1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

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1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by Uwe Kaeding » December 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm

This is a pretty simple conversion of a Revell TIE Fighter into the ground support/superiority version as seen in this image from the old Star Wars newspaper comic strip:
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The first step was to add the extra support struts to the wings. I used a 10mm wide tape strip to make sure the distances were always the same and then scraped away the surface detail:
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After that the extra struts were added using some leftover Fine Molds TIE wing frame pieces cut to size:
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The Revell ball was then dressed up with detail pieces and guns, also from a FM kit:
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Finally the back of the ball was sanded off and a resin big engine (provided by JBOT) was glued in place:
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The big engine piece is designed for a FM kit but it looks OK on the bigger ball (and maybe even closer to the original drawing). Anyway the wings and fuselage are now painted and decalled using leftover FM decals:
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All it needs now is to seal the decals, glue the wings on and weather it.

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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by blakeh1 » December 15th, 2019, 8:35 pm

Very cool conversions. Looking forward to seeing how it looks fully assembled
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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by Del » December 15th, 2019, 9:30 pm

Sweet! Like what you did to the wings. I'm thinking that strip styrene would do the trick as well for folks who don't have an extra set of wings laying around.
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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by Uwe Kaeding » December 16th, 2019, 8:47 am

Thanks guys. Del - yes strip styrene would work just as well. The only way the FM parts really helped was in making it easy to set the angle on one end. Anyway here are some quick photos of it glued together:
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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by blakeh1 » December 16th, 2019, 10:31 pm

Excellent!

It's funny,

Ever since I was a kid in the late 70s I had always assumed the Tie had that rear engine compartment. I actually think it wasn't until 2002 or so when the Fine Molds kit came out that I realized it did not :D

I had never really noticed before since my only real point of reference was the Kenner toy and the Kenner die cast toy, both of which had the back "trunk" .

I had built Star Wars models as a kid, but they never had a model of the regular Tie until I was a bit older and had dropped out of modeling Star Wars stuff so I never picked up the AMT twin kit until later or I guess that would have been my awakening
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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by DocRaven » December 17th, 2019, 4:39 pm

looks like the old kenner Die cast Darth Vader tie fighter back pack nice !

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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by Ramsayman » December 19th, 2019, 6:41 am

I actually really like the "big engine" and was happy when I got one from JBOT. I put it on my TIE Raptor, because it's so small, I figured it needed a bit more space for... something.

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Anyway, I like your take on this, and have never seen that variant. So now, you jerk, I have another one to build and add to my fleet! Thanks!
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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by Uwe Kaeding » December 19th, 2019, 8:07 am

Thanks guys, and sorry about that RM but at least its an easy conversion (I'm pretty sure that TIE was on the poster of TIE variants that was going around some time ago, though). Anyway I agree that it looks like the old toy (maybe that's where the comic strip artist got the idea from) but the "trunk" does make a very useful handle for the finished model!

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Re: 1/72 TIE/gs Ground Support

Post by Uwe Kaeding » January 13th, 2020, 6:21 am

Finally got around to taking some final photos of this one - you can see them in the Finished Work section: https://www.keeperoftheforce.com/viewto ... f=8&t=2523

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