The base model is the pre-painted snap tight ARC-170 kit, which has very little detail,
so I raided the spare bits box/model collection for this project. I glued it together, and repainted the kit as I went.
Using the included 'cockpit tub as a base, I made a cockpit using the cockpit from a 1/48 scale AH-1F Cobra Attach Helicopter for the two forward facing crew members (Pilot and Co-Pilot/RIO/back up Weapons). The rear facing crew member cockpit (Weapons Officer) is from a 1/48 scale F-18 Hornet. The Astromech Droid is scratch built.
The 'wings' with rocket pod and tubes are also from the AH-1F kit. The Laser Cannon jacket is a piece of styrene shaped around the tip. The 3D-BB is a ball turret gun from a 1/72 scale B-17 ( with replacement scratch built metal gun barrels) and its mounting is a scratch built assembly of styrene and metal. The gun pods and air to air missile racks from are on scratch built (styrene) mounting stanchions. The MER and associated bombs are also from a 1/72 scale Hasegawa Weapons detailing set.
The model was hand painted using acrylics of various shades. I used Blue as the primary coloration to differentiate the vehicle from the standard clone issue Red vehicle. Prismacolor coloring pencils were used to detail various instruments in the cockpit, as well as weathering details.The Sharks Teeth nose art (and eyes and nose slits) are hand painted using acrylics also (reference info in The Sharks Teeth Nose Art book by Jeffery L. Ethell 1992) and looks like it belongs on the kit in some fashion. The outline of eyes and upper lip black line were created using chartpack detailing tape.
The front light is created by using a piece of fiber optic line, with the other end being in the top surface in front of the cockpit, in the anti-glare strip. I glued a crystal on the cockpit front to depict the additional mech. droid brain.
Image: Little people
Image: Front cockpit
Image: Right/front view
Image: Droid, sir
Image: More people
Image: Lighted grin
Image: Rear view
Image: Rear cockpit
Image: Left/rear view
Image: Left side
Image: Top view
Image: Left side