- Model : : A-Wing Fighter
- Maker : : AMT/ERTL
- First edition year : : 1983
- Scale : : 1/48
- Matter :: Injected moulded
In the orginal trilogy, the rebel alliance can field four starfighters type. Between the old BTL-A4 Y-Wing put into active duty during the Clone War and the new B-Wing, the famous multipurpose fighter X-Wing T65 and the fast light starfighter RZ-1 A-Wing can be seen. Maybe it’s not the most interesting design of the saga (in fact it’s just a lightly modified plane) but a Star Wars model collection cannot be considered complete without a RZ-1 A-Wing.
Relief engraving or hollow engraving
Until recently, A-Wing models were pretty hard to find . The range of solutions was reduced to the old AMT kit, produced in the 90’s but made from a mold bought to Airfix in the 80’s. At this time, nobody cared about scales. This kit’s one may be 1:48 or may be not. I decided it is. One interesting feature is the relief engraving of the panel lines. This feature wasn’t rare on models at that time. But I sense you wondering : what is relief engraving ?
Producing a plastic model kit requires plastic injection into a metalic mold. Obviously, it’ easier to engrave a groove on the mold leading to a relief on the final plastic part than the doing the opposite. Unfortunately, this is not realistic at all : lines between armored panels of a vehicule shall be grooves and not reliefs.
Aaaaahhhhh !Commander Arvel Crynyd
The longest work on a kit like this one is to sand the panel lines and engrave new ones exactly at the same place. The engraving itself requires a worn scalpel and strips for Dymo labelling machine for straight engraving. The work consist of scribing again and again the line then sanding again and again in order to remove enough matter.
Detailing the RZ-1 A-Wing
The ship was lighted-up into the trusters and the cockpit as always do in my models. The pilot is a modified WW2 soldier.
I added two missiles-launchers beind the two side gaps. I used parts from tanks models and WW2 brass explosive shells. Spending so much time detailing almost invisible parts like that could appear weird. Well… it isn what else could I say ? Let’s say they are a little visible…
This model has been seen during 5 conventions, it’s now a part of huge diorama called Sullust. :
- Migennes Collector 2014
- Cusset Generations Star Wars 2014
- Migennes Collector 2015
- Migennes Collector 2016
- Cusset Generations Star Wars 2016