A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ships were generally fairly dirty, especially if they were sitting in a junkyard on Jakku for some time. Unfortunately, our earthly mass manufacturing techniques haven’t yet caught up, so Tristan Elliott decided to add his own weathering touches to a Hasbro Battle Action Millennium Falcon toy.
23-year old Elliott, in addition to having a degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, has been learning about model making techniques since he was a child. According to him, “When I was a little kid I remember getting excited every time we got a new DVD in the house because that meant I could watch the behind the scenes videos of how they made any models or SFX.” He also adds that “My dream job growing up was to work at ILM and help make the props and mini-vehicles for movies.” Who knows, maybe they will be in touch!
As seen in the gallery below, or more completely in the imgur set linked above, Elliott used a variety of techniques to weather the Falcon, including adding paint and wiping (or sanding) it away, painting parts that looked added-on different colors, and airbrushing.
Of course, being the Internet, there has been some “lively” discussion about whether soot from the exhaust ports should really emanate radially from the ship. This is how the original came from Hasbro, but one could make an argument either way. According to Elliott, “The only way we will know for sure is to build a scale replica of the Falcon and fly it to space and see what happens when you accelerate to hyperspace repeatedly. Shame that Mythbusters ended so recently.” Let’s be honest though, if you didn’t overthink it, the radial pattern probably looks cooler anyway.
For another totally different take on Star Wars models, check out these excellent Gingerbread models, including the ‘Falcon as well as the iconic NCC-1701.