- Model : Cruciform Fighter
- Maker : Blue Moon
- First edition year : 2006
- Scale : 1/48
- Matter: Resin
The name of the kit “Cruciform fighter” and no “B-Wing“may be surprising. Well, it’s a “garage kit”, that means a resin kit produced in very low numbers ; my bank manager still remembers the day I bought it… Those kits are non-licenced products and can’t have a licenced name, making them even more difficult to find. Attention : nothing illegal here ! The manufacturers are merely limited in the numbers of copies they are allowed to cast. Lucasfilm takes also advantage of that : fair and free advertising for the Star Wars licence. Everybody’s happy.
Resin kits : another approach
Unlike injected plastic kits, the parts are very often filled therefore heavy, which needs some care during the assembly. A simple gluing between parts won’t work most of the time : the model
would be too breakable. Therefore, I built this B-Wong like a brochette, threading the different sections one after another around two brass rods. The rods also allowed me to bring the current in all sections of the ship. So I could insert the different lighting LEDs in the structure itself and solder them on the rods. Two rods were needed : on for + pole, one for – pole.
Resin kits are more difficult to build than plastic ones. The matter is softer and thin parts like guns tend to curve. It’s often necessary to scratch these parts with harder matters like brass or steel.
B-Wing cockpit detailing
The cockpit has been entirely detailed. Cockpits are usually poorly detailed in garage kits. Most of the time, they show only a few details hardly evoking a command panel. Unacceptable if you want to make a high level model. You will have to do kitbash to improve the model. This technique requires a few imagination to think up the final painted rendering. I often have my own doubts during the process…
I wanted to have a sullustean pilot because everyone knows (every star wars fan at least) that B-Wings are very hard to take in hand and only the greatest pilots can. Sullustean are well known to be the best pilots (what a racial determinism…). I got a Nien Nunb fig I decapited and whose I glued the head on WW2 pilot, scaled 1 : 48. The rendering is pretty good (boom, a self congratulation, if I don’t congratulate myself, who will ?) ; the sullustean all have similar heads.
Like his little brother the A-Wing, this model is now part of a huge diorama represanting a complete rebel fleet : “Sullust“. I’ve shown this B-Wing during 5 conventions :
- Migennes Collector 2014
- Cusset Generations Star Wars 2014
- Migennes Collector 2015
- Migennes Collector 2016
- Cusset Generations Star Wars 2016