by Roy Sutherland
Star Wars "Imperial
Roy's Imperial Walker is available for bidding on Ebay in "The Auction
In response to the events of September 11th, many decided to help out the
victims in any way they can.
I am lucky enough to be currently working on Star Wars: Episode II in the
Model Shop of Industrial Light and Magic. The work is always interesting
and challenging, but the job is especially rewarding thanks to the people
that I work with. They are an amazingly talented group, with a vast and
diverse range of skills. My commute can be over three hours a day, but it
is a small price to pay.
When someone proposed that we do something to help raise money for the
Auction for America on Ebay, it was suggested that the ILM Modelmakers
could build Star Wars kits and donate them for Auction. Being a rabid
modeler, I jumped at the chance.
I have always loved the Imperial Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back.
I think it is probably my favorite special effects sequence of all time.
Luckily, no one else had taken this subject yet, so I took the kit home
and cracked open the box.
Not having built a sci-fi kit since the late seventies, I was surprised at
the, uhhhh,"basic" nature of the detail. Those who know me
understand that I am a detail freak and obsessive about accuracy, so I
obtained photos of the original movie models and started improving the
basic kit. More than 120 hours later, here is the result. The entire kit
has been reworked, refined, rescribed, and detailed. The photos are taken
by and are property of Industrial Light and Magic.
I recommend that you check out
all the models up for auction on EBay by clicking on this link.
Most have had extra detail added, and all are well built and beautifully
painted. They come with custom acrylic cases and custom nameplates
featuring the ILM logo, subject and modeler. They all come with a
certificate of authenticity signed by the modeler and Jim Morris, the
president of ILM. I highly recommend that you check them out. Whether or
not you have any interest in owning one of these pieces, they are fine
examples of what can be done with these kits, and a change of pace from
the usual Hyperscale fare.
Happy Modelling! Roy Sutherland
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