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Rebellious Spaceship, 1:2700 3d printed

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Rebellious Spaceship, 1:2700 3d printed
Rebellious Spaceship, 1:2700 3d printed

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Rebellious Spaceship, 1:2700

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The Age of Plastic, destroyer Add-on #1, non-lightable version

This is a model of the spacecraft with the honour of being the first vehicle to appear on-screen in the first film in the most lucrative space fantasy ever produced. Albeit a spaceship that's attacked by, and subsequently sucked into, a destroyer in the film's memorable opening sequence. (note: this version of the model can't take lights. Looking for the lightable version?)

It's reproduced here to the correct tiny size to match the Zvezda/Revell 1:2700 destroyer model kit. At least in theory. The lengths of the two vessels are somewhat debatable, so I've made this model about 47mm long. That fits into the Zvezda/Revell kit's bay with room to spare, guided by the scene in the movie. However, some references place the ship's length at 150 metres, which would scale down to 56mm at 1:2700.

Note that at this small a size, compromises to screen accuracy in terms of component thickness are unavoidable. Even with enlarged guns, fins, and other details, this is a really fragile and brittle model!

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!

Which movie?
Now admittedly matching this craft to the Zvezda/Revell model isn't technically 100% screen accurate, since the latter is modelled after the destroyer design seen episode 5 and not episode 4. But if you want to have an episode 4 ship grabbing this ship, why not? Alternatively I have super-tiny models of a bounty hunter ship for the ship's garbage chute.

This model is not designed to be lit. It's printed as a single closed object. However, if you want to light its engines, please check out my other version of the ship - a two-piece model that can hold a 3mm LED!

The bridge
For fun I also built internal detailing into the bridge. There are dash consoles, a door, etc. (you can see it in the 3D view above) Unfortunately the support wax used in making the 3D print is difficult for Shapeways' cleaning process to remove, since the bridge window is so small. So you'll probably have to clean it yourself. Run hot water through the model and use a fine wire or needle to gently dislodge the softened wax.

Fun fact 1:
Did you know that this ship, albeit with a simple nose cone and not the later hammerhead design, was meant to be the hero ship? The final saucer shape of the Falcon was a last-minute change, and then the ship was recycled as the blockade runner.

Fun fact 2:
The shooting model's cockpit contains a tiny movie poster and a miniature copy of a Playboy centrefold. This tiny replica is too small for that, of course.

Fun fact 3:
The main shooting model of this craft was actually twice as big as the model of the imperial ship that attacks it. Clever optical work, and a second model for the docking bay scene, make it look much smaller.

The original film spacecraft was designed by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston.
What's in the Box
Tantive Unlit
Frosted Extreme Detail
4.7 cm
1.1 cm
1.6 cm

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