Happy Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you!
Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon needs no introduction. These are detail photographs of the Falcon model used in filming the original Star Wars trilogy. The model was part of a display of props and costumes which toured various museums throughout the United States, I took these pictures while the collection was at the Indiana State Museum in July of 2013.
The Star Wars models are known for their weathered and worn appearance. This was in stark contrast to the squeaky-clean appearance of most science fiction ships up to that time, and lent an air of authenticity to the production. The weathering and chipping techniques on display are worthy of note for all modelers regardless of subject matter. The model was constructed making extensive use of components taken from plastic kits of the time, if you look closely at the details some of these parts may seem familiar!