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In-progress pics of the scratchbuilt Star Wars starship collection

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.

A minor note about the site - I keep updating content here and there, adding pics and descriptions where I find them lacking. I may have to add updated posts list somewhere soon so these sites will be visible to everyone. And one more time - if you haven't checked the new front page, go ahead and check it out, as you'll find most popular content of the site collected there!

Eclipse WIP. I used an old scratchbuilt Star Destroyer as a base for the model.


Gunships WIP. I've used filler/PVA(=mainly for wood)-glue/water -mixture to places where there are holes, and put pieces of wire or plastic stripe to the wet mixture to create missing cannons. Wings are made of cereal box -cardboard and rocket launchers on top of it are made from cocktail -sticks. I've tried to make that kind of parts from resin before, and they always ended in disaster. So, I made just the hull, wings & launchers are easy to make from everyday materials. Oh, and I've added small tips of glue on and below wings. 


Some of the original pieces, mainly cardboard. Small pieces are unrelated - they are skulls for fantasy models.

Carrack under construction 

Several casts glued together and improved with some plaster. Victory still needs two small holes & little wire for it's antennae. Below you'll see more cast pics.
Resin Casts: Transports, Victory Star Destroyers and Alliance Escort carriers

Resin Casts: Corellian corvettes and dreadnoughts

The casts above are much older than the others, I originally created them for my Star Wars D20 campaign. You'll also see small Tie fighter, Y-wing and Headhunter pieces - era was between prequels and the original trilogy, so there was no X-wings. In the middle there's also an AT-ST leg, I've post separate post of my scratchbuilt AT-ST models. Tiny fighter models can be found here.


Imperial Escort Carrier - do it yourself!

I wanted the Empire to have some more fighter lauch -capacity, and remembered relatively simple ship, Imperial Escort Carrier from PC -game Rebellion. I found a plan for it from the web, made my own plans for the piece based on it, and Voilà - that's something anyone can do with relative ease! I'll provide simple instructions how to do it here, as well as the plan you can print. 

Printable plan: Imperial Escort Carrier plan (print with 300dpi) 


Before starting to create this model, you might want to read my article on cutting and measuring. You'll probably be handling sharp knives, so BE REALLY CAREFUL AND DON'T CUT YOURSELF!

First print the plan I've made, using 300DPI -setting for the printer. Colour print will help but it's not necessary if you can see the coloured pic at the same time or can mark colours. Cut excess paper away, but leave an inch or so around the plan's edges. Then, glue the piece on cereal box (or other similar) cardboard - but apply glue only to outside actual plan! That's why I asked you to leave some extra. Just as a notice, I made structure parts from cardboard that is twice as thick, but it's not necessary. 

Now, take a ball-point pen or pencil, and draw along the lines, pressing hard so that it leaves good marking on the cardboard below. Pink lines are ones where you should later try to draw a line to the other side of the cardboard too, as the piece is fold down from these places. You can see the pictures below to see some phases of the construction. Areas with thick hand-drawn lining all to the same direction are marking pieces that are glued under other pieces. There's also few orange lines - these mark later alterations I've made to plans, after making my own carrier based on these plans. I'm not 100% sure of those lines, so you better experiment with those pieces carefully. 

Once you've drawn all surface -lines, cut the pieces out. Remember to do those few pink lines to the other side! Start glueing pieces together, but remember to try every piece before applying glue. My plans don't have bottom piece, but that's pretty ease to create when the rest of the model is ready - draw lines to the cardboard using the rest of the model as a shape. You might want think of how you're going to base your piece before glueing the bottom - I glued a piece of wood inside the model and drilled a hole, and made a hole in the bottom-piece for it. Then, you'll have to add engines, and if you want/can, you can add pieces of wire / cocktail sticks / plastic stripes etc. as antennae. I've also cut pieces of cardboard and wooden pearls (from hobby store) to make some additional surface structures. Then, you're ready to paint the piece! 

Starting with rear piece 

Front piece's 'half-halves' are glued together, then that piece is glued to the aft-part, and reinforcing pieces are also added here. 

Main structure is together, bottom piece waits next to it 

Details and basing method added. Good luck in your own construction! 

And if you didn't yet check the ready model post, you can find it here:  Scratchbuilt Star Wars starship models


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Hiya I really like your

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on

Hiya I really like your custom models your really good at it. I was wondering if you would be interested in a trade? I'd really like 3 escort carries and 3 victory class star destroyers. I'd be happy to pay for them or alternatively I can trade you a copy of my digital campaign game for starship battes. Its basically similar to the rules of star wars risk but each battle is carried out on the board with models. Its really good and makes starship battles a longer term game.

Thanks :)

Hi Tom and thanks!

Submitted by Shaper and Maker on

Hi Tom and thanks! Unfortunately I have no extras of those and no time to make any more, plus I don't have molds for Victories anymore. You can find Escort carrier body plans above if you want to make one yourself and a paper Victory can be found here:

I'm curious to hear more about that game, are those separate battles using SSB rules? I have an eternity project of my own ( e2o ) that I wish to use also for SW battles one day...

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