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Saturday, February 25, 2012

XP-34 Landspeeder




Here are some images of Revell's 1/25 scale XP-34 Landspeeder from Star Wars.
I don't know about you but doesn't the Luke Skywalker figure look suspiciously like Chuck Norris? But I digress.
As has been stated before what one does to any snaptite pre painted kit worth its salt is to of course glue it and add more paint to it which is what has been done here.
Things added to this model is of course more dirt, scratches and dents. I also added a couple of instrument panels to the interior plus more detailing on whatever that thing is on the hood.

From Wikipedia"

Landspeeders are fictional antigravity craft used through the Star Wars movies and Star Wars Expanded Universe. They are depicted both in civilian and military capacities, and several versions have been merchandised as toys and models.

Landspeeders first appear in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Two of them—Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) XP-34 and a V-35—were designed by Special Effects genius John Stears and were fitted around cars; Skywalker's landspeeder was built around a small sports car manufactured by Ogle Design. One of the major challenges the production crew faced was disguising the wheels to create the illusion that the craft was hovering.[2][3] For certain shots, they shot from camera angles that masked the wheels; for long-distance shots, they used reflective material, gelatin on the camera lens, and shadow effects. A small blur could be seen under the speeder, which George Lucas called "The Force Spot" (stated in Special Edition Tape). Production designer Roger Christian used an angled mirror and a broom attached to the vehicle's underside to create, at certain angles, the illusion that the craft was hovering and kicking up dust. Star Wars creator George Lucas used digital technology to enhance the landspeeder effects in the Special Edition of A New Hope. Industrial Light and Magic's (ILM) Doug Chiang design the Naboo Flash speeder with a "race car look" while the Gian speeder's appearance is ILM's response to Lucas' request that the Naboo troops have "a pick-up truck with guns."

Expanded Universe material describes speeders as using a "repulsorlift" that allows them to travel above a world's surface; a key differentiating point between landspeeders and airspeeders is the altitude the repulsorlift allows the craft to reach. In A New Hope, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) sells his landspeeder in order to pay Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to take him, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) to Alderaan. Naboo security forces use landspeeders in their attempt to retake the capital city of Theed in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and various speeders appear in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Speeders are playable-controllable craft in a variety of LucasArts titles.



11 comments:

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

I still remember how simple and easy it seemed, the fact that there was a car without wheels, when I saw the premiere of the movie. Been a long time. The model has been for you the cult of the mythomaniacs, faithful to the memory model in detail.

Warren Zoell said...

I wonder if that included Chuck Norris ;O)

Entre Nous said...

My son and grandson NEVER tire of Star Wars, for some odd reason I will never understand...... :} Sent them both this link

Warren Zoell said...

Because the props are cool.

Diego said...

Hi Warren,

Go spacecraft collection.

"Star Wars" which memories ...

Warren Zoell said...

Star Wars tiene un montón de recuerdos de la multitud de la Generación X.

Manchu said...

One year ago, I worked hard to convert my Landspeeder Hasbro toy in something realist and now, there is one in kit and which seems cool!Grrr! :))
Well done on yours Warren

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks manchu. Do you have pictures of it?

Manchu said...

The Landspeeder is here on my blog:
http://www.manchu-sf.blogspot.com/2011/04/star-wars-landspeeder.html

Pat Tillett said...

I remember these! Nice job on the paint...

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pat - I certainly like it better then the paint job it came with.