NEW-TOOL REVELL SPEEDER BIKE

Leaping straight from the TV screen to the modelling desk is Revell’s 1/12 Speeder Bike from Disney+ series The Mandalorian.

The kit (06786) depicts an Aratech 74-Z Speeder Bike, as used by Imperial Forces and also Moff Gideon’s Imperial Remnant – it appeared originally in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. Along with the speeder itself, there are two figures, a Scout Trooper and The Child, placing this kit as representing events from episodes 7 and 8 from Season 1 of The Mandalorian.

Above: The Speeder’s main ‘shell’ component features convincing detail, notably the switches and power controls on the ‘dashboard’. 
Above: The Speeder’s main ‘shell’ component features convincing detail, notably the switches and power controls on the ‘dashboard’. 

The kit comprises six styrene runners (including a clear frame for the display stand supports) and a separate display base; three frames are dedicated to the figures, while two form the superbly detailed speeder bike itself. Standout items include the main control panel, with all of the switches and dials replicated – decals are employed to enhance its appearance – plus the repulsorlift engine unit and ‘exhaust’ vanes.

Above: Much of the Speeder Bike is build around this solid two-piece core element, which depicts the main repulsorlift drive unit.
Above: Much of the Speeder Bike is build around this solid two-piece core element, which depicts the main repulsorlift drive unit.

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Above: The front-mounted manoeuvring vanes are a distinctive feature of the 74-Z type, and these are commendably thin,
Above: The front-mounted manoeuvring vanes are a distinctive feature of the 74-Z type, and these are commendably thin.

Accurate replica

Construction starts with the Scout Trooper, who is posed as if riding the speeder, leaning forward with both hands on the control levers and feet clipped into the pedals. This has a modular structure to allow the modeler to paint and weather the underlying black sections before adding the separate armour panels. Harnesses and straps are then added, followed by the feet, which have sections moulded integrally with the bike pedals.

Above: A sturdy three-piece base/display stand is included, with clear ‘arms’ supporting the model.
Above: A sturdy three-piece base/display stand is included, with clear ‘arms’ supporting the model.

Attention then turns to the bike itself and Revell appears to have captured its appearance faithfully; assembly proceeds from the front vanes aft, with everything attached to the sturdy repulsorlift unit section. The approach is similar to the figure, with the external panels separate to the main structure, allowing for easier access when painting.

Above: The main Scout Trooper figure is build around a two-piece sub-structure, which will ease painting,.
Above: The main Scout Trooper figure is build around a two-piece sub-structure, which will ease painting.
Above: Similarly,  each arm is presented as halves, with locating pins for the overlying black material and armour plates. 
Above: Similarly, each arm is presented as halves, with locating pins for the overlying black material and armour plates. 

The final element is arguably the most fun, as it involves the captured Child/Baby Yoda/Grogo (delete according to personal preference) in one of the stowage bags. The latter comes with an open flap to allow the ‘prisoner’ to be seen, and even has a styrene strap. Once the model is completed it can be displayed via a cleverly designed stand, with a grey styrene base and two transparent support arms.

Above: Armour sections and the Scout Trooper’s helmet are moulded separately, easing painting and making for an accurate replica.
Above: Armour sections and the Scout Trooper’s helmet are moulded separately, easing painting and making for an accurate replica.
Above: Comprising just two halves, and yet likely to be the focus of any build The Child is a simple, yet effective replica, with the knapsack flap posed open to allow him to be seen. 
Above: Comprising just two parts, and yet likely to be the focus of any build, The Child is a simple, yet effective replica, with the knapsack flap posed open to allow him to be visible. 

Comprehensive painting instructions are provided for both Speeder Bike, Scout Trooper and prisoner and Revell provides decals for the first two, including worn sections for the speeder, which should ease completing the project.

Above: Revell’s promotional photos shows the extensive weathering decals – on the front vanes, main shell and aft manoeuvre fairings – provided for the Speeder Bike.
Above: Revell’s promotional photos shows the extensive weathering decals – on the front vanes, main shell and aft manoeuvre fairings – provided for the Speeder Bike.

Revell’s 1/12 Speeder Bike will be available from early 2024 and retail for €64.99 direct or £66.49 RRP via UK retailers.