MPC Snowspeeder "I NEED HELP" Please!

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by staermose, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. staermose

    staermose Sr Member

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    Don't you just hate when you take out a kit, that has been lying around for a while, thinking that it would be an easy build. Just find out how many things you have to change just to satisfy yourself.

    History so far:
    I bought this snowspeeder kit along with several others SW model kits last year from a fellow member here on the board (I can't remember his name, wich is a real shame, 'cause he gave me a really nice price on all the kits and shipped them as soon as he recieved the payment for them. And good communication too).
    It has been sitting on a shelf for almost a year now.
    I build one of these 10-15 years ago. And as far I could remember I did't have to do much to get a fairly accurate model..... I'm sure several of you guys made similar mistakes :p
    Any way after just half an hour of looking at the kit and reference material, I made the the dessicion to alter the parts as much as my skills would allow me, to get a more accurate model. And yet another 10 minutes later....


    More Progress shots will follow as this project develops


    Cheers
    Staermose
     
  2. 12Rogues

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    I know just what you mean. I have taken out and put back on the shelf the Snowspeeder kit so many times...

    Here is as far as I got this last time (a few weeks ago). I just keep seeing those monkey pilots and they kill me every time. I began altering them to more human proportions.
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  3. PHArchivist

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    So you're scratch-building it... Why not go bigger? It looks only a tad bigger than the original kit...

    Yeah, I finally disciplined myself to finish my old kit to clear it off the shelf. Now I'm going to buy another kit just as a template for a larger version. So much for clearing shelf space.
     
  4. PHArchivist

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    On the pilots, I took casts of the Capn Carboard X-wing pilot head, decapitated the monkeys, and replaced their heads with the CCX heads... Worked pretty good...
     
  5. PHArchivist

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  6. staermose

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    Well..... I have thought of that. And the smaller of the studio scale models is almost twice the size of the MPC/ERTL kit. But I have no idea waht kits where used for the Studio scale models. On the other hand should I go for the 46 cm version or the bigger 71 cm??? Yes, I know... most of you will probably say the BIG one of course.
    The blueprints for the model shouldn't be too difficult to make. There are a really nice one in " The art of The Emire Strikes Back". I could scan that and clean it in Adobe Illustrator. And I happen to work with large scale printing, so a print of a nice clean blueprint sholdn't be a problem either.
    Are there any of you guys who are up for the challenge of identyfing the kit part for this model??? 'Cause I haven't been able to find out what they are. Maybe something from theTamiya 1/35 Flakvierling where used on the main guns...

    Anyway, just a little prgress shot of the interior of the cockpit. I decided that it use a little more decoration.


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1791.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1794.jpg[/image]



    Cheers
    Staermose
     
  7. division 6

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    Cool start.

    Just found this diorama someone did.
    Speeder

    D6
     
  8. staermose

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    I think cutting out the holes on the the engine/flaps boxes makes a huge difference. I have placed a small piece of plastic card on the inside of the box. Only the lower hole has been cut out in this pic. But I'm going to do them all.
    And some more of the detail has been sanded of.
    Its strange how much detail this kit has that is wrong and how much it needs to look like the studio model. Funny that thae original cunstructor of the kit went to so much trouble of adding the wrong kind of detail...


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1802.jpg[/image]



    Cheers
    Staermose

    PS:
    I have started doing some blueprint drawings......
     
  9. staermose

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    Almost every piece are being altered in some way.


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1807.jpg[/image]
     
  10. staermose

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    Just a small update.

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1810.jpg[/image]
     
  11. PHArchivist

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    Very impressinve work.
     
  12. staermose

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    I decided to go in another direction with the cockpit than I had first planned. This ofcourse means more work..... Why do I do these things to myself???.. :rolleyes


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1818.jpg[/image]
     
  13. staermose

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    Besides the changes to the gun, I've also made the rear side windows bigger.


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1856.jpg[/image]


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1857.jpg[/image]


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1858.jpg[/image]


    I know the gun isn't completly accurate, but I think it looks better that the part that came with the kit.

    And if anyone has any kind of input to this project, please let me know.

    Cheers
    Staermose

    And THANKS to Wacky Chimp for hosting the pictures
     
  14. swfan

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    Wow, I was kind of thinking about trying the same thing but your definitely taking making the mpc snowspeeder to a different level. It looks fantastic so far. I'm definitely interested to see how you put the whole thing together. It looks great so far. :thumbsup
     
  15. staermose

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    The new right wing section, with the guts exposed.


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1871.jpg[/image]


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1865.jpg[/image]


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1868.jpg[/image]


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM1869.jpg[/image]


    Cheers
    Staermose
     
  16. PHArchivist

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    First thing a common audience will notice is the paint job (note I say "common" -- not a true afficianado who can truly respect your talent)... Make sure you nail the finish work. I have no doubt you will.

    I've got a nice collection of reference shots of the MoM model, but you may also have them -- they were all grabbed fairly easy off the 'net... Plus a handful from my personal visits to the exhibit...
     
  17. PHArchivist

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    Are you doing the MoM model paint job, or perhaps Luke's...?
     
  18. KrokoHunter

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    Hi Mate.

    Looks great.

    How do you find the time with all the things in your life ;-)

    I wish I could build as fast as you.

    /Niels
     
  19. Sci Fi Smoker

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    Wow. That's really lookin good. :thumbsup
     
  20. division 6

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  21. Axlotl

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    Man, that's looking good.
    Any new progress?
     
  22. staermose

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    I hope to have an update on the Snow Speeder next week. I still need some new tubes for the main guns. And friday I'll be going to Dortmund in Germany for the Intermodellbau convention.

    And I'm seriusly considreing building a larger verversion of it from scratch...
     
  23. staermose

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    The snowspeeder project has been delayed the last few weeks. The main reason is that we've sold our appartment and bought a house. This means more space forbuilding models in a new workshop. Woohoo.

    The MPC SS project got me thnking about bilding a bigger model. I'm recreating most of the parts form scatch. Plus several people have asked me why I did't just do it to begin with.

    So I went down to my work to day and made these...


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM2153.jpg[/image]


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/HPIM2154.jpg[/image]


    The MPC SS model box is just for scale
    Its just a scan from "The art of The Empire Strikes Back" Blown up and printind on heavy paper laminated on both sides.

    THANKS TO WACKY CHIMP FOR HOSTING THE PICTURES...
     
  24. KrokoHunter

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    Hey Mate.

    Congrats on the house.

    WOW .. looking like a great project.

    Can't wait to see the progress on that one.

    /Niels
     
  25. SGluedMyFingers

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    For some reason all of the above pics are dead. Maybe someone can tell me why - I'm stupid that way. I'd like to see them.

    Also posted some pics of my snowspeeder progress:

    Six Million Dollar Snowspeeder Pilot
     
  26. division 6

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    More than likely the pix where hosted by Wackychimp.
    If so than he purges every few weeks or so.

    Nice rework of the pilot.

    D6
     
  27. staermose

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    The pics where hosted by wacky chimp (and thank you wacky chimp for that). But if you want to see them please look here.

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  28. staermose

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    I just dug this kit out of the closte again. I've begun working on the rear. But i'm not sure aboute the lower steering vanes... flaps.. whatever do you call these things???.. please see the pic. Does any one have a nice straight shot of the part, on the actual miniature? Or perhaps someone with a MR replica. Even for its 3/4 size I belive the proportions are still correct. It wasn't produced by Code 3 after all ;)


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    Cheers
    Staermose
     
  29. staermose

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    Anybody?
     
  30. Star Wars Man

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    well, the only thing i can think of is in star wars battlefront, like...play the game and on hoth, be the rebels and spawn at echo base and get into a snowspeeder, the turning things are like...idk u have to play the game....

    here is a great pic, i hope this helps

    http://gwiezdne-wojny.pl/grafika/2002/cze/snowspeeder.jpg

    (and do you have to say master replica replica? sounds redudent, well i guess u do...happy hunting and good luck)
     
  31. Star Wars Man

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    well this is not the sppeder in battlefront, but i circled the flaps, there are two of them, one on each of those things (only one is showing)

    thats were they are in SW battlefront and when u turn those move, but they arent what you are looking for.

    http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/3889/water95955py.jpg

    (i did it. i made a link instead of a big picture, i forget his name but he will be proud...some mod keeps changin my pics to links...nvm)
     
  32. Star Wars Man

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    just go to, www.google.com and hit images and type in snowspeeder, or there was this site somewhere, that had 3d images of star wars things, there weren't that accurate, but they might have one of a snowspeeder...
     
  33. Tordoc

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  34. temponaut

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    Holy...

    That's a great shot, Tordoc. :eek
     

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