Tie Bomber

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I completed my build of the 3D printed TIE bomber this last weekend and am very pleased with how it all turned out. This is link to the video which shows the completion of the kit along with announcing the winners of the raffle. Congrats to the winners! Thanks to all who participated. The winner won a TIE bomber and 2nd and 3rd prizes consisted of Interstellar Modeler hats. Here’s the link: Tie Bomber YouTube Video

The kit is approx 1/72 scale from Mos Eisely Modelworks and it makes for a very nice replica of this unique ship. I lit the TIE’s cockpit with a chip-sized SMD and used 1.0mm fiberoptics feeding into a 3mm red LED for each of the exhaust ports. The ship was painted with a blue-gray mix of Testors Intermediate blue and camo gray. The simulated explosion was created using expandable foam, a departure from the cotton/stuffing method I’ve tried in the past. I really like the way it turned out. Since it is a paintable surface, I applied shadows and highlights to mimic a plume from an explosion. I think this is why it even looks fairly decent with the internal lights off. Was a very fun project to work on. Thanks to Jason Chadwell from Mos Eisley Modelworks for designing a great kit.

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