Incom T-16 Skyhopper from "Star Wars" (1977)
About the Design
Built by Incom, the same company responsible for the legendary X-Wing Starfighter, the T-16 was a two-man pleasure/utility craft manufactured for civilian use. Because its cockpit and control layout were similar to its military counterpart, the T-16 was often used as a training vehicle for pilots assigned to the X-Wing.
In fact, the so-called "Skyhopper" was never seen in action in any of the "Star Wars" movies. Its only appearance was as a partially built mock-up sitting in the Skywalker family garage and as a scale model "flown" by Luke Skywalker during his first conversation with droids C-3PO and R2-D2.
About the Kit
This very nicely mastered and cast resin "garage kit" was released by "Darkstar Models" in spring 2007. The model began as a custom "scratch-build" but was kitted by popular demand when the prototype was shown on the Starship Modeler forum.
The kit was subsequently released by Fantastic Plastic Models and then by Multi-Verse Models.
This model was built from an original issue.