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Richard Baker

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  1. I agree with the Bandai in flight over the Death Star base, but my favorite way to display fictional fighter craft is on the ground, some ground equipment near by and maybe a panel or two open for servicing. It just brings the fictional craft more into the "real World" for me. Seeing the X-Wings for the first time in the Yavin Hangar with fuel lines and workers swarming around them made a big impact on me- when I saw those fighter in space later they seemed to be actual combat machines instead of some SFX models in a studio...
  2. Don't have AppleTV and I am already maxed out on paid streaming services (Disney+ is the final one)- I do hope this series becomes available on disc sometime soon...
  3. I generally like to display my vehicles with the gear down, like they are parked on the tarmac. The only consistent exception to this is the T-65 X-Wing- the way the gear comes down out of the engines just looks stupid to me and destroys the "reality" of the subject having actual functioning hardware.
  4. That is how I think of it- an active scanning/tracking unit. When we see it up it is chasing the Blockade runner, later the Falcon. It is up in Rogue One and Solo. When the ISD is involved in a fleet action it is down typically. Looking at the actual filming models it appears to be the same unit, just ninety degrees different.
  5. A quick breakdown of the Imperial class Star Destroyers as seen on screen: The first one we see is described later as an ISD-I, it was a smaller model (91cm, about 3 feet long) made by ILM and had simplified detailing and a distinctive X-shaped antenna array on the top of the bridge. It was not lighted except for the engines. The second one is the much larger 259cm (about 8 and a half feet) model created for 'The Empire Strikes Back' this is considered the definitive one and referred to as an ISD-II/ The X-shaped array on top of the bridge is rotated to lie flat now, it has full lighting and much greater detail and the hull proportions are subtly different.. They did use the ISD-I model a couple of times in TESB in the escaping Hoth sequence. Only the ISD-II has the '"garbage chute" at the base of the bridge spine that Han took advantage of to escape. One Star Destroyer type seen in 'Return of the Jedi' is a bit of a mystery. It is much larger than a Star Destroyer, maybe about a quarter of the SSD length. It is seen twice- once with the fleet during the scene with Luke and the Emperor. When he is taunting Luke you see out the side window of his thrown room. It is surrounded by ISDs and you also see the SSD in the fleet so it is not that one either. It has been referred to as the 'Communications Ship'. In another battle scene you see some fighters racing down the length from the nose of a Star Destroyer type hull, but it is much longer and no super structure is seen (the distance they travel would have passed over the super structure location on an regular ISD). It is believed for this seen ILM inverted the larger 8 foot model and added some plates to cover the Hangars. The Star Destroyers seen in both 'Rogue One' and 'Solo' are a mix of the two ISD types with details and features of each. IIRC they were digital models. The fleet of Star Destroyers seen in the TRoS trailer are a variants of the ISD-I as seen in ANH- they have a huge gun mounted underneath where the ventral hangar bays are normally, some red striping on the hull and still retain the distinctive upright X-shaped array.
  6. Thanks! I love the Imperial design elements and have a lot of fun designing vessels which fit within that aesthetic.
  7. It is hard to believe that model is as small as it is- your build makes it look much larger- well done!
  8. 1:5000 Bandai Star Destroyer- First Release Lighted Edition Been wanting a decent sized Bandai kit of the subject for a long time. Spectacular detailing and perfectly proportioned. The superstructure, sidewalls, bridge, main hull and hangar bays all have molded in window ports which make lighting easy, It also has clear pieces for extra fine lighting if desired. I am on the fence about that part- The detailing is so wonderful as is I hate to blur it by having to spray black and then the final color over it. I may use some of the pieces selectively, such as the bridge face. One problem a lot of people have reported is that when assembled the bow has a gentle curve upward but all the pieces appear straight and true. There are a number of work-a-rounds being explored and I may wait to see which works best. The design of the lighting system requires the superstructure to be lifted off to make turn it on or off, I think I will wire it for external power and keep everything sealed up.
  9. This is a quick build from the late nineties- back when there were only three Star Wars films released and lot of dreams about what happens in that universe. One Friday night I was having a few beers with a good friend and we got to talking about things which happned elsewhere during the fight between the Rebels and the Empire. I got a piece of paper and sketched out this design, then some sheet plastic and built the main hull as we talked. It was detailed up some and painted the following day. About the design: I wanted to show an Imperial craft which had both a utilitarian look about it but also had a bit of a mean attitude as well. Imperial shuttles (original trilogy) seem to love large dorsal wings (which I don't), two landing legs and a ventral personnel loading ramp. I also added two ball turrets because I had yet to see any unarmed Imperial craft. There is was a smaller turret above the engines but that has been damaged over the years since I built this. This model is about seven inches long and scale is about 1:200 or so. Concept behind the build: The Rebels managed to attack a small Imperial storage facility and obtained some much needed supplies. Going through the wreckage they find an Imperial cargo shuttle which, aside from a rather large hole blown through the starboard side seems to be salvageable. The technicians get the systems back up and running. It has two dorsal cargo doors and the they remove the one abocve the ruined starboard cargo bay and add a remotely controlled twin heavy laser canon. They removed the large upper wing to save weight and to allow a greater field of fire for the new turret. They weld some scrap plating cut from some other wrecked vessels over the large hole in the side and now the Rebels have a new ship to aid in their conflict.
  10. Very impressive build= the weathering is perfect to help with scale and makes all the wonderful detail shine!
  11. Thanks! I like giving models a bit of history so when you look at them you get the feeling of seeing a snapshot from that history.
  12. I am trying to remember the brand of a particular paint that I used for props when I was involved in stage magic in the seventies (Ring 35, International Brotherhood of Magicians). It was such a dead black that even with harsh stage lighting it was invisible to the audience. A lot of flat blacks were so so, this one was like painting a hole in space. Having the correct ratio (1:4:9) the the Monolith to me is more important to matching the film prop- it is such a wonderful set of numbers to signify universal mathematics from an alien culture!
  13. Love it!- looks very practical and engineered with real world technology!
  14. Spent a while finishing up the weathering on the B-Wing- I had already taken some photos to show last week but when I was uploading them I noticed some spots which needed more work.. Changes are subtle- added a few more blast marks on the other wings, added silver to the damaged areas and inside some of the chipped red paint, some scorching on leading edges, that sort of thing. I am calling this one done except for the engine bell insides- I haven't gotten batteries for the lighting yet and I am not sure which color might look best on the inside of those things yet. BTW- photos taken on my scale board- 1" grid for reference
  15. Very nice build!- the coloring does remind me of the classic Chris Foss as well (getting weary of light gray ships all the time) Unfamiliar with this subject but you managed to make an outlandish design look real!
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