Lee Ralph – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Bespin Twin Pod, Ralph McQuarrie Concept Model

I started this model a short while back after deciding on a whim to have a go at it. It is my first time vacuum forming my own handmade patterns, and while I’ve still much to learn, the model did work out in a fashion.

The bucks were created by the simple styrene rib and bondo method, while messy, they did work out OK. Bucks were also created to form the main canopy shape, I did slip up a tad here as i had to make an on the fly adjustment that did create a small gap at the rear, but not to be disheartened, I carried on with the build.

The wing spar in 6mm styrene was easy enough to create, and I did my best to choose donor parts that had some rather nice curves for the engine unit, this is actually a very modified intake from the Hasegawa 1/32 F16, a bit late to be a bonafide TESB donor I believe, but again, it’s a concept model, and just a bit of free reign fun, but keeping with the method that would have been used way back, so no 3D printing or expensive laser cutting, just hand made, old fashioned hard work and sore hands.

The pilots are 1/20 Tamiya F1 drivers, made just anonymous silhouettes as the whole point was to make this a very art deco piece and emulate the beauty of the painting by Mr. McQuarrie.

Paint again comes courtesy of the wonderful Archive-X hues, Paint that recreates the wonderful period Floquil hues of the timeline. She was base coated in Reefer Orange, then various panels of SP Daylight red. SP Light Lark grey, and Grime were misted and masked over the hull, some just mere streaks, a less is more approach. The Logo in white, was taken from the Blue Depiction of the McQuarrie painting, as this proved a more clear image to follow.

Overall a very fun project, and so different to be working on my own vac pulls, of which I have many more plans for in the future.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy the images.

Best Regards…….
Lee Ralph
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