Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Aratech 74-Z Military Speeder Bike

This project was really just a simple improvement, but I really liked how it turned out.

Parts: POTF2 Speeder Bike.

Supplies: X-acto knife, emery board, file, brushes, Testors paints and Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: None.

To begin with, the handlegrips were cut off, trimmed with an X-acto knife and glued back on in the correct position. Most of the edges were dry-brushed with "oxidized-metal" paint. One of the access panels was painted a slightly different color than the rest of the bike to indicate that it had been replaced. A lot of the surfaces on the bike were dry-brushed with aluminum paint to represent scratches, dings and a generally worn paint job. The pilot's seat was painted flat black and the bedroll was painted olive drab. The engine and exhaust pipes were painted a combination of oxidized metal and scorched metal colors. A couple of small scorch marks were added to represent blaster hits. A light coat of Testors Dull-Cote was used to seal the paint. Once dry, the whole bike was given several washes of very dirty thinner and then sealed again with a light coat of Dull-Cote.

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