|Bandai Snowspeeder work-in-progress: initial dry fitting of parts painted so far|
|Many parts (e.g. repulsor/power system, air brakes, etc.) are still missing from this initial dry fitting exercise|
In my earlier TIE Fighter builds, I had used canopy options sans any clear plastic coverings so as to allow better visual access to the cockpit area. A lack of lighting on the TIE pilots had necessitated my choice then. In contrast, numerous openings on the snowspeeder canopy meant I could now use the canopy option with a clear plastic covering. I'm fairly confident the visibility of the snowspeeder pilots will remain good even after the canopy is firmly attached to the ship's cockpit area.
|Canopy openings have been installed with a clear plastic from the inside|
|Clear plastic on the canopy openings should prevent dust from getting to the pilots|
Many parts are obviously still missing from this initial dry fitting exercise. Notably absent are the snowspeeder's repulsor/fuel/laser systems and air brakes. When these parts are attached, the upper hull will have a less monotone look as it receives more stripes of chipped orange paint.
|Upper hull of snowspeeder will eventually undergo weathering with pastels ...|
|... for the moment it's just basically panel lining on the basecoat ...|
|... and some chipped orange paint stripes|
One key thing I wanted to find out from this exercise was to see how the pilots and cockpit area - as an integrated unit - would look like in relation to the upper hull. In any scale model kit, the focal point of one's eyes will more often than not rest on the accompanying figurines. It is more likely for a badly painted figurine to ruin a scale model rather than vice versa. Based on this early dry fitting, I'm completely satisfied with how Rebel pilots Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson has turned out.
|As of yet, the cockpit area has not been fixed with the canopy|
|Closeup of Rebel pilots Wes Janson (left) and Wedge Antilles (right) from the side|
|Getting 'metal' to show from 'scratches' gives the cooling fins a more 'weighty and solid' look|
|Orange stripes on the forthcoming repulsor/fuel systems will add more colour to the whole scheme|
|Bright colour scheme allows the power generator/engine remains visible, albeit barely, through the cooling fins|
Although this is only Step 2 of 10 of the build process, I fully expect things to gather pace after this. For one I've already determined which painting/weathering techniques to use in the subsequent steps. That means less time will be wasted on experimenting. Moreover I expect less paint-hours to be spent on the subsequent parts as none should be as time consuming as the two pilot figurines.
|Empty spaces at the bottom right and left corner is where the repulsor generators and fuel tanks will go|
|Overhead view of the work-in-progress snowspeeder|
|Bottom view of the work-in-progress snowspeeder|
|Its stating the obvious but things will look less empty once the repulsor/fuel systems are attached|
|Rear section of the snowspeeder is also missing its air brakes|
Looking back at what has been done so far and what has yet to be done, it's becoming obvious to me that the snowspeeder is going to be a very easy build. It's the painting, weathering and decals that constitute the main challenges for this Bandai Star Wars scale model kit.
|Pilots add a badly needed injection of colours to the whole scheme|
|Closeup of both pilots from the reverse side angle|
So the stage is now set for the final few sub-assemblies to be painted and put in place. Even once everything is in place there is still the weathering and decals to do. Best I get to it then. The weekend is almost over so I bid you au revoir and a pleasant week ahead.