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Old 09-14-2018, 01:27 AM
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Star Wars A-wing / Shunichi Makino + modifycation + scratch/ 1:48

Hello friends,

Shunichi Makino upgraded his amazing A-wing model. I decided to build one. But it will be heavily modified to be even more closer to original studio model.

Hopefuly it will looks something like this when I am done (original studio model)



So here is what I did.

First thing is to scale down the model. Because A-wing is one of many Star Wars vehicle with uncertain and changing dimensions we have few possible versions. Official length of "real" craft today is 9,6m. It is cca 20cm in 1:48 scale and it is the way Shunichi Makino design it).

But for some fans (me included) this is way to big. Because if you look closely on original model photo with pilot figurine you will see it is no way that long. So I scale Snunichi Makinos model down to 60 percent of its original size. My model will be cca 12cm long in 1:48 scale:

Top is original model, bottom is scale down model:


Original Makino:


Scale down to 60 percent:


This are also my test buils to bring little more curvature to the model, because some parts looks too flat to me and can be easily curved. I will also do little proportion changes here and there and finaly I will try to make weathered look by myself.

Shunichi Makino did all the heavy lifting to wonderfully design this model.

Evolution fo my test builds (from the left proof of concept, first iteration, recent one):


I added some height to the model (on the right) and curved the back:


I lowered center part of the nose and made it more curvy:
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:36 AM
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I retextured the whole thing:


original Makino texture:
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:03 AM
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Beautiful retexturing and yes, I believe your rescaling is much more realistic and in scale with the pilot figure.

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Old 09-14-2018, 06:10 AM
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Very impressive work. Showing the side by side comparisons between your modified creation and the original model helps us all to clearly see what you're doing. What software are you using for your texturing?
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:38 AM
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Thank you. I use Photoshop for texturing.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:39 AM
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Love your retex! This will be a great build. I know it :-)
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:44 AM
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This model looks like it just might be small enough to make in 1:18 scale to match the original Kenner Action Figures!
I build UHU's Millennium Falcon Cockpit in 1:18 scale, but the rest of the Falcon would be far to huge at that scale.
Seems the Star Wars writers weren't very good at figuring out what scale the ships should be. The Millennium Falcon has been described with over a 25% difference in it's various dimensions, along with just about every other ship in the Star Wars Universe.

But then again, the U.S.S. Enterprise has grown over 200% between the original series and the various movie versions, too.
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:21 PM
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Thank you Papierschnitzel, nice to here it from you because I am big fan of your texturing style.


You are wery right JonGay. Size of SW ships is problematic and everchanging . There are some SW fans who did elaborate analysys to determine "right" size of some ships based on onscreen apearance and studioscale model size. There is deep analysys of what Milenium Falcon real size shoud be.



For A-wing size I did my own analysys based mainly on this two photos:






and this analysys: A-wing Size - Rebel Scale
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:41 AM
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The new texture looks awesome!
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:34 AM
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I hope, that it will be available for download. I would be happy to glue it together
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