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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Bonus!

Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando Color Photographs Part III – Exterior Details

All photographs from the NASM Hans Groenhoff collection.

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Technicians make adjustments to the Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 radial engine on this C-46A. The inside of the nacelle is in natural metal with stenciling visible.

 

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Another view inside the engine panels, this time on the port engine. The panels locked up out of the way allowing for easy access.

 

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A view from under the nacelle showing the arrangement of cooling slots and cowl flaps. Curtiss engineers located the cowl flaps on the underside of the nacelle so as to not disturb the airflow over the wing and thus reduce lift.

 

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Hydraulic fluid leaking through the fuselage panel seams can be seen in many photos showing the underside of the nose. The streamlined teardrop fairing housed the direction-finding antenna and was commonly called the “football”.

 

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Another staged photograph of troops and Jeeps being loaded into a C-46. This angle gives a good view of the Curtiss Electric four-bladed propellers.

 

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This photograph would be interesting enough just for showing details of the cargo door interior, but what is particularly fascinating is what is being loaded – the nose section of a Sikorsky R-4 helicopter. The R-4 was the world’s first helicopter to enter large-scale production.

 

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This view gives a good impression of the size of the C-46’s vertical stabilizer.

 

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Nice details of engine maintenance, including the configuration of the work stand.

 

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A Curtiss technician on top of the starboard nacelle showing details of the exhaust and cooling arrangement. Exhaust staining and oil spills are weathering opportunities for skilled modelers.

 

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A C-46E showing the Troop Carrier Command logo on the nose. Note the stepped “airliner” windscreen and three-bladed prop of the “E” model.