I picked up a few of these some time ago in an attempt to get a friend hooked
on scale models. She got hooked allright..on Lego. So the little snap-tites
languished in the stash for a while.
Only two of them are likely to be built in canonical configurations and markings, so I guess these are both Sci-Fi and What-Iffery
Oddly, the minis need more work to turn them into good looking models than their 1/72 counterparts. The scale is just too small to do any sensible multicolour tricks in plastic, so while paint is mostly optional with the bigger ones, the minis really need it. While the 1/72 models come with both decals and stickers, the minis have only stickers, and that's just nog going to work. I used a combination of the stickers and the 1/72 decal sheets to create (somewhat simplified) replacement decals.
|I never liked the "nasty bug" black and orange scheme of Poe's special, but one of the kits was just that, and consequently moulded in black plastic, so I had to use that as the base colour. I swapped out the orange for gold, and reverted the "ace special" rear end with the extra engine to a regular configuration.|
The next one assumes there was a need for a high speed interceptor variant,
created by replacing half of the guns (and their attendant power drain) with
missile pods, allowing the ships to engage agile targets long before closing
to gun range, possibly without ever diverting power to the remaining guns.
This clearly has nothing to do with the fact that I have a whole bunch of flawed 3D printed rocket pods lying around hoping for a purpose, what a silly idea..
Can't have Star Wars without a certain modified freighter
Weathering leaves much to be desired; somehow, this one just didn't want to look properly grubby.