Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

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Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by Unreality » June 6th, 2016, 4:41 am

This is the build log for the Revell Kylo Ren's Shuttle, Command Shuttle, or Upsilon-class shuttle...your choice. The kit is actually VERY well detailed for a Revell snap kit. The biggest issues are the lack of detail in the upper wing sidewalls, the canopy, and the overuse of octagons to simulate circles. No really, Revell uses at least 11 octagons on various parts of the ship instead of circles...and yet they DO use some circles in other areas. I don't get it. The other issue, the wings are permanently fixed vertically for landing...so I'll have to make some adjustments there.

There is a build log by Dana on SciFiFantasy and one by a Japanese modeler that I am taking some inspiration from. And as always, here's the link to the build log on my website, which will be the same as here.

First off, I bought 2 of kits for roughly $14 a piece from Hobby Lobby with my coupons. I'm glad I did because I messed up on the first one. I also noticed that some of the wings were badly warped. Even after gluing them together, I think the warping is too bad. So, CHECK YOUR KIT as soon as you get it.
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Here are the hulls. I've already removed the big ugly octagon from the front of the upper hull. However, you can see the detail is quite excellent.
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Here's a look at the unmodified shuttle. You can see there's the ugly octagon and an odd tab over the canopy the needs removal. The raised plate over the canopy is also very soft and will be replaced.
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Modified upper hull. Check out the painted octagons mid-picture, as well as the larger octagons at the top of the picture....all should have been circles.
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Initially, I wanted to use the kit canopy, but needed to strip the paint off first. I used Testors ELO paint remover, and the factory paint came off nicely. But, the so-called "clear" canopy wasn't. More than that, it was off a little too much and had some bad sink marks.
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Also, the sidewalls, cockpit, guns, and landing gear all come pre-painted. The paint is kinda thick, so I used Testors ELO again to remove the paint. The upper piece has been stripped. The lower piece is still painted (see how the paint obscures some great detail). BTW: I just poured a little ELO in plastic bag, let the parts sit for an hour, and rubbed the paint off. ELO doesn't smell that bad, but worked nicely without damaging the parts.
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This is the inner trough of the inner wing that the sidewall bits are supposed to fit in. Now, the inner parts of all wings have been painted as well, so the fit isn't great for the sidewalls. So, I just clipped the area off of the sidewalls that was supposed to fit in the trough. Instead of paint stripping the giant wings, I just sanded the inner areas...but again, I can't get to the trough, so removing that lip on the sidewalls helped.
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The first arrow is pointing to a raised injection point that kept the wings from fitting together nicely. I also shaved the "snap" points a little so I could attach and detach the wings as needed. Also notice that the wings are numbered for identification (second arrow).
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Finally, I glued the sidewalls to the inner wings. Then I shaved off the upper wing sidewalls that I will be replacing and detailing later. YES, there is room for fiber optics here.
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I spent a lot of time adding detail to the hulls. Yeah, the armor plates aren't movie accurate, but I like the look.
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Here's the lower hull as it stands now. The ramp is glued in place. The rear of the ramp IS supposed to have the gap there as an air intake or something.
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After a long and arduous process, I built my own canopy master that will be cast in clear resin. It is more screen accurate and even has the 3 recessed panel lines.
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Here's a view next to the foggy kit piece. The arrow is pointing to the areas that I will mount some pouring pins to. This will not be seen on the kit, but is perfect for adding pour lines.
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Re: Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by dano985 » June 6th, 2016, 1:22 pm

Awesome work so far!

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Post by nicholassagan » June 6th, 2016, 8:48 pm

This is fantastic man. I can't wait to see the progress. (this is so far everything I've dreamed of doing to this build LOL)

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Re: Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by Stefan Hacker » June 7th, 2016, 10:52 pm

Wow very impressive so far! This will be a Killer Shuttle!

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Re: Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by sci-fi-bldr » June 7th, 2016, 11:45 pm

Very nice........looking forward to more.. :D

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Post by Unreality » June 8th, 2016, 1:58 am

Thanks guys. I hope to cover just about every update I do or could do.

By the way, I scanned this from a poster book I found in the kids section of local Walmart. It shows the original white version of Kylo Ren's shuttle. I guess they changed the color during filming (which is why the initial Titanium is white and the Lego is grey instead of black). It also shows a nice view of the underside, so by all means, add it to your ever-growing references folder.

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Re: Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by sci-fi-bldr » June 8th, 2016, 2:01 am

I like that color much better........

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Re: Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by Unreality » June 8th, 2016, 2:47 am

Here's an image from the TFAConcept Art book showing the concept shuttle in white. I really like the design. However, for this build, I think I'll stick with black...unless I get inspired late in the build.

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Re: Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by blakeh1 » June 8th, 2016, 3:48 am

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this kit!

Is this kit really 1/93?

If so then the new micromachine figures for Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and some troopers will fit nicely since they are around 1/90 and I have been thinking about detailing the interior and displaying with ramp down and the figures around it
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Re: Kylo Ren's Shuttle: an overhaul

Post by dano985 » June 8th, 2016, 1:34 pm

White looks so much better! I might have to get this kit now!

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