I am mostly finished with the Cylon Raider, but I am putting a hold on the project until some decals go back in stock from the Starship Modeler store. In the meantime I decided to move on to another project. This new project means a lot to me because it is the kit that made me quit modeling 20 years ago.
Let me back up for a few minutes and provide some background. When I was a strapping young fellow, I was very into building models in a dark corner of my parent’s basement. I was also a bit of a perfectionist. One day I saw a kit for a Speeder Bike from Return of the Jedi, and I immediately knew I had to have it. It was my grail kit. The one kit to rule them all. When I finally got it (for Christmas, I think), I rushed to the basement to start working on it immediately.
My exuberance quickly waned as my child-fingers did not have the skill nor the patience to match my perfectionist, idealized vision of what I wanted this kit to look like. I finished the kit, but it looked horrible and served as a constant reminder of my poor skill and crushed dreams. For the next 15-20 years I gave up on modeling as life and my lack of confidence closed doors to the hobby.
Just over a year ago, when I took up the hobby again, it was not long before I rekindled my dreams of a super awesome Speeder Bike kit, just the way I envisioned and wanted. When I started scouring eBay for cheap Star Wars model kits, one of the first I bought was the AMT/Ertl Speeder Bike kit. The packaging is one of the newer incarnations, so it looks different than the box I remember, but it is still the same parts.
So, Speeder Bike kit, Bring it on!