Friday, December 30, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

So we have to say goodbye to our princess who didn't need rescuing. "you came in that thing? You're braver than I thought". I'm going to miss her wit, honesty, and power. May the force be with you, Carrie Fisher, always.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A New Hope Falcon Cockpit

been working on this model for a long... long time. Still discovering new details. Nothing major, but this render just looked real nice.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Rogue One X-Wing Comparison

So some pictures are coming out of Hollywood showing a full-scale x-wing parked outside the theater where Rogue One will be premiering. Details match the prop we've seen in trailers and behind the scenes footage. How does it look compared to its sister prop from A New Hope?

Started with a photomatch of one of the images from the hollywood prop:

This is pretty quick and dirty, and I don't think I nailed the proportions or matched the perspective perfectly, but I think this is giving me a good idea of the major planes the make up the body.

here's the same thing done with the ANH version

And here's a comparison of the two

the different colors show the major planes. ANH's nose was more complex, and most of the planes are subtly curved to meet each other at the seams. The RO version seems more streamlined. That large yellow plane across the nose is completely flat as far as I can tell. Only the orange panel with the curved edges is a complex non-planar shape.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rogue One Partisan X-Wing

Huh... I dig it. Also, damn I'm excited for Rogue One!

Adapted from my model of the full-scale ANH X-Wing. there are some subtle differences, especially some curved lines directly aft of the cockpit, but otherwise it looks spot on to its ANH and ESB sisters, from the images I've seen.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

X-Wing Cockpit Photomatch

Finally nailed it... I've been trying to get this particular photo to work as a photomatch for hmmm, maybe a year or two.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Definitive "A New Hope" Falcon Cockpit

there was probably something else I was supposed to be doing... huh... oh well.

anywhere, here are renders of a project that I started in 2010. This is the cockpit of the Falcon from ANH, warts, misaligned panels, and all. Everything in here has been stared out for countless hours, reexamined, rebuilt, fretted over, deleted, lost in data errors, rebuilt, rebuilt again for good measure.

Finished it all one afternoon a few months ago, very suddenly. I wasn't even expecting it. I added a button, and looked around and kind of just went... oh... guess I... finished it. Then went and had a bit of a lie down.

now what? Finish the rest of the interior... uh, animate the blinky lights accurately? well, anyway, enjoy.

(big credit to J Maruska, who modeled the captain/copilot bucket seats that I used, and who's own excellent Falcon work can be found here!)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Full Scale Falcon Project Update

Sudden burst of work on this one: transferring all the exterior greebles I've built for various other versions of the old gal, onto the shell of the Full Scale Falcon. Almost done!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lars Family Speeder

I'd built a model of this a few years ago, but now I'm looking at it again and I see a lot that needs to be fixed.

Here's an all new version, cobbled together with photogrammetry. I estimate that the prop was around 21' in length.

and then here, just for fun, is a possible interior. Man, this was actually a lot of fun to put together. I grabbed a model of Chuck Yeager off the sketchup warehouse for the pilot, and then kitbashed components out of my model Falcon interior to round out the details and greebles.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Featured in a Roundup of Star Wars Blogs

Cool, cool. Stinson's All Things Star Wars was featured in a roundup of Top Star Wars blogs on . Nice to be on the map! They've said some very nice things about me, and I really appreciate it.

Go check out the Top 50 list here

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Falcon Hatch

this ILM concept image for TFA got me thinking. I cut up the model of the TFA Falcon I've built, just to see how the interior and exterior might interact with a door like that. Hmm, kind of interesting...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Docking Bay 94 (WIP)

what a piece of junk!

This was all built in sketchup from blueprints and photogrammetry of the original sets and props.

Docking Bay 94 has become one of my holy-grails of accuracy. I'm getting there...with a few liberties. The far wall of the docking bay was flat in the filming set, both due to the limited space of the soundstage, and for budget. However that wall was subtly painted as a scenery flat to give the suggestion of a fully round bay. The set piece of the Falcon itself was also only about 3/4 complete, truncated pretty much right against that flat back wall. In order to have a fully complete Falcon, as was later created for Empire, I've had to fill in the far wall as though it were complete. Usually I like to recreate the movie sets, rather than the universe, but sometimes I sacrificed my slavish reproduction of the sets and props, and dip a toe into the realm of fantasy...