THE STAR DWELLERS
Some sketching was required to work out how angles work and pieces fit together. And some intelligent guesses as to what goes on in areas not shown on the original.
Plans printed on thin card, cut and folded into shape.
The rear section has some subtly complex angles that took several attempts to figure out.
Outlines drawn in Illustrator over original image to overlay on top of the model photo.
Red outline overlays show the difference in the tail sections.
Further revisions to the card test model, trying different forms for the tail section.
Getting closer, and settled on a straight taper for tail fins.
Based on finalised paper model, full scale plans are drawn up in Illustrator.
Plans transferred using a tracing sheet between paper and plastic card.
First parts cut out of plasticard.
Shows vertical centre section and two sides of floor section.
Rear curved side pod interior walls clamped for glueing.
Seat backs added. Special FX fans; note the Weta Digital mug in background!
Detail being added to pilot footwell in centre.
Blast hole and damage added to rear seat back.
Top deck fitting, and seat backs and an engine in place.
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First task is transferring the 2D original illustration into flat plan drawings. Not so easy when you only have one single view of the subject.
I started by cutting the ship out of the background in Photoshop, and taking what measurements I could from that.