Tuesday, October 14, 2008

FX-5 Medical Assistance Droid

Medical Droids greatly contribute to the combat readiness of New Republic military units by returning injured troops to full duty as quickly as possible. This FX-5 Medical Assistance Droid is assigned to help 2-1B treat patients in the medical bay of the New Republic cruiser Defiance. The FX-5 unit was designed to replace the older FX-4B model and is often used alongside the newer FX-7 units.

Parts: All (vintage FX-7).

Supplies: X-acto knife, super glue, file or sandpaper, brushes, Testors paints and Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: Drawings from The Essential Guide to Droids and a bit of imagination. I wanted to be able to use the vintage FX-7 figures in the same diorama as the newer POTJ FX-7. So, I decided to convert the smaller vintage figures into "earlier" models of the same type of droid.

Step One: There was not very much changed on the base figure. I cut a wedge out of the main arm and used a bit of super glue to close it up. This caused the arm to be placed in a more "active" pose.

Step Two: I repainted the entire figure using various metallic colors. On this droid, I tried to match the color and design to the newer POTJ FX-7 droid, in order to demonstrate their similarity (remember, I wanted this to be an earlier model of medial droid).

Step Three: Last, I applied a light coat of Testors Dull-Cote to protect the paint and reduce the shiny appearance.

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