Sandtrooper Macrobinocular build

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Indy Magnoli

Master Member
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I recently received a Radica Tank Assault game from the PiF thread, which reminds me...



Ok, back to build:

I received the game (in working order) in this condition:



After digging through my greeblies box, I found a bottle lid and some kind of plastic disc from some electronic something-or-other that looked the part:



Some other black rubber things with brass tubing inside looked cool:



I decided immediately that I wanted to keep the game in working order (why not?!). Opened up:



I spray painted the entire thing black, added a mist of silver then put petroleum jelly (vaseline) on different places I wanted the white paint to look chipped before adding my first coat of white:



I didn't just want to paint over the controls since there was text (this 80s game was more complicated than I expected) that I wanted to keep. So, I scanned the original controls, changed the text to Aurebesh:



I cut out the button holes with a craft knife...



The area around the viewing screen had a cheesy sticker with information, etc that I was going to similarly reconstruct to a more Star Wars looking HUD but, after removing the sticker and cleaning the piece, I figured I'd just leave it black and add a little silver "knob" greeblie to the side:



Now, normally these games have a black plastic thing around the visor for comfort... mine didn't. So, I figured I'd make my own. I had an old faux-leather boot that my wife wore out the sole on:



I cut a strip of the "leather" and super glued it around the edge of the visor.



Gluing done:



Next, I hot-glued a thick string around the edge to give the pleather a bit of padding:



Once the cord was added, I just wrapped the leather to the inside and super glued it to the plastic. Interestingly I learned that superglue and pleather don't seem to mix well. I don't know what was going on but on certain parts of the pleather, the superglue became very hot and sounded like it was boiling! Bad fumes too. :confused

Lastly, I pulled some metal tabs off a vintage camera case:



The finished product:




My original plan was to add some D-rings and a leather strap, but instead I decided to add some black elastic and hook it over one of the drop boxes on my TK's belt:



His pauldron is on the way so next... the pack!

Kind regards,
Magnoli
 

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Cameron

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
Beautiful build. I love the Vaseline as paint mask idea. I will be using that.
 

PRED1535

New Member
awesome job mate!!
i have one, works too, added resin kit parts to it.....looks for pic

Remember Stormtroopers dont have pauldrons ;)
 

Indy Magnoli

Master Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
Nice build, Pred! As you probably noticed although I added distressing, I didn't go full out dirty-sandtrooper as I'm not sure if I'm going to go that route with my TK. I know there are several differences between the Storm and Sandtroopers besides the dirt and extra pieces... but I'm not sure if I want to do the full conversion. Since most folks who see my display won't know the difference, I'll probably end up doing a hybrid.

Yeah, I've been using the Vaseline-masking techinque for years and it really makes a great effect.
 

PRED1535

New Member
nice lookin TK too..FX with an MR if I can still pick my makers :)
I built mine for 'sumthin to do' as i never used it with my TD
 

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