by Brad Guy
In the years following the battle of Naboo, the defense forces of that planet decided to
retire the venerable N-1 starfighter. The old fighters had served admirably, but were under
powered and under armed to contend with the increasing threat the Trade Federation
posed. As newer, more powerful fighters were cycled into the Naboo inventory, the older
N-1's were auctioned off. This is the story of two of them.
One of them was purchased by Din Arnettis who took it on the racing circuit. Arnettis left
the original paint scheme of yellow over chrome, but added black hornet stripes across the
upper fuselage. He also rebuilt the engines to produce 1/3 more thrust. The peak of Din's
racing career came when he received an 'also ran' mention in the Kessel Run. However, at
time wore on, the overpowered engines, which were prone to overheating, wore out. Din
eventually dropped out of racing altogether and sold his old N-1 to a used parts dealer
named Wesp Sett.
Other N-1's were used by the now famous Rogue Squadron, prior to the battle of Yavin, as
pilot training ships. The old fighters were painted in traditional Rogue livery, and
prospective rebel pilots would learn flying, targeting, and squadron tactics in them before
graduating to the Z-95 Headhunter. One of these, Red Trainer Three, was struck from
behind during an exercise and the repulsor lift and rear finial were destroyed. The
wrecked ship eventually found itself traded for badly needed parts to the same scrap dealer, Wesp Sett,
who now owned Din Arnettis's old racer.
A couple years after the formation of the New Republic, 14 year old Yaxa Prinn was in the
market for her first speeder. She saved all summer, but still couldn't afford much.
Fortunately an old man in her neighborhood, Wesp Sett, had something in her price range.
Buy one, get one free, in fact! Yaxa carted the two old fighters home with the intent of
building a single, usable speeder out of them. The weapons were long gone, so she
replaced them with drilled out broom handles, they looked cool!
She got the repulsor lift
from Arnettis's old ship working again, and even got the Red Three's engines to sputter to
life once. She thinks. But the project was more trouble than it was worth, and it wound up
sitting in her parent's garage, rusting and neglected. A couple years later Yaxa got
pregnant, and real life took over. Her old speeder was the last thing on her mind.
Eventually her dad carted the two mashed, rusted, and forlorn fighters back to Wesp Sett's
shop, (now Wesp and Sons), where it sits in the back of the scrap yard to this day.
As you can see, this is the AMT/Ertl Naboo N-1 starfighter. It is built mostly from the box,
but I added a few details to the sparse cockpit, and some aluminum tube for the guns.
Since it made no sense to have an R2 unit sitting in it, I cut open the bottom hatch and
filled the R2 socket full of greeblies. The chrome parts were soaked in oven cleaner, and
all the nasty seams were filled with Aves. The whole thing was repainted as though it were
new, bright yellow on top and Alclad chrome on the bottom. Then I gave it about 30 years
worth of 'history' with the airbrush, adding layer upon layer of paint, masking with salt the
whole way. Various washes and filters were applied, until I finally got tired of it and called
The base is a 1/4" piece of drywall glued to a nice block of maple. Expansion joints were
scribed in, and I painted it to look like concrete, experimenting with various tricks until I
thought it looked right. There is a little Woodland Scenics grass poking up through the
cracks, and a handful of metal and plastic greeblies scattered about. The base was
splattered with oil paint to give it the final touch, and the project was finished. I hope you
Image: Top view
Image: Instrument cluster
Image: Other side
Image: Droid socket
Image: You could poke someone's eye out ....
Image: Head on
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