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Idea sources for scratchbuilt vehicles




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Ward Shrake


Don't forget published concept art as a source of ideas for unique, scratch-built models. You don't always have to make up your vehicle design ideas yourself; there are many interesting craft already designed and just waiting to be built. And you'd end up with something no one else had.

For instance, Star Wars fans can find lots of early versions of various vehicles and technology, within the dual CD-ROMs in each of the reference CD sets that were published. ("Behind the Magic" for episodes 4 through 6, and the "Insider's Guide" for episode 1. Both are great!) I particularly like some of the Battle Droid ideas they show concept art for. In one picture, a huge, tough looking droid's backpack had folded out to become a body sheild in front of him, as he advanced forward. Just looked awesome. And there are some really awesome looking star fighter designs that were rejected "as is" but eventually evolved into Episode 1's "Droid Fighters". They shared elements of the Naboo Starfighter, along with TIE fighters. Too cool.

More obviously, there were whole books printed up which would be useful as the basis for scratch-built space ships. The "Star Wars: the essential guide to vehicles and vessels" book jumps to mind. Tons of cool ideas in there.

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