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wolfgangbrooks Inactive Member10 Feb 2017 5:57 p.m. PST

Did a search on here and I'm kinda surprised these models haven't come up yet. I've put a primer coat on both Star Wars models.

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AT-ACT from Rogue One, listed as 1/144, is a snap kit with lights and sounds in the head. 15mm RAFM figure on 20mm base for comparison. Dunno about the listed scale, the pilot's area in the head could be for 10mm though it's very tight.

The head guns can swivel, but don't have much to grip onto and are a bit too tight. The legs move at all the joints and are quite posable. The sounds are the iconic walker stomping with some pew-pew laser sounds.

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U-Wing, also listed as 1/144, and also a light and sound snap kit. Pilots would be about the same height as RAFM figs, but much more slender proportioned, especially in the head.

The cockpit lights up and the sounds are engine noises and laser sounds, but it's not as nice as the walker's in my opinion.

Mine came with a mis-pack, the engines come in two pieces each and one of the four of mine had two fuselage connection halves. It mostly just need some cutting and filing to fix.

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Both kits next to each other. U-wing unassembled for painting. Both kit's go for $20 USD USD if you can find them at a big box store, $25 USD most other places.

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Two Matchbox toys with 28mm, 25mm, and 15mm Comparison figs.

The small one is a Battle Buster for $4 USD USD and works for 15mm figures as an extreme terrain rover.

The big one is a Cloud Chopper for $10 USD USD and would make a good cargo lander in most small scales, or a small personnel carrier for 25mm and up. And the rear door comes down, thought the interior isn't detailed.

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I saw another toy I didn't pick up from the same line as the Cloud Chopper that was kinda similar to the Battle Buster; big wheels giving it a high center of gravity, but it had solar panels and a radar dish and more NASA Rover like detailing. Could be a mobile hostile environment base for 15mm-28mm figures.

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2017 12:03 a.m. PST

Just re did the cloud chopper as a dropship
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infojunky11 Feb 2017 12:20 a.m. PST

Hum. I need to go model shopping.

zrunelord11 Feb 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

Thanks for sharing,
That Cloud Chopper ( which I have never seen locally but will look for now )is a nice little model & cheap also. Would look great converted with 4 side rotors ( like AA's Vtol ones ), though I like how Bandit86's did it also.

Pity we don't get all their models locally, having said that, I have some which I have never seen anywhere else , like this superb one.

https://www.amazon.com/Matchbox-Working-Jungle-Expedition-Truck/dp/B00BF0W8H2/ref=sr_1_9/160-0171463-7679643?ie=UTF8&qid=1486820055&sr=8-9&keywords=matchbox+safari

Try to get your hands on one as it is one of their best models, imo.

I guess you have to be at the right place at the right time
That why I always visit the toy section when I have to go to the supermarket.

Ps. wow just found that Cloud chopper on Amazon for $33 USD !!!

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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa11 Feb 2017 1:51 p.m. PST

Revell have quite a good range of Star Wars stuff floating around the 1:100 scale mark – I've got an X-Wing and the Falcon (though thats 1:240) waiting to be built. The detail on the AT-ACP dosen't look great compared to Bandai's 1:144 AT-AT offering. Without the ready avaliability of suitably scaled SW miniatures I wouldn't bother with the AT-ACT, but I'm still tempted by the U-Wing as it would probably do as a generic sci-fi lander. Is possible to have the side doors open?

wolfgangbrooks Inactive Member11 Feb 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

Thanks for the comments.

@ROU: The side doors are separate pieces that click in from the inside, so yes. The Revell AT-ACT could be better, sure, but I wouldn't short sell it. Especially since the Bandai model is bound to be expensive. :) And it's a different vehicle model to give some spice for campaigns and stuff.

@bandit86: Looks good. They have some really nice new Skybusters out you might wanna have a look at. A stealth bomber like one that could be a drone, a sci-fi float plane, and one that looks alot like GW's orc jet kit. :)

@zrunelord: The actions of toy companies mystify me at times, and Amazon's toy section can be a mine-field of scalpers. I got mine at Meijers.

Walmart.com has them for $8.00 USD, but you get a random one from the range!? And it seems like it includes the smaller $4.00 USD models?link

It also has the other one I talked about, called Crater Cruncher; the white one.

Never used shop mattel, dunno if they are official or not. But they have it at retail price:
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Another nice one:
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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2017 6:25 p.m. PST

Nice work.

Part time gamer12 Feb 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

*Wolfgangbrooks
Im curious, what are the dimension's of the 144 AT-AT, 'foot to 'shoulder' & length?
"the head guns move": Is the head poseable as well (at the neck if so I wouold think)?

If your 'guess-stamation about the 'pilot area' is correct (10mm), Id say that would put (at least that internal area) at around 1/160 scale.

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Feb 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

Writing from my dad's account:

Do you mean foot to top of the leg, that's 5-1/2" or about 14cm. To the top of the whole thing is 7-7/8" or 20cm.

The head is sorta poseable, there's a ball and socket joint where the neck meets the body. It makes an 1/8" gap in the neck detailing, but gives it about a 20 degree side-to-side and up movement, and about 35 degree down movement.

I'm sure the cockpit detailing is truncated to fit the battery and sound box, so I don't know for sure. But 10mm over-all seems about right.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 3:06 p.m. PST

These look quite good…

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Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 10:02 a.m. PST

Nice stuff! The helo-as-lander is brilliant!
I also like that skybuster cargo hovercraft, that could be dang useful.

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

….and now I need to get one of those U-wings and the lunar rover…

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