MPC Speeder Bike

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  1. youngwm

    youngwm Active Member

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    A new build that I have been working on is the MPC Speeder Bike. I have reseached the internet on this kit and picked it up on ebay for $8.00. Made in 1983 it was so cool and it sort of took me back to when I saw "Return of the Jedi" as a kid.
    Deciding on a color scheme for this kit was great some people have come up with really creative color's for both scout and bike. I want to get another one eventually just to change it up. I am new to model building but after getting started a few months ago I am constantly buying and building. I researched the color's for this kit and found a great green/grey and painted over with a rust brown. I have been trying to think outside of the box a little, inspiration from this site. So I found a case that was for a external hard drive and thought it would make a nice seat cover.
    I have a lot of clean up and work and can't wait to continue this weekend.
    Thanks for looking next project is going to be a FM 1/48 x-wing fighter.

    If you are new to model's or an old vet please post pictures of your work and some detail of the build..

    Thanks,

    Mike

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  2. clancampbell

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    Nice! Love the seat! Are you going to mod other parts of the bike?

    Rich
     
  3. youngwm

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    Thanks, I may try and build a gun for the scout I have bought some styrene and have prcticed working with it a bit.. I have never scratched out anything before and I am amazed to what people are able to build. I may alter the scout to hold the gun or just focus on making it clean as possible I am new.. If any one has a reference to a scratch building site or book I really would like to learn to make or change for example a coockpit. I search on line and all I come up with as it takes imagination, vast materials, and time but never really get examples of the process or thought behind it.

    Thanks for any feed back!
     
  4. youngwm

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    After thinking about some of my last statements I don't want to throw out a broad question that can be wrapped up bassically as it, "depends". To be more specific like working with styrene is putty and super glue and sand paper the best method or getting a finished result? Does anyone have any tutorials on scratch a small scratch build using styrene? To take a model and be able to make and create changes as needed is something I really want to practice and learn to do..

    Again thanks!!
     
  5. GF

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    Here's mine I did 15 years ago. there's so much more I would have done better with the experience I have now and of course the refferences.

    GFollano
     

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  6. clancampbell

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    Wow, that's what i'm talkin' about! Yoiur speeder is excellent, but your Scout is fantastic! The black lines, the correct soles, everything, and, have you done something to the head, besides turning it?

    Rich
     
  7. GF

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    Thanks for the nice words Rich

    Yes major mods to the helmet, reshaped visor, added more forehead, cut the face plate section off to make it look two piece that could open, did the side air intake openings, redid the whole nose setion details, modified some armor parts, detailed top of back pack ect...

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  8. youngwm

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    Hey that looks great GF! What kind of material did you add to get more forehead! I worked on the bike over the weekend and ready to start working on the scout. I guess beyond model putty I am new to this and unsure of other material to use.. thanks for all the comments ans help.
     
  9. GF

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    I used Tamiya model putty for the forehead and reshape and fill in some armor areas. for the nose I just added little piece of styrene cut into to shape to fit perfect inside and did the mic tip by slicing a little piece of styrene tube. I will take better detailed photos and post them.

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  10. youngwm

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    Hey that would be great, tonight I used the dremel and cut the poor scout's head off.. When you are new to this as I am that's a big decision to make after working on the bike for like over a week.. I need to find the right part for the neck I picked up a dial rod that is to big. Also looking at an image thinned out the nose area and sanded.. I can't wait to see more pic's I was almost going to go for a green scout but after seeing your pic's decided to keep this one traditional!!
    Thanks agian.
     
  11. GF

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    Just added some detailed photos, hope they will help.

    GFollano
     
  12. youngwm

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    GF thanks again for all the pic's, I took some more pictures of my progress and I have got a coat of white primer on the scout. I also tinned out the mouth piece and other edges and with all the cracks pretty much field in I have been doing a lot of sanding. Question for you guy's what is the best putty I am using Squad white and I am a little unsure.. new I was not sure what to buy.. Anoter question and this is an important that's ind of funny to me that I am thinking of it now. The scout gloss white or ust a flat white.. Thanks for all feed back, just got a FM x-wng in the mail today, so excited to start!!!
    Here are some more pics of what I am doing the primer is drying I will wait for a response before applying paint.. if not tonight, Friday..

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  13. Maelstrom

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    Paint job on the bike is pretty great so far. Love the shading on the tins.
     
  14. GF

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    I see you put putty around the neck, on mine I glued a tube to make the neck inside helmet that goes inside neck opening on the body without gluing it, I can actually rotate and tilt the head. I also sanded down the raised elbow details and made accurate ones with styrene plastic, these are the black "T" shape details as seen on photo#7 counting from left to right, I also filled in all the bad details with putty on the rear of helmet and applied decals.

    GFollano
     
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  15. youngwm

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    Thanks GF again! Yes I did glue the head and will really just have it one position. What type of white paint is recommended a flat white or more of a gloss white. I have both and after priming last night I found more flaws and added more putty. I will sand again now and begin to paint.
    I plan to change the back pack I found a good image, and install the front mouth piece as you did with styrene.
    I found another one of these kits on ebay and could not pass it up for like $8.00. Next time more draub grey bike and a green and grey scout.

    When I work with putty it seems to crack and not really form as part of the model any help. I am using squad white is this the wrong stuff???:unsure

    Thanks!
     
  16. Plugz

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    I've always wanted to build one of these and mount it on a motorcycle.
     
  17. youngwm

    youngwm Active Member

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    A scout on a motor bike that would look cool!
     
  18. GF

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    I used semi gloss white, first a coat of krylon white primer then krylon semi gloss white.

    GFollano
     
  19. youngwm

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    Over the past weekend I made an attempt to do some painting but noticed that my airbrush was shooting a bit over water out. My shop one of the room's in the basement of my home. I guess moisture is a problem so I ordered a filter that I will connect to the hose on top of the filter I have..
    I did some touch up painting on the bike tonight here are some pic's, another one of these kits came in the mail yesterday sealed ad the origanal price tag on of $8.00, and ad a mark down sticker of $2.00 purcased from JCPenny...
    This is my third model I ave ever built and really enjoyed every second of it.. great hobby if you visit this site and think about getting into model buiding you can't go wrong in picking up this kit on ebay for like $8.00 it has taught me a lot and I can't wait to build the new one.. and paint a grey and green scout.

    Thanks,

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  20. youngwm

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    one more,, thanks!

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  21. Junk Pilot

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    Looks nice. This is a kit I've wanted to get again after about 25 years without one.
     
  22. Maelstrom

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    Looking good! I remember seeing this kit at a K-Mart when I was a kid and drooling over it! Biker scouts are my favorite trooper design from the OT.
     
  23. youngwm

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    Thanks, I always see this kit on ebay and both of the one's I got were under $16 bucks with shipping.. Just waiting for my filter for air brush to come so I can finish painting the scout.
     
  24. youngwm

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    For my second Speeder Bike build I am going to have the scout holding his blaster gun.. I scratch built this today and wanted to see what you guy's think of it..

    Thanks!

    MY

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  25. 3d-builder

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    That looks great!!:thumbsup
     
  26. youngwm

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    Thanks, made a change to the top and ave painted. I can't believe the time that I have put in this little blaster today.. It's pretty small I have the arm cut and together to hold the gun in a different pose than the model intended. Here is a pic of the gun finished and painted,, new to scratch building any way that I could of made this part better please comment..

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  27. vaderbreath

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    Lookin' really good. Isn't it amazing that sometimes the smallest pieces take the most time!
     
  28. Pghtrooper21

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    Mark,

    Nice idea for the seat! Good Job!

    Andy
     
  29. Pghtrooper21

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    Looking Good Mark!
     
  30. Pghtrooper21

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    Very neat job you did!

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  31. youngwm

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    I want to make a diorama for this build I have some great ideas and hope that I can create what I envision. Anyways, the scout is done but do to some airbrush problems not so much the spraying part but getting the paint thinned correctly and a second trap on my line and I now own I Iwata airbrush.. 45 dollar master g23 = junk!!
    So as everyone has said this kit is rough I used plenty of putty, sand paper, and time.. And since it was a cheaper kit this was the first model that I made modifications to.

    What I've done: I extended the top of the bill of the helmet, removed the head and remounted so that it will turn in any position. Scratch built the gun and reconstructed the arm to hold in position. Made the top of the pack, mouth piece and thinned around the helmet.

    I will include more pics when and if I get the diorama complete..

    Thanks for all the advise and looking at my work!!!

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  32. youngwm

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    After posting these pictures and taking a good look I noticed some mistakes I made with detailing... For instance around the arms I need to paint black.. I should have noticed this before going to correct this and may put a corrected picture up tomorrow..

    Thanks,
    MY
     
  33. cygnusmodels

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    Its great to go and look back on our old builds
     
  34. cygnusmodels

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    So much experience gained!
     
  35. youngwm

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    This is one of my first builds and I really did a lot of work on it.. I changed the helmet, changed the arm that is holding the blaster, made the blaster from styrene, cut off and re worked the scout head and yea this def taught me great deal and I still got lots to learn.. Since this was brought up from the past I may take some better pics of it finished and post tonight.
     
  36. youngwm

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    Hey, you can polish a * and that's kinda what I did here,, but again it was a fun build as I got my start in modeling this was one of the first that I cut and changed and really modified the kit.. So in the end does it really look that bad??

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  37. youngwm

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    Wow, and to think I am displaying this in my house..
     
  38. GF

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    You need to lower the whole pedal assembly so the Scout can sit, unless it was intentional to have him stand up.

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