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Speedman

Revell 1/28.5 Star Wars Easy Kit T-47 Snowspeeder - Completed

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Build 8

I've been waiting for a chance to build this for ages, I know that sounds daft seeing how it's already built but I only did that to save space (no big big box to store). I plan to do what I always do with these "Easy Kits" and give it a fictional repaint. In this case it's going to become a Sandspeeder and get a desert camouflage paint job. B)

Price: £5.00 from eBay

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And now it's in pieces again...

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I always thought the harpoon on the back was rather convenient.

When a laser would have made more sense. Scriptwriters eh?

Like the desert idea. With Luftwaffe blotches or Italian smoke rings?

:popcorn:

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It's a bit ridiculous to expect any military force to not mount some kind of defensive weapon on it, personally I would love to see a manned turret on a Speeder. As for the camo, I'm going for blotches with a little extra..

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Is the giant computer heat sink on the back of it to aid against heat seeking missiles???

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I always thought the harpoon on the back was rather convenient.

When a laser would have made more sense. Scriptwriters eh?

Unless the Rebels knew what the likely attacking force would be and tailored their defences accordingly? :P

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Is the giant computer heat sink on the back of it to aid against heat seeking missiles???

Strangely the engines are buried behind it, why would you need cooling fins on an ice planet? Only Mr Neckbeard can answer that...

I've had fun today embellishing the speeder with a few bits and bobs from the scrap box. I've also been using my scribing templates for the first time in anger, I bought them before Christmas but haven't used them until now. I've made a start on the pilots and cockpit and everything has been repainted and the first stages of the detail painting are done.

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Very nice start, mind you, the pilots look like they've used bang seats a little too often/eaten too many pies! :winkgrin:

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Bear in mind they should be wearing some toasty thermal gear being on an ice planet.

The large heatsink is handy, as on a desert planet it would be useful, though a big target for Tuscan Raiders.

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Is that all the standard kit parts?

Yes it is, these Star Wars easy kits scrub up well with a fresh lick of paint and some TLC inside and out. I started doing this with the Jedi Eta-2, I hated how bad the seat looked in the cockpit and decided to paint it. This lead to the whole cockpit being done, followed by Anakin and R2D2 and eventually the whole kit got a whif paint job. Most serious modellers write these off as kids stuff, and while they don't have the detail of proper kits they are fun to build and can be picked up very cheaply on eBay, £5 for the speeder, £2 for the Eta-2.

Before and after of the Eta-2 cockpit...

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Thanks :)

Everything in the photo is now glued, filled where necessary and sanded. The cockpit has a thick coating of Maskol and it's all ready for some primer.

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After priming I've sprayed the first two stages of the camouflage, it looks a lot darker in the photo than real life. The idea behind the two-tone is to replicate the light and shadows of dunes.

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That's looking great.

Sandspeeder is a great idea. Any plans to have it carrying supplies, e.g. Water cans?

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I like that a lot mate.

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Thanks :) Unfortunately I wasn't happy with the effect, I did it freehand and I've decided that the pattern needs to be tighter so there's a bit more definition between the colours. So... It's been stripped and I'll have to start again :(

But it's not all bad news, I've now decided to try out a few new weathering techniques.

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Sorry for the confusion, the last photo was of it post-strip. As it's designed for a desert environment, coupled with the low level flight characteristics, it's a safe bet that the paint would be literally sand blasted off. So I began the weathering by spraying the front and rear edges of surfaces that would be prone to wear in aluminium. Next I pre-shaded it then applied Maskol with a sponge to give me a chipped paint effect once painted. It's the first time I've tried it so I was excited to see the final result.

I sprayed the two-tone sand dune camouflage, again freehand but this time with tighter edges. I made some paper stencil masks and sprayed a bush pattern in Nato Olive and Bronze Green, after it was dry I removed the Maskol and I'm pretty impressed with the results. It looks like it's taken a beating or two. Still lots of weathering to do but I'll be doing the underside next.

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