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1/72 TIE Crawler

Post by Del » August 13th, 2019, 7:38 pm

About a year ago, Stu Pidasso, aka The Jimi, aka JPG, was kind enough to sell me the TIE Crawler pattern that was mastered by Stefan Hacker. I've finally got the kit ready for re-release. Originally designed as Finemolds 1/72 scale, I've also made adapter parts so it's possible now to sell it as either a complete Finemolds scale kit, or as a conversion-only kit for Bandai TIEs. Here are the parts breakdowns for each kit, but I will likely also include Imperial decals with it in a few shades of black and gray. Complete kit first, Bandai conversion second.

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Here's a better look at how the conversion parts will allow Bandai parts to work with the rest of the conversion kit.


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Personally, my shelf is dedicated to Finemolds scale, so I will be continuing this build with the complete kit. I've already got this built up with primer and Haze Grey sprayed on. Too busy just now to post those images, so more photos will be added this evening.

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Re: 1/72 TIE Crawler

Post by Del » August 14th, 2019, 5:02 am

With the Bandai conversion parts shown above, the rest of the build is the same for either version.

Pour stub areas on the track sections are covered by small sections of track that are to be trimmed slightly and fit into place. I changed this part of the kit a little, by pre-forming the track sections a little so it's a bit easier to fit in place.


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Where the mold seam is located there's a bit more that needs filled with putty than I usually prefer, but it's not affecting any detail and is an easy fix. I also scratched up the surface of each side for the next step.


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On the inside of each track a flat detail plating part is super-glued for the TIE hull to be connected later. I positioned these so that the small piece of track is located at the rear of the crawler.


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On the outside of each track the outer plating parts are glued.


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The spire/sensor (What is that thing?) is connected to the rear of the cockpit ball.


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Re: 1/72 TIE Crawler

Post by Uwe Kaeding » August 14th, 2019, 9:28 am

Great news that these are back Del - I've got the FM version sitting on my shelf but it looks a bit off next to the Bandai TIEs. Let us know when the Bandai conversion sets are ready to order and I'll get one. Also, nice work on improving the fit of the missing track piece - that was a bit annoying on the original version.

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Re: 1/72 TIE Crawler

Post by Del » August 14th, 2019, 4:09 pm

Uwe Kaeding wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 9:28 am
Great news that these are back Del - I've got the FM version sitting on my shelf but it looks a bit off next to the Bandai TIEs. Let us know when the Bandai conversion sets are ready to order and I'll get one. Also, nice work on improving the fit of the missing track piece - that was a bit annoying on the original version.
Should be ready by the end of the month. I missed out on this one when it was previously available, so when Jimi offered it to me I jumped at the chance. The track piece still needs a small amount of trimming to fit properly, but with the ends pre-bent to fit around the corners it works out just fine.
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Re: 1/72 TIE Crawler

Post by Del » August 14th, 2019, 5:27 pm

With this post, I'm caught up on the build progress thus far. I used black primer, and then Tamiya Haze Grey TS-32 which I decanted and sprayed through my airbrush. Helpful hint - I use isopropyl alcohol as thinner for Tamiya paint, but it won't work on the spray cans as it curdles up almost immediately. Freshly decanted Haze Grey doesn't need thinner anyway, so it worked out just fine (After I cleaned the goop out of my airbrush.)


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Here's the Bandai TIE placed to see how it would look. Looks good, but the width is slightly wider by about 1/2 inch or 1 cm. In some ways I think it looks more menacing with the wider stance.

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Re: 1/72 TIE Crawler

Post by Ramsayman » August 14th, 2019, 10:14 pm

The difference is really minimal. They look good both ways.

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