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Recreate the audience's first sight of the Falcon! Here are two of the scenic accessories you need to make a diorama of Docking Bay 94.
The parts are scaled to 1:43, to match the De Agostini Falcon kit or the Master Replicas collectible. (admittedly to be totally accurate, neither model is correct for a 1977 Docking Bay 94, since they both have ESB
era Falcon details. Though this is arguably less of an issue for the SE release of ANH
, which introduced the ESB Falcon into the CGI scenes..)
This high-resolution set, printed using "Frosted Ultra Detail" plastic is pretty expensive, so I don't expect anyone's going to buy it. But here it is if you're interested! A more affordable option is to use "White, Strong and Flexible" polyamide plastic, either regular or polished. But this version has a bit more detail.
Note that you will also require the additional detail set, also printed using "Frosted Detail" translucent plastic.
This is because, for Shapeways filesize reasons, I couldn't combine both these objects and the detailed parts in the same set. Sorry.
If your model is a 1:144 model, like the Bandai or Fine Molds Falcons, I have 1:144 versions of the Docking Bay
. Or if you have a 1:72 model I have a version for that
. Finally, if you're looking for parts for the teeny "Vehicle 006" Bandai Falcon, I have a 1:350 version
What you get.
This excitingly fiddly set includes crates, a forklift, doors, and various greeblies. Illuminated parts have holes for optional fibre optics. Since no full blueprints or complete photos of Docking Bay 94 are known to be publicly available, the models are based on screen grabs and behind-the-scenes shots, so they aren't necessarily 100% accurate.
What self-respecting spaceport would be without a fine selection of space crates? Docking Bay 94 has a number of crates lying around - mostly cubes with circular patterns on each face, and bigger crates with rectangular grids.
There are additional random greebly thingies scattered around the set, conveying an air of general mechanical decrepitude, and I've made models of many of them. The greeblies include:
- The angular blue box - maybe some kind of power supply? - that sits beneath the Falcon. The original prop had two red lights on the top - quite possibly German-built Hella 2RL rotating beacons with the motors turned off. The beacons are printed as separate objects for ease of lighting, and are not included with this set. Cut the beacons off the sprue at the recessed groove, and clean out all the internal support wax using hot water and some thin wire. Behind-the-scenes photos show that this box has a kind of rectangular exhaust pipe thingie protruding from the top back, but it's too small to 3D print to scale, so it's been thickened up a bit.
- Two copies of the stacked barrel sort of objects - one of which is shown to the left of our heroes as they first enter the docking bay. These have 1mm holes for fibres for the green (left) and red (right) lights in the middle. There's also space for an LED to be installed. This has a rectangular cutout so you can glue in a piece of styrene.
- The two mysterious tall totem pole things that we get a really brief glimpse of twice in the scene. I've had to guess the details on these stretched ovoid objects. They also need thin wire pipes or rails.
- The sort of low dome thing behind the Falcon, near the back wall. This is only briefly visible for a split second during the scene.
- Curved pipes that stand near the walls. One group also has a control panel on a short post. This panel can be lit with fibre optics.
- The mysterious low yellow-painted tank-like things situated over on the left side of the set. Presumably they're just throbbing with magic spaceship fuel, but who knows? In the movie they're surrounded by piles of silvery accordionlike hoses, which I haven't included with this model - you're best off using fine wire for that.
- Two cylindrical post thingies seen in the background behind the strange yellow tanks. These are barely visible in the film, and I haven't found any decent behind-the-scenes photographs showing any more details. So I've had to guess a lot of details on these objects, I'm afraid.
- Finally there are low grey tapered cylinder things. (two under the Falcon and one hidden behind the forklift)
Did you notice the ordinary British-made Lansing Bagnall red forklift (technically a "reach truck") in the docking bay? It's hidden in plain sight - just sitting quietly against the back wall, equipped with an enormous claw for lifting rolls of paper and other cylindrical objects. Since it appears in making-of shots, it was probably used to build the set in Elstree, England, back in 1976. And then it was just left there once the cameras started rolling.
Note that the safety bars and three support poles are extremely thin and extremely fragile!
To keep the upper section of the cage printable and protected I've added two extra thin horizontal poles extending from the top of the forklift frame. These two poles aren't present on the actual prototype unit, and can be carefully removed with a fine razor saw and a needle file.
If you plan on having this model in a situation where any handling is required you'll probably want to cut these poles off, drill new holes, and replace the vertical poles with thin brass rod.
Ground lights not included.
The ground lights are seen beneath the Falcon in both Docking Bay 94 and Echo Base. They are not
included with this kit, but with the additional detail kit.
There are a number of yellow-painted doors in the docking bay, and I've supplied doors and frames accordingly. These doors have the same pattern as the one behind which the robots hide from marauding troops in an earlier scene.
In fact, keen-eyed fans will notice that a door with the same rounded criss-cross pattern was painted gloss white and recycled as the front airlock of the princess's ship in the opening sequence. Though seen at the start of the film, this hallway attack was actually one of the last scenes shot in England for the 1977 movie.
Note that the models' door design is slightly simplified from the one in the movie. This is to make it printable - the diagonals were just too thin otherwise.
What you don't get in this set.
No human or alien figures. No droids. There are a number of tiny details omitted - mainly because you can't see them clearly in the film, or they're too small or finely built to make into printable models. Building features, such as air intakes, pipes, and the SE's cranes, are omitted. Finally I didn't include any hoses or cables since they're best made using fine wire.
Please read the following if you're interested in these items.
These accurizing parts are not mass-market commercial products. I made them for my own use, and have put them here in case they're of interest to someone else. Possibly you, since you’re reading this.
These are components for the serious model maker who wants to build a more accurate miniature. They require finishing. If you don't want to trim, file, sand, and glue, then these aren't the parts you're looking for!
The parts are tiny, and easily broken. They push the limits of today's 3D printers. The detail in the digital previews is all there, but it won't always be visible at the miniscule sizes that this scale requires!