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1/72 TIE Brute Conversion

Post by Uwe Kaeding » June 18th, 2020, 4:16 am

This is a conversion kit designed to build a TIE/rb Brute as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story. It is 3D resin printed from Ron Gamble Modelwerks and designed for the Bandai TIE Fighter kit. Here are the parts:
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I started on the Bandai kit. The cockpit interior and outer shell fit into the conversion kit ball. I cut the ends of the arms to fit onto the wings to make a more positive connection and cut down the pillars on the arms to fit into the new shell:
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The Bandai wings need the detail on the inside centre boss shaved off. I also used the Green Strawberry masks for the panels - sadly they don't fit (too small) and will need strips of masking tape around the edges:
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The cut-off arms were glued to the wings:
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The holes in the conversion parts which connect to the wings had a circular profile - I filed them to fit the shape of the stubs from the Bandai kit:
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Test fit onto the wing panels:
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I replaced the barrels on the conversion kit guns (which were slightly warped) with brass tube:
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The Bandai interior was built and painted. I'm using a Fine Molds pilot I pulled out of an old kit (to save painting):
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The Bandai fuselage built and ready to go into the conversion kit:
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The 3D printed resin ball comes in 2 pieces, which had spread apart a bit. I dipped them in hot water and pushed them into a conical glass to push them back into the right shape. Took a couple of goes and wasn't quite perfect (but better than when I started!):
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I also added some wire pins to make a more secure joint
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Main ball being glued together with Bandai fuselage inside, all glued with 5 minute epoxy:
TIE Brute WIP_011A.jpg
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Front ring inserted, with a stand-in Bandai cockpit glass inserted. Also added the top hatch and the detail piece between the hatch and front ring:
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Top view of top hatch. It arrived with some chips in the thin frame around the glass which were repaired using Aves. I also didn't like the fit of the transparent resin glass piece, which sat too deep, so I cut out the individual sections and inserted them to the depth I wanted. Some filler was still needed on the join between the halves of the ball:
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The rear section also has a clear window insert, which also didn't fit well - it stood proud of the frame. I glued some bits of scrap styrene between the parts to get it sitting at the level I wanted. Also it shouldn't be a window so I've painted it dark grey and masked it:
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The gun turret has had it's glass inserted - painted silver behind and transparent red on the front. This piece also came with a damaged section around the bottom gun insert. I've started repairing that with Aves as well:
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Re: 1/72 TIE Brute Conversion

Post by Ramsayman » June 18th, 2020, 7:34 pm

Dude! I need this kit! Going to the Ron Gamble page now!

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Re: 1/72 TIE Brute Conversion

Post by Yoda Jammies » June 19th, 2020, 8:50 pm

THIS LOOKS AWESOME!

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