Cockpit

GREEBLIES!

Hi Gang,

So… remember that box of greeblies?  There’s even more coming…

Most of these greeblies are for one panel…

New cassette style greeblie

This greeblie has always baffled me.  It looks like a clipper guard for hair clippers.  They were everywhere…

Love this pic!

Random greeblie plates

Love this one too – have NO idea what it is

This one sits up near the “radar” screen.  It appeared to have a “holo-projector/swivel vent” attached to the round circle.  Jessie designed a 3D model we’re printing

More work on the armrest greeblie – this one is going to be tough

The original idea was a simple wood shape

The famous door greeblie – this one was really difficult to design – limited images but figuring out the different layers wasn’t easy

LOVE IT!

Another

This greeblie attaches to another panel

Here is the basic layout – still need to prepped and painted of course

This greeblie has kicked my butt – not sure why!  UGH

Sorry about the flash.  Once we paint them they look right at home

One of the 2 panel greeblies for the lower back panels

Jessie is off to the lab to cut even more so stay tuned!

More Updates!

Hi Gang,

Well…  It was a LONG weekend of continued renovation on a friends house and garage cleaning… but we do have some forward progress.

Both of the back wall panels have carefully been removed and the frames are waiting for a new suit

Marking out the lines for pin stripes and LEDs

What a difference between ANH and ESB – these panels have so few LEDs (but lots of greeblies)

Sure beats drilling 250+ holes

Painted

Panel 2

Painted

After a coat of clear satin it was time to pin stripe – more on this later!

Here are the older panels waiting to be framed and hung to the wall

A HUGE box of greeblies!  More on this later!

Stay Tuned!

Another MAJOR Redesign

Hi Gang,

It’s been a rough week so it’s time to focus and get back to work!   You all know me enough by now that when it comes to the build… I will not settle.  I am redesigning both back wall panels to match the original ESB version to further compliment the two smaller panels I just redesigned.  BUT… I’m saving the panels and I’m going to turn them into wall pieces…

Out with the old

It’s a shame to have to go through ALL this work but I think it will be worth the effort

Now we REMOVE all the LEDs – UGH

And toggles

YES…  I have completely lost my mind!  ; )

More to Follow!

A Panel Redesign

Hi Gang,

Another UPDATE!

As many of you know the cockpit started out as the ANH version then slowly morphed into the ESB cockpit we all LOVE!  With that, I decided to redo two of the back wall panels to match the ESB layout.  This redesign removed ALL the colored LEDs and removed several LED button panels (“oh darn” said Daniel).  There is limited pinstriping and only 9 1″ tiles per panel – fairly simple. Along with these changes, I am finally addressing the “radar” panel – I cut the hole for the “radar scope” too high so I was never able to make it look the way it was on screen…

Popped out all the LED panels

Removed any and all greeblies

I traced the basic shape of each panel before carefully removing from their frames.  I then cut and adhered the new MDF to the frame

Once the filler dried I was able to start drilling holes

There is a large greeblie that sits just to the right of the LED panel – we’re fabricating that out of acrylic (x2)

Painted

Panel #2

Painted

WHEW… Pin striping basically finished

A VERY complex design

The panels fit perfectly!

With LED panel – all the LEDs in the panels are white.  No colors at all.  There are only 2 blue 1″ tiles

The “radar” panel was/is going to be tough!  I basically have to draw out the pattern of the pin stripes so I know where to drill 3 holes…  ugh

The toughest part will be successfully creating the 3 curved pin stripe designs going around the black “radar” surround… MORE to follow on this panel!  BUT… we’re going to design an infinity mirror hoping to recreate the same effect in the original cockpit prop

Stay Tuned For More!  Hope everybody has a very Happy Easter!  :)

Back Panels

Hi Gang,

Another update!

While taking a break from taxes I decided to finish up the back instrument panel covers – not sure why but I was really dreading this part…  So it made sense to do it during tax season?  ; )

First thing… knock out Chewie’s upper back panel

I then made this steep cut for the lower panels

Which will cover this area

Without boring you too much… I made all the cuts, sanded smooth and bolted into place

Overhang to sand – I left the overhang to ensure I had the same angle as the instrument panel sides

Chewie’s side

HMMMM… needs some primer

Sanded, smoothed and primed

All the edges and the back and lower panels will be painted black – this hides any and all imperfections (thank the maker)

In place

Definitely needs some paint!

I then decided to dust off the ol console and light her up!

More to Follow!