The Smugglers Room - My Re-Imagined & Definitive Rebuild . . .

Fuzzual

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Well my friends here it goes . . .

I have been asked many times over the last couple years if my room was finished. The answer has always been a simply, "Not yet, but I will get back to it." I started the original Smugglers Room in 2011. It was a great journey and there were actually a few things I liked about it. But in all honesty it was a much larger project than I expected, and the quality of my tools, skills, and planning got the best of me. The room never materialized the way I had intended, and so in the end I became bored and frustrated with it. It has sat largely unfinished for years. Every now and then I would spend a little time on it, but often just more frustrated because of one thing or another.

So over the last year I have devoted some serious time to resourcing, sketching, and planning a new build. I wanted to fully realize the space before I dove in and started on it. The other aspect was not to put timelines on myself that I could not achieve. Though I don't want to spend another six years on a project and not be happy or done, I certainly do not intend to rush.

The purpose of this room had always been to display my various props and other collectibles, all residing in a totally geeked out space ship. So thats the plan.

I have to send an absolutely huge thank you to SofaKing, I can not tell you all how incredible of a guy he is. We have all enjoyed watching his Full Scale Falcon Project, but when I reached out to him for help he plunged in and helped with design elements, feedback, greeblies, and fellow prop builder support. Thanks so much my friend for helping me out . . . now get back to work!


Display Cabinet Concepts & Renderings

First off I wanted to share the concepts of the room. In the past I have taken from various Star Wars Themes, or design elements. My previous room gravitated heavily towards an Empire look, but what I really wanted all along was a YT-Freighter design. I just could not get my head around it, and each sketch I did was a mess. I mentioned that to SofaKing, and he sent this concept over to me. It is pretty much the drawing that started this whole mess!



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This bit of artwork also lead to other concepts of the "Center Display" cabinet that I wanted in the room. I wanted a display that you could view from every side, and also added storage space. SofaKing sent over several, but these last two I really liked and is what ultimately lead to the final design.


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I am not by any stretch an expert in Sketchup or any other 3D modeling software, but I know my way around enough that I was able to sketch out the center display cabinet and render it enough that I could create plans and build from them.

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. . . and the rendering.

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This center display cabinet is great, and it will function well, but I did need something further for the room. I needed something larger with more area to display, and as always additional storage. So continuing with the YT-Freighter theme, I came up with this design for the Main Display Cabinet . . .

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Room Design & Full Concept

Once I was satisfied with these various pieces I moved on to the rest of the room. I wanted to fully render the space with actual size and dimensions. I needed to see the cabinets, walls, ceilings, everything. I wanted to get as close as I could to how it would finish as I could. I knew if I put it in Sketchup with good measurements I could make adjustments without the cost of rebuilding something that did not fit or work. Sounds obvious I know, but with this project the first time around it was a bit of a nightmare.

So here is the room as realized as I can make it . . .


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Full Ship Concept

Now, I am a full blown geek. My wife says it, my friends say it, and I have admitted it. So as I concluded the concept design for the room I asked myself the obvious question. "If this room is in fact inside a ship, then where in the ship would it be? And more importantly what would this YT-Freighter look like?" So I had to do it. I had to design the ship that this room resides in. So here it is. The ship does not have a name yet, and I am certainly open to any suggestions you all might have. I hope you all get as much of a kick out of this as I have. I am thinking that when the room is finished I need to create a high-res picture with a "You are here" dot on the room for those enjoying a cold beer at the bar in this craft. I mean, you'd hate for someone to get lost after one too many blue milks right? LOL


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and just for fun, a shot of the corridor outside The Smugglers Room . . .
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More coming soon . . .
 

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wedge86

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This is a really great idea and I admire your ambition. The designs look amazing. Definitely subscribing to this so I can follow your progress .... no matter how long it might take (and no, I won't nag to see when the project will be done. :D)

Just curious though, when will you put an addition on the house so you can build the cargo hold? :p
 

13doctorwho

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Brilliant work! The modeling is excellent. Love the ship design. What about "Scoundrel's Luck"? "Smuggler's Treasure"?
 

Fuzzual

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Re: The Smugglers Room - My Re-Imagined & Definitive Rebuild . . .

This is a really great idea and I admire your ambition. The designs look amazing. Definitely subscribing to this so I can follow your progress .... no matter how long it might take (and no, I won't nag to see when the project will be done. :D)

Just curious though, when will you put an addition on the house so you can build the cargo hold? :p
Thank you Wedge, the estimated dollars needed to build the cargo hold exceeded the value of my home by a couple bucks, so i will have to settle for just a small portion :unsure

blown away with this 3d skills... man i wish i had your talent!
Thank you very much. I have been tinkering for a good deal of time with Sketchup. But I am a complete noobie in that world. That being said, I can't take full credit, i did use the Sketchup 3D warehouse and did a fair amount of "3D kitbashing" for example, the speeder in the cargo hold was done by SteveStarkiller who is an amazing 3D artist. He also had done a 3D rendering for me many years ago, and I stole a few of those pieces he made me, like the greeblies on much of the rooms items. There are some other parts and pieces that I pulled from free models in the Sketchup Warehouse, I wish I had taken down all the original artist names so I could pass along credit.

One thing of note. The overall concept for the shape and exterior of the ship was pulled from the design below. I do not know the artist personally, but it was part of an ILM art challenge last year, and I fell in love with the design. The artist's name is Xavier Henry . . .

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Brilliant work! The modeling is excellent. Love the ship design. What about "Scoundrel's Luck"? "Smuggler's Treasure"?
Thank you! I will put those on the list. I am seriously considering doing a name vote in a few months when I have a good list. I'll make a little plaque in the room with the "namers" name on it. LOL
 

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Panaflex

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Just fantastic. An incredibly cool and ambitious concept. Can't wait to see your progress.
 

SofaKing01

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Hey Fuzz,

Thanks for the kind words. I love builds like this. This is where you get to stretch your imagination and have fun with it :)

I love the integration of the room with the freighter! Brilliant job! I am so excited to see you back at this. Welcome Back!
 
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Fuzzual

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Hey Fuzz,

Thanks for the kind words. I love builds like this. This is where you get stretch your imagination and have fun with it :)

I love the integration of the room with the freighter! Brilliant job! I am so excited to see you back at this. Welcome Back!
Thank you my friend. and thanks for all the help!
 

Solos blaster

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I love it! You should scratch build or 3dprint a model of the ship for display in there as well.

I can't wait to see this come to life.

How about "Scoundrel's Heart" for possible choice? Seems appropriate for a place to keep your favorite items.
 

Fuzzual

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I love it! You should scratch build or 3dprint a model of the ship for display in there as well.

I can't wait to see this come to life.

How about "Scoundrel's Heart" for possible choice? Seems appropriate for a place to keep your favorite items.
Thanks SB, a model of the ship would be fantastic! I would love to have that on display in the room. I love the name too, its great. I will put that on the list.
 

Fuzzual

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Hey Fuzz,

Looking at the door, is this a slide open or regular push pull door?
It will be a slide. My HVAC room is right behind that door, and there is a good deal of space to the left (if you are facing the door) for it to slide.
 

Fuzzual

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Excellent! Are you going to use a basic pocket door or build from scratch?
Likely from scratch I think. It will be less of a mess that I have to make with that wall, and a fair amount cheaper. I have a similar sliding door i built the first time around that lead into the laundry room in the back of the basement. It worked pretty well and has been working solid for 6 years LOL
 
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