Smaller, screen used model of the Rebel Blockade Runner

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  1. GKvfx

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  2. robn1

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    Little is right.
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  3. jayroth

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    When I worked for Grant at Apogee in the mid-to-late '80's, he at one point asked me to clean up that model. It was covered with cigarette smoke residue (many at Apogee were heavy smokers back then). It was machined out of aluminum, as the quartz lights in the engines were so hot, and jammed in such a small space, anything else would have melted (the aluminum body acted as a heat sink.) As I recall the miniature, however, it had very little detail and was mostly paint (which made the clean up process rather easy). I am not sure that the image in that article is of the actual item, though my memory could be faulty. Unfortunately, I don't think I ever got any pictures of it during that time, though I have seen BTS photos of the model in various publications over the years.
     
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  4. moffeaton

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    It's got some Bandai 1/48th armor parts on it, so it wasn't hot enough to melt the plastic at least!
     
  5. jayroth

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    Yes, the heat sink was very effective. There may have been some forced air cooling as well...
     
  6. moffeaton

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    So cool.


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  7. Vacformedhero

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    What doesn't make sense is that on the blue ray extras someone even mentioned that the larger rebel blockade runner was larger than the 3 foot star destroyer that was used in that scene, so where was the smaller one used ?
     
  8. mvmagic

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    Likely at the very beginning when the ships are moving away from camera, the blockade runner is very small in that shot.


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  9. gizmo

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    I was confused too as I was always under the impression that only the big one was on screen. You learn something new everyday they say. :)


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  10. jayroth

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    It was done that way because the RBR was originally intended to be the Millenium Falcon, the "hero" ship (quotes added to indicate a primary miniature as opposed to the character indicated by the script.) Hero models were typically larger in size and more detailed, as they would have more screen time. After the decision was made to make a change, it was sensible to use this miniature for another ship which pretty much meant it was to become what we know it as today.
     
  11. Treadwell

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    The large one is only in two shots: coming at the camera with the SD in the background, and the shot where it is hit. All the rest are the small one.
     
  12. gizmo

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    Thats great info and is now embedded in my brain so I don't see just the big one on-screen. I'll go and watch my bluray with new eyes. ;)


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  13. Kyuzo

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    Cool! I would so much want a new coffee table book with all the models from OT. Sculpting the galaxy is nice but covers way too few models and the chronicles is a bit old and lacks all those nerdy facts Rinzler has been so good at digging up.
     
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    I think the larger one was in three shots. The two you mentioned, and the shot where the Blockade Runner is tractor beamed into the Star Destroyer hanger bay.


    Look at the differences between escape pod rings on what is supposedly the 18" model:
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    And what is seen on screen:
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    Either that photo of the 18" model isn't the model used in the film (or the model has been changed since that film's shot was made) or it's two different models; because those escape pod rings have completely different profile shapes.
     
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  15. Treadwell

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    I think you're right!
     
  16. MonsieurTox

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    Could someone take an extensive photo survey of it ? 360 deg photos survey with sides, front, rear, top and bottom (if possible, depends on the way it's displayed) views and close up pics as well ? This is a unique chance to get this one documented ! Thanks in advance :)
     
  17. moffeaton

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    It's already done/IDed :)
     
  18. MonsieurTox

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    Yes but not publicly so that's of no use. :)
     
  19. GKvfx

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    The smaller one was used for the opening shot only. The larger one worked on all the other shots. The big tell is the fact that the smaller one has absolutely no detail on the front of the nose. Just the model mount and a couple of recessed screws holding the nose in place.

    Gene
     
  20. star-art

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    Wasn't there a third model that was small enough to fit inside the hangar of the 4-foot Imperial Cruiser miniature? (While the term "Star Destroyer" is in the script, I don't recall it ever being used in the first film.)
     
  21. morsesith21

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    I find this absolutely fascinating because I never knew this model ever existed. Really cool.
     
  22. Treadwell

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    I defer to my betters!
     
  23. Vacformedhero

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    I would buy a part I'd of this ship....
     
  24. moffeaton

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    No need - it's easy as pie, and once it's on display at Comicon, everyone will know/be able to see!
    So cool that it's being displayed there!
     
  25. PHArchivist

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    Add me to the list of those that didn't know about this.
     
  26. morsesith21

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    Speaking of displaying models, does anyone know if the models are still on display at thentraveling museums or did Disney put an end to that so they can display them at Disneyland or something?
     
  27. MonsieurTox

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    All the models are owned by Lucas and they are still displayed all around the world. :)
     
  28. morsesith21

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    That's good news.
     
  29. autoprops713

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  30. MonsieurTox

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    Thank you !
     
  31. PHArchivist

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  32. swgeek

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    I took a bunch of photos this weekend. I'll try and get them up tonight.
     
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  33. Tsophika

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    Cool, there are about ten kits used on this one.
     
  34. swgeek

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    And on with the pictures.
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  35. cylon

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    i was reading that it will be auctioned in the next profiles in history auction.
     
  36. MonsieurTox

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    Thank you Jon ! Great pics :)
     
  37. astroboy

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    is the five foot falcon still part of an exhibit?
     
  38. PHArchivist

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    Thanks for posting pics!
     
  39. Talkierg

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    Great pics John! Plastruct cone were used on making the head I guess:thumbsup

    Don
     
  40. astroboy

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  41. Hopson

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    I remember the first time I was in Grants shop. I had walked in and there was no one around. I was walking around going "Hello anyone here." Nothing no one around. I can remember seeing the X-Wing he had kept in a case in his office. It was very cool. I must have stood there for 10 mins before anyone came in. He also had three or four guitars on stands around his desk. A dishonest person could have robbed that place blind.
     
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  42. swgeek

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    You're welcome everybody. I hope they are helpful.
     
  43. Lee S

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    Great pics! Did anyone get measurements? I'm guessing it would be easy to scale of the heatsinks. Would make an interesting build.
     
  44. jayroth

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    As I recall, it's about 18" long...
     
  45. stonky

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    Great pictures, thanks for sharing! :thumbsup
     
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