Rebels A-Wing Conversion

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Rebels A-Wing Conversion

Post by Uwe Kaeding » February 11th, 2020, 12:55 pm

Started this is project a while ago, to convert the Bandai A-Wing as seen in ROTJ into the earlier version as seen in the Star Wars: Rebels cartoon. There are quite a few differences - including the overall shape, the cockpit and centre section, and the main engines are set a bit lower.

I started by I blowing up my reference drawing so that the width of the centre section was the same as the kit's. Here the top half of the fuselage is laid on top to see what changes are needed:
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The end of the nose has been cut off and suddenly the shape is pretty well identical!
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Styrene extensions have been added to the engine cut-outs, details have been sanded off and the rear of the centre section trimmed to its new shape:
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Modifying the cockpit glass - a section of the rear centre section has been cut off and glued to the back of the glass and the various frames glued in place:
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The canopy has been filled, sanded to shape and polished:
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Styrene strips were then glued to the reshaped/polished canopy to make a master (black) and from that a mould was made and a new clear canopy cast:
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The centre section underneath has been reshaped to move the scoop section forward, and to square it off. Here its glued in place and all cut areas filled and sanded. Panel lines have also been filled:
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Upper side to show filled panel lines (new ones will be scribed later) and modified rear section and canopy. The nose has had its central gap filled with Aves:
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The shroud over the small engine nozzles has been trimmed at the base so it doesn't poke out as far:
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Next step will be to modify the cockpit to move the seat forward and build the new, visible, section behind the seat. After that comes figuring out how to reposition the main engines.

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Re: Rebels A-Wing Conversion

Post by blakeh1 » February 11th, 2020, 10:22 pm

That's a great conversion guide!

Never realized it would be that much work as the only cursory difference I always saw was the front cutaway part being filled in.

But it really does have a lot more differences in shape and it looks like you solved that nicely
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Re: Rebels A-Wing Conversion

Post by Ramsayman » February 12th, 2020, 7:24 am

Very cool! Thanks for this.

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Re: Rebels A-Wing Conversion

Post by Uwe Kaeding » February 12th, 2020, 8:17 am

Thanks guys. Blake - yes way more differences than I originally thought, you only start seeing them when you make a change and say why doesn't this still look right? :D . Not sure about the "solved" part though - the engines look like they will be a pain to figure out!

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