|Notice the broke off laser cannon, and the thick layer of dust/dirt on the louvers.|
|Check out those holes on the front, along with their corresponding push buttons underneath.|
|Once the ship had been popped apart, I could see the old track for the torpedo mechanism.. along with further evidence that this was indeed an original from "back in the day."|
|Check out the remnants of the old decals. I could clearly see where the decals had originally been placed, because their outline had been faded onto the plastic. Look at that brownish hue. This is OLD plastic.|
|And here are the inaccurate thrusters. The other piece is loose. I'm not sure yet how far I'll go with accurizing these thrusters. Also, I can already see a big fit issue with that circular piece in the center. Just look at that gap.|
There's going to be some decisions to be made regarding those oddball thrusters. Obviously, they put those floating squares in there because they didn't want it to just be a big hole where the thrusters should be. I plan on installing six cold white LEDs per thruster, and I sure ain't gonna have that work blocked by some flimsy, inaccurate piece of plastic! I've checked out some of the things others have done to create the criss-crossed fins that sit inside each thruster, and that would certainly allow more light to come through.
And while we're talking about lights, there's also the two "headlights" at the front, along with two tiny lights underneath each wing. There's no predetermined spot where these lights are to be, so I have to plot and drill them myself.
This is going to be a fun project, resurrecting someone else's trash and making it better than it ever should have been. More updates to come! And yes, I AM crazy for bothering with this when I have a brand new Moebius Creature from the Black Lagoon kit that I could dig into!