Friday, August 23, 2019

Yoda's Hovel

When I was a little kid, new to Star Wars, there was nothing cooler to me that Yoda's house. I remember when my little brother and I were about seven or eight, he happened to see Empire before me, and I was furious. I sat him down, notepad in hand, and demanded he describe Yoda's house in detail. I guess I was aware of the characters before I'd seen the movies somehow, and I needed to know what the old Jedi's digs were like. My brother tried his best, but couldn't make the imagery clear enough for me.


Years later, even after watching the scenes over and over, I still had a very murky picture until I came into possession of a copy of Rinzler's blueprints book. I finally got my clearest look via the drawings of Yoda's house.


 With some newfound skills at organic CG modeling, I got to work. The build was fun, it's such a crazy design, like a heart or an organ that folds back on itself. Unfortunately it turned out the actual set had diverged from the plans quite a bit, which is fairly common, and the finished product only roughly matched what was on screen. All kinds of windows were added or moved, shapes of doors and passages were completely changed. Ordinarily I would have tried to use my photomatching skills in sketchup to nail down the differences, but organic shapes are all but impossible to use to find the perspective line edges needed for that work. So I shelved it and went back to working on nice boxy objects like the ESB X-wing


Flash forward a few months and I found some production photos of Yoda's house with the sharp edge of a floor visible. Just out of curiosity I started playing around, building all new geometry and matching it with other photos. Suddenly the shapes started to come into focus, similar to the blueprints, but now much more accurate.





The model even matches up to the final dressed set in ESB.



more updates soon(ish) as I start to build out the little odds and ends that furnish the house.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Millennium Falcon Nav Console Discovery

Well I'll be goddamned.... Just when you think you know it all, you make new discoveries.

I was casually scrolling through NASA's facebook page, like you do, and this photo from a Skylab mission popped up.



I thought to myself, "haha oh cool, that panel looks kinda like the Nav Console in the Millennium Falcon"



so I started searching for more images from Skylab, and lo and behold, I find...




it's basically an exact match, from the foot panel, to the shelf to some of the greebles on the side

how cool is that?!?

there's further proof in JW Rinzler's Blueprints book, which shows a drawing of the Navicomputer that always baffled me. It has all these extra switches and this weird truncated angle on the right hand of the console that I couldn't figure out. Well, if you look at the Skylab console, same switches, and a same truncated angle.




now to figure out if it's just a really cool replica of the console, put in by Roger Christian and the set dressers, or if it's really a console from NASA, maybe a ground based training model, that was redressed to fit the part?

Monday, October 1, 2018


Just messing around today, putting this together to maybe hang on my wall. Ordered myself a T-shirt anyway. 


Well this happened

A while ago, but damn what an experience! Huge Unbelievable thanks to Greg Dietrich and the team.







Monday, August 13, 2018

X-Wing

Some dreams I've had since I was an actual child came true this year, in more ways than one. I've been planning how to write about those experiences, and do justice to the amazing people who brought me there.

But in the meantime, what do I do to celebrate? Start all new projects!

I present to you a photomatched study of the Full-Scale X-Wing. The props in the photos below are from A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, respectively. The geometry matches across all three movies. Either the prop is actually the same or it followed the same blueprints between movies. My gut says that the prop for A New Hope was scrapped and rebuilt with the same blueprints on Empire, which is how the full-scale Falcon was built. Then that full-scale X-wing was reused on Return of the Jedi. In one of the photos an X-wing that is only built from the nose forward is visible, which may have also been a prop in Echo Base on Empire.
















Thursday, June 7, 2018

Millennium Falcon Interior (Empire Strikes Back set)

Here we go down another rabbit hole. Well... at least this rabbit hole has a lot more behind the scenes photos than the A New Hope version...

Everything built based on blueprints and perspective matched photos... wish me luck!







update with dirty dishes....

Han and Chewie, intergalactic slobs.


that bowl on the right has been there since A New Hope at least...