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MPC Star Wars All Terrain Scout Transport

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  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
MPC Star Wars All Terrain Scout Transport
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 2:42 PM

So I guess this is my first completion of 2023. Although it hardly counts as such. This is the old MPC snap together box scale, (1/54 per Scalemates) All Terrain Scout Transport. I had built the basic kit many years ago and started painting it for an April Fools theme at OC IPMS. But my painting skills at the time were not up to what was needed for the end result envisioned, so I just set it aside partially painted. So yesterday at IPMS Phoenix the theme was Star Wars/Star Trek/Battlestar Galactica and I remembered that I had this one sitting around and decided to finish it up. The kit comes with the armored flaps over the vision ports molded shut, so I created some new ones out of sheet plastic to match the shape, then drilled open the ports. Then I glued the new flaps in the open position and proceeded to do a rapid and complete exterior repaint into a standard Imperial look. Once the painting was done, I added some “glass” in the open vision ports using Micro Krystal Klear, and lastly followed up with some slight weathering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank goodness for quick drying Tamiya acrylics with lacquer thinner. Not bad for an afternoon’s work.

 

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 2:52 PM

..." Not bad for an afternoon’s work."... 

 

 

   You are right about that.  Good call on modifying the vision ports they look much better.

 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 3:27 PM

Nice! The AT-ST has been one of my favorite vehicles since I was a kiddo. 

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 8:01 PM

Steve, the turret just didn't look right with the vision port flaps closed. Thankfully opening them up was much easier than I thought that it would be.

Tim, I like the Scout Walker too, but I really like the AT-ATs. Those are one very wicked war looking machine!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Thursday, January 5, 2023 9:19 AM

stikpusher

Tim, I like the Scout Walker too, but I really like the AT-ATs. Those are one very wicked war looking machine!

 

I know it will never happen, but I would pay for a 1/35 scale AT-AT kit. I'd even settle for a 1/48 scale version. I think the largest produced is the MPC 1/100 (box scale) kit. Heck, even a 1/72 scale version would be cool to go along with the majority of the Bandai ships. 

Man, I guess I'm thirsty for an AT-AT kit that isn't 1/144. Big Smile

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 5, 2023 4:56 PM

Looks great SP! I agree, opening the vison ports is a big improvement! 

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  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 5, 2023 8:48 PM

Gamera

Looks great SP! I agree, opening the vison ports is a big improvement! 

 

Thanks Gamera. I know that the Imperials are pretty poor shots on the best of days, but if the flaps are closed, how are they gonna shoot those pesky Ewoks?

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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