Rulebreakers Revell 1/48 Tie Fighter "88" series


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i bought this Revell "1/65" Outland Tie Fighter. It was/is on sale on amazon for only 15 Bucks
For 15 Bucks its a great kit, and i can live with the wrong details here and there.

1 Scale Discussion
this is a comparison i found online, i modified it and added more information to it
Tie Size.jpg

so there are three main series
The "108", the "88" and the "75" series, but the pilot is always the same size, regardless of the "series believs"
In my observation the "108" series is correct, because the pilot has a good look trough the viewport. In "75" it looks straight into the fuselage, so no chances to see anything, where the "88" series offers a view trough the upper part of the viewport(wich opens the discussion about turning the viewport)
cockpit comparison.png
not to scale, but u should get the idea, i tried making pictures but i cant get em sharp enough to lets you see something
the "108" also gives the pilot the chance to look up in the mirror, to see whats behind him on the screen
rear view.jpg
I think 1 shows the rear faceing camera, 2 is the chaf dispenser, 3 is the flare dispencer and 4 looks like a ircm

I think scaleing around the viewport is good, but can get improved when taking the pilot too. On the most "planes" it doesnt mather much if its "108" or "88" but on the tie bomber, the pilot cant sit straight
* Finemolds made a beautifuler cockpit compared to the usual vanila thing, but the pilot looks too big - or the "plane" is to small
* Bandai tried to put the pilot lower, reminds me about the/this millenium falcon shot
millenium falcon.jpg
* AMT tried to make the pilot sit lower in a lovely beach chair where you can put your legs in the air and relax
* Revel doesnt even care, they put a 1/40 Pilot in, who is directly looking into the fuselage
i found a rebel pilot in 1/48 on thingy, i made a couple of "view checks" - looks great, but i also ordered a Hasegawa Ground crew in 1/48

2 Unboxing
some sprues are doubled
a whole Tie Fighter was/is included and some retrofit parts for the new Outland Tie Fighter
a small comparison with the AMT Tie Intercepter from "75" series
AMTs 1/32 is from the "108" series, but i could not find a shop in europe(not england) that has it in stock, or is willing to ship to my country

3 Build
I built and painted it like the instructions says, nothing special, i liked the mold color, so i was only painting the solar panels black, and the cockpit and vieport dark grey/gray.
I tried masking off the wings with tape, but the results were terrible, no mather how good you tape it off, there will always be some clean up needed afterwards.
after painting, the outer wing goes only hardly on, because of the added color on the pins, so either mask the pins of or drill the holes a little wider

4 Retrofit coming soon
need to make pictures first
Rulebreaker, please clarify what you mean by your numerical label series, ie '108', '88' and '75'. It appears you are using them to designate how the various kits size out to your arbitrary 'scale' (as in 10.8, 8.8 and 7.8 meters), a scale which I believe you have based on a 1.8 m tall 'pilot' figure. I like your midline at a 70 inch (5'10") tall pilot, although, I'd want to assign shorter individuals as TIE pilots, say 5'8" which is more normal average size for modern males (but is that relevant in the Star Wars universe?) (Now we see the issue with using the human figure for specific measurements or scaling unless we designate the scale height of the reference figures being used... which you did.)

It is an interesting analysis, regardless of end findings and likely as valid as any other. I do find the variously labeled Revell TIE kits, lately set at "1/65" -which if you look at the included pilot figure, it is more of 1/32 scale - are good value! The AMT label of '1/32' as its scale for the new kit is a misnomer given I believe it is actually in fact 3/4 the size of the actual Studio models, which have been set (again, arbitrarily by ILM or is it Disney...?) to 1/24, which caused AMT to label their kit at 1/32. In my personal scale analysis, I accepted the size of the provided figures and so hold the Revell TIE as 1/32 scale. However, if I hold the Fine Molds large TIE as 1/48 scale, then the Revell TIE scales as 1/40 scale, based on comparison of the 'wing' heights. If the Fine Molds TIE is accepted as 1/48 scale, then the TIE 'wing' height is 24.5 ft (7.4675 m) and the AMT kit would be significantly bigger than 1/32 scale. If the 'wing' height values I've found are correct, namely ILM TIE is 17.6875 in. tall and the new AMT kit is 13.5" tall, then we have a situation where:
1) If the ILM TIE is 1/24 scale, then the AMT kit at 75% that size would be 1/32 scale.
2) If the AMT kit scales out at 1/21.78 scale based on a 24.5 ft "full height", then the ILM models are more like 1/16 scale.

In the end, things are going to be arbitrary with regards to scale since there is no 'real world' dimension that we can measure on the models to determine the actual scale. Fine Molds produced a very nice and screen accurate TIE kit that they labeled as '1/48' scale, which has an identically sized cockpit viewport as the old AMT kit, though strangely, the cockpit ball diameter is 4% larger than the AMT kit, the same difference as the 'wing'. So the Fine Molds and old AMT kits are within 4% of each other.

When I 'mock up' a cockpit space based on these models, I find that there would be approximately 6.5 ft of height above the pilot's seat within the cockpit. This seems to match well with the movie sets where the "pilot" seems to be close enough to the ceiling to touch it with his hands, he also appears to be standing and not sitting in a chair. If there were a seat, then it would be very simple to stand on it (or use an extensionable ladder on the back of the seat) to exit through the top hatch, which is the assumed point of entry/exit. Logically, I would expect a single pilot 'fighter' craft to have a smaller cockpit volume for many reasons such as structural strength, controls access, better energy management and so on. For a 'space fighter', there is the additional constraints brought on by the environment, namely operating in a vacuum.

Position of the viewport relative to the pilot can be considered to be non-critical given the fact that the view out is blocked so much by the 'wings', necessitating use of a 'virtual display' of the external aspect. If the external view was completely virtual via helmet displays, then the pilot could 'see' past the fighter's structures using external sensors, allowing for a complete 360 degree view if desired. The viewport is likely only to serve as a reference and for use if the primary viewing systems were to fail. (And so it can go if we jump down that 'rabbit hole'...!)

IMHO, the Revell kit is a very good depiction & a good value, being accurately proportioned and with well done detail, as you've seen. And it isn't that hard to find and so doesn't come dear. Does it have the wonderful & subtle depiction of the Koolshade on the 'wings' that the new AMT kit has? No. But it does have a good representation and is accurately shaped, assembles pretty easily so has little fault to it. I suspect you will enjoy it very much and have a nice display model once completed.

Kind regards, Robert


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If we go by the Andor scene, I'm pretty convinced the Revell TIE's 1/72 scale, to be honest, and I'm assuming the Outlander has the same proportions. The Revell TIE pilot can be chopped up, the limbs shortened, and reassembled to a nice size. The pilot figure's excellent imho.


Jimmy B, what is the kit number please? Revell has so many different kits out there... zonks!
R/ Robert

It doesn't matter. I thought the Outland TIE was the same scale as the wrongly described 1:110 standard TIE. I just compared the wing heights of Rulebreaker's Outland sprue shots, and my Revell (TIE) wing height, and the Outland TIE's larger. Ignore my post Rulebreaker. I dunno what goes on in Revell's heads sometimes (or mine), and Rulebreaker's TIE's cooler because it's bigger and now I'm jealous.
rbeach84 is meant that the 10,8m is simplified to the "108 series".
in my observation, the ILM Ties are 1/24 as "usual"(except a and b-wing, and probably some more), so i agree with your "1"

The Outland Tie Wings are higher/taller and wider/longer then the mormal Tie, i dont know if it is suposed to be like this, or if it is a Revell "idea"
Fighter vs Outland.jpg
And the Outland parts are not compatible with the regular Tie, only the cockpit interior parts and viewport carry over, thats probalby why, they "added" the standart Tie, because they didn't want to make a new mold

Outland Parts
i also experimented with the outland parts
Outland guns.jpgOutland rear.jpgOutland Top.jpgscratch.jpg
* so i was testing my brush paint "skills"
* i tried to wash the mold directly, but didn't work well, the paint didnt stick
* i also tried doin pencil lines with a pencil
* i engraved the missing lines behind the dark grey/gray parts
* since the "guns" are thicker than those of the regular Tie Fighter, i tried to drill em open, the right one was to thin, the tool broke, but the left one looks good, but i think cutting the "cross" with a knife would be to much
* i cut the reactor hole out, so it looks "better"

4 Retrofit
I didn't like, that one half of the wings was "perfect" and the other half included the solar panels.
So i decided, since its only 15 bucks, i get another package, so i have two perfect wings, per side.
then i can paint the solar panels and i put them in without masking or anykind of trouble or worries.

Mini Review Hasegawa 1/48 Deck crew set
Hase 0.jpgHase 1.jpgHase 2.jpg
Each figure is available 3 times, so you actualy have 30 figures. So u can trade arms, heads and so on
I also added the AMT Tie Pilot 1/48 "75", AMT Vader 1/48 "108", Revell "1/65" "88" (measured its actually 1/40) and the Thingy in 1/48
Hase 3.jpg
also compareing the Pilots to each others and their chairs, i took the "88" fuselage, because all fit there
thingy 1/48 pilot
amt 1/48 ("75") pilot
revell "1/65"(actualy 1/40) pilot
amt 1/48 ("108") pilot(vader)

Inner Wing Modifikation
From the fixed wing, the solar areas get cut out
the wings mounting points need be be 0,25mm lowered, because the distance between the wingstars is 2,5mm, but the solar panels are only 2mm t
i bought some 1,6mm styrene rods, they get cut down to 3mm and insterted into each hole, then the wings can be mounted together
the inner wing need some details removal to accept the wingbox, and the "hole" needs to be widened to accept the wingbox moutning tube
also the inner wing needs some material removal where it is in contact with the wingbox(wingbox is the thing that conects the wing with the fuselage("ball"))

a first dry fit
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Black or black or black?
i tried revell 6, 7, 8 acrylic colors and apliying them with a pencil on an outland wing first
6, 7, 8 from left to right

6 goes on easily, drys fast and the details can still be seen
7 is bad, it doesnt stick to the part, i even tried to rub it in, but sticks badly, after drying "holes", looks shiny and is sticky, but details can be seen best, but needs a second coat to cover everything, and probably the details get worser then
8 is a mix of 7 and 6, sticks better than 7 but is much darker and the details are harder to see

i choose 6, maybe 6 can be thined and then sprayed as "primer" for future projects


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small update here

i checked some part maps, the "tank part on the rear" - is from a 1/35 Wolverin M10
but we are in 1/48 "half studio scale" so anything from 1/72 should fit

i havent found a single M10 Wolverine, with an afordable price and good details, so i did some research.
the M10 is based on the M4A2 or M4A3 chasis.
Tie Fighter has only the "basic" part
Tie Advanced, probably the "hero" version, has the full part with "track support roller bracket" and "track skid"
Tie Interceptor has nothing, maybe they forgot it, it got lost or they run out of parts?

So i checked the part scans and decided to take the trumpeter kit
other companys like "italeri" have it cast out of one piece, but "trumpeter" is offering the suspension part in two diffrent versions
* one piece cast part
* the all seperate parts

i chose the seperate parts and the "basic configuration" - one size fits all, because it gives a fast and good part and there are six of it available

Long story short, here is the final part on the back of the
Tie Fighter

Outland Tie Fighter

i also tried to drill some small holes, they can even be "slightly" seen on the "amt" version, but i guess after base coat they get "lost"
time to get/make a drill press, i tried it by hand, it was terrible, inaccurate to place the holes

* interesting note, both Ties have the same color, but as u can see, depending on the light, the Tie Fighter looks much bluer/darker than the Outland Tie
a small update here

i was messing around with the cockpit
i dont like, that the "v" thing is taller than on the studio scale
i was thinking of how i can make a new one or how i can modify it and finally i had the super simple idea, just cut it out and glue it on to a new circle

i also painted the bottom of the cockpit red and tried to dry brush the grid

when fitting Tie Interceptor wings one of the hubs broke off.
so i printed a new one and inserted a brass thread insert, now the wings can be screwed on and off if needed, no more glueing

i also bought some masking tape from "ask distribution" for the viewport

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