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How to create scratchbuilt starships (or anything)

If you want to create yourself cheap small-scale spaceships, you have two options available: Buy or find free papercraft starships, or scratchbuild them. This article shows you basics of scratchbuilding starships.

Tools

Materials and rules for scratchbuilding

1. Keep your eyes open; use anything, salvage things

Imperial walkers - a resin cast AT-ST and model kit AT-AT

 

I used to run a D20 Star Wars campaign years ago, and I created some At-St walkers for it. I created an original piece and then made a mold of it and  created a few pieces. I used my AT-AT model kit and the chicken walkers with paper miniatures and they worked well. This was before I got addicted to plastic Star Wars miniatures.

I didn't buy the At-At miniature, but I've been using this kit with the miniatures. Even if it's a bit small to be used with the miniatures, it looks ok if there's no other vehicles around, but even if there is it's still better than nothing.

In-progress pics of the scratchbuilt Star Wars starship collection

Scratchbuilding Imperial Escort Carrier

While browsing through old photos, I found a few modelling/WIP photos of perhaps the most popular content of this site - miniature -scale Scratchbuilt Star Wars starships collection. I uploaded them here and at the same time, separated WIP pics and tutorials from the original Star Wars scratchbuilt starship models post to reduce the size and put them here to create one separate WIP/tutorial post. And sorry for rss spamming - I needed to change the title more relevant.

Scratchbuilt Corellian Corvette

Mini-sized resin cast corellian corvette

Corellian Corvette, alias Blockade Runner, is the first ship seen in the first Star Wars movie... In the game world, it is widely used by rebellion and other factions also.

side view to the scratchbuilt corvette model
Side view

Scratchbuilt Victory -class Star Destroyer

Victory-class Star Destroyer is another vessel not seen in movies. It is predecessor of Imperial Star Destroyer, is 900 m long and has seen it's best years during the old republic. Although it's too slow to be too effective in ship-to-ship -combat, it still excels in one area: It is still the largest ship able to enter a planet's atmosphere. Combined with it's heavy weaponry, this attribute makes it excellent ground assault craft.