Republic LAAT/i Gunship
Action Fleet custom (1/93)
This is a combination of two Republic Gunships: the 2003 AF version, and the 2004ish Titanium Ultra version. I used the side sphere turrets and the large missile cannons from the titanium version, which were larger, more accurate, and still plastic. I modified the wing sphere turret sections, removing unneeded plastic and making them swivel easier. I added a rack attachment for the Speeder Bike (the Micro Machine version), which attaches via the underside laser cannon. I added handholds to the sides and to the doors. Finally, I modified the cockpit to hold a seated MM TIE Pilot (from the MM Transforming TIE Pilot head). I later modified some MM Stormtroopers to Clonetroopers.
I painted a lot on this vehicle, most of which was hand painted. I painted the sphere turrets, the 3 laser cannon turrets, the missile turrets, the underside rockets, the underside of the nose, cockpit details, the missile rack, the air intake section, the exhaust section, and probably a few more that I can’t think of right now. This was an earlier custom and lacks a good weathering job, but I may redo it someday.
Because of the open troop compartment, the initial gunships had to be released in the atmosphere. However, later variants would remove the two central beam turrets and replace them with pressure-