Millennuim Falcon _ 3D model the Movie Prop Replica

stevmjon

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hello

i spent 2 years collecting the millennium falcon movie prop replica, in weekly installments. the scale is length 80cm (32inch) , width 60cm (23inch) , height 19cm (7inch).
one pic is me happy about finally getting all the issues, and setting them out in the lounge.

what i decided to do for fun (i hope), is to model all the pieces in 3D. this will take time, as there are soooo many pieces.... thought i will share this journey with you.
the other pics are of the cockpit interior.

the advantage i have is i can hold and measure the pieces, using a digital caliper, and also using my printer with the scanner/photocopier built in so i can scan them, then trace them in modeler.
* the 3D model i am making is as accurate as i can, to the prop model (not the life size set models). so the interior details don't have individual coloured lights etc, but it does have a good amount of detail.

i will post more whenever i make sets, and i need you to keep me motivated if i don't post in a while. it's a big project, but i want to see this through **looks to heaven with hope**.
so far i am enjoying this project, and i am also thinking of making an animation of the parts assembling together in the correct build guide order.
also, i am very happy to share this model with the community.

enjoy stevmjon
 

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stevmjon

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the next set i have made is the main hold interior.

i am happy with the detail, and have matched the colours as best i can, keeping on default global illumination.
i am using principled BSDF for the plastic surfaces, and using conductor for metal. i have always used the old surface settings, but it's time i moved on to the new surfaces and nodes.
so far i have enjoyed learning these, and see how easy and powerful they are.

to get rid of noise in shadows, do i need to just increase the 'anti-aliasing' maximum samples setting in the camera properties?
older lightwave used to have the shading & lighting value you could increase for this... can't see them in 2019 version.

enjoy stevmjon

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stevmjon

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the next set is some of the hull. they are the pilot exterior with passageway, and some hull pieces that go on top and underneath.

it was a challenge to do these, as the straighter pieces are all slightly different where the grooves are etc. so it was copy/paste and a lot of tweaking involved.
there are a lot of 'greeblies' too. these are the added on detail pieces. i can appreciate the level of detail the movie designers went through.

enjoy stevmjon
 

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stevmjon

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johnmarchant
i am looking forward to modelling more of this also. the more you do, the more motivated you get. i will post whenever i finish sets of parts.

markc
i have built part of the physical model already. i have assembled the whole lower metal inner support frame. i needed to do this so i could measure the arc of the top/bottom hull.
this way i can make a half circle with the correct slope, then slice in the details of the grooves etc, then cut out the individual hull pieces.
it's lucky i got a poster sized blueprint of the upper hull & interior. i scanned this and stiched it together. i can trace out the grooves & details. for the bottom, i will need to scan in the individual hull parts, then stich these together. well, that's my plan for the bottom...
 
One of the finest physical replicas of the Falcon is the one just finished by my friend Sean Sides. It is based off the original 5' model from Episode 4, and just returned from being used as a stand in last month for the original model at the Academy Arts and Sciences presentation on ILM's original effects vs the new CGI techniques.

I was fortunate to have a very early sneak peek with my friend Dan Durda, and I made a video that night as Sean shows it off to Dan and explains how he built it. Many good reference shots for you in my video, along with hints on the various model kit parts used...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=988&v=GpzW3t2wzXM

Here's the Prop Forum page with the details of the event, and many pictures of Sean, his Falcon and the original ILM crew...

https://www.therpf.com/forums/threads/5-foot-falcon-replica-anh.282530/page-21

I hope this helps in your work and research!
 

stevmjon

Member
thanks for the links guys. i hadn't seen these before. very good references.
sean sides made a beaut model too. lots of work went into that.

i am going to 3D model all the parts based off the physical model i bought, from company DeAgostini. the designer of the kit model had researched all the movies to get the most complete details. he even noticed missing parts from the original prop model too (parts falling off from being handled over time). i watched a video of the kit designer a few years ago, but can't seem to find it again. it took him 18 months to research and make the kit. it has partial interior, and full exterior.

i am currently 3D modelling the remainder of the interior corridors that lead off the main hold (see post #2).
i am getting a little carried away in the detail though. i am including connection grooves where parts join together and screw holes etc into the model. it's adding time, but it looks better.

thanks for the replies (keeps me motivated), stevmjon
 

JohnMarchant

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I look forward to seeing how this progresses.

Some things worth remembering though, none of the falcons are the same. DeAgsostini's is based on the 32" studio model in ESB (EPV), its different to the 5 Foot version and totally different to the actual build models especially in ANH (EPIV).

There are even some inaccuracies on the DeAgostini model, which is why the likes of shapeways are building replacement parts for it, or updated parts. The interior and exterior are also different not least of all they dont fit really. There are no landing lights on the ESB 32" model, but there are on the DeAgostini model.

They basically tried to reproduce the model as screen accurate as possible but a combination of the two from ESB. This is probably as definitive as you are going to get for the MF from the original movies.

Take a look at Grabcad, someone has actually put up some modeles of the various bits used from the model kits, like sealab and also someone put up a very good cockpit model and accurate seats based off of the original seats used.

Got to love Seans model, its fantastic.
 
According to Sean, the Bandai "Perfect Scale 1/72" Falcon is the most accurate "kit" from anyone, based off the 5' Falcon. I've examined the parts, it has detail inside detail...

Regards
 

JohnMarchant

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Yes and its probably true for one based off of the 5 Foot model from ESB. DeAgostini is based off of the 32" model in ESB, but contains elements of the 5 foot model as well, not least of all landing lights, which i think were not on the original 32" model, so DeAgostini is a mixture of the two really. Anyway only people like us saddo's would probably know such things.
 

stevmjon

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howdy

this update finishes off the interior, by completing the corridors that lead out from the main hold interior room.

next will be the lower frame & lower hull including the ramp. a bit more exciting now.
 

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lardbros

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Wow, what a cool project to set yourself... and going great guns so far :)
Keep it up, and cannot wait to see the final thing assembled and rendered :D
 

stevmjon

Member
thanks for your kind words. it keeps me motivated.

the interior is pretty clean on the physical model, just some noise in the main room seats, and the grooves in the floor.
the exterior is also fairly clean so far (opened 40 issues so far). on the hull there are some dints and damage marks, but i haven't put them all in yet. only the pilot outer hull i have added damage (see 2nd pic in post #3).
i need to add damage to the turret hull at the top too.

i think that a lot of scorch marks etc need to be added manually to the physical model. so i do need to add more noise to the 3D model surfaces.
i remember seeing a lightwave video where you can paint on the polygons directly. i will try and find it again. this will come in handy for this 3D model.
 

JohnMarchant

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So a lot of painting do be done on the physical model then.

Look forward to seeing how your 3d model progresses and of course interesting to see what changes if any they made to make the interior fit the exterior as the real models at the time did not match.
 

stevmjon

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So a lot of painting do be done on the physical model then.

Look forward to seeing how your 3d model progresses and of course interesting to see what changes if any they made to make the interior fit the exterior as the real models at the time did not match.

the interior should match up with the exterior. this is mentioned with some of the magazine issues i got with the physical model.
if you take a look at image 3 & 4 in post #13 , look at the straight passage on the left side where it connects with the curved corridor, there is a small ramp there. this ramp is added in this physical model, which isn't in the life size movie set models (it is a flat connection there). this ramp is more visible in pic 4.

it is interesting to see these details. keep me posted when you see others too. i am learning more about the millennium falcon as i progress, and read the short magazines that come with each issue.
 

JohnMarchant

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Oh i agree on your model it should match i was interested in the changes made to accommodate the two, so it was a small ramp made for it, seems logical. The two links i originally sent are about the most detailed ive seen on the actually model and differences between them all. Most 3d models ive seen tend to be a combination of the EBS 32 Inch, 5 Foot and physical set. Landing lights and underneath details seem to be where most changes were made, but also some of the greebling.
 

stevmjon

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yay, progress.

this update has the underneath front half done. there is more detail in this than i thought, especially in the recess areas (grey).
the feet are not in this one, i have the covers over them. i will do the feet when i complete the back half.

something i am learning about with this model, is every part is individual. meaning few parts can be copy / pasted.
i am happy with this update, let me know what ya think...

stevmjon
 

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