Studio Scale Pirate Ship/Blockade Runner

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by moffeaton, May 7, 2015.

  1. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm making it.

    Slow burn. Starting to smoke all of a sudden.... plans were laid. Seeds planted. Watered. People worked hard. People encouraged others. Wives were asked things like "hey um, that area where a couch could go.... I mean, uh, we already have like, three couches..."

    Sooooo uh, any one want a "builders kit" of the BLOCKADE RUNNER (or the PIRATE SHIP)?! Thanks to the diligent work of Tsophika and the soon to be diligent work of Mike Salzo, you will totally probably definitely be able to buy resin castings of every single plant-on part, and get plans to build it as the original was. This is not a "resin model kit". This is a massive leg up on scratch building a Studio Scale Blockade Runner, part for part, as seen in Star Wars. Not the converted ROTJ version, and not the "sort of restored" ANH version seen today. The original as-seen-on-screen-in-1977 Blockade Runner.


    This is the usual "gauge interest" feeler post and my declaration of intent to build this dumb huge thing - and no, I HAVE NO IDEA ON THE PRICE. This has been a slow cooker for a while now, and we are finally at the "throw bags of parts at Salzo to get them cast" stage. He won't know the price either, until he starts molding. This will be offered in phases to - we're starting with the engine section. I'll update here as I start a'building. Probably early Fall. When we know more, we will start a sale thread for y'all.


    So once again, and I cannot stress this enough: WE DON'T KNOW THE PRICE IT'S NOT YET FOR SALE and this is not a "for sale" thread. But it's coming...


    Of course, I am a crazy person, and I want to build the Pirate Ship first! So here is a Tsophika render of the Pirate Ship, which was one of the first models ILM made in 1975/6-ish? Joe Johnston painted a lot of it, and it is unique in decoration. After all, this was the original Millennium Falcon!

    How accurate will it be? Well, I have been really fortunate again, and I have some amazing luck/connections... it was surveyed some time in '76 before it was partially torn apart and converted to the Blockade Runner. The model in this state is truly an amazing bit of unseen Star Wars. So just a heads up - I'm building one, and you can too, eventually/soon!

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  2. Lee S

    Lee S Sr Member

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    200% Interested!
     
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  3. Jedi Dade

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    OK totally interested BUT... I know its "big" but how big I guess is the question... IIRC the one I saw on tour was about 3 feet... close to the ANH SD. but you seem to be talking couch sizes... around 6 -8 feet.

    at 3ish feel I'm totally in. at 6-8 I will need to pass. I just don't have the space for any thing that big.

    Thanks,
    Jedi Dade
     
  4. dsp5500

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    I'll see your 200% and up 300%
     
  5. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  6. 3phase

    3phase Well-Known Member

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    Very cool but I thought your landspeeder was big
     
  7. eagle1

    eagle1 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Definitely interested Jason!.
    Just as a matter of interest, what size cockpit cone did you guys end up using?.
     
  8. dsp5500

    dsp5500 Well-Known Member

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    Yer thats interesting!
     
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  9. moffeaton

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    I grew one that's a bit shy of 6" but then again the acrylic is 6" So I feel it SHOULD be 6" wide... so I've not gotten that settled yet. I think my grown cockpit is undersized by a smidge. I defer to Craig on this one. Since it won't be part of the "kit" offering, it's not a problem the Blockade Buyers™ will have to worry about. A one off for me :)
     
  10. Jedi Dade

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    at 6' I'm gonna have to pass... but I might be interested in a parts kit anyway just to build up the greeblie stores :D. and if I change my mind I will have what I need.

    I may have to build a new garage/workshop in the back yard :D

    Jedi Dade
     
  11. satazius

    satazius Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Oh yes for sure.
     
  12. EE89

    EE89 New Member

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    Wow! A dream come true. I'm definitely interested!
     
  13. Avanaut

    Avanaut Well-Known Member

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    Madness! Wonderful madness.
     
  14. mbmcfarland

    mbmcfarland Sr Member

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    Okay, I'm in!

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
     
  15. trooper

    trooper Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    why not, im in :)
     
  16. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    A man has his limits, Jason.
     
  17. swfan

    swfan Well-Known Member

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    Definitely interested.
    Isel
     
  18. moztech

    moztech Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've only recently decided to give studio scale modelling a go (still sourcing kits) and now this appears. The shipping alone will most likely cause my bank manger to have heart palpitations, but I'm interested, although I might have to settle for parts kits for greeblies.
     
  19. Jedi Dade

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    screw it = I have a ton of stuff sitting and waiting in my pile... this could be another... I'm interested but we need to find some kind of back channel to pay for it... my wife is gonna kill me as soon as she figures it out... and she will...

    Jedi Dade
     
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  20. moffeaton

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    Here's the brilliant thing - it's going to be a series of releases. We're starting with the engine greeblies. So thought it may run into "holy guacamole that was a LOT of money for a dust collector" it's going to be in more palatable dribs and drabs. There are a LOT of parts, and this way, Mike Salzo doesn't want to kill himself trying to keep it all straight by doing all six feet of stuff in one fell swoop.

    I work for the NIH as a contractor. So it's not like I have money to throw around either, lol. All it takes is one sequester and I am selling plasma under a bridge ;)
     
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  21. ShowCraft

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    Has anyone ID'ed the fins in the engines?
     
  22. Tsophika

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    I didn't even try. Our fins will be 3D grown.
     
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  23. moffeaton

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    Lorne has said he thinks they might have been heat sinks, but it was made just before his arrival at ILM. If they're ever found, that'd be cool, but I'll be completely happy with Craig's solution :)
     
  24. ShowCraft

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    My OCD for accuracy will have to take the hit.
     
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  25. Jedi Dade

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    I work for a large government contractor as well... I know all too well the impacts of a Sequester... or even the rumor of one. The last several years have been really TOUGH in this business.

    Small chunks are a god-send.

    Jedi Dade
     
  26. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yah, it's a different world than it was a decade ago!!
     
  27. propcollector

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    I am interested in a studio scale blockade runner!! Yeah baby!!!
     
  28. moffeaton

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    Wave 1 - The Engines top and bottom, on the way to Salzo for molding and casting!

    [​IMG]
     
  29. dsp5500

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    WOW look at all that. What was it now.. 3D vapourware? :lol Awesome , great stuff.


    Rob
     
  30. Bigturc

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    Omg .. I wouldn't want to be Mike right now!!! :-|
     
  31. Jedi Dade

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  32. ShowCraft

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    All the years and money I'v spent obtaining these parts on my own, and now theyre being handed out like candy. If I'd only waited :cry
     
  33. propcollector

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    Are you going to post this offering in the junkyard when ready?
     
  34. moffeaton

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    Read the first post, and you tell me ;)
     
  35. Wolfsburg

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    I know squat about modelling but this is seriously cool!
     
  36. KramStaar

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    Great project mate, I look forward to seeing how it turns out..

    I saw the screen model at the Archive building a couple of weeks ago and its a magnificent piece of art..

    High regards
    MARK
     
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  37. modelman

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    Hello Jason.

    It’s very nice to see you will do this version. As I started to plan mine I was not sure which version to do. I’ve gone with the on screen version as I think there is more info out there to work with. I’m just starting to cut plastic, I hope the tubes will be back from the laser cutter this week and I can start to put things together.
    I worked the ship out in the computer and tried to get the proportions correct using a plexi glass tube with 150mm diameterI think it works out nicely. I can’t afford to get all the correct parts for this model so I will go the way that Mr. Henning did and try to represent the parts that they used.

    All thebest with your model I look forward to seeing it come together.

    Ian Howes.
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  38. moffeaton

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  39. vectorzero

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    I've got so many many projects I haven't started, and so many others part started but I am powerless to resist wanting to know where to sign.
     
  40. MonsieurTox

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    Great castings and $250 per set is nice, great job Mike !

    Haha now it's happening, is Lisa still OK to get it in display in the TV room ? :)
     
  41. moffeaton

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    Yeah, she's proud/happy!
     
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  42. mslz22

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    Will start JY thread in a day or two. It's a crazy bit of work to cast so they will roll out slow. I should be molding on the 2nd set in about a week, another slow labor heavy job so the 2nd set won't be ready for at least a month or two for those wondering how it will be spaced out.
    thanks
    mike
     
  43. SofaKing01

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    WOW... If I didnt have my own chaos going on... I would do it! :)
     
  44. Scott Graham

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    Oooh wow! If I only still had my unrealistic sense of what I can accomplish, I'd be all over this!! :)

    Great project! I'll be rooting you on from the sidelines. Go team!
     
  45. mslz22

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  46. Jedi Dade

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    ordered... Now I just need to hide all this from my wife for several years... :lol

    until it too late to turn back...

    Now where are the plans for the structure all this gets glued to? I think I need them now :D

    Jedi Dade
     
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  47. moffeaton

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    Plans will be made available as well - those will be coming from Craig.
     
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  48. Vacformedhero

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    I may not be able to afford the parts but would be interested in full size plans
     
  49. Jedi Dade

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    Now that's what I call Full Service . Helping me hide it from my wife until its too late... :D

    Jedi Dade
     
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  50. 3oin

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    Wow .. so tempting .. but not enough room ! Despair.jpg

    Wish you guys luck :)

    I'll be following the thread :popcorn
     

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