View Full Version : Shuttle Tyderium?
12-24-2002, 02:18 PM
Anyone know what's up with the Shuttle? I ordered it like months ago. Are they going to end up cancelling, or what?
12-24-2002, 03:57 PM
It should be released and start shipping in mid-January.
12-24-2002, 05:09 PM
11-28-2006, 08:05 PM
It should be released and start shipping in mid-January.It should've already started shipping. I just saw them at the Target near me (Virginia Beach).
You're thinking of FAO Schwartz, Slicker.
Two Quick Problems:
1. The Lambda class shuttle is one of my favorite SWU vessels simply because it is so elegant in shape and design. Unfortunately, the current, 'weathered', paint scheme kinda messes this up. I never thought of the Imperial ships as being all that haggard looking to begin with (_certainly not_ Vader's personal runabout) and this scheme in particular looks like a combination of water spots and thick, greasy, dust with almost half the ships underside painted assymetrically in dark grey. Is there any online source for 'how I resprayed the Hasbro Tyderium?' to help me get something a little less grunge-looking and a bit more accurate to the film models?
2. The wings fold assymetrically. Seriously, if you move one side up it will usually slam into the vertical fin just as or after the other passes true vertical. Has anyone opened this release up to see if there is something that can be done to resynch the gearing mechanism or is it simply a 'known design flaw'?
Thank You- KPl.
12-27-2006, 08:01 PM
The greas streaks and such are accurate to the movie prop, the dark gray is taking a little license though. Here's a few pages and the relevant links to the shooting prop:
http://www.starshipmodeler.com/starwars/refpix/ms_M075.JPGAs for the wings, the FAO version was definitely like that as well, maybe the vintage one was too, I dunno, I think the gearing is off or something, it was the first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box on christmas eve, but it wasn't too severe on mine.
I will definitely be investigating the operating mechanism on this thing, I think I see some standard screw holes which should just let me pull the upper fuselage deck right off.
As for the paint scheme, thanks. I'd already done some looking around and your photos basically confirm my initial belief which is:
A. The basic color scheme is an offwhite to bone white color, depending on the lighting. Not F.S. 36440 'flat gull grey' (almost a tan) as the kit is molded in.
B. While the studio model is definitely that of a 'working ship' it is a by-degrees thing with minor staining and runoff on the larger surfaces. In the case of the Hasbro item, they were clearly trying to mimic what I would achieve with a wash or by ground up pastel chalks using an airbrush and 'misting' and that's _just not possible_.
If interested I will send photos of my progress on disassembly and repaint.
12-29-2006, 04:11 AM
I think the toughest thing to capture on these physical studio models is the accurate color, do you go with what the model shop painted the prop in or do you go with how it looked in-camera, since the 2 are often exclusive of each other? That said, Hasbro never seems to get the color of Imperial ships right, sometimes they make it too dark, sometimes they add in weird flecks, sometimes it's even too light.
I am very interested in seeing what you come up with in both departments.
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