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Author Topic: Steam Wars: The Corporate Automaton  (Read 601 times)
keithjones
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« on: March 02, 2016, 03:34:38 am »

I stumbled on an AMT Star Wars Corporate Droid at a local hobby shop and was immediately struck by how it had a significant Steampunk look.  But it needed some enhancements…

I added Microscale rivet decals and H.O. scale nuts and bolts and filled in the top of the outboard tracks with putty, topped with rivet decals.  Jewelry gear/watch parts were added to the rear drive mechanism.  The front drive wheels are Hands mag wheels from an AMT parts pack.  A boiler, which is hard to see, was made from an H.O. oil tank and a H.O. chimney was attached to it.  The headlights are from a 1/16th scale Mercer kit.  Where possible, I substituted brass for plastic. The overall color is Rustoleum Bronze, over which Vallejo black wash was applied.  The contrasting color is Testor’s Burnt Iron.  The treads were painted Testor’s Magnesium, with a Vallejo Dark Brown wash and Rust-all black wash. 




My efforts were rewarded with winning our model club's annual "Favorite Five" contest:
http://www.dvsm.org/Newsletters/Delaware%20Valley%20Scale%20Modelers%20Newsletter-January2016.pdf


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SeVeNeVeS
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2016, 01:10:19 pm »

Darn fine job and well done for the top 5 (I think yours was best btw)

Is it me or does that first photo resemble this somehow?
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RJBowman
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2016, 05:22:10 pm »

I would not have thought to look to Lucas's prequels for steampunk inspiration, but there it is. The sides resemble chain guards and would make nice detail pieces for a larger project. The stock guards over the threads don't seem to match the body very well (blame ILM's designers); something more like an early automobile fender, or something with a teardrop profile, might give it a more integrated look.

An inspired model. Well done.
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Hektor Plasm
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2016, 08:06:44 pm »

It is a bit Binksy, but that does not detract from the overall brilliance!

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keithjones
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2016, 02:26:12 am »

Darn fine job and well done for the top 5 (I think yours was best btw)

Is it me or does that first photo resemble this somehow?
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Thanks!  The original eyes/headlights in the kit are even more Jar-like - the first thing I threw out!
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Drew P
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2016, 02:27:57 am »

One does NOT compare to the other. Yours is cool Cool.
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Banfili
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2016, 11:19:45 am »

Nice work, Mr jones. Would look good motoring down the road!
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Crescat Scientia
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2016, 12:09:58 am »

It's a delightful conversion, well adapted.  The award is well-deserved.
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