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Belbullab-22 civilian racers

I bet in the vast universe of Star Wars, there are bound to have a handful of those military-grade hardware that somehow re-purposed into civilian market. Belbullab-22 starfighter might be one of them. A tone down civilian version of the one that once piloted by a certain infamous droid general. Most of the armour platings were sacrificed for a far superior sub-light drive. Though the owner never revealed the craft's specifications, many suspect the modifications have already exceeded the design limit of the original craft. Think of it as a souped-up Mustang racer in today's air racing circuit.

The kit:
Hasbro playset complete rework with new civilian grade(likely illegal) blasters. The paint scheme was loosely inspired from the scheme of Babylon 5's Minbari Flyer.



Dwarf Spider droid
Original Hasbro pieces was hideous, so I stripped it down and reworked it with junk parts and brass wire.



Droid Gunship.
Original stock piece was not bad as a playset, but naturally I took it apart and turned it into something a little presentable. As usual full detail-up and gave it a rather weathered paint job.

 

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VERY nice work gaiagear!

I'm especially fond of the Belbullab-22. I'm sure There'd no doubt also be several stripped down X-Wings and A-Wings on the racing circuit.

It was very common post-war that air-racing was dominated by stripped down fighters. Bearcats, Tigercats, Corsairs, Mustangs and Cobras, and a few foreign types were fairly inexpensive, and flew like the devil. One of the reasons P-51 Mustangs are fairly common today on the warbird scene is they were bought surplus, the engines stripped out, and the hulk pushed to the side and forgotten. There's probably still a good number of engineless airframes languishing away.

The flipside, tho', is original Packard or Rolls Royce Merlins are worth their weight in gold. They used to burn 'em up racing, then dump the fried motor and put in a new one.

Keep up the good work!
 

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Absolutely beautiful work, gaiagear!

Love that inspired look and scheme of Babylon 5's Minbari Flyer---very cool!
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It was very common post-war that air-racing was dominated by stripped down fighters. Bearcats, Tigercats, Corsairs, Mustangs and Cobras, and a few foreign types were fairly inexpensive, and flew like the devil. One of the reasons P-51 Mustangs are fairly common today on the warbird scene is they were bought surplus, the engines stripped out, and the hulk pushed to the side and forgotten. There's probably still a good number of engineless airframes languishing away.

The flipside, tho', is original Packard or Rolls Royce Merlins are worth their weight in gold. They used to burn 'em up racing, then dump the fried motor and put in a new one.
I take it you go to the annual "Reno Air Races" every year?
 

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Thanks gents. Stripped A-wing, and X-wing eh? Those could be some of the most agile birds in the galaxy, especially A-Wing was already quite an agile craft in its standard military configuration. I have always been fascinated by the post-war air racing scene. Who knows how many air frames still existing somewhere out there that are worthy of restoration. Saw a couple of fellow hobbyist from Japan a while ago that turned classics WW2 IJN aircraft kits into souped-up modern air racer had me all psyched up that I started to mod some of those WW2 aircraft kits into what-if air racer versions.

Anyway some more pix of the playsets:










WIP




Some of my what-if scifi aviation artworks utilizing playsets.
First one is a completely reworked Hasegawa WW2 Shinden, now called Sparhawk tactical fighter.

Block42 Sparhawks of VFAS-1121 Stormbringers conducting CAP sorties over Southern Ocean of Sirus V.


Skysaber, airframe no.1, piloted by Aries Aviation chief test pilot Donna Salsinger underwent final aerodynamic test over the New Cydonia test facility before officially deliver to EDF SIGINT division. Three Blacktigers from 503rd Combat Evaluation Squadron acted as chase planes.




XIG Sky Surfer in formation. The crafts are assigned to Creyson Institute of First Contact for survey & escort duties during first contact mission.
 

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Magnificent! :thumb
 
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