McQuarrie X-Wing 3D modeling and build

Kiwimaddog

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Hi guys,
Ever since I had the image of the McQ X-wing in my childhood room growing up I always wanted a kit of it. I'm aware there are several kits out there but they're not that easy to find and if found, pretty expensive. Added to that this sort of build is kind of artist interpretation type of work so I decided to make my own model. Currently I'm midst of the modelleing work and I'm putting in the hours as I find them but they're few and sometimes far apart.
I'm using Catia V5 and Zbrush for the modelling work, I'll show some pictures of the current status and update as the build progresses.

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Fuselage is modelled in Catia

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Main reference picture


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Pilot and cockpit is modelled in Zbrush

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Cockpit module, more details to be added

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Pilot as he sits right now. Not decided yet if I'll add a lower body or not

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Main references for the cockpit and Pilot are these Joe Johnston sketches
 

eagle1

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Great work so far!.
I too had that McQuarrie image in my room as a child in the 70's & dreamed of a model of it.
Keen to follow your progress on this!.

Stu
 

Kiwimaddog

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Seen here are the first testprints of the Joe Johnston cockpit skeleton and some of the panels for concept test. The idea is to print the skeleton part in PLA and add the panel-sections, pilot and wires as separate resin-prints sionce I don't have a big enough resin printer to handle as one piece and as a positive byproduct I can also optimize the printing of the details when printing piece by piece.
I early decided that I wanted to design for 1/20 scale but after printing I'm now realizing that the finished model will be fairly huge so I'm a bit on the fence right now. Go big or scale down? as it stands now the finished model will be around 800mm in length... I would have to do several splits in the complete model to handle this size and also probably have the need to reinforce many of the printed parts for them not to warp as heat and time affects them. Could be worth it though possibly?
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bwayne64

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Nice ! I was just looking through the Original Trilogy sketchbooks. Always loved those cockpit drawings of the X wing. Make you feel like your right there in space. Or maybe it was just the shrooms, LOL, JK ; )
 

Too Much Garlic

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I would go studio scale. I can't remember what size that usually was... but maybe 1:24th scale.

I think you need a slightly longer breathing hose on the model. Any quick turns with the head could tear that short hose open.
 

Kiwimaddog

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Go big!
Design it for a metal pipe to run the length of it to support it all.
That will also give you a solid structure to mount it for display.

Yeah, that’s my idea as well.

I would go studio scale. I can't remember what size that usually was... but maybe 1:24th scale.

I think you need a slightly longer breathing hose on the model. Any quick turns with the head could tear that short hose open.
1:20 is because I have a few other models, built and unbuild in that same scale. And that hose yes, nice catch. I’ve actually already amended that one, I’ll show better pictures later :)
 

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