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This is a quick build from the late nineties- back when there were only three Star Wars films released and lot of dreams about what happens in that universe. One Friday night I was having a few beers with a good friend and we got to talking about things which happned elsewhere during the fight between the Rebels and the Empire. I got a piece of paper and sketched out this design, then some sheet plastic and built the main hull as we talked. It was detailed up some and painted the following day. About the design: I wanted to show an Imperial craft which had both a utilitarian look about it but also had a bit of a mean attitude as well. Imperial shuttles (original trilogy) seem to love large dorsal wings (which I don't), two landing legs and a ventral personnel loading ramp. I also added two ball turrets because I had yet to see any unarmed Imperial craft. There is was a smaller turret above the engines but that has been damaged over the years since I built this. This model is about seven inches long and scale is about 1:200 or so. Concept behind the build: The Rebels managed to attack a small Imperial storage facility and obtained some much needed supplies. Going through the wreckage they find an Imperial cargo shuttle which, aside from a rather large hole blown through the starboard side seems to be salvageable. The technicians get the systems back up and running. It has two dorsal cargo doors and the they remove the one abocve the ruined starboard cargo bay and add a remotely controlled twin heavy laser canon. They removed the large upper wing to save weight and to allow a greater field of fire for the new turret. They weld some scrap plating cut from some other wrecked vessels over the large hole in the side and now the Rebels have a new ship to aid in their conflict.
I got this the other week - I think it's a limited edition or something, as it comes in an all-black box. It's basically a standard Stormtrooper that's been moulded in shiny black rather than shiny white. No worries - you can't have enough Stormtroopers in the cabinet. I'm not sure where these guys appear in the series, but they'd look good next to the Death Troopers. Anyway, rather than stash it away in my Bandai Star Wars stack, I figured I'd build it straight away. I didn't use paint other than a bit of Molotow Liquid Chrome for the chest-plate lights/buttons (?) and the detail parts on the helmet that don't settle down well as decals. All the rest has just had the sprue gates sanded back, then polished back to a glossy shine with buffer pads, and put together with a little liquid glue in the friction tubes. Totally OOB, and I'm not going to do any weathering on it, as I don't know where they were posted, if at all so far. I thought I'd make a post in here just so I could claim another completed model for 2019 There's not much to tell about construction, as everything goes together awesomely, and I fiddled with it in between extended bouts of during this hot weather. Here it... he? is:
Rogue One AT-ACT Walker (06754) 1:100 Revell Make & Play Rogue One is the latest film from the Star Wars universe, and sets the scene for Star Wars – A New Hope, which I'm hoping hasn't spoiled the plot for you. It introduces a raft of new types to the Rebel and Imperial forces, some of which are totally new, others are variations on an existing theme. One such is the new (old?) All-Terrain Armoured Cargo Transport AT-ACTs that the Rebels encounter on the Imperial outpost when they're trying to half-inch something special. I won't spoil it too much if you've not seen the film, but the Walkers' appearance on the screen is like seeing an old friend, even if that old friend is going to be shooting at you any minute now. These variants carry cargo in what appear to be modular containers that fit into their body, probably sliding in and out as needed. Their armament is limited to two cheek-mounted cannon that can still pack a sizeable punch, and they are still clearly related to the mighty AT-AT. The Kit Make & Play is a really cool range of easy-kits that require no glue, have few parts, and are fitted with light & sound modules, which makes them great fun for kids of all ages to play with. Inside the box are 45 parts in tough ABS plastic, some held fast in vacform plastic packing, other in heat sealed plastic bags. Like the other kit reviewed today, the numbers engraved on the insides of some of the parts are at variance with the first page of the instructions, so take care when putting together these parts. Construction begins with the large slab-sided hull parts, into which the orange-coloured cargo panels are clipped, after which the lower hull and the leg axles and bulkheads are attached together, the right hull half clipped into place, and the roof part slotted in before closing up the hull with the left side. The head is next, with its cheek guns clipping in place so that they can be posed, and the lower part of the head contains the light & sound module, which is shipped with the batteries isolated by a slip of clear sheet. Remove this, and pressing the button the top of the head will make the cockpit aperture glow red, and make one of two sound effects from the film. The legs are all built the same way, so a little production line will speed the process up. The foot can slide within the lower leg, which is in turn able to pivot around the knee by inserting a snap-in axle, the same process being used again at the hip joint. These snap-in parts required a fair amount of force on my sample, so it might be necessary for adult fingers to help out here to avoid frustration. On the upside, they should consequently be difficult to remove. Conclusion The kit captures the look of the on-screen walkers well, and apart from the cannons, should stand up to play very well. The sounds are fun, and the evil glow from the cockpit is surprisingly effective when viewed from the front. Kids will love them, and I'm sure some adults will too. It is also nice to see that the scale chosen for this kit is the same as the U-Wing that has been released at the same time. It isn't stated on the box, but they are both shown as 1:100 scale on Revell's website. Perhaps previous criticism of the eclectic scales of the earlier kits have been listened to? Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or