9h avanaut
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avanaut Indiana Jones saves the day. Another oldie from the archives 9h

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1d avanaut
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avanaut An oldie from Nov 2009. Squarefied for fun before calling it a day. Yawn! 1d
  •   avanaut @beruwhitesun Heh, I tried so hard to avoid them while shooting this. I do like the piles now. :) 1d
  •   avanaut @lego_cool Thanks! I haven't used this technique in years, It might be fun to try it again someday. 1d
  •   beruwhitesun Well besides the fact that this is a pretty tight and well composed shot as it is the knee high snow and the little piles also make it kind of funny, which adds to it imho. 1d
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  •   xxsjc The tiny piles of "snow" make the pic. Thanks for reposting from the archives.   1d
  •   darrencroft Wow! Awesome shot 1d
  •   phil1210s Nice one!!!!! Awesome!!!!! 23h
  •   bei_r Nice 8h

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4d avanaut
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avanaut A rare behind-the-scenes shot of an old Y-wing photograph. Spring cleaning of the phone, it's full of data and I have to toss some images and videos. Found this while going thru the photos. 4d
  •   ququrumi The effort you put in.. I salute you sir! 4d
  •   phil1210s Your work is legendary!!!! I think all of us are pretty "wowed" when we see the BTS!!! Thanks for sharing man!! 4d
  •   avanaut @east_mountain @darrencroft @ququrumi @phil1210s Thank you! I don't generally take these, sometimes if I have the phone in my pocket I may remember to pause and snap one. 4d
  •   east_mountain That's what makes you mysterious mate😀. I'm thankful you shared this with us. Cheers mate. Keep up the inspiring work!!! 4d
  •   smokebelch2 Wonderful behind the scenes! Haha yeah my phone is full of thousands of photos... Need a bit of a sort out too ;) 3d
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 Over 4K photos and loads of videoclips... I have avoided this far too long. 3d
  •   avanaut Thank you @isaack_renteria 3d

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4d avanaut
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avanaut The 3D printed astromech from Shapeways. A quick clip. 4d
  •   smokebelch2 Very very cool. 4d
  •   phil1210s Very nice!!!!! 4d
  •   avanaut @troopscoop @east_mountain @smokebelch2 @phil1210s Thanks! The quality of this clip leaves room for improvement but I guess it shows how the model looks like better than a photo. That is, before I CUT IT IN HALF! The Y-wing model won't take the whole astromech. 4d
  •   avanaut @mustafar_bricks Perhaps this gives you an idea how the printed astromech looks like. :) 4d
  •   east_mountain Ouch. Cutting that in half does hurt. But I guess for the Y-Wing to be complete I guess it have to be done. Still hurts though. :) cheers 4d
  •   darrencroft Looks great! Should've got two. One to cut & one for Y-wing 4d
  •   kevinmboots77 Really nice. I look forward to its completion. 4d
  •   mustafar_bricks It still doesn't look real! Haha I'm sorry its just so well carved that it looks like a hologram or soemthing 4d

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avanaut South America 1936

Little known fact: René Belloq did not make it out from the jungle just like that, he had to buy his way out with the Chachapoyan fertility idol. That is how the idol ended up in the hands of the Jivaros. Dr. Jones found out about this a little too late... From Flickr, an old photo which I've always liked myself. The Sideshow Indy with a gold plated Lego idol.
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avanaut The Y-wing kit I have does not have the astromech unit, the "Red Jammer" is different from the other fighters and only has a small dome where the droid should be. I want there to be a droid, however, so I ordered one from shapeways.com. This is a 3D printed 1/24th scale R2 unit model, with a little work it will just perfect. 1w
  •   mustafar_bricks So this is a physical object? It looks like a hologram or something ! 5d
  •   avanaut @mustafar_bricks Yes, it's a physical object, made with a 3D printer. Astonishing thing really. 5d
  •   mustafar_bricks Is this partly transparent? @avanaut 5d
  •   mustafar_bricks Because I'm trying to understand that it is a 3D object! In the photo it looks like a blueprint or something haha 5d
  •   avanaut @mustafar_bricks The droid was printed with transparent material because it said it produces the best detail. It looks like frosted glass or plastic. I tweaked the contrast in the photo to bring out the detail, perhaps that makes it pop from the wooden background enough to make it look unreal. 5d
  •   mustafar_bricks Haha I'm just new to 3d printing obviously! 5d
  •   avanaut @mustafar_bricks This was my first actual encounter with it. Very interesting, I must say. 5d
  •   mustafar_bricks Can you take another picture of it or of a hand holding it please because I keep seeing it as 2-D haha. 5d

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avanaut Callsign 'Red Three' in the battle of Yavin, Biggs Darklighter. Surprisingly, the model is much darker and dirtier than it appears onscreen, seriously rich and complex in detail. A lovely item! My last photograph from Paris for now. 2w

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avanaut Back from Paris realizing my DSLR photographs are pretty much all unsharp due to long handheld exposures. How annoying! Got a few good frames of the Red 3 X-wing, though, and I'm happy with that. SW Identities Paris was not a great success for me photographically, as it seems, but I loved it anyway. 2w
  •   phil1210s Pure magic!! Thanku for sharing mate!!! 2w
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  •   kenjimuto 😮😮😮 2w
  •   smokebelch2 I've always found all my shots from the couple of SW shows I've been too have been blurry cause of the lighting. That said the ones you've posted have been great! 2w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 Lesson learned, better gear next time. Which shows did you see? The Barbican? 2w
  •   smokebelch2 @avanaut One was at Bradford in about 2000 I think- this may of been the same show as the Barbican one. Also one in 2007 in county hall London for the 30th anniversary. Both were good- but there were a lot of prequel trilogy bits at the second obviously. 2w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 The Barbican was nice, I loved the RMQ matte paintings. There was something rather enchanting about the mylar laden Nubian Royal Starship model from TPM as well, it's like the dreamy chromed cousin of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. 2w
  •   smokebelch2 @avanaut Oh yes the Maquarrie matte paintings were stunning- works of art. 2w

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avanaut One thing that I find astonishing about these old filming models is their depth of detail, you can look and look and still find new details everywhere, details you'll never see onscreen. The big snowspeeder was simply beautiful in every respect.

I've seen some of these models before in "The Art Of Star Wars" exhibition in Helsinki 2001, but I still used them as an excuse to book a trip to Paris. Well, there were other reasons as well... :) Despite the fact that these models are getting old, they'll never get old to me.
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  •   phil1210s Thanku for sharing dude, totally love it! 2w
  •   darrencroft Wow! Fantastic shot! You are spot on about the detail. Beautiful 2w
  •   avanaut @phil1210s @darrencroft These models have a quality to them photographs just cannot capture, extraordinary items altogether. 2w
  •   smokebelch2 Indeed there is such a beauty to them- very well said. 2w
  •   phil1210s How is the Y-wing coming along? I know what you mean dude, like you, I'd love to inspect them up close, love this exhibit, giving a lil bit back to the fans!..... 2w
  •   east_mountain Yes I imagine it was rather ridiculous. Having it out to play with would probably just leave me gaping just beautiful it is. Cheers 2w
  •   avanaut @phil1210s Do you mean my Y-wing? I won't really start on that before the summer. Meanwhile I study these models when I have a moment to spare. There is so much to know about them. 2w
  •   outlanderfrog There's a weird separation when you see this gorgeous models next to the molded, "new" models from the prequels. 2w

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avanaut The classic. 2w
  •   harleyquin Now I am curious about a close up with the lego version 2w
  •   phil1210s Wow!!!! 2w
  •   darrencroft Amazing 2w
  •   avanaut @east_mountain @phil1210s He looks very uncomfortable there, which the casting process probably was. 2w
  •   avanaut @harleyquin :) 2w
  •   phil1210s To get up so close to this and all the other props models and droids is so cool!!! How tall does Vader stand!? Around 6'6"?? Thanks man!! 2w
  •   avanaut @phil1210s Vader was behind a rope line and couldn't be approached, but some things were displayed behind glass so that you could get delightfully close. The spaceship models were in a big glass box and some items in the middle were not possible to see up close properly. The Millennium Falcon was in it's own box and easy to study closely from the top, front, rear and port side. 2w
  •   phil1210s Thanku man! I've checked and book marked the website, it looks so awesome!!! Thanku for wetting the appetite!! And nice one for taking the time to hit me up!!! Legend!!! 2w

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2w avanaut
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avanaut The RA-7 protocol droid, a.k.a. the Death Star droid. Such a groovy background character. One more shot from the Star Wars Identities exhibition in Paris, this one with Boba Fett in the background. 2w
  •   smokebelch2 Very nice! Love this guy- there's a lego version gonna be in one of the summer sets too! 2w
  •   m_jones56 Needs more Boba Fett :P 2w
  •   avanaut @darrencroft Yes, loved it and it's sound in the Sandcrawler scene. 2w
  •   avanaut @m_jones56 Everything benefits with a dash of Boba added. 2w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 Is it in the Sandcrawler set? Crikey! I can't afford that. Maybe I'll get just the minifig because RA-7 is cool. 2w
  •   smokebelch2 @avanaut It's in one of the prequel trilogy sets bizarrely- same set as the Hammerhead Jedi. 2w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 Really? How odd. I may have to get one regardless, it's a fun character. 2w
  •   m_jones56 Haha absolutely! 2w

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2w avanaut
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avanaut Another one from Star Wars Identities exhibition Paris France. This is the smaller Millennium Falcon model built for the Empire Strikes Back, they made a new one because the original model was considered too big and heavy for filming. This version is sometimes considered inferior to the original because it has a bit different silhouette. It is a brilliant masterpiece nevertheless and an absolute joy to study closer. The model was displayed so that it was difficult to photograph from many angles but I think I got a few good frames. 2w

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avanaut Star Wars Identities exhibition Paris France. An exhibition with a selection of oh, so familiar items from the movies. Sadly, unlike in ads and the exhibition catalogue, the "Red" Y-wing fighter was not present. Sigh... Anyway, it is downright impossible to grasp the real shape of the Star Wars filming models until you actually see them, Boba Fett's Slave 1 was much bulkier than I had thought. And prettier. 2w
  •   avanaut @east_mountain Prettiness comes in many forms. :) 2w
  •   darrencroft Awesome 2w
  •   avanaut @phil1210s It's a really nice exhibition, keep an eye on their website in case their next stop is near you. The models are definitively something to see. 2w
  •   avanaut @darrencroft Photographs do not do the models justice, they are wonderful! 2w
  •   darrencroft I bet they are! I've been fascinated with models from when dad helped me make a Spitfire kit as a kid, then I saw Star Wars. The model makers a craftsmen in my opinion 2w
  •   phil1210s @avanaut fingers crossed they stop in London!!!! Don't wanna miss this! Thanku dude for the heads up!!!!! 2w
  •   avanaut @darrencroft The skill, vision and ingenuiety required to pull these models off is nothing short of pure magic in my mind. They were something never seen before and quite frankly not since either, if you ask me. I think I built a Hurricane with my dad. :) 2w
  •   avanaut @phil1210s If they do, this is certainly something not to miss. 2w

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avanaut Dropcloth, a ThreeA collectible. Funny little things. 3w

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3w avanaut
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avanaut A photograph of an ice cold wampa butt. 3w

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4w avanaut
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avanaut Of the numerous ice sculptures the snowtroopers had created on Hoth, one in particular caught Darth Vader's eye. The sculpture of a furry little creature with only a hat for clothes was inexplicably touching.
Darth Vader wanted to take the sculpture with him but how to preserve a sculpture made of ice? Carbon Freeze?
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4w avanaut
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avanaut The Art of the Frigid Plains of Hoth

Here it is, wampa, the biggest indigenous beast of the entire planet captured in a magnificient ice sculpture by the very talented TK24/7.

There were other sculptures as well but let's pause here for just a moment.

To be continued...
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4w avanaut
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avanaut Oh, how TK24/7 worked, hours in, hours out, but he was almost done now... 4w

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4w avanaut
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avanaut It turned out that beneath the snowy surface Hoth was loaded with crystal clear ice. Without further ado, following the example of the malfunctioning probe droid, the snowtroopers decided to make some ice sculptures of their own. How hard could it be?

TK24/7, finder of the ice cube valley, was among the first to start. Chisellig the big block of ice was hard work but he thought he had a great idea for a sculpture. And did he ever!

To be continued…
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4w avanaut
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avanaut Ghost in the Machine
When the valley of the huge ice cubes was discovered on Hoth, it was the machines that were assigned to move some of that ice to the designated area of "The Big Freeze" festivities. Everything for the event was to be built from ice: tables, chairs… even the walls of a little ice "castle" where the snowtroopers would spend the evening in. There were plenty of machines available for the job, walkers, droids and whatnot. The Imperial probe droids proved to be very handy (literally) with tasks like this and one of them was left to pile the ice cubes for the night.
Then something unexpected happened.

Early in the morning when the snowtroopers first went to see how the probe droid had done it's job they saw something extraordinary. Unattended, the droid had deviated from it's instructions and worked on just one big piece of ice, overnight it had carved it into a sculpture of a humanoid. It was a rather crude simplified humanoid form, yet it was clear that the simple machine had created art.

Well, we know already that the snowtroopers love little snow lanterns and such, but this was something entirely different. The excitement over this new development went through the roof, the little winter festival had turned into something much bigger.

To be continued…
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  •   wiiman Or the best handyman ever 4w
  •   avanaut @samrbrts Thank you for the kind words! Instagram, like the web in general, is full of surprises. It's unpredictable and can be very consuming if you are not up to meeting with the attention when it comes your way. I'm okay with this, just enjoying the ride as it goes. :D 4w
  •   avanaut @wiiman Yes, that too. "Probe's Repairs", a good name for a shop if the deep space scout missions end. 4w
  •   wiiman A nice retirement plan 4w
  •   adultfanoflego Oh man. So good! 4w
  •   phil1210s There's about a probe droid I just don't trust.....,😬 fantastic dude!! Lovin this!!!!!!! 4w
  •   samrbrts @avanaut i hear you. Just wish there would be more real art stuff like this one on instagram. Glad I discovered your feed. 4w
  •   al3j Totally agree with @samrbrts 4w

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