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Old 10th May 2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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Not sure how much of this I'll get through, or how quickly. The first Falcon I did took me an age, and I rushed the last parts of it just to finish it.

This time I want to do every bit of it properly, but it's a big project to take on. I'm going for mainly the ESB version, with probably a few other bits thrown in here and there. I'm mainly using some photos of ILM's Mike Fulmer's 24" model of the falcon at the minute.

Currently I've got the main parts blocked out, and am experimenting with paneling on the escape pods. This is looking ok to me so far.
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Old 10th May 2015, 03:15 PM   #2
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Well, you could aim to have it done for the new movie release with the new square dish, instead of the round one (despite going for the ESB version). That way you're ready for post-movie-renders.

Great start though!
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Probably need to see what other differences there are in the MF for the new film apart from the obvious square dish. I was kind of disappointed that they did not get rid of the dish completely.
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Well, you could aim to have it done for the new movie release with the new square dish, instead of the round one (despite going for the ESB version). That way you're ready for post-movie-renders.

Great start though!
Knowing my rate of work, I'm lucky there are 3 sequels planned in the new trilogy
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A lot of the detailing looks a bit different on the Episode VII falcon.
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I wonder how the full scale model compares to the digital one done for EP VII? I can already see a couple of bits that I'd want to have on any falcon that are missing from that big prop.

And the tumbler addition is a weird addition. Ooooo, cute, but seriously why bother? That's why I'd rather do an ESB version with ANH and the 5ft version sprinkled in, although I'm not a fan of the longer mandibles on the 5 footer.

I'm suprised to find more and more people picking up the 5ft model to scratch build. It's a hell of a project and you need a hell of a house (and forgiving wife) to put it in
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I like the 5 footer overall, yes some niggles but there are some very good references out there for it. I've got 150Mb of pictures of a 5 footer with some good closeup's.

Its out there in the interweb somewhere.
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You just couldn't resist could you?



I'll be watching this with interest. It is difficult to build an accurate model of the old girl as it changed from film to film to a certain degree.
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I'll be watching this with interest. It is difficult to build an accurate model of the old girl as it changed from film to film to a certain degree.
Well, in my mind there is no accurate version, as they all appear in different movies in different shots, but it's not so much getting a version correct for me, as it it getting the modelling and surfacing done correctly without making a mess of it. It's such a popular model to make that it's difficult to compete with other model makers on this one, but as long as I improve my skills while doing it, it's worth it
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The good thing with the Millennium Falcon is, that even in the movies Han Solo kept making changes to it all the time. So, in theory, any so called inconsistencies with designs, could just be attributed to modifications over time. If you consider how much time has passed between E IIII and E IV (almost 20 years), and that there are a good couple of years (in the Star Wars timeline) between each of the original movies, then anything's possible.
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There is certainly a hell of allot more pipework in the video of the Ep VII MF.

Pipes look a bit over the top. I mean are we really expected to believe that a future spacecraft would be flying around looking like an oil refinery with even more pipes than it had before.

Surly by now Solo must have been able to make some money and get her updated.
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There is certainly a hell of allot more pipework in the video of the Ep VII MF.

Pipes look a bit over the top. I mean are we really expected to believe that a future spacecraft would be flying around looking like an oil refinery with even more pipes than it had before.

Surly by now Solo must have been able to make some money and get her updated.
Or just bashed them off with a hammer knowing his repair technique . They seem to just be there for the sake of it. But, I'm sure it looks great on film.

Here's a bit of detailing around the pod area.
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Looking nice mate. Im kind of glad you went to do a rebuild as opposed to update the textures. Your last one was great for when it was made and now an updated and hi res retextured one will be fitting for the new films.

So how do you think before we see our first Ep VII build. I give it 2 months. Unless they release some really detailed stuff before the film. We have the overall basic shape, just needs the outside plating and such reworking.
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I've seen one already that looks fairly complete. I bet a few will emerge as more ref surfaces, that will be the rate determining factor.
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I will also be following this thread, this is looking great. Keep it up.
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A 3d model of the Ep VII MF Crook, do share where is the WiP of it.
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Not perfect, but with the Falcon, what is?
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There is certainly a hell of allot more pipework in the video of the Ep VII MF.

Pipes look a bit over the top. I mean are we really expected to believe that a future spacecraft would be flying around looking like an oil refinery with even more pipes than it had before.

Surly by now Solo must have been able to make some money and get her updated.
More importantly, in a galaxy where ships are constantly shooting at you, why would you put your plumbing on the outside?
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More importantly, in a galaxy where ships are constantly shooting at you, why would you put your plumbing on the outside?
Yep, that's a rather... crappy idea.
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I mean are we really expected to believe that a future spacecraft would be flying around looking like an oil refinery with even more pipes than it had before.
Apparently JJ can't make movies unless ships have tons of pipes and look like an elaborate bathroom. That was one of my biggest gripes with the Trek reboot movies.
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To be fair the falcon is pretty much that, and it's a stupidly cool ship JJ can't make it look bad without a redesign.

I've only had my falcon 5 minutes and I've dinged it already...
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Not perfect, but with the Falcon, what is?
Thanks, nice what they are doing. I still think the sides lack the amount of pipes seen in that short JJ Tumbler Clip.
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To be fair the falcon is pretty much that, and it's a stupidly cool ship JJ can't make it look bad without a redesign.

I've only had my falcon 5 minutes and I've dinged it already...
Tis but a scratch. Some masking tape and paint and good as new. Well as good as it was before.

Looking forward to seeing more in the coming weeks.
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I've only had my falcon 5 minutes and I've dinged it already...
must be that blind spot

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Apparently JJ can't make movies unless ships have tons of pipes and look like an elaborate bathroom. That was one of my biggest gripes with the Trek reboot movies.
Star Wars ships have always had lots of piping greebles. I mean, look at the Y-Wing. It's essentially a flying plumbing department.
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Star Wars ships have always had lots of piping greebles. I mean, look at the Y-Wing. It's essentially a flying plumbing department.
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Yeah, true, good point. I guess having pipes on the outside of the space frame, potentially re-inforced, could have the benefit of cheap cooling. That might be one explanation.
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Perhaps they are some sort of crash cage on the outside.
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I was unhappy with the level of detail on the escape pod, so I've redone it following the new design from EP VII. It's a lot busier on the full scale prop and there is a clear enough shot of it to get something close. There are some things I don't like on the EP VII pods, like the lack of clamps on the outside (or whatever they are), so I'm keeping them.
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