechs, including R2-D2, who were sent on an undercover mission to steal an encryption unit in a season 5 story arc. The laser cutter arm was a scratch built addition as it's the most prominent aspect of U9 in the show. The top of the dome was also altered as U9s is slightly different to the movie R5 units. The full wip's here Next, it's on to R2 himself Enjoy the shots One for scale And one with his mates Thanks for looking Andy
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