May 24, 2013

R2-D2 model kit

Here's an old 1977 MPC kit of Artoo I finally finished. The kit wasn't all that accurate so I had to make a ton of improvements first (redoing the head, making the legs thicker, adding more accurate shoulders, etc), and then I weathered it to match his appearance in the first movie.

The other thing I really wanted to do was add the hoses underneath. Yeah, I realize they weren't supposed to be seen and were only there to hide Kenny Baker's legs, but as a kid I always DID notice them.... and thought they actually looked kinda cool. So I decided to add them.

I also bent the legs and feet inward a bit like in the first movie, because it just seemed to give him a bit more character.

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