Building The Death Star - PRODUCTION

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by PHArchivist, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. crowe t

    crowe t Active Member

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  2. samster27

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    This is a real labour of love...approaching 8 years in the making, just a bit more than the anticipated 6 to 12 months. But then Real Life has a way of disrupting our hobbies. Awesome work..looking forward to those last few holes being drilled and photos taken. Hang in there. Its been an interesting ride.

    Good Luck finishing her
     
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  3. PHArchivist

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    Just a puzzle/toy...
     
  4. Jedifyfe

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    That is just insane! I saw a pic of you and him standing enxt to each other and I couldn't believe that he was the same hyper kid that was coming into the garage every 5 minutes. LOL. He's a good looking kid, who's his father? ;)

    I remember the first day coming to your house and us spending about 4 hours figuring out how to even paint the * thing. Hahahaha.

    Harrison is 6 1/2 and Bella just turned 8. Time flies brother. Harrison hadn't even been born yet when you started this and Bella was only like 6 months old.
     
  5. joberg

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    Labor of Love, Blood, Sweat and Tears...:cool
     
  6. PHArchivist

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    Remember that VERY well...!

    And need a repeat - I've made a significant decision about the equator lights, and would actually love to have your help.

    I've decided I'm going to sand away the paint off the back wall of the equator trench (at least the center 30%-40%), and then create the lights by adding a strip (or strips) of pre-punched styrene onto the existing back wall

    This will allow me far greater precision in maintaining size, shape (rectangle) and position of the trench lights, and will allow me to match the original better.

    It took a lot of work (and paint) to make the trench light-proof, but the biggest challenge was the seams where the back wall meets the edges of the hemispheres. By removing paint only in the middle 30%-40% of the current back wall, the seams top and bottom should remain painted and light proof. The new strips of styrene will be primered, painted silver, black, or both plus the base color coat, so getting the new back wall light proof shouldn't be too hard...

    Looking at the original, makes you wonder if thats the way they did it. We may never know, but there ARE NO trench lights there today, and some physical elements of the trench are gone today.

    By the way, some have asked - on that day Brad and derived the best method of painting the city blocks, which was splattering thinned black paint (and some white too) onto the properly masked areas, then painting out the spots that were too big with grey paint (on a brush) and adding more small dots with pen or pencil.
     
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  7. joberg

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    Always a Beaut. to drool over man! As for the trench, I think your idea is logical:)
     
  8. swgeek

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    Rob, let me know if you need some laser cut strips for your new trench lighting.
     
  9. Duncanator

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    Amazing! It looks like you built a Saturn V kit into an actual Saturn V !!! Nobody does that!

    Oh... and the Death Star looks pretty * good too. :lol
     
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  10. WEBBY1076

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    Great old Death Star jokes of the 20th Century: Number 387 Death Star - 02.jpg
     
  11. PHArchivist

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    Still plugging away on this. Nearing completion of lights on the upper left (of the dish) hemisphere.

    A little worried about the right half of the upper dome, as my reference pics of this area are scant.
     
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  12. spockboy

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    Beautiful job.

    :)Spockboy
     
  13. JediMichael

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    Oh, I missed those updates from like 2 months ago. Its looking good. I think most of the right side didn't have so great pics of, so some of mine I just made stuff up. But I know you really can't do that so much or it gets away from the studio part.
     
  14. PHArchivist

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    Would you all agree that the bottom image is the DSII...?

    The red lines are the same size (though I presume Muren was a bigger man), and the circles are the same. I think the difference in size evident from the overlay of the red circles is substantial enough to override any arguments about depth-of-field, difference in size of the men, etc. Plus there is a picture of the DS1 in the back ground.

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  15. robn1

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    I'd say so. The painted on surface detail has the jagged look of the unfinished DS2 hull. Plus the man's hair style looks more early 80s than mid 70s.
     
  16. PHArchivist

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    That was my thought too...
     
  17. gizmo

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    Definetly the DSII as it is only half a sphere. You can see the mounting plate on the back where it will be mounted to a flat board.


    Ben
     
  18. stonky

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    Agree 100%.
     
  19. Jedifyfe

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    All you need to do is source that random calendar in the background and find out what year it is. Sheesh. Do I have to do everything for you? LOL
     
  20. Stormy320

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    I agree too. I looked at the photo before reading your post and assumed the 3rd photo was the ROTJ DStar
     
  21. joberg

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    You're right: DSII
     
  22. torren_of_amber

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    Howdy, I was looking at the next auction from Profiles in History and on page 388 of the catalog there is 36 inch lighted Death Star made for ANH and I thought you might like to see it if you haven't yet and see how much better yours looks. LOL.. But it is a studio built from the looks of it. Anyway, I think yours is amazing and I hope you keep sharing your work with us. Thanks
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  23. Treadwell

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  24. PHArchivist

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    Thanks - I do have a copy of that still and, interestingly, the original model today appears to still have duct tape residue on the back side!
     
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  25. PHArchivist

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    Thanks for sharing...

    Generally, I respect Profiles In History and enjoy reading their listings. That one, however, is laughable.

    $8,000 - $12,000 for a model built for a proposed documentary on a collector? Granted it was a hugely important find (the original model)... And built "to fne detail" by a former Disney Imagineer? This is it...?

    I'm sorry - the tone of this post is certainly not to "dis" on your post at all. Thanks for sharing, and I find it intriguing and amusing. And the tone of this post is not to elevate my work or express any "holier than thou" sentiments.

    But to expect multiple thousands of dollars for THAT is simply astonishing. And I think their verbal description is flat out deceptive. 36" in diameter? Can't prove it at this moment but I'd bet real money that is the TWELVE inch diameter off-the-shelf model kit...!
     
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  26. torren_of_amber

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    I totally agree with you and I didn't see what it actually went for but I was expecting a laughable response since it was looking for such a humorous quote!!!! And now if you decide to ever sell yours you know who to go to to get a really really really good price!!! But I'm' glad to share any info that may pertain to the subject matter you are working on.
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  27. PHArchivist

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    Rock on...! :cool
     
  28. Rust and Bolts

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    Awesome work - any updates?
     
  29. Optimistic Geom

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    This project is mind boggling! Amazing work, that is some impressive dedication, keep it up :)
     
  30. JediMichael

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    No death star love in quite some time.
     
  31. PHArchivist

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    Wow its been nearly two years... That scares me.
     
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  32. JediMichael

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    Have you been neglecting poking little holes again....
     
  33. JediMichael

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    Oh yeah, on the last page, from 2 years ago, there was a picture where you guys were trying to figure out if it was the Death Star 1 or 2.
    Found this pic today, and defiantly was 2. Has that plastic rim around the edge. I love finding pics I'd never seen before.

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  34. Jedifyfe

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    That dish look HUGE!!! Could this have been one that they scrapped? Maybe they started out like this but then went with the etched brass version for Jedi....
     
  35. Jedifyfe

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    On second thought....the dish looks correct for Jedi.
     
  36. JediMichael

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    It does look big, but hard to tell with only so much done. I'm guessing they painted that much, then cut out the rest and added the etched brass. What a job that must have been.
    Sure turned out really amazing.
     
  37. PHArchivist

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    Worked on this for the first time in a LONG time...

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  39. PHArchivist

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    Some more...

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  40. Jedifyfe

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    My daughter is 10 now....she was 1 when I came over to your house the first time. IMG_5671.jpg IMG_6045.JPG
     
  41. PHArchivist

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    Just crazy. And my 18-YO soon-to-be high school graduate was eight.

    We need to catch up, soon...
     
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  42. Mark2000

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    The saddest thing about this project is that it's so old all the early pictures are broken.
     
  43. PHArchivist

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    Yeah and not realistic to re-post... :(

    - - - Updated - - -

    But I'll post new pics as i progress.

    At a glacial rate.
     
  44. JediMichael

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    It is really a beauty to see this thing. Being the most realistic clone of the real deal. But I know its so tedious to work on something like this. Maybe these are the reasons the original took 19 years to be operational.
     
  45. PHArchivist

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    Just about done with the upper hemisphere left of the dish...

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  46. joberg

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    ILM is calling!!:cool
     
  47. srspicer

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    Awesome, keep going....
     
  48. feek61

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    I have followed this project from the beginning; I'm glad to see some updates!! It looks fantastic!! When are you going to start doing the windows in the trench?
     
  49. stonky

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    I love that this is still going - hard to believe that this thread started in 2008!
     
  50. Laspector

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    So, when are you going to blow it up?
     
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