Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

T-16 Skyhopper

I spent some time this weekend perfecting a model of Luke's T-16 Skyhopper. One of my favorite ships throughout the world of Star Wars.

The ship shows up in the garage scene on Tatooine. Luke holds a model of it while complaining about his bleak future. Something it took me years to notice was that there was a full scale T-16 in the background of the very same scene.

I made the model using Sketchup's Photomatch tools, combining a number of photos of the original scale model made by Colin Cantwell. I've also been building in such a way that it will be 3D-print ready. Once complete, I may even sell some kits.

here an image of the actual model

and the scene where the ship shows up.

Monday, May 20, 2013

IG-88 Blaster

Bit of a change of pace. A client, and fellow member of the Replica Prop Forum, comissioned me to replicate the tip of IG-88's blaster. The model is being printed by shapeways as I write this.

After I finished modelling the part, I got curious about the rest of the weapon. I was able to find a CG model of the MP44 rifle that the ESB production department used as a base for the blaster, and from there I modelled a number of other parts that were added on (such as some scopes and a pair of model v8 pistons)

A few more parts would need to be added to finish the model off, but it was kind of fun to reverse engineer the kinds of modifications the art departments made to create their distinctive blasters from existing guns.

And here's an image of the original blaster, from the Star Wars Visual Dictionary.