Bandai Rogue One vehicles

Just finished the 2 other vehicles from Bandai's Rogue One set: the U-wing and TIE Striker, both in 1/144 scale. I think the U-wing came out great. I painted a lot of the panels differently and used a great decal set for the dark blue markings. Then I weathered the heck out of it. I probably could have gone further, but I was ready to be done.

Finished Diorama

Well, here's the unveiling. I was molding a hand...my hand, for use in a diorama. I wanted to make the fallen Jedi statue on Jedha, or at least the hand. I used a water hose attachment as the lightsaber, and molded everything in Play-Doh. Then I cast it in a type of plaster. I have more info on the official Jedha Statue page.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy. Any questions or feedback, don't hesitate to email or comment.

Getting back into it – Bandai Rogue One

It's been a long time since I really got a joy out of painting, weathering, and finishing a model. So, I've recently been jumping back in with the Bandai Rogue One set, the one with the U-wing, TIE Striker, and Imperial Combat Assault Tanks in 1/144 scale. Currently, I've actually finished the TIE Striker. Many thanks go out to Dannon Marsh, who makes some excellent masks for the TIE Striker.

For the U-wing, I'm using Nicholas Sagan's multi-pack of U-wing decals. They need to be cut as close to the marking as possible, but they go on excellently with Mr. Mark Setter and Softer. The Combat Assault Tanks (unpictured) are in the early paint stages.

Now, there's something else I'm working on, which I hope to finish this week. I don't want to spoil it. However, it uses Play-Doh, Durham's Water Putty, and a watering hose attachment. Can you guess what it might be?

Modifying the Bandai AT-ST legs

I'm going back to the great 1/48 Bandai AT-ST for this build. This time, I'm adding extreme articulation to the legs. If you look at the screenshots from Return of the Jedi and Rogue One, you can see the legs pivot so that they angle inward, like a bird. To accomplish this, I'm using brass tubing and J-B weld. I have my build log here, which I will update from time to time.

So, what's the goal? Well, I want to build an AT-ST during movement, with one leg raised. At this point, I can balance the walker on one leg without glue and IT WON'T FALL!

I'm also adding some armor, stowage, and a searchlight. I want to answer the question: what happened to that walker Chewie and friends stole on Endor?

And since Sabine is still around, what would she do if she got her hands on it?

MC75 Profundity

Got this beast in yesterday. It’s Admiral Raddus’ flagship, the MC75 Profundity, from the Fantasy Flight Armada line, and it is gorgeous. The detail is superb, and I love the layered details and panels. You can see the usual mustard tan panels, as well as a few light greyish-blue areas. There’s also a single olive green panel on top. The Fantasy Flight team really outdid themselves with this one.

Sadly, the stand is wobbly, tending to dip forward. Eventually, I’ll replace the stand, probably with an Action Fleet stand like I’ve done with several Armada ships.

On a side note, the Tantive IV from the Hallmark Imperial Star Destroyer ornament is nearly in scale. Check it out docked to the Profundity‘s bow.

A-wing size analysis

Not that it’s essential reading, but I just uploaded an article on the A-wing’s estimated size, which explains why I use 7 meters for scales instead of the REALLY large canon size. Now, it’s fine if you use 9.6 meters. The only time it looks off is when you put it in a diorama, particularly next to figures. Anyway, if you are curious about the A-wing’s contentious size, or where my crazy brain went lately, check it out.