building my own snowspeeder

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by dnalor, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    This porject is really coming together beautifully.
  2. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    somehow i still think that this is the easy part of the snowspeeder..

    Also i don't know what to do with the belly of the beast because i cut the wing template up, instead of folding a wing complete i cut of the upper-side..
    And now i need to build a bottom-part..and i think i gonna try to build a correct belly..
  3. Wojtee

    Wojtee Member

    This is a good idea, actually, I think this is how the model should have been (regarding the "wings"). It wouldn't fit the paper format, I guess...
    Why don't you do the bottom part similarly as the top? Glue it together, strenghten to required thickness, glue to the top and then glue the strip on the edge?

    And yes, this is a big one even in original scale. Here is mine, spread across the A4 workpad :) And yes, without the cannons and stuff on the top, it looks a lot like a flatfish :)


    Correct belly would be a challenge - I have found no pictures of the belly, as far as I remember. But perhaps starting by canibalising the landing skids from an X-Wing and continuing on... But then again - there is no room for the skids, because the floor is so close to the belly...
    It is a funny little thing - (human) pilots don't fit, it does not land (normally, at least), it has no belly... sign1
  4. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

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  6. leofirebrand

    leofirebrand Member

    Holy Crap! based on those reference photos not only did the pilots not have legs they had giant tubes impaling them and we thought the empire was bad.

    In all seriousness though, here are some drawings done for the wizkids line of simple card models. They have the snowspeeder among a few other ships and make excellent reference for creating scaled line drawings since they have top, bottm, left, right, back, and front views. Based on the reference photos they are pretty accurate.
  7. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    i think that that giant tube is the chassis of the speeder....

    I see now that i need to build the back of the speeder before building the belly..
    That because of the black cooling flaps.., they are as low as the underside of the speeder.

    Now i hope that i have a little space over for the custom underside.

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  8. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    Got a problem.
    I made the back side the black box were the cooling-ribs are attached.

    The box is arround 7cm short. (2,75 inch)
    When i rebuild the black box i will have enough room for a correct belly.
    but i don't know if i can do that.
    i build fairly good (i think) ...but creating is something else :)

    For the correct angle of the wings i need to build the wing engines left & Right..
    then i can set the wings.
    And start with the backbox and underbelly...

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  9. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    These last set of photos were really great. This thing is huge! I would love to see something like that in person. The last picture of the back end is most impressive! :)
  10. leofirebrand

    leofirebrand Member

    Sorry to hear the back box is not the right size. I was not 100% sure what the problem was based on your post but If you need any help feel free to PM me as I do alot of scratch building and would be happy to help.

    If what your needing to build is a box shape then that is not too bad. I would take thee part that mounts to the back and trace it out and then adjust the size by the correct 7cm. Once you do that make a second that matches exactly. Then use a ruler to determine how thick the box is supposed to be and cut a strip that exact thickness. You can then use the edges of the box to etch your crease line and glue the strip around the outside permiter.
  11. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Don't know if this helps. If you can post a picture,straight on, from the angle you need, and place a ruler, or give me the exact dimension, I can scale the drawing and give you dimensions, even the part unfolded, if you need it. You just have to give me the info. :)

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  12. spawntan

    spawntan New Member

    very impressive
    also by the scale of the snowspeeder, even missing details but it looks great so sige to see the finished project
  13. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member


    made myself a custom backplate. (just the box)

    It looks good, i thought but watching the pictures it's a little to small i have to rebuild this.
    The 7cm down are perfect i think this will do the trick..

    I need some details on it...the cooling ribs tadaa...a nice snowspeeder back.

    i hope :)

    the position of the wings is nice..i put the back engines on top and they look straight..ok 1 problem solved...

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  14. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    This is how i'm going to build it...:)

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  15. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

    I wonder if anyone else had this problem building the straight from kit version, but nice save anyway
  16. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    i really don't know if i'm the only one.
    But the speeder as build in the kit will not have a correct bottom..

    When everything goes ok i will have a bottom which will look as it should be. (i hope)
  17. BadJackDaniels

    BadJackDaniels New Member

    Dude, I love your work and dedication, I am learning a lot, congratulations once again ...
  18. treadhead1952

    treadhead1952 Member

    Yep, yep, just what he said. Arriving at a problem, checking it out, deciding what you can do and taking care of it is all part of the process of these things and you are working right on through them from my point of view.
  19. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    If you look at the rear of the model (plastic?) vs. the paper one, there is a difference. Something is off. There seems to be a step, in the hull missing, I don't know if any of these pictures are definitive. I do know that based of aerodynamics, this thing would spin out of control if those flaps (spoilerons, spoiler, not sure what they're called, spoiler seems more accurate) if raised and lowered the way they showed in the movies!

    I think there should be a step down at the rear of the canopy, where it ends on the fuselage that is not designed into the paper model. Good luck! :)


  20. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    ok about aerodynamics you don't have to worry with star wars :) that is not there.
    But i try to build the plastic version of the back en bottom.

    The paper-version is normally very small and then you don't see the error..

    But with my size the errors become also a little bigger :)

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