RetroKit Star Wars Speeder


Adding some old builds which dropped off when I moved from one site to another, so here is a a build up of the RetroSF Rebel Speeder all combined into a single post.

Review

Picked up RetroKit’s Star Wars Speeder recently, as a test for a large Star Wars build which is going to be coming up soon, and very impressed with the quality and the detail on it.  I must confess to having been a little nervous ordering it as the website only had 1 very small image of the kit.  They have now updated this will a parts shot.

The kit is 25.99 euros plus a small delivery charge and arrived very quickly (with a couple of days).  They also contacted me to let me know that it was on it’s way.  Very good customer service and would have no hesitation in recommending them.

Model arrived in a stout box to protect what turns out to be the numerous parts.

Box
Box

The parts count turns out to be huge

Parts
Parts

The parts are all well moulded with very little in the way of flash.  Some of the parts are extremely small (the grid is 1cm squares to give you an idea of the tininess of some the parts).  The small parts are all mounted on runners and generally survived on them during transit.  Looks like one very small part (compare the two sprues on the bottom right, the bottom one is missing a part on the far right) came adrift somewhere along the line and wasn’t in the packaging. As it is a relatively plain part and very small this shouldn’t be an issue in assembly.

Here are some better images of some of the parts.

Main Body
Main Body
Pilots
Pilots

As you can see the moulding is really sharp and the level of detail very high.

You get a small decal sheet with the tiny markings place larger pieces for the main panel shading/markings.  These may or may not get used as not decided on how the colours will tie in across the whole of this large build.

Decals
Decals

The one thing that is a little disappointing is the instructions.  As you can see from above there is a large parts count (equivalent easily to a plastic kit, which is unusual as resin kits most frequently have a much lower parts count) and the positioning of all this will take some time to work out.  The instructions are really just a diagram and the interpretation of it is not particularly clear.  There also don’t seem to be enough parts to cover what’s in the box.

Instructions
Instructions

Sure I will work it out but think that it could be a little better on this point.  A less experienced modeller would likely be put off and there will need to be a lot of testing and checking before final assembly.  Obviously resin kits are inherently more complex than plastic but instructions always seem to feel like a bit of an after thought.  That’s not a criticism of this kit particularly but the field as a whole.

So would highly recommend this kit and greatly looking forward to getting this done (although wont be immediate) and hoping it will match in nicely with the 1:72 Fine Mold models.

Build

Decided to leap in with building this model and see how it goes together.  So far all good.  The instructions as mentioned in the review are a little hard to interpret with little blocks shown on the diagram which you have to work out which ones they refer to from the parts.  But took my time and worked it all out in advance and started to assemble.  Fit is very good with just a couple of small gaps which will need just a skim of some filler. You get an option part for one side which allows you to have some gubbins showing.  So decided to include that, and also will have one of the flaps at the rear lifts and have it being worked on.

Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder

So going together well.

Only slightly tense point has been trying to ensure all the parts are lined up correctly so that the guns point forwards at the right angle.  Think I’ve got the first one right (looks correct anyway).

Should be a simple task to finish.

One thing is that no landing gear is supplied but having searched the internet there don’t appear to any pictures with landing gear included. So not sure at the moment how to address this.  First thought has been to have it on a trailer rather than on its own landing gear.

Cracking on with this model and basically all the assembly is now done.  There are a few little bits still to go on, a little bit of sanding where I’ve been clumsy and got some superglue outside the places I wanted it and a smear of filler in some gaps.  But that’s basically all.

One thing that I struggled with was working out how the airflaps fixed but think I worked it out.  Doesn’t seem to match some of the pictures I’ve seen, but hey-ho!  Have left one up so that I can potentially have a crewman working on it.

The canopy has been carefully cut apart (a nerve racking few minutes) as the real part is fixed and then it hinges upwards.  The got to work out the best way of getting clear parts into the canopy.  Feel that they are way too small to cut individually and probably will add a section on the inside which will then be painted where the windows aren’t.

Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder

Going to try and crack on with this and start to get a trolley built for it to sit on to complete the mini scene.

OK, getting somewhere now.  The kit has been completed, with the minor exception of the rear gun which I’m leaving off until the rest is painted as I know I will knock it off otherwise.  Some small amounts of filling were required around some of the parts but nothing significant at all.

So popped some Halford Grey Primer onto it with the intention of using that as my base colour.  But once it had dried I decided it was too dark and needed to be lighter.  So have done it with Halford White Primer now.  This is probably too light now but once there have been some washes added it will darken up a bit.

Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder

You can also see in these where I’ve cut the canopy so that I can have it hinged open.  The rear piece has been glued on.  There is a very small crack in it but I haven’t worried about repairing this because that point will be pretty much hidden once the main part of the canopy is attached.  The supplied parts for the hinge can’t be used now and not sure whether to mock up something that looks like a strip hinge or try and get some struts on.  Probably going to go the easiest route to be honest.  Also not sure whether to muck about with trying to insert clear plastic for the windows.  Does look a bit odd with nothing there though.

So time to get started on the detail painting and then think about whether I’m going to use the supplied decals or go with a set of my own.

And here’s a comparison shot with the Fine Molds Y-Wing.

Speeder and Y-Wing
Speeder and Y-Wing

So last night got some paint out to start doing the detail painting.  Discovered my yellow had all dried out.  I had a can of Rover “Something” Yellow so masked up the air-brake area and used that.  Didn’t mask up too well though so there is some leakage on the back of the air-brake.

Interior was done with some Games Workshop Foundation Paints (Battleship Grey and something Brown) and the rear with Boltgun Silver.

Added a bit of washes into the major detailing areas of the air-brake and the exposed area under the gun.

Next up will be some dry brushing in the cockpit area and then get some clear coat on so I can do the decals.  Have a custom set designed which replace the supplied ones, but are the same shape and size.  Then to crack on with some weathering.

Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder
Speeder

Finally got the decals printed out at work and tested them out by doing the Speeder with my custom designed set. Nothing very exciting but a little twist and nod to the Viper build.

Speeder
Speeder

The R5 droid is done using a scan of the Fine Molds decals where I switched the colours from red to green.  Did some others in different colours as well.  This is from the Trillance set.

Speeder
Speeder

The logos on either side of the front raised sections are the Spitfire Squadron which was an invention for the Viper build and is going to be carried through into this build as well.

Speeder
Speeder

 

Also included some decals for the large boxes which came with the bases and make quite good shipping containers at this scale. Hopefully some of the company logos are recognisable to Star Wars geeks. There are an extra couple at the back which have a logo from another sci-fi film but will keep them hidden for the moment. I like to pop some out of place stuff into these scenes to keep people looking. Bit like adding The Stig as my pilot in the Viper build.

So very nearly there with this one. Just need to seal the decals and do a bit of weathering. Oh, and add a dolly for it to be moved around on.

Final weathering was done in a bit of a hurry to get this finished for the large display it was part of, so no pictures I’m afraid.  So jumping straight ahead to the final item.

Hanger
Hanger
Hanger
Hanger
The Display
The Display

The model is currently with a friend who has taken it to a couple of other shows since this main hanger display.  But when I get it back I will take some better pictures.

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