the Jedi. A perimeter, create, around the survivors!"
I built a realistic Republic Gunship and an AT-TE Carrier out of
two Kenner-Hasbro Gunships.
When I got my first Republic
Gunship on Christmas 2002, I was immediately sad, that Kenner didn´t
included the Cannonballs. The Cannonballs, which were later delivered
with the Pilot-figures, didn't fit also. They were a) too little,
b) not transparent and c) unmanned.
Therefore, I built it
by myself. A report for that I already published.
These improved Balls didn't satisfy me enough. I wanted to suit
the gunship more to the original in the movie. Also, I wanted a
second Gunship, which carries the AT-TE.
So, in detail as follows:
1. Republic Gunship:
First, I cut away the toy-handle on the topside. Then, I surfaced
and abraded the remaining holes. Next, I took the both included
red rockets and cut the rear part away, so they had the same length
and look like the rockets melt in the Turbines/Rocket launcher.
I copied the rockets 10 times with silicon milk and surfacer. Then,
I mounted the rockets on 16mm round wood and screwed it into the
pit. Then, I painted the rockets
Next, I built the net, were the clone troops and Jedi can hold their
self. Ich searched for a suitable wide net, but found nothing. Therefore,
I took a wooden plate, draw a 16cm x 10cm net with a net-width of
10mm x 10mm and layed 1mm thick sailing strings on. The ends, I
fixed with stickers. Then, I "sewed"vertical again sailing
strings over and below the horizontal levels and fixed them also
with stickers. Then I fixed the knots with glue. Finally, I separated
the net from the wooden plate, painted the net black and cutted
out a 3cm x 3cm quadrate on each corner. Then, I bent the long and
the small sides up and stuck the net into the roof of the gunship.
I clipped finally my Cannonballs to the ship. Ready!
2. AT-TE Carrier
First, I built another AT-TE, which was this time 3 times bigger
than the Action-Fleet AT-TE.
The first AT-TE I built 4 times bigger. A report about my first
AT-TE already exists.
Then, I took my second Gunship and cut away the bottom from the
centre wall backwards to the enginges.
Then, I abraded everything.
A painting was not necessary, because the basic colour of the gunship
was also the colour of the plastic, Kenner used.
Next, I cut the rear Cockpit-bubble away (because the AT-TE Carrier
is operated only by one pilot), placed a pilot in the front Cockpit,
screwed the front Cockpit-bubble on, covered the rear Cockpit with
a fly-net (usually for protecting windows that fly can not come
into a house) and surfacer, abraded and painted it grey.
I had to cut the little
automatic Cannonballs out of the wings and replace it with polystyrene
plates, which I painted grey. Also, I had to cut away the rocket-launchers,
because the AT-TE has only turbines. I covered the remaining hole
with a wooden round part, which I painted black. Additional, I covered
it with a ring of aluminium. After that, I cut the original Kenner-Hasbro
molded rockets on the launcher away, surfaced, and abraded a painted
Then, I closed the area
of the play handle with a 1mm thick plastic plate. Finally, I built
the gadgets, which hold the AT-TE and painted it black. Then my
both gunships were ready.
The "raw material":
Two Republic Gunships from Kenner-Hasbro
And now my Gunships:
1. The "normal"
2. The AT-TE Carrier
Of course it is more
attractive with the right background: