A glimpse into my scale modeling hobby

That armor’s too strong for these blasters!

With my next kit, I return to the subject that started it all for me so many years ago: the original Star Wars movies. I still remember vividly how I knew for sure that when I grew up, I was going to work at Lucasfilm and build their special effects models. Unfortunately, that is becoming more and more of a lost art with the advent of computer generated effects, but I can still relive the glory days in my basement.

Really cool box art

This next kit is the Snowspeeder from Empire Strikes Back, which is made by the Japanese company FineMolds. My previous kit, the Jedi Starfighter, was also made by FineMolds. This company has a reputation for working directly with Lucasfilm and producing the highest quality, most detailed Star Wars kits available. The Snowspeeder looks like it will be no exception to this rule.

This kit is in 1/48 scale, which is a great size to show a lot of detail and not be ridiculously hard to work with. You can see in the picture above that there are two options for decal schemes, one is the traditional orange striping, and the other is based on the gray on Luke’s speeder. Even though I have always considered Luke my favorite character, I plan on using the orange scheme because I like the look better.

Finally, I had to include a picture of the instruction manual because I get a kick out of all of the Japanese on the instructions. On the Jedi Starfighter kit, nothing on the instructions was in English so I had to talk to my Japanese teacher colleague in order to find out what paint colors I needed. Fortunately, this kit is newer and includes English for a the most important instructions. On the left you can see all the little detail parts that will be added to the basic hull, including a pilot and gunner.

I am very much looking forward to working on this kit, and I think the final result will look especially impressive!

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