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Kit Name: AT-AT vs Snowspeeder
Scale: 1/330
Material: Metal
Manufacturer: Tsukuda

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Released: 1982
Number Of Parts: 36
Final Dimensions: 3.25"L x 2.75"H x 1"W
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Instructions: Click Here (.zip)
Country of Origin: Japan
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This is a very small all metal model kit from the Japanese company Tsukuda. They had a small series of these a while back as well as a figure kit of Wicket. Construction on this kit was very easy and the legs are fully articulated. Some joints were a little loose and needed to be glued so that the AT-AT would not collapse on it itself. Unfortunately the metal wasn't perfectly smooth and was somewhat pocked. There wasn't much I could do about this aside from coating the entire thing in a thin layer of putty to fill in the holes, but that would be impossible. The kit also came with an in scale Snowspeeder that I used some metal wire painted red to make it seem like it was attacking the walker. As for painting, I tried using a thick primer to fill in the metal holes, but it didn't really work. I went over that with a light gray for both. I then dry brushed shades of gray and black for weathering. I used thinned down paint to create the streaks on the AT-AT seen in the studio models. After having this on the shelf for a while, I decided to spruce it up a bit and added the snow base. This was done by painting a cheap wooden base flat white and then attaching the AT-AT. I then spread thinned out white glue across the top of the base and on some horizontal surfaces on the AT-AT where snow would normally gather. Before the glue dried I hand sprinkled some baking soda all over the assembly. I let it dry for a few hours and then came back and blew off all the excess baking soda leaving a nice even snow base. I got this kit off eBay for around $15.
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