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1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Uwe Kaeding » June 18th, 2020, 3:58 am

I'm working on a conversion of the Bandai Special Forces TIE Fighter from TFA to the standard TIE Whisper from TROS (although I'm not sure it got much, if any, screen time). The intention is to use some 3D printed fuselage conversion parts made by Ron Gamble - they are currently on order.

Anyway - here is what it should end up looking like:
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I started with the wings by modifying some Evergreen C channel by trimming off one arm of the C to make an L. I then chopped off small sections to make fingers which would hook over the rails around the wing panels - I needed 72 of them! These L pieces were then stuck at equal spaces around each wing, on both sides:
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I found I didn't like the square ends of the fingers so I added small pieces of Evergreen half-round stock to the end of each finger to round them off:
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Moving onto the fuselage - the arms on the Special Forces TIE (bottom) are shorter than the standard FO TIE (top) to account for the hyperdrive cogs on the SF TIE, but the Whisper needs the normal length arms as it doesn't have the cogs:
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So I cut the ends of the SF TIE arms and cut new extensions from a spare FO TIE kit:
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Here is the SF body with a replacement right arm:
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And both arms ready for replacement:
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Had to build and paint the cockpit interior:
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The new extended arms have been glued in place. The separate brace pieces above and below each arm strengthen the joins and make sure everything is positioned correctly:
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Test fitting the wings - I still need to add some extra bits to the wings themselves:
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The front red part of the SF TIE is a slightly different shape to the other side but on the Whisper the two sides are symmetrical. Therefore this piece needs modification by thinning the parts shaded in black:
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So this one is waiting for the 3D printed fuselage bits to arrive and for me to figure out how to thin the fuselage insert and build 72 extra braces for the wings

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Uwe Kaeding » June 18th, 2020, 8:27 am

Completed the modification on the red insert piece, using some small chisels and sanding sticks:
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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Ramsayman » June 18th, 2020, 7:29 pm

Interesting! I don't recall the TIE Whisper in the movie, but then again there were a million ships that you couldn't see because they were too far away, so... Do these conversion parts work for the TIE Whisper Interceptor that Kylo flies?

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Uwe Kaeding » June 19th, 2020, 1:25 am

The conversion kit is actually to build Kylo Ren's Whisper interceptor, including the wings - I've ordered one full kit to build that and one with just the fuselage parts for this one.

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Ramsayman » June 20th, 2020, 7:59 pm

Ahhhhh! Need that one as well! Where do you go to order from him? I've sent him a message on FB, but no reply...

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Uwe Kaeding » June 21st, 2020, 1:00 am

FB seems to be the only option to contact him: https://www.facebook.com/RonGambleModelwerks/. He hasn't posted anything for a couple of weeks now though but he has been pretty good about replying in the past...

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Ramsayman » June 21st, 2020, 11:51 pm

Guess I'll just have to be patient then. :)

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Ramsayman » June 23rd, 2020, 5:41 am

Does the Bandai Special Forces kit have to be used, or can one use the regular TFA TIE kit?

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Uwe Kaeding » June 23rd, 2020, 10:02 am

The Whisper does have the large, shrouded engines, as well as the rear window, under-belly gun and larger antenna of the SF TIE, which all need to come from the SF TIE kit. According to Wookiepedia it also has a 2 man crew...

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Re: 1/72 TIE Whisper

Post by Ramsayman » June 24th, 2020, 8:48 pm

That makes sense.

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