Corporate Alliance What??
I have been scouring Ebay for deals on old model kits. Mostly Star Wars, but I’m always on the lookout for other deals too. The Corporate Alliance Droid by AMT/Ertl was one of my first Ebay purchases, and I got it for about $10 with shipping. My first thought when I saw this kit on Ebay was, “They made a model kit of this?!” The kit came out back in 2005 for the release of Revenge of the Sith, which was during the time of my life where I hadn’t yet rediscovered my love (and time) for building model kits. Thus, I had no idea this kit had ever been made until I spotted it on Ebay a couple of months ago.
My surprise stemmed from the fact that there were so many cool looking ships in Revenge of the Sith, and the makers chose such an obscure one. Now, as a Star Wars supergeek, I have visions of Wookiees yelling and shaking crossbows as they jump on and off these droids, but the average person probably does not remember these one-shot vehicles. Then again, most average people probably aren’t building Star Wars models!
A few notes on my initial impressions of the kit.
-The build looks really easy. Very few parts and a decent fit. One issue I have noticed so far is that the parts have required some filling and quite a bit of sanding. Removing the parts from the sprues left quite a bit of rough edge.
-The quality of the plastic is only average. Compared to the FineMolds kits this one has a lot to live up to.
-No label of the scale, but my guess is about 1/32.
-No paint instructions! The directions come with a list of paint colors to use on the kit, but no instructions about where to use them. Definitely a little frustrating, but this will be good practice for me in creating/trying paint colors that match the original.
-Because this will be such an easy build, I plan on trying out some new painting and weathering techniques. My main plan is to give the whole model a silver undercoat with enamel paint and then add a softer acrylic topcoat, which I can scratch off for the desired “chipped paint with metal showing through” look.