Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Outrider (Modified YT-2400 Light Freighter)

This was the first ship I ever customized. I decided to add more detail and some battle damage to the Outrider and this is the end result.

Parts: Shadows of the Empire Outrider, thin plastic tubing.

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

Reference: None.

This one was pretty much a one day project. The entire ship was given a touch-up paint job. Some access panels were painted a different color than rest of the ship to indicate that they had been replaced. All edges were drybrushed with aluminum to show where paint had been chipped off. The pilot's seat was painted black with brown "leather" cushioning. The entire cockpit was given an overhaul, adding more controls, wires and conduit.

All of the laser cannons were hollowed out to more closely resemble gun-barrels. A butane lighter was used to add scorch markings around the cannon muzzles. Additional scorching was applied near the cockpit and just below the top-side gun turret to simulate "battle-scarring". The landing gear was painted a combination of black, silver, chrome, rubber and grey. I added some thin tubing the landing gear to give the appearance of hydraulic cables attached to the landing gear struts. The entire ship was given several washes of very thinned out black paint to show oil leaks and general wear and tear. Testors Dull-Cote was then applied liberally to every part of the ship, except the cockpit windscreen.

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