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Offline Acree

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Star Wars Sloop
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:47:27 AM »
I know, many of you are sick and tired of Star Wars, but that's the route I'm going anyway, but with a little twist.  My son plays the X-Wing table top game (and I have played with him).  If you're not familiar, check it out here:  https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/x-wing/ 

I had in my supply of carcasses one more Smer Me 262B sans engine pods, and had long considered that the fuselage looks kind of space-ship like, so I decided to make an playable X-Wing ship model out of it.  It will be 1/270 scale (approximately) as that is the general scale of the ships in the game (with exceptions).  I'm calling the ship a sloop, because it is the right size (approximately) being between a corvette and a frigate in 20th-century terms, and because there are few references to any Star Wars sloops. 

The photos show my starting pile of part (SPOP from now on!), followed by the first assembly (fuselage halves and wing center-section bottom, then the large ventral cargo hatch (a hatch from a 1/35 Sherman), and finally, the cockpit and vertical tail cutoff and an upper deck glued on, along with a "flying bridge" which was the tail end cut off an F6F Hellcat.  I hope to post more WIP photos as I go.  Please feel free to comment / critique..

Chuck   

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 10:58:57 AM »
The last pic looks very shark like. Cool start, I'll be watching!

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 01:22:28 PM »
Cool! Love the Sherman hatch  :)
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Offline Acree

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2016, 12:14:04 PM »
The two photos below show the main engine housing, crafted out of 4 Sherman road wheels and a Hoplite engine cowl.  I've got a lot more work done since then, but need to take more photos.  I'll try to post more tomorrow. 
« Last Edit: February 06, 2016, 12:18:29 PM by Acree »

Offline taiidantomcat

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2016, 08:22:42 AM »
Brilliant use of the wheels.

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Offline Acree

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2016, 02:54:01 PM »
I've got the major construction done now, and the first coat of gray paint has gone on.  I still need to mask the canopy (which was the nose of a Airfix B-25J), add laser cannons and various greeblies and detail paint. 

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2016, 09:22:20 PM »
Gorgeous. Looking forward to future updates.

Offline ysi_maniac

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2016, 09:25:51 PM »
^^^^^
Agreed!

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2016, 11:21:05 PM »
 It looks mighty sloopy.  ;)

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2016, 11:29:38 PM »
Looking good !!
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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2016, 12:15:45 AM »
It looks mighty sloopy.  ;)

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Offline Acree

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2016, 06:39:39 AM »
The Mon Calamari Shipyards are best known for their large capital ships and transports.  However, they also built a number of highly effective smaller ships, including the FS-668 sloop.  Most of these sloops were destroyed or captured by the Empire when Mon Cala was invaded and subjugated.  However, several found their way into the hands of individual Mon Calamari who eventually received letters of marque as privateers in service to the Alliance.  The most well-known of these sloops was one christened the "Gian-bee."  The adventures of the Gian-bee and her crew entered into Rebel culture through the familiar song about her:

(to an ancient tune of unknown origin)

We come on the sloop Gian-bee,
My droid pilot and me,
Around Naboo town, we did roam.
We launched late one night,
Got into a fight (yeah, yeah),
The other ship broke up, they didn't go home.

So, hoist up the Gian-bee's shields,
See how the ray-shield sets,
Call for the jump to light speed, let me go home!
I wanna go home, but they won't leave me alone,
This is the best trip, I've ever been on!


Offline Acree

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2016, 06:40:47 AM »
More photos of the Mon Calamari sloop...

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2016, 07:12:37 AM »
Had gut feel this was not gunna work.   Proved me wrong.
Is a great build. :)

Offline ysi_maniac

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2016, 07:51:49 AM »
Nice combination of shapes

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2016, 08:53:35 AM »
That came together nicely

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2016, 10:57:18 AM »
Nicely done.

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2016, 11:49:49 AM »
This is excellent  :) :)

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2016, 03:48:02 AM »
 :-* Congratulations!

Offline Acree

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2016, 05:03:16 AM »
Thanks gents!  This was my first space build since I built the LEM and Command Module in 1971. Frankly, I wasn't sure it would work out either, but it was fun!  I appreciate the comments!

Chuck

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2016, 04:10:09 PM »
Great build!

Ingenious and cool design

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Star Wars Sloop
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2016, 06:32:25 AM »
very nice work