6h avanaut
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avanaut The X-wings, you gotta love them! This one’s mine and far from being ready to fly, it's a project photo. Once I have cleared my current work related project, which keeps me really busy for a few weeks more, I can resume working on it, it only needs a couple of days and it’s done.

I am a big fan of the Y-wing fighter, always was. However, building the X-wing has allowed me to take a first hand look at the design of the hero starfighter of the Battle of Yavin and I’ve grown to appreciate it much more. I have not seen the movies in years, but with all the new information on the models that has surfaced during the past few years, my admiration for the early ILM model builders is only growing deeper.

If I wrote books, I’d write a one about these. It would be a big book!

Happy Star Wars day!
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3w avanaut
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avanaut A #throwbackthursday timezone special (it's thursday over here already). This is one of the earliest Lego on Hoth photographs I have taken, if not the first one. From Oct 2009. I was very happy with this even if the "snow" turned into a white mess. Still happy with it. 3w

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avanaut Still messing around with the narrow poster thingies, this time with the Lego Slave 1 UCS model. 3w

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avanaut Boba Fett was the most interesting new villain in the Empire Strikes Back, enigmatic and cool. To be offed in Return of the Jedi by accident is one of the more underwhelming moments in box office cinema. I would not object if one of these days we would hear the word of his return, perhaps in a standalone movie of his own.

Busy with projects, this is from May 2012. Re-edited a bit.
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3w avanaut
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avanaut Ka-Boom! A flashback friday photograph from Feb 2011. Nobody was hurt. Have a great weekend! 3w

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avanaut This was a no-brainer, Boba needs his pal... associate... umm, fellow bounty hunter to be posterized too. 4w
  •   smokebelch2 @avanaut yeah I know what you mean, feel the same about the Mezco Batman. Wonderful thing to play with, but can't seem to get a shot of it im particularly happy with. These Iggy shots are gorgeous though! 4w
  •   avanaut @fancy_parts Yes indeed, how would anyone get a katakana tattoo without checking it out first for absolute certain is beyond me. I mean I check them even for these posters. Weird things happen in the world. 4w
  •   fancy_parts @avanaut naah. Not things, just stupid peoples 4w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 And what amazes me is that it's near impossible to know before actually photographing the item. Looking great doesn't guarantee screen appeal. 4w
  •   fancy_parts @avanaut oh yes.. The idea in my head is always looks better, than I shoot it 4w
  •   fancy_parts Also the same problem with shooting 1/43 scale cars 4w
  •   fabianfaaaal 4w
  •   awesome_robots Wow 4w

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avanaut I had to give Iggy another go. 1mon

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avanaut IG-88, the difficult one. Iggy just doesn't like to be photographed, it seems, I always end up with frames that look either weird or like package art. Why? I don't know. Still, I try from time to time, I get decent frames but they lack that something that makes them worth posting. This one falls into the category of package art -ish. 1mon
  •   mrnostripes Awesome shot! 1mon
  •   fancy_parts Great work! 1mon
  •   steinerology True! I never really thought about it like that. I've always enjoyed the contrast that a white background has with a darker subject like this but I think your right it does shows allot! Love your work! 1mon
  •   tofero I'm digging it 1mon
  •   sandi_gee Beautiful!! 1mon
  •   grhymer The only backup a guy needs... 4w
  •   scottyhaze1111 Wow that's so bad ass looking, I love how his arms are crossed, so sick!!! 4w

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut Boba Fett was not to be the only one in a poster, no sir! Darthy Darth needed one too. 1mon

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avanaut Not a pretty face. Bossk. 1mon

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avanaut Procrastination, what a great excuse to mess with old photographs. A reject from 2012 recycled into a poster. I still can't escape my tasks for today, it only takes me longer to finish. Sigh. 1mon
  •   avanaut @greybear_ @amcnutt Boba rules. :) 1mon
  •   avanaut @dchaney389 Unfortunately no. I do not have these licensed and I don't want to make commerce without it. 1mon
  •   greybear_ Yayyyy hahahaha 1mon
  •   teddgarvin @avanaut sorry I misunderstood, was hoping this was an available printed poster. Nice work. 1mon
  •   amcnutt Yes Boba does! I wish Disney and LEGO would make licensing easier for prints and such. I would love this picture in a larger poster. 1mon
  •   projectzaid Truly my favorite picture you've Done, love it! 1mon
  •   tales_from_frank I love this id like to see a behind the scenes for something like this 1mon

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut A snapshot of the Exosuit. A non-Star Wars Lego photo. :O 1mon

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut Darth Vader wasn't good at sports. On Hoth he tried skiing and failed miserably. He excelled in after-ski, though.

An oldie from Feb 2012, got inspired to upload this because of the weather right now. It's snowing.
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1mon avanaut
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avanaut Oh, you know, nothing much, worked on the X-wing. Just another sunday... Only, I just realized that the engines are assembled wrong. I have to tear them apart one more time and hope I can do it without destroying the paint job. This build has been littered with moments like this. Other than that, it's been fun. Almost finished now. 1mon

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut FLASHBACKFRIDAY: The Planet Hoth is the only ski resort for the serious skier. Period! From January 2012. This was a widescreen shot but I have wondered if it could work in another format as well. The IG square is not optimal but I had to try. 1mon

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avanaut The X-wing is coming up nicely. Add decals, insignia and some heavy weathering... I think this might actually work. 1mon

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avanaut Remember the Y-wing fighter model I was building before Christmas? Well, this isn't it. The thing is that the Y-wing proved to be just a touch too much for me to handle, it is my first studio scale build after all. Instead of pushing it through by force, and possibly botching the build while doing so, I put it on hold and took on another slightly simpler model to learn more about working with resin models.

In the photo you'll see a detail of possibly the most accurate replication of the Star Wars X-wing fighter filming model ever created in a kit form. It was originally made by several people in a series of iterations, but finessed as the definitive V4 pyro version by Mike Salzo. In 1/24th scale, no less! It's magnificient! And BIG!

I'm still far from finishing the model but most of the work has been done. As you can see, there are some custom tweaks, such as the optic fibre cockpit lights. Those of you who know all the details on these models may identify the cockpit as scratchbuilt to resemble the full size prop of the Yavin hangar scenes in the original Star Wars (1977) movie.

I still need to finish this and paint it before going at it with the camera and photographing my heart out. THEN I will finish the Y-wing.
2mon

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avanaut The last (Bat)man standing. Moving on, this is the last shot with the Dark Knight from the fantastic Seattle trip for now. Busy with work for another week, or so (including a toyphotography speech in Oslo, Norway, on thursday), then it's time to get busy working with the camera. And some plastic. 2mon

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avanaut @_me2_ at the Seattle gum wall. This was a peculiar place, while it's a bit yucky thinking about all the saliva on the wall with the bubble gums, it's also charmingly crazy. I like this kind of crazy. Bats, on the other hand, is clearly uncertain whether to like it or not. 2mon
  •   avanaut @xxsjc We like gum and rain. :D 2mon
  •   avanaut @opbat94 Yes! This doesn't sound bad at all. 2mon
  •   avanaut @wiiman @_me2_ If you squint a little it is barely noticeable. Very subtle indeed, and elegant if I may say. 2mon
  •   wiiman @avanaut @_me2_ almost blends into the wall 2mon
  •   avanaut @wiiman It seems to me that @_me2_ is just on the brink of finding the best spot for the perfect blend-in. I think he is not visible on the next frame I took on the location. What a magnificient skill he possesses! :D 2mon
  •   _me2_ It is a secret portal into a parallel world of molten plastic and fresh strawberry fields. Don't tell anyone @avanaut @wiiman 2mon
  •   wiiman @avanaut @_me2_ maybe wiiman SHOULD'VE touched it 2mon
  •   opbat94 All that layered colour was like a painting by #IvanAlbright. Darkly impressionistic. 2mon

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avanaut The previous photo was probably motion blurred because of the photobombing... DINOSAUR! Yes, it happens. 2mon
  •   avanaut @phil_korn @amberjh3 @pinar.of.brickland @darrencroft @hlmlego Thank you! :) 2mon
  •   avanaut @wiiman I guess I had it coming. 2mon
  •   fancy_parts 😀Funny shot, Vesa! 2mon
  •   rosiu36 @avanaut My kids kindly ask you to consider shooting Lego Chima :) 2mon
  •   avanaut @fancy_parts Thanks! 2mon
  •   avanaut @rosiu36 Oh, I will have to consider after a request like this. I believe we do not have a single Chima set in our cupboard, however, I would have to buy some to try it out. We'll see. Meanwhile, are you familiar with my friend @xxsjc's wonderful Chima photographs? If not, I'm sure your kids will like them. :) 2mon
  •   rosiu36 @avanaut Wow. Guys will love it, thx! I've been teasing you a bit, however it'd be great if you could give it a try! You certainly have the fans in my boys (and their dad as well)! 2mon
  •   avanaut @rosiu36 You are very kind. I will keep your kids' request in mind. ;) 2mon

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