I got a Code 3 Vader TIE. Amazing!

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by jvasilatos, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    As someone who was really disappointed with the Code 3 Falcon because it looked like the principle research done on it was from the ERTL kit with oversized sidewalls, I have to say, I am really glad I took a chance on the Code 3 Vader TIE. I will post pictures later when my camera battery is charged, you really have to see the size of this thing to appreciate it and it is gorgeous. Not quite studio scale, but not too far off (I will photograph it next to my studio scale standard TIE kit that I am building up so you can see how big it is and how close to studio scale it is.). It is very heavy being all metal... and some of the details, like red ruby like tips to the laser cannons make this a really beautiful display piece and I sincerely believe they must have had access to the studio model for research because the proportions really do look right on (with smaller wings proportionately scaled to the cockpit unlike the old ERTL kit.)

    If you are a Vader nut, this replica is really worth checking into if you are so inclined and want to spend a little money on something beautiful.

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    JV
     
  2. KevVader

    KevVader Sr Member

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    Nice....I've been seriously considering getting one....it's good to see some "real world" pix to judge the scale...Thanks.
     
  3. Pauleysolo

    Pauleysolo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yep- I have one as well it looks nice next to my Icons TIE fighter and X wing---very final space battle ..
     
  4. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    Sweet piece. I had been thinking about getting one too, that pretty much solidifies my decision. However, it may be a couple of months before I have the $$.
     
  5. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Very nice..

    I heard it was only a little bit bigger then the AMT Vader TIE fighter, but this looks much bigger.

    Can you post a pic with the cockpit window from the AMT Vader to show it's scale from the AMT?

    Lynn
     
  6. Pauleysolo

    Pauleysolo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It is much bigger than the AMT kit.
     
  7. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    I packed it back away in the protective packaging after taking those pics. But if it helps until I take it out again... that's an ERTL Vader TIE model package right behind it... I would estimate it's TWICE the size of the ERTL Tie. Also, see the pilot inside the Studio Scale Standard TIE hull in the last pic? That figure is the same size as a Hasbro action figure.

    JV
     
  8. rmschneider104

    rmschneider104 Sr Member

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    Thanks for sharing the pics. Much more impressive than I originally thought.
     
  9. SithLord

    SithLord Sr Member

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    It looks better than I thought it would...very nice...I am curious if it is so close to studio scale then why didn't they make it exactly studio scale? :unsure

    Congratulations...what's the edition number on these?

    :cheers,

    Thomas
     
  10. LewisD

    LewisD New Member

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    Edition size is 5000

    I have #107 :)
     
  11. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    Nice score on the low number.
     
  12. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Next time you have it out check the hull details to see how close they look to your SS TIE, I think some are the same on them both around the cockpit opening.

    I can't tell, is there window glass in the window frame?
    If it is, does it look seperate from the frame? if I got one, which I may, I myself would rip the glass out first thing to get the SS look to it.
    Lynn
     
  13. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Me too. :unsure
    They did the same with the AT-ST as it only lacks around an 1-2" tops to be SS sized.
    The AT-ST is a great piece, they could have made it "just" a bit bigger.

    I still think this looks great and I may get one to go with my SS theme prop room.

    Lynn
     
  14. LewisD

    LewisD New Member

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    I absolutely love this Code 3 Tie. I've never bothered to buy any of the other Code 3 ships because they looked so "toyish". But this is the first one that looks really nice. Two small negatives....the "glass" windows in the front are so reflective to light that it makes it impossible to see Vader (which is a cool bonus) in the cockpit, and the weathering on the ship is very lightly applied.

    Looking at the promo pics from Code 3, I was concerned about the ship being too blueish, but in natural light it looks perfect...
     
  15. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Can the glass be removed or is it a solid clear piece that has the window frame painted on?

    Lynn
     
  16. LewisD

    LewisD New Member

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    The frame is part of the diecast piece. The "glass" (aka see-through plastic) on the top hatch is a solid plastic piece placed under the metal hatch frame, I'm not sure about the front cockpit windows...
     
  17. wamser_e

    wamser_e Well-Known Member

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    Just got one of these myself off ebay for $69.99 + about $20 for shipping. This thing looks great and for under a hundred bucks you can't beat it. Shipping weight is over 20 lbs. so that gives you an idea how heavy this thing is. Highly recommend getting one.
     

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