T-65 X-Wing Fighter - Continued facebook


The key to a good 3D model is good schematic drawings. (Could just be my AutoCAD background.) This process can be long and painstaking. It requires importing photos into AutoCAD, scaling the photos to a known dimension and extrapolating the information into a 2D drawing set. I had read somewhere that the X-Wing was a little over 12m in length. I also knew that the R2 unit was approximately 1 meter in height, and had modeled one prior to this project. Using that as my bench mark I estimated the sizes of the various parts and check them against the photos for accuracy.

I started with the Laser Cannon using the photos of the original studio models from Modeler’s and Magic Miniatures. I also referenced the images of the larger X-Wing model at the Starship Modeler website. Although there is more detail on the larger model, believed to have been used for The Empire Strikes Back (TESB) and/or Return of the Jedi (ROTJ), it varies from the smaller ones used in the first movie. I also found that some of the details very between the small models. I decided to keep as close to the first models, picking the veried detail I liked and augment with the larger where the detail was needed.

After studying the sets of photos of the original models from the first movie, Episode IV, I split the model into assembles, sub-assembles and unit assemblies and drew views of each. Below is the roster of Red Squadron in Episode IV. Red 1 thru 6 have links to the photos I used.

Red Squadron - Battle of Yavin
  Red 1 Garven Dreis (Leader) - KIA   Red 7 Elyhek Rue - KIA
  Red 2 Wedge Antilles   Red 8 Bren Quarsey - KIA
  Red 3 Biggs Darklighter - KIA   Red 9 Nozzo Naytaan - KIA
  Red 4 Cesi Eirriss - KIA   Red 10 Theron Nett - KIA
  Red 5 Luke Skywalker   Red 11 Wenton Chan - KIA
  Red 6 Jek Porkins - KIA   Red 12 Puck Naeco - KIA

My intention is to recreate a T-65 that looks like it just hit the showroom floor. To do this, I’ve compared each model and left off all the ‘patch panels’ that are not common to all ships. I’ve made the assumption that the panels are there to give the ships the look of spot repairs, and were probably not on the original design.

For the interior of the ship I used the Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections (SWICS) as a reference point. A great resource for layout concepts and equipment locations. However from a plausibility point of view there are many engineering and mechanical problems that need to be addressed. S-foil mechanics, engine components and landing gear function, just to name a few. Creative license is used to bring both forms together. Believability being a key focal point.

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