- Model : : Gr-75 Medium Transport
- Maker : : Anigrand
- First edition year : : 2007
- Scale : : 1/144
- Matter :: Resin
The kit representing the GR-75 Medium Transport is a garage kit from Anigrand which is no more sold nowadays. It’s too bad. Since 2002, this brand from Hong Kong produces original kits that are inexplicably neglected by the “big ones” like Bandaï or Revell. For example we owe them an amazing imperial stardestroyer. Unfortunatly, it seems that Angirand forgot to sign one or two papers (including checks) about Star Wars exploitation rights… So those kits became extremly rare.
The Gr-75 Medium Transport : a simple although efficient concept
The concept of this ship is very interesting (I know, I know, I say that everytime). It’s an empty shell, similar to an inverted scallop underwhich crates are hung. No passageways, no portholes, the only inhabitable area is the upper control pod, no bigger than a starfighter cockpit. Passengers transport crates can potentially be hung but it’s an option
The concept reminds us Space 1999 Eagle Transporters . The crates are loaded using elevators in the base and then the cargo ships can take off without assistance.
Model maker’s worst nightmare
Usually, detailing a model using scratch or kitbash method is not a problem. But it’s working only if model proportions are already proper. And this is not the case here. The ship is too short, too “stocky”. When you find out a badly proportionned kit like that, you pass threw the 5 mourning stages :
- The denial. “No, no, this shape is very accurate…”
- The negociation. “Ok, it’s not very good but that will do anyway”
- The anger. “F*ck, I spent 500 bucks on this kit (true), if I catch the designer, I will make him eat it !”
- The acceptance. “All right, all right, I’ll have to deal with it, no choice , I’m not going to sell this kit back, my ebay profile is totally rotten”
- The reconstruction. “So people, let’s do it… Get some plastic card, a scalpel and the glue, we’ll see what can be done”
So I had to extend the structure. To do so, I made a central section trying te reproduce the surface texture of the rest of the kit. I had also to create an internal frame ; the ship wouldn’t have been strong enough if I had just glued the parts together.
Hundreds of crates
One of the most tedious facet of the GR-75 Medium Transport build up is the painting of hundreds of crates using a different color for each. I displayed the crates on great cardboard plates so I could paint them like on an assembly-line. I used a grey acrylic base but the final color is an oil painting washing.
This model was exposed with A Wing, B-Wing , X-Wings and Y-Wing in a rebel fleet diorama during 5 conventions :
- Migennes Collector 2014
- Cusset Generations Star Wars 2014
- Migennes Collector 2015
- Migennes Collector 2016
- Cusset Generations Star Wars 2016
It’s the first capital ship I made for the fleet.
You may click here to see the complete rebel fleet.