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AMT X-Wing Rebuild - WIP

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  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
AMT X-Wing Rebuild - WIP
Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, June 25, 2017 3:45 PM

I posted this in the Star Wars GB going on right now, but I'll post it here too.  I'm rebuilding an AMT X-Wing that I built as a kid.  My plan is to build it as Blue Leader's mount from Rogue One.  I want to put it in a diorama undergoing some maintenance at the Yavin Base in an homage to a Hoth diorama my dad built that was featured on the cover of Scale Modeler back in the 80s.  Here's what I'm starting with:

I also have most of a spare kit to work from so I won't be afraid to mess up too much, or get to bold with cutting panels open:

I'd also like to scratch up some droids like a gonk or a treadwell.  Wish me luck.

On my bench: AMT X-Wing (1/48ish?) rebuild

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    January, 2015
  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, June 26, 2017 1:48 AM

You have my attention!  :D

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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    June, 2012
Posted by Compressorman on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:17 AM
Hurry, cant wait! Chris
  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, July 13, 2017 3:57 PM

OK, so I know it's been awhile but it took a lot longer to strip the paint job I did as a kid. I got it to where it's as good as it's going to get.  I've been slowly working on the cockpit. Here's the stock kit part: 

Not very accurate to what you see in the movie.  I'm not going to 100% accuracy, but anything would be better than this.  I cut down the spare instrument panel from my Revell A-6E that I just finished and grafted it on.  I also removed the "seat" and will be replacing it with what I think is a WWII aircraft seat, but I couldn't tell you what kit it came from.  It was just floating around in a spares box.  Here's where I am right now:

I filled in the spaces with Perfect Plastic Putty and it looks a lot better.  You can also see the seat I'm going to be using.  I need to check some reference pictures for the side consoles to figure out what I'm going to do there.  I still need to tackle the area behind the seat, scratch-build a targeting computer, and then hit the front panel.

I didn't take a picture of this, but I cut open a panel on the bottom of the ship, and plan on opening up a panel behind one of the proton torpedo launchers and build that.  I'm also going to have one of the engines exposed, and open up the nose.  I want to get more ambitious, but I don't think it would be good for me Propeller.  After all, there's still the rest of the diorama to build.

On my bench: AMT X-Wing (1/48ish?) rebuild

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:34 PM

Just to prove I'm still plugging along on this, here's where I'm at.

I drilled out the proton torpedo launcher tubes and removed a panel so I can build the launcher inside.

I've also modified one of the engines so that it will be visible when the panel is open.  I still have a lot of work to do here in modifying the parts so that the panel would actually fit closed over the assembly.

Lastly, here are some card stock templates I made for the cockpit.  The plan is I'm going to use them to cut styrene parts from a sheet then glue them in position once the cockpit is in the fuselage and then putty up any gaps.  Then I'll paint it all up.  I'll get the hard to reach areas painted before I put it in.  I still need to build the targeting computer as well.

On my bench: AMT X-Wing (1/48ish?) rebuild

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