MPC AT-AT – An In-Progress post

This is the original release of the MPC AT-AT kit from 1981. This was given to me by one of the members of my model club back in 2006. He told me that since I was such a Star Wars fan, he felt that I could do a better job building them than he ever could. I started this not long after I got it, but it eventually got shelved. I dug it out a few weeks ago with the hopes of finishing this as a Battle of Hoth diorama with the snowspeeder flying around the legs of the AT-AT with the tow cable attached.

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I resumed work to get it to this state. The plan is to do the famous tow cable scene from the movie.

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Compared to today’s Bandai kits and even the Revell kits, this model leaves a lot to be desired. The fit is less than stellar.

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I started applying paint and washes to each part of the kit separately. I felt it was easier to finish each minor assembly separately rather than the complete model.

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More progress. The AT-AT is now able to stand on it’s own four legs without any worries of tipping. There’s still a lot more to do.

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“We’ve spotted Imperial Walkers.”

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My Latest Aquisition

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My first Bandai kit arrived! The Y-Wing had always been my favorite of all the ships in the entire saga. It’s the workhorse of the Rebellion.

The kit is very well molded and clean. No flash is present on any of the trees. There are two types of markings, water slide decals or stickers. The overall detail is excellent and will build into a very attractive Y-Wing.

A definite recommend for all builders!

Parts Trees

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Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination – Fort Worth Musuem of Science and History – June 2007

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination was a traveling exhibition created by the Museum of Science, Boston, featuring props and costumes used in the Star Wars films, but focusing primarily on the science behind George Lucas’ science fiction epic. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination was developed by Boston’s Museum of Science, in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., with the support of the National Science Foundation, under Grant No. 0307875. This exhibit was presented nationally by Bose Corporation.

The exhibit premiered in Boston in 2005, and drew nearly 3 million visitors across the United States and Australia and before making its final appearance in San Jose, California in 2014.

I, my oldest son and friend, Rodney and his son, went to the exhibition in June 2007. I took lots of photographs of the props, It was a lot of fun and a very unique opportunity to see the actual filming miniatures that I grew up seeing in the movies. These are some of the best photos.

X-Wing – “Red 3” – The Empire Strikes Back

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Millennium Falcon – “She’s the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” – The Empire Strikes Back

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Tantive IV – A New Hope

Interesting to note that the Tantive IV design was the original concept for the Millennium Falcon. See the Docking Bay 94 header of this page.

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Y-Wing – A New Hope

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TIE Fighter – A New Hope

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Devastator Star Destroyer – A New Hope

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AT-AT – The Empire Strikes Back

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AT-ST – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

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AT-TE – The Clone Wars

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SuperCon 2016 – Fort Worth Scale Modelers

SuperCon was held 10 September 2016 at the Bob Duncan Community Center in Arlington, Texas.  There wasn’t much of a Star Wars turn out this year. There were two categories for Science Fiction entries, single subject and diorama. Besides my three entries, there was an impressive, most impressive, TIE Interceptor diorama build by Kelly Jamison.

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This is the Revell Snap-Tite TIE Interceptor kit with a complete repaint and detailing. The maintenance bay was entirely scratch-built. Excellent work and quite inspirational.

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MPC X-Wing Fighter

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The MPC X-Wing kit dates back to 1977 when the original Star Wars movie was released and was subsequently re-released throughout the years by AMT/Ertl. The kit contains approximately 76 pieces and is molded in white plastic, detail on the kit itself is pretty good with engraved panel lines and some raised detail here and there. The clear parts are a little thick, but very clear none the less.

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The X-wing was originally designed by Incom Corporation for the Empire by Vors Voorhorian, but the entire engineering team defected to the Rebel Alliance with the prototypes hidden on Fresia. It was directly descended from the old Z-95 Headhunter, built by Incom and Subpro, with lessons learned from the ARC-170 starfighter. After four prototypes were extracted from Fresia during the Battle of Fresia, it first encountered Imperial forces in the Battle of Turkana. Many more of the ships were liberated from an Incom facility prior to the Battle of Yavin.

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Using the book, “The Star Wars Sketchbook”, I set out to model the surface of the Death Star. My representation of the surface doesn’t accurately depict any one portion of the surface. I took elements of many features and my imagination and made what I thought looked the best.

I started by marking where I wanted my clear acrylic rod and drilled a 5/16 inch hole half way into the 12” x 12” wooden base. I then drew out how I wanted my Death Star surface to look and began cutting styrene. The design went through many preliminary design layouts before settling on a final design.

The larger surfaces were made by laminating four to five sheets cut to shape and then filling and sanding the edges. Constructing the larger surfaces was actually the easy part. The finer details were very demanding. It was like cutting Tetris blocks out of sheet styrene. The exhaust tower is a piece of 2 inch PVC with styrene details glued to it.

I think, overall, I spent about 30 hours on the Death Star surface base. The X-wing was quick and easy compared to the base.

After construction, I painted the entire surface Gunship Gray and weathered it using the same method as the X-wing. Once I was satisfied, I sprayed dull coat over the entire base.

MPC 1/32 Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter

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This MPC kit is an original 1977 release of Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter.The Death Star base is entirely scratch built using Evergreen sheet styrene and PVC pipe couplings dress up to look like exhaust stacks. The ship is painted with Model Master’s Neutral Gray and Flat Black. The base is painted Model Master Gunship Gray. Details were highlighted using pastels.

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The one of a kind TIE Fighter X1 was developed by Sinar Fleet Systems exclusively for Darth Vader. This ship was damaged when Darth Vader was defending the Death Star and another TIE Fighter, flying as his wing man, lost control of his ship and collided with Darth Vader’s ship sending it out of control into space. Luckily, for Darth Vader, this sent him a safe distance away from the Death Star when it exploded.