Star Wars: Tormentor Class Imperial Battlecruiser Update XIII

Did some rebuilding of the hangar bay. Separated the bay into a larger main bay aft of a smaller bay. The AT-AT’s and their carriers work out of the main bay and also the TIE fighter’s launch from there. I still have to add in a couple of side bays for some small craft stowage. I’m pleased with how it’s turning out so far, still lots of stuff to do but not much more in the way of small details since you won’t see those anyway. In fact I put in some doors in the bulkhead at the end of the TIE rack gantry’s but I stopped working on them because they’re obscured by all the stuff connected to the racks and gantry anyway. So, I determined that TIE’s will launch out of the main bay and be recovered in the forward bay, then go down below the forward bay deck for servicing and back up along the tracks to the main bay ready for another launch. There are four holes at the end of the gantry to allow four pilots to enter their fighters at a time. With four racks abreast and conceivably 12 pilots suited up and ready, you could launch a whole squadron real quick (I think). Anyway, here’s a couple of pics…

Star Wars: Tormentor Class Imperial Battlecruiser Update X

I was taking a break from greebles and decided to have a look at the interior of the ventral hangar bay and started thinking about where I could stick some AT AT pens and such. So I wanted to make a simple box mockup of the correct dimensions and as luck would have it, this is another one of those things where there is debate and disagreement and discord. So I went to the Technical Commentaries for guidance and settled on the size of a walker being 26 meters long, 22.6 meters high and 7.9 meters wide. I know there are some blueprints out there that give a height of about 15 meters but I think Saxton made a good point about that adjusting all of the dimensions to the point that a man would not be able to stand in the cockpit as Veers and a trooper are clearly doing, unless they were considerably shorter than we know them to be. I any case, I got distracted by the AT AT dimensions enough to want to make a still simple but more complex than a box mock up. Once I was done with that I plopped it into the Tormentor’s bay and you guessed it, that bay was way too shallow to have walkers, well, walking about. So I’m splitting up the bay so the forward portion with hold fighters and the after portion will be the location of the walker pens. The large bay doors are going to be split up too so I can just open portions of the bay to outside if I want to. Here’s some unimpressive pics of the new arrangement. No really… there’s really not much to look at right now…

Star Wars: Tormentor Class Imperial Battlecruiser Update IX

Some greebling progress and starting in on the engine section. The panel lines are still going in, they’ll be a lot denser when finished but overall I’m pleased with the little progress I was able to make this weekend. Getting a really nice stockpile of greebles which will come in handy for the Imperator, Enslaver, Persecutor etc…

Star Wars: Imperial Warship Comparison Chart II

This is an updated chart now that the Tormentor has been redesigned and the Inundator has been rescaled. Of course the dimensions listed on the chart are of the unfinished models so they’ll change slightly once sensor globes etc are added. The Imperator was modeled after a toy but I thought it was a good representation so if those dimensions are a little off, I’m okay with it. Blogger doesn’t seem to like this images size so to see the full pic you might have to right click and “view image” then you can zoom…

Star Wars: Tormentor Class Imperial Battlecruiser Update VIII

So this is probably the fourth, fifth maybe even sixth total overhaul and redesign of the Tormentor Class. I see this ship’s role as more of an armored landing ship. It’s able to enter the atmosphere (but not actually land) to deliver ground forces and provide support. The large hangar bay on top keeps it protected from ground fire. This time I’m happy with it from just about any view. Still at the initial paneling stage, although the trench lip is more or less done, just need some pieces here and there to tie it to the hull. Greebling should go pretty fast in the trench now that I have a lot on hand, but then I started this model in 2006 and here I am, starting it again, so we’ll see…

Star Wars: Tormentor Class Imperial Battlecruiser Update VII

The damn trench again, I know….  I was just about finished with it and as I was looking at I realized two things, first that I was slapping stuff on just to take up space so I could call it finished and not really putting forth my best effort and second, the rounded guns and platforms really were giving it a Star Blazers look that just doesn’t fit with Star Wars stuff. So, I deleted all of that and have started again but here’s a couple of pics showing the new trench guns, kinda reminiscent of the tower guns on the Death Star, and the heavy turbolasers more in keeping with the Avenger style guns. So with those changes this ship will appear as it would have after refits and upgrades around the ESB/ROTJ era. And here’s a couple of pics….

And this was as far as I got with the previous style of details, which had already been altered from the last update and might work for some other style of ship, just not an Imperial ship…

Star Wars: Tormentor Class Imperial Battlecruiser Update VI

What? Another greeble update, I know but that’s all I’ve had time to do lately but I am making some decent progress. I’ll try to break up the monotony with the next post though. So yeah, still more greebles but I’m almost half done with the gun belt and then I’m going to tackle the engine section, which will mean more greebles (I’m sorry)…