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Imperial Probe Droid
Imperial Interplanetary Reconnaissance Probe
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]

History

Specially designed for deep space exploration, and reconnaissance, probe droids are employed in science and military applications. They gather data and transmit it to their masters over vast distances. Tenacious hunters and searchers, probe droids (or probots) have a variety of sensors, and the ones employed by the Empire are armed with powerful blasters and, in some models, shields.
This droids most famous appearance was in the The Empire Strikes Back film on the ice planet Hoth, where it found the Rebels base.

The kit

Cast in light grey resin and broken down into ten parts, this kit has very little flash and pour plugs for the main three parts of the body are kept to a minimum. The legs of the probe are on a sprue tree and apart from being very delicate are only connected to the tree by a very small amount of resin.
The body is broken down into a lower, and upper body with the "head" as a separate piece. Detail is very good for something this small, with panels and the bulbous "eyes" on the head very well crafted.
A little scratch building is called for along the way as the blaster hasn't been cast, due to its small size. A detailed instruction on how to replicate this part is given, along with a picture of what the part should look like once done. This part is pretty easy to build with some plasticard.
The five legs are very delicate, very thin and nicely cast with a fair amount of detail on them. There is no option of positioning them in a different angle as they are cast as one piece each, but the braver amongst us might be tempted to a little surgery, to change the angles.
Parts nine and ten on the tree sprue are for a stand to display the probe on.

Instructions

The instructions are printed on a small sheet of paper with a written text for the build sequence and three pictures. The build sequence is very easy to follow and well thought out. Building this probe should only take a couple of hours at the most.
One of the colour pictures are of the parts, with each part clearly numbered. The other two pictures are of the actual film probe, showing the position of the blaster and for the aerials which go on the "head".
A paint guide is given at the beginning of the build sequence as it is suggested to paint the probe before assembly. A medium to dark grey colour, is suggested along with a dark wash and some dry brushing to bring out the details.
No decals come with the kit, as there isn't really any markings on the probe apart from a few red/orange stencils dotted about, which can be easily painted on.
SUMMARY
Highs: Beautifully cast. Very easy and quick to build.
Lows: A bit fiddly to build, due to the very delicate legs.
Verdict: A great little kit of this briefly seen probe from the Empire Strikes Back film..
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: RSF002
  Suggested Retail: 9.99
  PUBLISHED: Sep 26, 2009
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.66%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 80.00%

About Andy Brazier (betheyn)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

Copyright 2017 text by Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of KitMaker Network or the British Bulldogs IPMS-UK group. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Not surprisingly, I have built it . Andy
SEP 27, 2009 - 05:55 AM
Really nice Andy, I wondered how long it would take you to give in a build it Looks like I might have to build mine now (after the SMW build is finished ) Luciano
SEP 27, 2009 - 10:10 AM
Well I had to build it, it kept giving me those puppy dog eyes. Did you pick yours up at Farnborough as well, I noticed you needed a basket whilst shopping at the RetroKit stand. Andy
SEP 29, 2009 - 02:09 PM
No got mine at Euro the next day, funny seeing the same trader at two shows in two days, hence why he gave me the Santa's. Luciano
OCT 02, 2009 - 05:32 PM
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