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Star Wars Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper . . .

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Star Wars Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper . . .
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, August 8, 2022 11:39 AM
It's almost finished. An MPC Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper. This is a build I've wanted to do for a very long time. The Speeder Bike is black based with Stynyl Rez black primer. Then the Speeder Bike body is painted with Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown with a few drops of Tamiya Flat Red. The control levers kept breaking off and I lost one so I substituted colored map pins of different colors for the control levers.
The Scout Trooper is painted with Stynyl Rez white primer, then clear coated. The black on the Scout Trooper is Tamiya XF-85 Rubber Black.
I still need to figure out what to do with the base. I'm thinking speeding through the desert as in The Mandalorian. Lots of sand and rocks.
Comments and constructive criticism always welcome.
 

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

GAF
  • Member since
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, August 8, 2022 3:04 PM

Watch out for Ewoks!  Wink

A splendid speeder.

Gary

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, August 8, 2022 3:27 PM

I like it. Nicely done and a cool model!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 8, 2022 6:46 PM

That looks awesome! Great job Frank!!! 

Desert sounds good to me. Or at least a heck of a lot easier than trying to build all the plants and undergrowth for an Endor's forest moon diorama. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Monday, August 8, 2022 6:48 PM

Fantastic job. Great attention to detail. I like it.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, August 8, 2022 7:02 PM

That is nicely done. There was a modeler in the past on this forum who did great bases, mkostly of runway landing spots, where he used a print of the ground including the runway number and "smeared" it for a blurred speed effect. If I can find a photo of that, I'll post it.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, August 8, 2022 8:30 PM

Very nice work Frank.

Dodgy

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, August 8, 2022 11:43 PM

One of my favorite MPC kits from the 80s. Easily the best of the Return of the Jedi kits they made.

Yours looks awesome.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:21 AM

Looks great Frank.  What's left?

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:18 AM

keavdog

Looks great Frank.  What's left?

 

Thanks, everyone. This was a fun build and different for me, a guy who usually builds airplanes. I'm still kinda surprised how big the finished build is.

John, what's left is what to do with the base. I need to put the speeder bike and trooper into some kind of context.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by InternationalRescue on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:31 PM

Great job!  I have this one in my stash...you've inspired me to blow the dust off and have some fun!  

 

  • Member since
    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Saturday, August 27, 2022 7:24 PM

I've been lurking in the background and your build has drawn me out of hiding.

The Speeder Bike turned out great.  The original kit had a circular clear sheet of acryclic to suspend it.  I like your base much better.

I've been carrying one of these around for 25 years now.  It was gifted to me right before several big life changes.  Finishing college, getting married, having kids. 

It never had the opportunity to be a shelf queen.  It went directly to box troll. Stick out tongue

box troll

It's kind of like a groundhog.   Except if it sees modeling tools it jumps back into the box for another 5-10 years.  Maybe seeing another of it's kind will encourage it to come out and play. Smile

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Sunday, August 28, 2022 8:48 AM

fotofrank, I think that it looks great!  You don't see too many of these built up since the new Bandai Speeder bikes arrived on the scene.  Thanks for the tip about using colored map pins for the control levers.  What paint did you use on the trooper's goggle lense?  I like the idea of using one of those blurred base scenes and I have seen others on you tube where they used aquarium plastic plants to depict more of a jungle scene.  I've got to get into my stash and find my kit of this and build it soon.  Well done and cheers!

tjs

TJS

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, August 28, 2022 9:31 AM

I've got this kit in the box. Someone kinda started it, but not much done. Yours looks great. Kinda makes me want to put mine higher on the list to get done.

BK

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, August 28, 2022 2:12 PM

Brandon, go for it! The kit is a fun, easy build.

Mr Tom Schry, the goggles were painted Tamiya X-28 Green.

Thanks, y'all. Thhese old MPC Star Wars kits are fun and they have decent raised detail.

Find one at a hobby show or swap meet and go for it.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, September 4, 2022 11:47 AM

fotofrank

Brandon, go for it! The kit is a fun, easy build.

Mr Tom Schry, the goggles were painted Tamiya X-28 Green.

Thanks, y'all. These old MPC Star Wars kits are fun and they have decent raised detail.

Find one at a hobby show or swap meet and go for it.

 

I agree, I first ran across these MPC Star Wars models in 1978 at a JC Penney clearance bin in New Hampshire. I got Vader's TIE, Luke's X-Wing, R2-D2 and C3PO. I didn't have enough money for the Darth Vader figure, and when I returned the next week, it was gone. The boxes were beat, but the kits complete.

I was hooked and have probably built every AMT kit except Vader.

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