Part 2 “Star Wars” Legion Speeder Bikes by Luciano Rodriguez

I received the second part of Luciano โ€˜s fantastic Star Wars legion Speeder bike Build. Today he goes over the updates to the build he completed in the Part 1. I hope you enjoy as much as I do and again thank you Luciano for allowing me to show your work.

After seeing the parts lets see what we can do with this kit. Obviously, the whole set would benefit of a bit of refining by modellerยดs side. Assembly 08> The nose fins are thinned down with the aid of a sharp modelling knife and a set of plastic files. The parts were reduced to half of the original thickness but even so the fins still look a bit too thick but that was the most I could get without replacing those by new ones made of styrene. Hopefully that will not be that noticeable on the finished model.
Assembly 09> At the rear, the solid engine nozzles need to be drilled out.

Assembly 10> Some work is required in the under surface. A styrene strip is added to complete the shape absent in the kit. Needless to say this work does not aim any true accuracy compared with the original design of the bike, but somewhat compensates its simplification.
Assembly 11> Finally the solid laser gun and intake turbine also need to be drilled, just to improve theirs look. I am not adding any other detail to the bikes however there is a big room for improvements for those interested in a closer resemblance to the original subject.
Assembly 12> The figures also need some attention. Heads were my major concern as they suffered of heavy deformations. I decided to rework one of the plastic heads and make a resin replacement head for the two bikers. In the image you can see the original plastic head above and the resin replacement one bellow.
Assembly 13> As mentioned earlier the figures are produced in a mix of polystyrene related to traditional green army bucket toy soldiers. Fortunately the plastic is hard enough to some basic refining. It can be reworked with fine files, sanding paper and sponges and sharp blades.
Assembly 14> One of the big advantages of polystyrene becomes one of the main drawbacks for the modeller as the plastic surface does not react to any liquid glue or thinned in order to smooth the surfaces or assembly the parts. All parts were bond with CA cement and the shoulder joints were filled with epoxy putty.

Assembly 15> The good thing of having replacement heads is I could changed the position of the helmets in the two figures. The images show clearly all seam lines could be removed successfully and detail definition was not much affected in the process.

Assembly 16> The figures themselves feature very nice poses and are very well sculpted and are worth the work, in my humble opinion.
Assembly 17> As for the first scout I turned his head a bit compared with the original figure. I think that will give me some advantage – combined with some inclination to the bike- when it comes to place it in a decorated base.
Assembly 18> Although in those images the riders are unglued still, notice the fit has been improved by reworking the inner side of the legs in order to get a more natural seated look.
Assembly 19> And here they fly full throttle heading the paint booth. . .

More to follow soon.

New Work By Luciano Rodriguez “Star Wars”

Hello everyone, I have received a great honor from Luciano Rodriguez this week. He has asked me to post a few images of his new work and hold on it’s “Star Wars”!!!! Yes the master has taken on Star Wars Legion 74-Z Speeder Bikes and to say I’m happy is a understatement. Please enjoy the following images and captions from Luciano and stay turned for more in the future.

Assembly 01>

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Assembly 02>

This Speeder Bikes unit expansion set brings encloses โ€“aside war-gaming tokens and cards- two beautifully reproduced Imperial Scout troopers and Speeder Bikes in plastic. In the image you have all parts to assemble one Speeder Bike. The simplification corresponds to the nature of a sturdy war-gaming piece but does not concern me at all for making this kit.

Assembly 03>

The Speeder bike goes together in a breeze. The kit is produced in hard ABS plastic which can be glued with MEK and likely with some other liquid cements I suspect.

Assembly 04>

The riders are two very beautiful Scout Troopers, also designed for a quick assembly. The figures are made in a hard mix of polystyrene associated to traditional soft plastic figures. As you can see bike controls are incorporated to the figure arms to prevent assembly becomes a concern for the war-gamer

Assembly 05>

The second Scout comes in a very dynamic pose for a bike rider and features separated head. The box does not specify any scale but my guessing is those are about 1/45th scale.

Assembly 06>

Here you have the first Scout in a dry fit test. The figures are well designed and have a tight fit. Parts in this image are still unglued.

Assembly 07>

And here you have the second Scout trooper. This is just a brief presentation of what comes in the box but the final result can be slightly improved with a bit of work I will describe soon.

Luciano has finished the assembly already but could not take pics yet. Hopefully he will have time for that tonight or tomorrow, so expect the second chapter coming up in a few days. Again I would like to tank Luciano for letting me post there images for him and I cant wait to see more soon.

New project on the way. British Mk 1 Heavy Tank WW1 1/72 scale.

Decided to try a new project and in a new scale. Most of my armor builds over the last 20+ years have been in 1/35 scale. In the last two years I have started working in 1/48 scale armor and 28mm Warhammer AOS and 40K figures and I really enjoy the smaller scale and thought I would try a 1/72 scale tank.

I have always been a big fan of early armor and with this is mind I thought that the MB Models 1/72 scale British Mk1 Tank would be a interesting subject for a build. The kit is great and I was truly surprised by the detail in this scale. I have just started and will share some photos of the kit and build in my next post. But, below I have added some pictures of the real vehicle and a brief history.

The Mark I was the world’s first tank, a tracked, armed, and armored vehicle, to enter combat. The name “tank” was initially a code name to maintain secrecy and disguise its true purpose.[3] The type was developed in 1915 to break the stalemate of trench warfare. It could survive the machine gun and small-arms fire in “No Man’s Land”, travel over difficult terrain, crush barbed wire, and cross trenches to assault fortified enemy positions with powerful armament. Tanks also carried supplies and troops.

British heavy tanks are distinguished by an unusual rhomboidal shape with a high climbing face of the track, designed to cross the wide and deep trenches prevalent on the battlefields of the Western Front. Due to the height necessary for this shape, an armed turret would have made the vehicle too tall and unstable. Instead, the main armament was arranged in sponsions at the side of the vehicle. The prototype, named “Mother”, mounted a 6-pounder (57 mm) cannon and a Hotchkiss machine gun at each side. Later, subtypes were produced with machine guns only, which were designated “Female”, while the original version with the protruding 6-pounder was called “Male”.

The Mark I entered service in August 1916, and was first used in action on the morning of 15 September 1916 during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Somme Offensive.[4] With the exception of the few interim Mark II and Mark III tanks, it was followed by the largely similar Mark IV, which first saw combat in June 1917. The Mark IV was used en masse, about 460 tanks, at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. The Mark V, with a much-improved transmission, entered service in mid-1918. More than two thousand British heavy tanks were produced. Manufacture was discontinued at the end of the war.

Henderson Field Guadalcanal Construction


Work on another small diorama of US Seabee (1/48 figure) working on Henderson field at Guadalcanal 1942. He will be placed by or on IJN Komatsu G40 Bulldozer and a large pile of PSP plates. Basically he will be looking into sky wondering if the planes approaching are friendly or Japanese

Henderson Field Information.

To expand air cover in the Solomon Islands region, the Japanese military surveyed the Lunga Point site on the island of Guadalcanal in May 1942, only one month after the Japanese took control of the island. The site was situated between the Lunga River to the west and the Ilu River to the east. Two construction crews, one 1,379 men and the other 1,145 men, began work in early Jul 1942. The work was observed by Coastwatchers, who promptly reported to the US military. In mid-Jul 1942, an additional crew of 250 civilian workers arrived, followed by specialists of 14th Encampment Corps which was in charge of setting up radio communications equipment and a search radar. A small number of local civilians were employed in the construction as well. The Japanese plans called for a single runway, taxiway, a dispersal area, plus several structures. The construction for the to-be-named Lunga Point Airfield was ahead of schedule, and the construction crews were given extra rations of sake in celebration in the evening of 6 Aug 1942. At the very same time that the celebration was held, an American invasion force was sailing for the island; they would land on the following day. US Marines overwhelmed the Japanese defenders on Guadalcanal and captured the airfield with radio equipment, heavy construction equipment, and food stocks in tact by 1600 hours on 8 Aug 1942. The Americans resumed the construction within days of its capture, using Japanese heavy construction equipment.