Friday, 13 April 2018

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP - Pilots seated in Cockpit Interior]

Well duh but a model kit is always greater than the sum of its individual parts. So while both the AT-ST pilots/drivers looked bland on their own, the meh-factor lessened somewhat when they were both seated inside a fully assembled and painted cockpit interior. Well it's either that or I just want so bad for this section of the model kit to not suck that I'm imagining things that aren't real. Either way, the Bandai Star Wars 1/48 scale AT-ST pilots as well as the walker's cockpit interior are finally done with the corresponding macro closeup photographs shown below.  

Work-in-progress: 1/48 scale AT-ST pilots/drivers seated in the cockpit interior
Closeup of AT-ST pilot seated on the right; note the screen display with freehand digital text
Closeup of pilot seated on the left; circles in the square panels have been repainted red like in the movies

One color change I alluded to in a previous post was carried out with minimum fuss. As you can see the tiny circles at the center of the square panels (right hand side of the back control panel) has been painted red. And I must admit they give off a much better vibe than previously. Also if you look closely at the rear control panel (see first photo) you should be able to notice some freehand paintings I did to simulate indicator readouts e.g. digital grids and wave functions. 

If you ask me the interior seems a little too small to fit two ewoks and a wookie
Hues are fairly muted but that's in keeping with the official color scheme
Upper hull plating have yet to be attached to the cockpit interior ...
... because the hull plating will all be painted separately first before being assembled

When assembled the interior space looks a tad too cramped to be able to fit in both pilots. Maybe that's why the pilots look as rigid as they do because any other pose could have hampered the figurines ability to fit into such a small space. Still, a slightly turned head or even a partially extended arm on one of the pilots wouldn't have hurt. It would've upped the level of realism for sure. 

Cockpit view of the AT-ST walker from the pilots' perspective

What comes next will be the upper hull exterior of the AT-ST walker. In addition to the usual washes I would always apply to the Bandai Star Wars vehicles, this time I intend to break up the monotone hull color with some oil dot filter weathering. Until then, enjoy the weekend and see you next week!

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10 comments:

  1. It is really coming together now, wonderful work.

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    1. Thank you Michael, much appreciated!

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  2. Great looking pilots and atmospheric interior!

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    1. Bandai did a great job molding the details of the interior!

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  3. It‘s looking better and better! I‘m really curious as to how much of the cockpit will be visible in the finished model.

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    1. Heh heh ... me too. I think I'm still at the wishful thinking stage and hoping that much will be visible with two front/one upper hatches open.

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  4. Stunning work. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of detail. But now you have to tell us what each button is for! :D

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    1. Ha ha ha ... button one is to fry ewoks, button two to burn the extra cute ones, button three to vaporise the screechy ones .... you get the idea ;)

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