I need a bigger house
I started the build a fair while ago. I was eager to get the framework up and running to see what size the Falcon would be. Wow, it was going to be a lot bigger than i thought. Great, will give me more opportunities to get everything exactly how i envision it. So i started, and built the lower framework.
After constructing the bottom frame and adding all the panels, i ended with a good view of the size of the model. I was very happy with it. However, storage was going to be a challenge. Call me daft, but i dis not take into account the fact that i would have 2 halves and that they would both need solid storage while i was awaiting the rest of the kit and build instructions. DOH! So on hold it went at this point.
Therefore i started to look at the other areas. There are 2 main focal points after the ships hull. They are the Cockpit and the Cargo Hold. So i started on the cockpit, as we had a lot of those parts. As this was going to be a focal point of the build, i wanted to put a lot of effort into it. I prepared some of the bits and decided that i was not happy with a flat bit of plastic and a sticker. I wanted flashing lights, 3d controls and figures. I wanted to try and recreate the scene from A New Hope where they are all in the Cockpit (Luke, Obi-Wan, Han and Chewie).
So i checked the internet, and come across Shapeways, a 3d printing service from the states. Yes, a little costly, but something i could use. I also came across Imperial Assault by Fantasy Flight. While the miniatures are not 100% accurate, they were a damn close option. With all this, i started to construct my arsenal of modifications.
The second highlight is the Cargo Hold. The scene with Luke playing with the Lightsaber is a scene that has stuck with me for years. Naturally, i wanted to try and re-create this. The Hold itself looks grimy and cluttered, and again, this is something i wanted to try and re-create. I don't want to be 100% screen accurate, but i want something that is instantly recognisable.
Again, Shapeways and Imperial Assault came to the rescue. However, costs of the parts is a lot, so i am taking my time in acquiring them. Again, i wanted lots of lights and some flashing.
I have yet to start the actual hold, but i have been working on modifying some of the Imperial Assault figures to use for this scene.
I am itching to get building this model. However, space is a big issue. As a result of this lack of living space, i am working towards getting a house to help out. Of course this will take sometime, but i should still be able to proceed with the construction of the Cargo Hold to meet my vision.