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Corellian Corvette Escape Pod - M100 Scale


Greetings,

I just started work on the Yellowscale version of the escape pod seen in SW ANH. I already have a lot of reference material of the model from the exhibit, as well as stills from the movie.

The first step of course was to determine it's size.

I have discovered that when the size of a model is indicated (specifically on the starwars website) they round the numbers off.

I have determined after my tinkering and re-examining of the sketches combined with Mike Marincic's work, whose proportions are excellent, that the bluescale pod is about 20 feet long.

starwars.com indicates thatthe size of 'the five day wonder' model of the escape pod is 18 inches. This makes it about 1/14th scale.

Going with this premise, I decided to go with 18 1/4 inches which works out to 21.29 feet long, or 6.49 metres.

I have started the blueprinting of the exterior with this measurement.

before I start posting WIP images of this project, I was just wondering if anyone disagrees or has any other insight concerning the size of this pod. Considering that if it was any larger, it would not fit in the Corvette as it would be too long and jut out the top of the hull.

looking forward to an enlightening discussion on this, as I am trying to create an accurate and workable design.

kind regards,
Lucas

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Re: Corellian Corvette Escape Pod - Yellowscale


OK, here is the preliminary outline of the escape pod in yellow scale.

(Edit - Oct 12th - updated the image with prelimanary shading, detailing will come soon)

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comments are most welcome.

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Re: Corellian Corvette Escape Pod - Yellowscale


Alright, progress is being made slowly but surely. This is actually a lot harder than it looks because of all the greeblies on this thing.

Basic hull texturing is done, and I've started adding the locking mechanisms.
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I have found something startling that I never thought of before in relation to this particular escape pod type.

The fact that we see the escape pod after r2 and 3po have left it on Tatooine, and it is on it's side with the front hatch blown off, suggests that they left the pod with great difficulty.

After studying the images of the studio model, I have come to the realization that the Escape pod has landing gear, and they likely failed on atmospheric entry onto Tatooine, hence the reason why it landed on it's side, likely blocking the side hatch.

The escape pod is sectioned into three parts longitudinally. there are 3 idential components that run the length of the body, connected to a circular object which in 'Incredible cross sections' was called a viewport. It is not a viewport, it has machinery within it. The droids are looking at a screen when they leave the T4 in ANH, a monitor, not a window. The external part is a hinge.

In the below image, you can see this component which extends along the wall of the pod, and ends in a large trangular part, if you look closely, you can see that it overlaps with the door frame a little bit. This is the bottom landing pad (or foot) of the pod, the long raised straight bit that runs to the circular component is the strut itself.
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The legs pop out, then swing 180 degrees (all in the same direction) and lock into place. There is plenty of clearance and the orientation is correct. Therefore the two thrusters on the 'front' or bottom, are landing or braking thrusters.

Below is a concept sketch of the pod from the official Star Wars website proving that they intended the pod to have legs.
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I am very excited at this discovery and will draw the pod in stored or docked configuration as well as landed configuration.
I just can't believe I didn't realize this before.

Have an awesome day!

kind regards,
Lucas

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Re: Corellian Corvette Escape Pod - Yellowscale


Here's the latest update, worked out the angled bits, and it's all detailing from here.

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regards,
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Re: Corellian Corvette Escape Pod - Yellowscale


That stuff you found out about the escape is very cool indeed. emoticon
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Thanks Murrdohk it was a shock to me too...also corrected the last image, it was pointing to yesterday's work - d'oh! [ smacks forehead]

regards,
Lucas

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Well done Lucas, well done.

This groundbreaking discovery is bitter sweet. Mind you Lucas its not your fault, you found something truly amazing.

What saddens me is a part-time fan like Lucas has done more for STAR WARS modelers, Game Master, Players, and the general fans, than the official STAR WARS franchise as a whole. You do not see this kind of attention to detail in official STAR WARS products, and that is a shame. I guess if STAR WARS is to survive, it needs to be "revised and expanded" by the best team on Earth, the fans of STAR WARS.

The landing gear on the escape pod is inspired Lucas. Take a bow big man.

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Re: Corellian Corvette Escape Pod - Yellowscale


WOW, thanks for that Frank.

Well, I just try my best to look at all the details and see it from the modeller's perspective, and the form of the model itself.

The guys who built those models deserve the real credit, I'm just continually surprised that this wasn't common knowledge 25 years ago.

My only concern now is the discrepency between the large scale escape pod model and the exterior detailing on the Tantive IV which shows the pods....I do not like the idea of an armoured covering on the pods...but if it retains the aesthetic, then I have little choice.

Anyway, thanks for the comments Frank, I really appreciate it. emoticon

kind regards,
Lucas

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Re: Corellian Corvette Escape Pod - Yellowscale


I used to be a MSPaint god, and I have no idea how you are pulling this off. You are doing stuff that would make me pull my hair out.
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