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Custom 3D Printed Jeff in Carbonite   Leave a comment

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Brownnoize and I were recently approached by a friend of ours looking to surprise her partner, Jeff, with an awesome Star Wars-related gift for Christmas.  She had recently had the opportunity to have his head 3D scanned and had a great idea for how to incorporate that into a gift he would appreciate.  She asked me if there was any way to make a figure of Jeff frozen in carbonite like Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.  I knew it could be done, and that it would require me to learn a new piece of 3D modeling software that I did not have an experience with, Blender, so I jumped at the opportunity.  Brownnoize helped with the initial concept and logistics, and then I did the final modeling, printing, and finishing.  Learning to use Blender was very different from the Creo that I’m used to, but thanks to some terrific video tutorials I was up and running much quicker than I expected.  From there, it was just a matter of transplanting Jeff’s head onto the model, and engineering the model for detail and affordability using a combination of high-detail SLA printing from Shapeways and good ol’ FFF printing for the larger, less detailed parts.  The result came together better than I had hoped, and after some paint work based on the original film prop, Jeff in Carbonite was ready to go.  I provided the figure and display stand, and my friend produced a custom backer card in the vintage Kenner style of the original Star Wars line.  By all accounts it was a slam dunk on Christmas day, and I am happy to have helped!

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I also had a really good time with the photo shoot for this project, so read on for many more fun pics!

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3D Printed Reproduction Mini Blockade Runner for use with Kenner Star Wars diecast Star Destroyer   4 comments

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Most people today only remember the venerable 3 3/4″ Star Wars action figure and vehicle line from Kenner, but one of their cooler non-figure toys was the diecast Star Destroyer.  The seven inch long hunk of Imperial might featured an opening hangar for storing an itty bitty <1″ long Tantine IV Rebel Blockade Runner miniature.  The little Correlian Corvette is often missing, robbing the awesome Star Destroyer of a great play feature.  Thanks to 3D printing, and a vintage sample for reference provided by a fellow collector, Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries is pleased to announce a reproduction ship available through Shapeways, as detailed above.  Before we get into the details, I want to make it clear upfront that the reproduction parts feature a distinguishing mark so as not to be confused with the original items.  I know repro parts can be a tough subject with vintage collectors, and it was important to me not to make collecting more difficult for my fellow vintage-minded peers.  Rather, the PRHI Mini Blockade Runner is meant to provide an affordable alternative to the original part, as well as a few novelty items.

Head on over to the Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries Shapeways Store to purchase your reproduction Blockade Runners today!

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