"Circle the Jedi. A perimeter,
create, around the survivors!"
How 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.
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.
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.
First, I built another AT-TE, which was this time 3 times bigger than
the Action-Fleet AT-TE.
Then, I abraded everything. A painting was not necessary,
because the basic colour of the gunship was also the colour of the plastic,
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 it grey.
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.
Two Republic Gunships from Kenner-Hasbro
1. The "normal" Gunship (Troopship) 2. The AT-TE Carrier
Of course it is more attractive with the right background: