Star Wars Rebel Fighters Filming Models

Happy Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you!

The rebel fighters seen in the original Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope are some of the most recognized models ever constructed.  These are detail photographs of the actual models used in filming of the original Star Wars trilogy.  The models were 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 models were constructed making extensive use of components taken from plastic kits of the time, if you look closely at the details you may be able to identify some of the parts!

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon Filming Model

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!

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Princess Leia’s Tantive IV Model From Star Wars Episode IV

Today we’re having a slightly different post in honor of Star Wars Day.  This is the actual movie model of the Tantive IV, Princess Leia’s Rebel blockade runner from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  This is the first Star Wars ship to be seen in the films, famously fleeing from an Imperial Star Destroyer right after the opening text scrawl.  You can make a strong case that the Star Wars film ships are the most viewed models ever built.  An interesting bit of trivia is that this Tantive IV model is larger than the Star Destroyer model used in filming, even though the Star Destroyer represents a much larger ship in the film.

Star Wars was innovative in that many of the models were weathered and “battle damaged”, unlike the squeaky clean ships of other franchises.  Truly the work of some very talented builders.  If you look closely you can identify some familiar shapes and patterns, the builders made extensive use of components from plastic kits.

Happy Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you!

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