The big box of parts.
Parts-parts-parts, Part 2.
Parts-parts-parts, Part 3.
All the sprue trees above contain parts I won't be needing for this project. I don't feel bad about ignoring and eliminating plenty of finely-molded details because of how I feel about the ship (I bought this kit specifically for this experiment, after all), but I do I feel kinda bad because Bandai put so much work into this kit. Oh, well...into my kitbashing parts collection they go!
Parts-parts-parts, Part 4.
Little sister, big sister, Part 1.
Little sister, big sister Part 2.
Little sister, big sister, Part 3.
Parked in Don Mills.
Han and Chewie go shoe shopping.
Maintenance well covers.
I only had those four barrel parts left (after building a bunch of them for another project) so I just covered the bottom wells with sheet styrene from the inside (see below). The ship will be displayed with landing gear down in a showroom, so much of the underside won't be clearly visible. I'll be mostly making it up as though it will be seen...for my own sake.
I drilled ten holes around the circumference (guided by the kit's molded details) to eventually install the landing lights as first seen in The Empire Strikes Back. I'll also include lights to illuminate the landing gear from inside the hull in accordance to how it looked onscreen.
Front of saucer.
Top o' the engines, to ya.
Port docking port and sidewalls.
The sidewalls here are filed down, leaving some interesting recesses and divisions left over from the original molded greeblies, but these will get covered up by strips of styrene and have some thin photo-etched parts glued on top for minimal surface detailing.
Port mandible sidewall.
Starboard Mandible sidewall.
Starboard docking port and rear sidewall.