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?
I made this render years ago, 2015-ish as a test, and just redicovered it in my archives.
I made it particular to showcase the landing gear extending and ramp lowering, which I'd never seen before.
Millennium Falcon Lands at Cloud City - YouTube
Also just for fun, here's the first ramp animation I made way back in 2012. I may be wrong, but at the time I was pretty convinced I was the first to show the ramp in motion... prove me wrong, cause I'd love to see other takes on it!