Spurned on by PHArchivist and foj3000’s excellent work on the Hasbro X-Wing and TIE. This is my 1996 issue Hasbro Snowspeeder, and my hopefully, attempt at turning it into a nice display piece, or screwing it up and adding it to the recycle bin
Sorry at the lack of pics. But anyway. On the whole, this toy is not bad as far as its dimensions go. It’s also very easy to take apart.
The main thing to note so far. The craft I am basing my work on is the Snowspeeder that gets the main attention in Chronichles. (One of the grey marked ones).
My only preference for this, I ain’t too crazy with the red/orange markings of the other ones and prefer the grey colors.
Having said that, (and a word of caution to anyone wanting to try this), I noticed that Luke’s speeder (and this Hasbro toy) has some differences to the others.
As you can see on my shell, there are more lucid missing panels and framework showing through which other screen speeders deviate from, from full paneling to variations in this aspect. Also, though very hard to tell with my material, Luke’s speeder’s intake? (that box on the right of the canopy cutout may actually be wider and in accordance with this toy compared to other speeders…but I am not sure on that.
So the caution is, its best to decide which look you are going for.
Speeder toys are not easy to come by where I’m at, so in deciding to go for a grey edition, I have pretty much lost the opportunity to do Luke’s edition. But that’s okay and who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky and find another one some day.
Okay, with that out of the way, lets get to the work so far.
The first step. The cockpit canopy. You will notice in the main pic, the hinge that opens and closes the toy edition cuts into the rear deck and so is not straight cut like the movie model. I hoped this could be easily remedied by finding a small latch and cutting across the canopy to get a straight line. And so far, this has not caused any problems.
The toy does not have any airbreaks, but I am wondering if I can pursue this same method to make my own, but that will be in the future.
Next, I began to sand and fill the chassis. Getting rid of all the protruding tile embossments and frame cutouts.
Now, I’m generally a cardboard type of person, but I’m really trying to get used to styrene. I’m using very thin sheets, supergluing them onto the surface and proceeding with a mix of tile cut outs, and scribing to get the general effect of the lines.
I am very certain that I am not that accurate as to their designation, but, it’s the best that I can do with the images that I can find.
That’s it for now. Catch you later