Saturday, July 25, 2020

random holochess discovery

I was looking at the holochess table in the ESB main hold and it has some details that are different than the ANH version. ESB has these big white rectangular greebles, instead of the silver knobs on ANH. In fact they're still present on the table that's on display at disney studios

Knobs version on A New Hope

Slots version on Empire

then I was looking closer at the bits and realized they looked like upside down rocker switches
that are standard all over the Falcon

 when I put the rockers I'd already built into place they fit perfectly.

the bottom of them, if they are rockers, look pretty manufactured to me. I know that a bunch of the rockers in the real props are just painted wood, but at some point it was theorized they were based on something else, some other found part. Maybe seeing the bottom of them will jog someone's memory?

here's the complete set in the latest version of my ESB intieror model

Monday, May 18, 2020

the Star Wars (1955)

had a quick update for this vague on-going project of mine where I imagine that Star Wars is a remake of a long forgotten 50s TV show.

this is what Boba Fett's ship, Slave 1, might look like

Saturday, March 7, 2020

ESB Falcon interior - New Cockpit

here's another small update, working on bringing my cockpit in-line with the rest of my new photomatched interior. So far I've been able to pull in old models of the cockpit, move a few bits around, add a few bits I missed. One thing I'm seeing is that when I compare it the force awakens sets, which are basically ESB with tweaks, they really, REALLY, did their homework. Whatever else you could say about those movies, they really did the Falcon right in a way that's frankly amazing (imagine what could've been... imagine a fully redesigned Falcon-- Star Trek 2009 style. *DEEP SHUDDER OF HORROR*)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

ESB Falcon Interior

Testing out Twinmotion on the ESB interior model I've been working on. Still figuring it out, lots of funky camera moves, and lighting issues, but as a quick experiment I'm pretty happy with this! I've been doing interior renders like this since at least 2012, and this process is about a thousand times quicker and more satisfying than those early version, heh. Still so much to learn, but slow and steady wins the race... right?

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Early Johnston Concept Falcon

Working on a Mando cockpit but in the meantime, this is a fun little ship I always loved when I’d flip through my worn copy of From Star Wars to Indiana Jones. It’s a Joe Johnston design, among many early Falcon sketches and I was somehow able to work my photomatch magic on it

Monday, November 18, 2019


The Mandalorian is great, if you follow this blog at all and haven't seen it, get to it. This is basically everything I loved about playing with action figures right up there on the screen and then some. It's both fun and satisfying, the world REALLY feels like Star Wars and I can't wait to see more. I haven't built anything from it yet, but you can bet I will be soon... too many people have been pumping out great Razorcrest models, so I probably won't be tackling that directly...  though for some reason I keep having this image of what a Colin Cantwell prototype version might look like.

in the meantime here's an unrelated update on the Mos Eisely Wreck model I've been poking at here and there. I've begun to think about it as essentially the ship that Luke is talking about when he says to Han "We could almost buy our own ship for that!"

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sometimes you’re going through old files and you discover projects you worked on for months and then abandoned. Where on earth did I find the time for this?

Based on the Incredible Cross Sections book