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    • Mark you're very generous with your positive remarks and I really appreciate 'em! Thanks! I only have 2 more models to post on these pages and they are BOTH my favourites. Both took a lot of time and when they were done ... man, what a good feeling! Till next time Pete
    • Here are a few photos of the 1/72 scale TIE Interceptor Bandai kit I built last year immediately following my AT-ST build.  TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine for those who did not know.  Again, that is information learned from my Star Wars fan best friend.  The TIE Interceptors saw action in the Return of The Jedi Movie in which they attacked and harassed the Rebel Fleet and fighters that had gathered around the Second Death Star and the forest moon of Endor.  The TIE interceptors are basically meant to represent Imperial technological improvements in their star fighter design during the time between the first, second and third Star Wars movies which are Episodes IV, V, and VI.  That is what the information on the box of the Bandai kit states.  The TIE Interceptor has bent wings unlike the original TIE fighters seen in the very first Star Wars movie A New Hope and much like Darth Vader's TIE fighter in the same movie.  Also, the front of the wings are elongated, kind of making it appear more sleek in my opinion.  I included A photo of the cockpit before I put the canopy on so one could see the pilot a little and some of the inside of the cockpit as well as my fingers and thumb once again to show the relative size of the model.  Also, for reasons unknown to me, Bandai included details of the of the Twin Ion Engine, or, are they the details of the two laser guns kind of like the details of machine guns that can be found in some WWII era fighter model's wings.  I say I do not know why they included the detail, because they are simply covered up with the bottom part of the center-sphere of the fighter.  I have a picture of the detail and the work i put into it before covering it up with the molded plastic of the central sphere's underside.  The detail- and the picture of it- is the picture included in this post of the part resting or sitting on one of Tamiya's Weathering Master Tools which is something I use quite often in detailing and weathering my models.  Ok, enough rambling, here are the pics:   
    • AT-ST stands for All-Terrain Scout Transport for those who did not know.  My hardcore Star Wars best friend shared some of his movie knowledge with me, that is how I know what AT-ST stands for.  It was seen in the Return of The Jedi movie on the forest moon of Endor.  The AT-STs saw some action in the battle with the Ewoks in which Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C3-PO along with Chewbacca (who took control of one of the empire's AT-STs and promptly destroyed the locked doors to the shield generator) blew up the shield generator with explosive charges so the Rebel fighters from the Rebel fleet could attack and destroy the second Death Star.  A Chewbacca figure is included with the model, giving the modeler the option of creating the AT-ST that was captured and then controlled by Chewie.  The Chewbacca figure is molded standing up and would have to be sticking out from the cockpit.  Also, a cockpit-open hatch is included for this very build option.  In the movie, Han and Leia and company learn that Chewie has control of the AT-ST, much to his and her relief.  The kit was completed almost exactly one year ago and was made by Bandai and is in 1/72 scale.  Here are some pics.  I included two of the cockpit with the roof off to see the pilots and details inside as well as to give a relative size of the model as my fingers and thumb were also included in the picture.
    • Now here is my Christmas presents I ordered for myself.    This is round one:   Two Dragon Bushmasters: one Australian and one British:       One M-1124 MRAP:     One IBG Crusader anti-aircraft tank:     One Zvezda Russian 2S35 Koalitsiya:     And finally my Trumpeter HEMMTT  Load Handling System:     That's round one in from Freetime Hobbies. Next is my Hobbylink Japan order of four more models that are crossing the Pacific ocean now. I have a couple more I plan on ordering from what's left, if I can..   Stay tuned.
    • I am simply posting some pics of a build I completed two years ago.  Boba Fett was completed in 2020 and my best friend who I have known since grade school provided me with the 1/6 scale Bandai kit.  My friend is a huge Star Wars fan.  The model is now in his care.  Here are some pics of it:
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