avanaut Well, while I'm posting old Vader photos... From September 2012. A photo that was taken for a poster, here without the typo. 15h
  •   avanaut @thebentpaperclip Thanks! Very little detail goes a long way – when it's Darth Vader. It's a wonderful character. This is a Hasbro action figure and it works like a charm in photos. :) 14h
  •   jdslater1 Damn dude 13h
  •   avanaut @jdslater1 :) 12h
  •   sambear006 Your book is amazing @avanaut I am trying to the water and gypsum with a fish tank still trying to get it. 3h

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avanaut "I find your lack of spare time disturbing." Repurposed photograph from sept. 2011. I'm a bit busy these days. Work. 18h

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avanaut The snow is all gone. I don't normally shoot outdoors but it was such a nice day. No setup or lights needed, that was nice for a change. 3w

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avanaut The X-wing is back in one piece after yesterday's accident. Two engines, a wing cannon and one landing strut were repaired. No biggie.
The silver lining is that the landing strut that broke was about two millimeters longer than it should have been. A mistake I had made during the build but never got around to fix. It's fixed now and for the first time the model sits properly straight.
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avanaut Well, that could have gone better.
I'm happy I did not drop that thing though, I only dropped something quite heavy on it. Luckily, the landing gears are made of brass, if they'd been any weaker, this would have been much worse. #failfriday
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  •   avanaut @dipslego It's a "Salzo V4", a replica kit of the 1/24th scale original filming models. It's quite rare and hard to come by. I don't know how big the production run is but I wouldn't be surprised if it's less than one hundred units. 4w
  •   oldbullroarer Now proven that x wings can't go faster than the speed of light... 4w
  •   avanaut @oldbullroarer Warp factor nine! No, wait, err... 4w
  •   darrencroft That was lucky 3w

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avanaut This is not what I was supposed to work on today. No sir! This is the result of a day avoiding things I should have been focusing on. Better luck tomorrow. 4w

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avanaut Little known fact: the Lucasfilm crew made a blunder in Norway back in the winter of 1979. As we all know, they were doing a fine job shooting their movie but at the same time they were a little too careless with everything they had shipped to the location. Snowspeeders, beasts of the ice planet and even the big AT-AT walkers were frequently left unguarded. And sure enough, eventually one of these giants escaped the area during a snowstorm.

Now, 37 years later, we have a feral AT-AT walker loose up here in the north. It's never been caught, it's a master of disguise. Luckily, this thing is not dangerous but it makes a big mess stepping on parked cars and such.

Thanks a lot Lucasfilm!
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avanaut The Nordic summer's night. 1mon

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avanaut For me, the Tom Chantrell one-sheet, or 'style C', is the definitive Star Wars poster. It's the one used over here for the theater run back in the day. I also love the Tom Jung version, which was used for the north American release, but you know how it is, this was the first I saw.

A few years ago I made a humorous version of the classic poster. My all-stormtroopers take didn't really make any sense but I found it funny enough to post it on my Flickr page in 2011.

Today I was trying to figure out something with Photoshop and I dug the old illustration up to serve as my practise sheet. I needed something for that and thought I could maybe improve the earlier version on the side.

Well, problem solved and I think this came out a little better. I hadn't posted this here earlier, so here.
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  •   fubiken Made me smile :) 1mon
  •   figs_and_bricks TK24/7 This is just brilliant mate 1mon
  •   fancy_parts Great work! 😮Is this also figures or you painted a bid something here and there? 1mon
  •   fancy_parts Bit* 1mon

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avanaut Mr. Black. The Classic black Lego spaceman.

I took a more dramatic approach to the black classic space Lego minifigure. It seems like one that's not to be taken lightly, a heavy character, serious badass who goes to places the others won't like to go.
I liked the previous image I posted and decided to study this one a little more with another photosession. It was a lot of fun, very minimalistic but fun.
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  •   avanaut @revexoy Thank you! 1mon
  •   mr_gizmo_ Stunning 1mon
  •   lswprodigy Just followed you, and WOW! Your pictures are truly amazing 🏻🏻 they are all 10/10 keep up the amazing work my friend! 1mon
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avanaut Mr. Black. The classic black Lego spaceman. 1mon
  •   german_brick Wow! Amazing Shot!!! 1mon
  •   krrristina_from_the_north Closing on event horizon! 🕳 1mon
  •   darrencroft Bloody brilliance 1mon
  •   shundeez_official Wow dude you have mad skills. You constantly inspire me and push me to be better at photography. I'm constantly looking at your shots and thinking "how did he do that?" 3w

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avanaut An excercise with leftovers from an earlier shoot. This is an unused take on the Field of Dreams photograph from last December. It's the same location with the model turned 180°. The angles don't match as well as they should but this was mostly about the reflections on that ice covered puddle. The effect is tricky unless another exposure of the object as if in the reflection existed, but I wanted to see how to manage it without one. 1mon
  •   observing_m very mysterious 1mon
  •   circuitr @avanaut I'm glad I'm thinking in the right direction as that was how I thought you get the same color balance and lighting. I've got a large flat green card, but it still reflects color cast. But that was when I was shooting indoors with flashes. A green matte definitely helps with masking the model in easier. Well for me lol. Thanks for the tips and keep up the amazing work 1mon
  •   tangent_labs Inspiring! 1mon
  •   darrencroft Seamless! These style of shots always look amazingly realistic 1mon

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avanaut Mr. Black. The classic black Lego spaceman. 2mon

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avanaut Mr. White. The classic white Lego spaceman. 2mon

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avanaut It's disco time baby, yeah!

These guys are from the 1970's, right? And it's friday. Have a great weekend!
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avanaut I have a dream, it's been with me for years. I thought I'd share it with you.
The thing is that I want to see all the surviving models of the original Star Wars trilogy in a big photobook. The oldest of these models are now 40 years old, they weren't made to last for more than what was needed for filming them. They have yellowed, gathered dust, lost bits and pieces on exhibition tours; they won't be around forever.
Here's what I want from such a book:
First, every known model should be specifically photographed and measured for the book. There should be photos from all angles, sides, front, top, bottom etc. This is a mammoth task but when done it would have value beyond measure. It is a matter of preserving history.

Second, the builders and designers should be interviewed extensively. They are not getting younger and their views and knowledge on each and every model should be saved.

Third, a book of all the models would be huge simply because of the number of the models. There should also be a lot of material on the models that don't exist anymore; protos, pyros and such. That doesn't exactly help. I would see to it that the book is also physically big, otherwise it's pointless to print those photographs, they need to be big. In fact, I want this book to be brutal, merciless to the reader in it's volume and depth.
So, instead of one book, there should be three volumes, one for each movie, starting with Star Wars (1977). I know, a project like this is too expensive to make for potentially small fan audience, but perhaps if done right it could be the ultimate cornerstone for any movie enthusiast's collection.

The cynicist in me, however, says that this would never get the greenlight from all the owners of the models, probably not even from LFL. But would this book demystify the iconic models in a wrong way somehow? Not for me, it would only solidify their status as one of, if not the most important miniature work ever created for a film or series of films.

One can dream, right? (Enclosed is a simple mock-up photo of my dream book. I used Stephen Lane's propstore.com Y-wing photos and quick snapshots of my own model for making my case.)
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  •   avanaut @enamic5 You're right about 'Chronicles' and the other books, brilliant individual images but not enough coverage. I love how 'SaG' takes a look in the builds themselves with behid the scenes photos, Lorne Peterson's insight is super. However, despite of these being wonderful books with lots of interesting read, none of them books really research or catalogue the models. Yes, I would kill (metaphorically) to work on a book like that. I guess I am not alone. 1mon
  •   avanaut @fredthen It takes a dream but a few miracles sure would be helpful in the process. :D 1mon
  •   starwarstoynews I would definitely get it! Once the models are lost, they're lost. Once the sculptors/designers die they're gone. Lucasfilm needs to make this soon. I would be very interested. They're could also be a book on the costumes and masks, suits. Etc. that would also be a must buy! 1mon
  •   darrencroft What a brilliant idea or dream to have. I think the books would sell very well and as you said, it would be a "cornerstone" of people's collections 1mon

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avanaut Let me tell you a little bit about this photograph. Basically, all there is to it is that it should be very different. It should be a cool photo of a nice little car.
As you can see, it is not a cool photo of a nice little car, something is missing.
I have painted all my scale models with an airbrush I bought over 30 years ago. I dug it up from storage a few years ago when I started to build models again after a long pause. I only changed the needle to the old brush and it was as good as new.
Now, for some darned reason I decided to paint this model with a spray can paint instead. A spray can! I'm not used to rattle cans and I must have made mistakes in the process because, while the finished paint looked okay (sanding, basecoat, sanding, mist and final coat), the paint was still sticky and soft to touch after two weeks of drying. Furthermore, I cleaned something with thinner on the same table and the fumes caused the paint to change colour! What the...? Nothing like this has never ever happened to me before, I didn't touch the model, I wasn't even close to it.

Oh well, I decided to redo the paint, it's not the first time I've repainted a model. The model took three months to build, I'm not going to settle for an iffy paint job. So, I carefully took the finished model apart, threw the body parts in paint stripping bath and... and nothing! The miserable paint that doesn't endure anything without sustaining permanent damage ignores the usual paint stripping procedure completely, nothing happens! Nothing at all!

I just opened a beer, I'm calling it a day.

I will tell all about this car once I get it ready for the camera. That is, IF I get it ready for the camera.
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  •   blairmorris_nz @avanaut Alclad is the worst of the lot. It contains the big 3 of carcinogens MEK, toluene and Ketones. I have a booth and good quality mask. 2mon
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  •   robin_lgdr Amazing gallery.. Great pictures 2mon
  •   darrencroft Love it 1mon

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avanaut The Mechtorian in a bigger picture. 2mon
  •   teemukaskinen So cool! I love the light over the figure's surface. Steampunk is very fun genre to photograph. 2mon
  •   avanaut @teemukaskinen Steampunk is fun, brass and copper look great in photographs. This one's plastic, but some tomfoolery with lighting & Photoshop makes it look not really plastic much. Definitely fun! Thanks! 2mon
  •   toptoyphotos Definitively an awesome shot !!! 2mon
  •   darrencroft Simply superb 1mon

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avanaut Mr. Copper, a Mechtorian. This steampunk thing works pretty well in LEGO. 2mon
  •   xxsjc Strangely attractive??? Seriously that's the best you can do?? It's the coolest figure in my extensive collection :D <3 2mon
  •   avanaut It was an understatement? :D Well, the figure does stand out, it has a lot of character and it makes you wonder about it's backstory. I like it. Strangely attractive... Hmm, perhaps unusually attractive? 2mon
  •   beyondtheslate Stunning shot 🏻 2mon
  •   avanaut @beyondtheslate Thank you! 2mon

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avanaut A bunch of leftover images from my first sessions fooling around with a live laser beam in summer/early fall 2009. The laser worked fairly well, I was excited at first, but in the end I could never solve the problem with the super noisy reflections of the laser light. See, a digital camera sensor goes haywire from the slightest glint of laser light. The beam seen from the side is fine but when it reflects back from a surface, the white stormtrooper armor for example, it turns into this annoying static noise. So, I never really pushed this technique that much. Looks nice in small size like this, though.
I've been busy again and I turn to archives when that happens, and this goes waaaay back at that. But then, it's #throwbackthursday today, and this is a-okay, right?
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