Help Identifying 8.5-foot EPV/TESB Star Destroyer parts

Jedi Dade

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Not 100% sure but I've seen lots of parts like that on aircraft carrier models. Usually the "doorway" into the hangar that they move airplanes out to the elevator that takes them to and from the main deck. I tihnk if you scan carrier models you'll find what your looking for, sorry I couldn't be more specific.

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Mycroft Holmes

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Try looking at Essex class carriers. Ticonderoga and so on. They were used on ANH ships so the left overs may be on the SD's. These would be 1/700 scale by Tamiya and or Hasegawa.






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Treadwell

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This brings up an interesting question: were any kits leftover from ANH? As a name, ILM was LFL's but as a facility and a group of artists, Van Nys was Dykstra's shop. When SW model assets were moved to Northern California (after resting in rented storage space for over a year) they left the friggin' DEATH STAR behind. Would something as minor as picked-through donor kits have made the trip, or even moved into storage in the first place? Based on how many of the same kits were used by Dykstra on Battlestar Galactica, I suspect the answer is no.

It would be the same as ILM saying "that 5 gallon drum of silicone with half a gallon left in it was purchased for Star Wars. It comes with us".

Nah.
 

Jedi Dade

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Maybe not but the kits are still good guesses as they were available around the correct time and certainly good sources of kitbash material regardless... Lord knows that if you're trying to build one of these bad boys you can't have enough warship models laying around. the 8.5 footer had battleship guns (just the barrels) lining the edges of the side panes and along the engines...there had to be close to 100 (maybe more)separate gun barrels glued in there... Its a place to start looking
along with similar ships. If you have a better place to start looking please do tell us...all opinions are respected - at least be me


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Nwerke

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I think you are looking for the Fujimi, Tamiya and Hasegawa 1/700 scale waterline series ships mostly, eg you've found the Shinano parts, there are lots of these and gun nests from other IJN and USN carriers too, but the parts you've asked about definitely look USN don't they?

As Jedi Dade says, there are a helluva lot of battleship gun barrels, usually triple or quadruple but some double too. Not just in the edge trenches, they're all over the tower, engine bay and superstructure too. There are big chunks of battleship superstructures all along the edge trenches also. I think you're looking at British and German ships for some of these, and probably therefore at Airfix 1/600 kits as well as the Japanese ones.

Cripes, really if you are seriously looking at doing an 8.5' SS replica I'd guess you'd be looking for almost *every* 1/600 and 1/700 scale warship kit that was available at the time. In multiples, so a good supply of silicone and resin would be a must! Scary. I'd love to do a decent ISD some day, but I think I'll settle for a reasonable Devastator replica instead.


Many people aren't aware the 8.5' model is asymmetrically detailed. The port side is the 'hero' side for closeups and much more heavily detailed. You could save money and time by copying the starboard side only? Still a job I'd be scared of myself.


Cheers!
Martyn
 

Clerval

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This brings up an interesting question: were any kits leftover from ANH?
It would be the same as ILM saying "that 5 gallon drum of silicone with half a gallon left in it was purchased for Star Wars. It comes with us".

Nah.
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Nope... hardly anything in that department came along. I used to shop at the place the guys would come down to and clear out with kit purchases... and you gotta remember, this was before auto- and computer re-ordering, and a few of the companies still used reps who had to come in and make the orders for you... it was... well, a really hard time on those guys. You could tell they'd been through as the shop was just empty.

Given that the move from VN to SA was relatively smoothe, these would have been bulk that was replaceable 'in spirit' and well enough... nothing had to be (so hey thought) perfectly duplicated, so it was just up to the new budget and a couple of car trips to get re-stocked.

Upside for me was getting to hear 'bout an awful lot of stuff and info after...
 

Rick Deckard

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Hi Guys!

Thanks for your replies!
I am very happy to see some people interested on the BIG star Destroyer model! I will check these Tamiya and Hasegawa kits. I have some battleship kits from Tamiya and really they was very used in the Star Destroyer!

Ok! More to coming!


Adolfo,
 

stonky

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Are you planning to build the 8.5' SD using all of the same kit parts?

You're a more patient person than I am.
 

Rick Deckard

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Hi!

Yes! Why not? It is a great ship and i would love to build a replica some day! So, i need to make an good catalogue of the parts used in the ship, Right? Oh... yes...Of course! I will need a lot of patience!



Adolfo,
 

stonky

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Good for you, I hope you do it! I thought it was one of the truly impressive pieces in the Magic of Myth exhibit.
 
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