The Shrike – Slave 1 kitbash

Well, this is my latest build that I’ve been working on for a few months now. I had the Fine Molds 1/72 Jango Slave I and decided to kit-bash it into a custom mercenary transport. The build log is here with feedback at Keeper of the Force.

Slicing thin styrene strips

Something I have had trouble with is cutting the super-thin styrene sheets (.13 mm). You can’t buy strips this thin, and using a scoring blade tends to just bend the sheets. So, I used a paper-cutter. The trick was having something that held the entire sheet down so it doesn’t move. I was able to create several dozen strips of various sizes. Now, I can put them in my chopper and create super-thin raised panels for any project I’m working on.

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Winter Hetzer

Among other models I’ve finished lately is a 1/48th scale Tamiya Hetzer in winter scheme.

New scale list updates

I recently noticed that the Star Wars Databank has changed many of the lengths for various ships and vehicles. Most of these are small changes, but a few nearly double the size of the vehicle. For instance, the AT-TE is now listed at 22.02 meters, which makes a lot more sense than earlier ~13 m reported size. I went in and changed MANY of the vehicles to the new sizes (thus new scales estimates) accordingly. However, I still maintain my own estimates for the TIEs, A-wing, and a few other craft.

Strangely, they upped the Y-wing to 23.4 meters from 16 meters, perhaps to match the Clone Wars variant. This figure would make it longer than the AT-AT is tall, so I’m sticking with 16m.

As always, if you find any errors or if you have any questions, please contact me.