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Revell AT-AT "Easy Kit"

thundergod

Alphans
Is the smaller AT-AT in front of the Snap-Kit the older Kit which was originally issued by Airfix? I wonder if the other new Revell Star Wars kits are larger too. Good work, thundergod!

Managed to get a look at some of the other kits in the range .( Isn't it terrible how people open kits in the shops with no intention of buying ? Another cough ! )
1) The Falcon is about 2/3rds the size of the old kit , nowhere near as detailed , but has a rudimentary paint finish with o.k weathering effects .
2) The X-Wing is VERY small , similar in size to the old ( smaller ,snap fit) AMT kit , with a pretty poor paint job .
3) The Imperial Shuttle , again , is about 2/3rds the size of the old kit , but seems on 1st appearance , a nice kit with minimal paint effects .
4) Snowspeeder , didn't get much of a look at this model , but it looks similar in size and detail to the Micromachine "Action Fleet" model from a few years back .
I did pick up the "Revenge of the Sith "kits at heavily discounted prices and they are excellent ! The A.R.C Fighter and the Jedi Starfighter are belting kits , snap fit again , but featuring good detail and nice paint jobs .( I did buy the Republic Star Destroyer on it's release a couple of years ago and this is a "proper" kit , glue needed and no pre-painting ! And excellent it is too .)
Generally , these ( original movie) kits are NOT as good as the old AMT/AIRFIX/ERTL kits , but , they are aimed at TODAYS kids , with shorter attention spans etc, but they are brilliant introductions into the world of model making and as such are to be applauded . Unfortunately , the fact that they are turning up heavily discounted , would indicate that the sales are not great . The good side of that though , is that we older modellers can snap them up for next to nothing . I intend to do so and hoard them away for a rainy day as even if you don't want to make a "super-accurate" model , they are good for a relaxing "Father and Son " project to go on the little lads shelf .:thumbup:
 

Bishop

Alphans
:^: So have you done any more thinking about the guns? I've just picked up a 1997 Kenner version. One of the guns is missing and I thought I have some practise with the air brush when it arrives and add a little here and there to it. Its not particularly accurate, but boy is it a fun toy... and huge.

Are there good sources for the guns on these things that I could reference?
 

thundergod

Alphans
The best (ie close-up) shot I have of the guns is of a 3-D CG model I have off the internet which I'll include along with my final post . It seems accurate but it would have to be a whole project in itself to accurize either the Kenner toy or the Revell kit! For the time being though , I simply replaced the barrels with two thicknesses of brass tube . I am getting round to finishing off the model , but I've been a little busy over Christmas and my camera has been playing silly buggers! The final instalment will appear in a week or two .:thumbup:
 
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Bishop

Alphans
Thanks for that... I was sort of close :no: but the whole thing is only sort of close anyway. The whole cockpit would actually have to be shrunk a little to make it more "realistic", but as I said, its a great deal of fun anyway and will give me a chance to develop some airbrush skills.
 

thundergod

Alphans
First of all , I have to apologise for the quality of my photos as I had to use my camera phone and they were taken "on the fly"! I got round to replacing the head guns using brass rod and although just a quick fix , the improvement is noticable .

All that remained then was to dirty down the head to match the rest of the model using the thinners/oil paint mix .

I consider the model more or less finished now , but you know how it is , I'll probably spot something in a week or two that'll need fiddling with !
But , for all intent and purposes I'm done . If I had more time I'd have done things a little differently but as I intended this to be a (relatively) quick-build and I've only gone a little over schedule , I'm pretty pleased with the results . As I said at the beginning of this thread , my modelling time is limited these days so it's pretty difficult to get decent sessions in ( oo-er!) , but anyone with young children will appreciate that! To sum up then , I'd definately recommend this kit to anyone , whatever their skill level and I imagine experienced modellers could turn out a 100% accurate miniature given the time and reference material . I will most likely pick up another to put away for the future , ( the idea for a two-AT-AT diorama project is percolating away in the back of my mind).
Mmm, speaking of dioramas , I fixed the AT-AT to a spare base board I had knocking around and before I knew it I began to build up some "snow" with some filler . I'd toyed with the idea of adding a crashed Snowspeeder but had had problems finding one in the correct scale , the "Action Fleet " model being too large at about 1/48 or there about . Then I came across a gaming miniature on ebay .

When it arrived , I was delighted to find it was pretty close to 1/72 and therefor perfect for my needs . I love it when a plan comes together!


The Snowspeeder needs a little paint work but on the whole it's a nice little model , in fact , I now intend to have it in a "flying-through-the-AT-AT-legs " place of honour on the base/diorama , the reality being that I was having problems positioning the ship in a convincing "crashed" attitude due to the size of the base and the position of the AT-AT . So , I've not finished after all ! The next post will be the last , honest!
 
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Transporter

Alphans
Hmm, I could not resist and bought the AT-AT today. We will see how far I will get...but like I did on my Airfix AT-AT I sold some time ago, it needs a red light inside the head...and nowadays we have these cute little micro lights...:yes:

How is your AT-AT coming along with the Snowspeeder? Is this the new Revell Snowspeeder on your pics? I think it is rather expensive for what it is.
 

thundergod

Alphans
Well , as I mentioned above , I consider the AT-AT finished ( for now!) apart from the display base , which I hope to get finished this week . As far as the price is concerned , I paid £20 for mine but the usual price is about £30 , which I consider pretty good value for a kit of this size especially as I paid £17.99 for my old AT-AT kit about 12 years ago! It is more or less the same size as the Master Replicas model and how much is that? In my opinion , the ONLY negative is the lack of detail on the head . ( But even this is not the end of the world ).
 

Transporter

Alphans
No, no, I was talking about the price of the new Revell Snowspeeder which is in Switzerland 40 SFr. (£18.50). I see, I have to get one of these gaming miniatures of a Snowspeeder, like you. Could you inform me about the brand etc., please? Thanks!

I think the AT-AT has a good price. I already have completed it out of the box and I really think it is a great model, size and proportions look very good to me. Of course some details can be added, especially to the head, like you said before. And looking at the various pics of the originals in my reference books, it needs a lot of more "dirtying down".
 

thundergod

Alphans
Sorry Transporter , mis-read your post! I don't know the brand of the Speeder as it was bought "loose" on ebay , but I'll see if I can find out for you . The new Revell Snowspeeder kit is too big to be displayed with the Walker and to be honest , not very good and like you say , too expensive for what it is . :thumbup:

UPDATE !!!
Revell are releasing another Snowspeeder in their "mini-kit" range this October which is rumoured to be the same scale as the AT-AT! ( So there you go , this thread is not finished , after all!):brows:

( Very) Belated Update !!
The mini-kit Snowspeeder is indeed in the same scale as the AT-AT ( I've got hold of a couple ) and I've also found my local HOBBYCRAFT is selling the walkers for £7.95 !
This project may live again......... ( Evil cackle ):twisted:
 

Captain Sci-Fi

Commander
Staff member
On kits....

Since these posts from Thundergod I have seen a number of these different kits are now available. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at them all, so if anyone has made any now is the time to become famous and share your builds. :D

Some of my all time favourite designs are from the Star Wars Saga's this should be a busy section. I actually started my modelling hobby with military armour kits but learned many scratch building techniques making these subjects from the ground up. I am very interested to see super detailing builds. I think you can learn so much good stuff when "X" becomes "Y" and is painted to complete this illusion.

I am not sure why but the terms "easy build" or "snap fit" make me nervous but looking at this build it is obvious that these kits are a brilliant starting point to make a great replica.

I will make enquiries and see what's out there... :thumbup:

Cap'n
 

thundergod

Alphans
I recently picked up a couple of the newer kits in this series ( Republic Gunship and Torrent Fighter ) and though not "state-of-the-art" , are still pretty good . They ARE overpriced though , but Modelzone have discounted most of the latest ones . I'd think twice about paying the RRP , but at the dropped prices , they are definately a bargain .:thumbup:
 

Captain Sci-Fi

Commander
Staff member
Aha, speak of the Star Wars kit master and like a Jedi, he appears... :D

Did you have any more pictures of your kit builds that you could share?

I am seriously thinking of grabbing these myself and doing exactly what you did by "tweaking them up" with extra detailing and some diorama work. I was thinking about a Hoth Ice cave full of Snow Speeders with some LED lighting maybe. :think:
 

thundergod

Alphans
I've got the majority of the Revell kits now ( barring the most recent ones ) though most have had little or no additional work done , I just built them up "straight from the box" and stored them away as "rainy day" projects ! As there is some interest I'll dig them out this week for some photos . If it inspires people to pick them up then all the better , as I think they have been overlooked by the majority of modellers .:thumbup:

The Hoth hanger sounds like a great idea , Captain and very do-able with the mini-Speeders . ( That's if you can find them now , I'm finding them quite hard to locate now!):think:
 
I had a Revell Y-wing on show at Hendon today, that I had repainted and slightly modified as 'Red Jammer'. Several people refused to believe it was the Revell kit - until I picked it up and put it under their nose!
A little thought and application can make these kits into beauty's.

They are far better than any of the old MPC/AMT/Ertl kits- as with maybe the exception of the Speeder bike, Star Destroyer, AT-AT and Imperial shuttle, most of these old classic's are pretty dire, requiring major surgery and work to make them look 'Anything at all'.
I only want a couple of AMT/Ertl Slave ones so I can build a Fleet ship from ROTJ and have a few Darth Vaders Tie fighter's for parts.
 

blakeh1

Alphans
UPDATE !!!
Revell are releasing another Snowspeeder in their "mini-kit" range this October which is rumoured to be the same scale as the AT-AT! ( So there you go , this thread is not finished , after all!):brows:

( Very) Belated Update !!
The mini-kit Snowspeeder is indeed in the same scale as the AT-AT ( I've got hold of a couple ) and I've also found my local HOBBYCRAFT is selling the walkers for £7.95 !

The De Agostini Snowspeeder seems like it might be good fit for the Revell At-At. Depends on whether you go by the "AT-AT foot crushing the speeder scale" or not. On the other hand the Revell speeder has a see through canopy and a cockpit area, plus is easier to modify since it is plastic and not die cast.

It is pictured here alongside the Revell Pocket Speeder, it is the smaller one (note the Revell snowspeeder is in progress and that parts aren't snapped togther which is why it might look a little wonky)

It is the Snowspeeder that comes in the Star Wars Vehicle Collection Magazine series (#10)




Also the De Agostini speeder has the added benefit of looking more in scale with the micromachine Hoth rebels if your looking for a diorama
 
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thundergod

Alphans
I'm not quite sure what's happening with this thread , as I was under the impression that the Star Wars threads were being merged into one , ( hence my postings on the Revell kits ) as it is , I'm not sure wether this one is "dead " , as the responses have been virtually non existant ! ( Apart from blakeh1 , obviously !) :lol:

Anyhoo , for any who are interested , Modelzone are advertising two new Revell Star Wars kits , the "New Hope" Landspeeder and ( finally ) a "regular" TIE Fighter . These are MOST welcome , as there has never been a Landspeeder kit produced ( at least for the mainstream market ) and I've always wanted to build one . Secondly , the interesting thing about the TIE ship is that it's advertised as 1/14 scale ( as is the Speeder ) , which would make it a pretty good sized model ! :thumbup:
 
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