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TIE Bomber - Building the fuselage and wings

The tie Bomber is a nice little subject. It has a lot of caracter and it's a nice model to go into Studio Scale model because of its size and the relative low cost of it. The building is not very complicated and it's easy to find reference pictures all over the internet. You can also find the list of the kits used by ILM in several places (take a look at therpf.com, studio scale section).

 

The first steps

They used the wings and the canopy frame of the MPC Dv's TIE Fighter. The wings are extended with styrene. The fuselage is made from two 2" tubes, and a 2" dome and dish from plastruct.

The body

There's a box linking the 2 tubes, it's the mounting bloc. A cross tube goes through the fuselage bodies and box. It's the wing support. You can see I've engraved the grooves on the body.

Cockpit and final assembly

More parts were added on the cockpit body. The 1/24 Airfix Harrier seat part was modded with styrene sheet on the back like on the original model.

The chin guns

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Rear caps are made with Airfix 1/144 Saturn V Rockets. I've cast the Morser Karl parts, as we need a large amount of them. You can see one of the mouting point, which is a nut. There're 3 mounting points on my model : front, back and bottom. The mounting points are hidden with kitpart covers. The yellow plating is made with vinyl tape.

 

 

 
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