|Bandai Star Wars Snowspeeder work-in-progress: more parts attached and a final open-cockpit view|
Following the previous update, the only new painted parts are the snowspeeder's lase cannons. That leaves the base as the only section of the scale model kit that remains unpainted. But as far as the snowspeeder itself is concerned, all its parts have been painted. They await final assembly (mostly snap fitting with some glue required at weaker joints) and of course the weathering effects process.
|Laser cannons are the newest and final snowspeeder parts to be painted|
As much as I prefer the view of an open cockpit - undoubtedly influenced by the many hours spent painting the pilots and cockpit area -it isn't much of an option for a snowspeeder that's suppose to be in mid-flight. So short of converting the snowspeeder into a grounded vehicle, that canopy is coming down on Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson. So this will essentially be their final photographic hurrah.
|Snowspeeder sans canopy, laser cannons and air brake flaps|
|Hull generally still looks 'clean' because no weathering effects have been applied yet|
|Aft section of the snowspeeder looks bare because it's still missing most of its air brake flaps (and decals)|
|Wes Janson is the focal point of this shot; sadly he will soon be almost completely covered up by the canopy|
Aside from the all to obvious canopy, also missing from the upper hull are three of the four air brake flaps found on the snowspeeder. The upper left air brake flap is already on the right wing, deployed in a closed position. All other flaps will be deployed in the open position to contribute to the narrative I'm trying to weave for the snowspeeder's final display position. This will become clearer in the final post in which I'm going to show the movie screenshots that my build version is based upon.
|Loving how the snowspeeder looks even at this incomplete stage of its build|
|Side view of the unfinished snowspeeder in an open-cockpit configuration|
|Greens of Wedge Antilles' helmet add a dash of contrast to the whole colour scheme|
|In an open cockpit configuration, the eye is easily drawn towards the pilots|
|Noticeably absent from the snowspeeder's lower hull are its air brake flaps on both wings|
I had actually forgotten completely about the laser cannons. It was only as I was about to post the latest progress update that I noticed the missing laser cannons ... d'oh! Luckily they didn't require much work and were ready in no time to be included in this second last post on the snowspeeder.
|Closeup of the laser cannons; seen here after a basecoat, panel lining and washes|
|Differences in orange hues reflect lighter tones of the pilots' flight-suits versus darker for the hull stripes|
Not much is left to really do before the Bandai Star Wars 1/48 scale Snowspeeder is finally completed. Putting together what's left of the unattached parts and painting of the base should be a quick affair. Only the weathering process could extend the date of its final reveal. But even that shouldn't take very long as the weathering will be fairly minimal.