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Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to work on it yet but hope to soon and I will report back and start a build thread. If they work well then I may offer a run of them.
Ok I've started in earnest on my own U-wing conversion. I'm going to include a cockpit and open up one of the side doors to show the seating for the troops inside as well. So far I've got the side door off (which took many hours and many of those tiny razor saw blades), and I've started working out how to do the cockpit. I couldn't find any shots from the film which actually show the cockpit interior so I guess I'll make it up. I'm planning to have a hatch at the back with a ramp or ladder that leads down to the main bay. And I'm going to be lighting up the engines, cockpit etc.
Couple of pictures attached showing what I've done with the main bay so far.
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OK, a couple more questions which I hope you guys can help with: anyone know a source for 1/48 (or close) pilot figures (for the cockpit) or seated figures (for the troop bay)? I currently have a Bandai snowspeeder pilot in mind, but I don’t really want to have to buy another snowspeeder each time I mod a hasbro toy. And I have a revell T-70 x-wing in the stash which is going to have the other snowspeeder pilot (as it comes without a pilot) in it, so currently the U-wing co-pilot seat is going to be empty.
I’ve looked on Shapeways and can’t find anything useful. I’m happy modding pilots from planes etc but can’t find much in 1/48 or similar.
P.S. I’m also planning to do a conversion of the hasbro value Tie Striker (which looks about 1/48) And the tie silencer so also looking for pilots for those.
Second question: I want to keep the mechanism that moves the wings but this will mean bringing the rear bulkhead in the troop compartment forward to about 10mm in front of the door opening. It won’t be visible on the side with the open door, as the door overlaps the opening even when fully open, but you’ll be able to see it on the side with the closed door. Do you think this will look really bad?
Just bought a bunch of 1/48 modern US Military seated figures and several cheapish airfix kits with British soldier figures (seated and otherwise) so hopefully they’ll be decent quality and I can find some that I can use.
I got a set of modern (quite sci-fi looking) guns (Called “tavor CTAR and GTAR”) for the figures to use, which may need a bit of modding to look appropriately Star Wars-esque.
the airfix models also include a helicopter, which I think I can steal the passenger seats for the U-wing’s troop bay, and various mounted machine guns which I should be able to mod to make a door gun.
Very inspiring. I really need to get back to mine. I am stuck on the Revell Republic Gunship currently
And thanks for the battlefront screen caps! Great ref for some lesser documented areas.
Looking forward to seeing more