Some dreams I've had since I was an actual child came true this year, in more ways than one. I've been planning how to write about those expierience, and do justice to the amazing people who helped me get there.
But in the meantime, what do I do to celebrate? Start all new projects!
I present to you a photomatched study of the Full-Scale X-Wing. The props in the photos below are from A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, respectively. The geometry matches across all three movies. Either the prop is actually the same or it followed the same blueprints between movies. My gut says that the prop for A New Hope was scrapped and rebuilt with the same blueprints on Empire, which is how the full-scale Falcon was built. Then that full-scale X-wing was reused on Return of the Jedi. In one of the photos an X-wing that is only built from the nose forward is visible, which may have also been a prop in Echo Base on Empire.
Sometime in 2010 I found a copy of the blueprints used to construct the original Millennium Falcon cockpit. They were for sale in a packet from Ballantine books for the staggering sum of $19. The packet was published the same year as the original movie and I couldn't believe no one had used them to build anything since then. I had recently downloaded a copy of Sketchup and, initially just to learn the program, I imported scans of the drawings and got to work.
After I made some rough progress I posted my build on the Replica Prop Forum, with a little bit of embarrassment that my project was merely virtual. But people took interest.
In particular Greg Dietrich reached out to me with crazy dream of building in real life what I was doing virtually.
Smash cut to eight years later, we've got a write up on Wired...
Full-Size Millennium Falcon Cockpit Built In A Garage | Obsessed | WIRED - YouTube
part 3,720 in my on-going series called "Where does that fit inside the Falcon?"
The medbay in ESB is weird little room. What we see on screen is very brief, just a quick shot with Luke and Leia, and then from another angle with Luke getting up. But there's really not much visible.
There were maquettes built that show a room in the same placement as the bay in Force Awakens; in the main hold essentially opposite the couch and holo-chess table.
On the set of ESB, they never built anything there. There's literally just a hole in the set that they use for camera placement.
so what did they build?
There's not much to go on, but years ago I noticed that there's part of a ring that's the same piece used on the corridors in the rest of the falcon.
so, knowing the dimensions of that ring from various blueprints, I was able to construct this photomatch.
at bare minimum, we're looking at a set piece that looks like this:
So I ask you.... where the hell is that supposed to be?