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Vesa Lehtimäki  Created blizzards with Star Wars Lego, had an influence on how The Lego Movie looks like. Avanaut on Flickr & Facebook. @TheAvanaut on Twitter.

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The TIE Striker was a TIE fighter variant designed for atmospheric missions. It was, in fact, a truly fantastic design, fit to withstand the extreme temperatures of a night on Hoth. Yes, space is much colder, but on Hoth the changing temperatures caused condensated moisture to wreak havoc on manned vehicles. TIE Striker had none of that.
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TK-24/7 loved the Striker. He was the only non-pilot ranked trooper to be allowed to use it for experimental missions during the surveillance missions period on Hoth. It was not exactly official, but the officers did not see the need to play this by the book. Hoth was a desolate and remote place, there was no harm in giving some slack. The thing is that nobody knew that TK-24/7's "experiments" were mostly about how to build the perfect snow lantern. He was really good at that.

Moonlight Shadow
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During the nocturnal AT-AT maintenance shifts on Hoth the snowtroopers often built snow lanterns. This is a potentially lethal environment but the heat insulation on their armor really was that good!
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From Feb 2011. This has always been my favourite. I came up with the background narrative about the average trooper keeping things rolling for the empire early on. I think it was a different look at the Star Wars world and I like it very much. The troopers don't have names, just numbers, like the famous TK-421 on the Death Star. I sometimes focus my little stories on one particular trooper, TK-24/7. He is a versatile fellow and has served on Hoth, Tatooine, Endor and even on the most intimidating post of them all: the Death Star. He is somewhere in this photograph as well, but I couldn't tell where, they all look the same. :D
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I had this posted here earlier but it was brutally cropped for square format. I am taking advantage of #throwbackthursday to rectify that and post it as it should be. It's a double post, really, the one I posted a moment ago connects to this.

A detail of the mighty AT-AT walker foot at work.
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A #throwbackthursday photograph from Feb 2011, a period of experimentation and discovery. Good times! This was posted here earlier but cropped square. Fixed that!

I had my camera on a tripod and I just waited for the right moment and hit the remote. I figured this would make a cool selfie.
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I kind of know how that thing in the sky works, they won't engage main engines at a very low altitude. So, in case you were wondering, this was perfectly safe. Or relatively safe at least. Well, fairly safe. As you can see from the photo, the main engines are on.
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Ok, it's very dangerous to stand behind the engines when that thing takes off. Nothing happened though.
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Gotta buy a new jacket, this one got torn off of me.

Well, there was one more photo to post this year after all, a photo of the Lego TIE Striker I took for a @stuckinplastic piece. I posted an alternative version of this a few days ago but this is the real mccoy.
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I struggled to decide whether Vader should have his lightsaber blazing in this or not. Having both, the cockpit and the lightsaber did not work. I tried all the different variations. For the Stuck in Plastic piece I chose the version with the red cockpit, this was about the Striker after all.
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The decision wasn't merely because of the subject first, it was also because this was the better exposure. The blizzard behaved perfectly on this.
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The story in this is about Vader being stressed out and the wing layout of the Striker is good when retreating for meditation on desolate locations, such as Hoth.

Time to look back on the year 2016. I had a fair year, managed to capture some nice images. First, on top left, a personal victory with a joyous photoshoot on the Mediterranean sea. That Lego sub has never been so comfortably submerged in what I can only describe as it's natural habitat.
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Top right, an experiment with interior lighting and protocol droid eye effect. This one originated from a lost RA-7 minifigure. I bought a new one and took a photograph with it only to lose it in the shadows on the left.
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Middle left. The Millennium Falcon, always a pleasure to photograph. A re-imagined photograph of one I took years ago: Treetop Falcon.
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Center. The classic Lego spaceman. Only, this guy has a disco outfit in the spirit of Saturday Night Fever. A gold plated custom.
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Center right. Hoth, I got lost in that place about... oh, around 1980, and I never left. Plus, this is the first decent B-wing photograph I have managed to take.
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Bottom left. My X-wing, the single most beautiful spaceship model in my possession. And a pain in the butt to photograph! Getting those angles right is hard. I found this petrol station setup amusing though.
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Bottom right. One from a magical solo road trip from last summer. A few days alone in the car in Lapland with the midnight sun that never sets. It's incredible!
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Another year is upon us, let's make it a good one. :)

The Two Legged Camper.
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A repost from two years ago, from time when Instagram only supported square format images. This is the original version, as it should be.
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Merry Christmas to every and each one of you!

The TIE Striker fighter, an old model, easy to use, inconspicuous little thing. You could get around with it without people paying too much attention. The wing layout was handy if it rained or snowed, it was like having an umbrella, but most importantly it acted as a cover when getting in and out of the craft.
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Darth Vader preferred the Striker to his TIE Advanced when going for private lightsaber outdoors practice retreats. Yeah, he practiced. A lot. Like a maniac!
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Little known fact: Darth Vader had weekly lightsaber practice. Every monday, no matter where he was.

The Rookie. On Hoth the new AT-ST drivers learned fast how not to start their vehicles with remote after a blizzard, not while standing nearby.
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A #flashbackfriday photograph from October 2010. This one practically destroyed the cheapo kit lens that came with my first DSLR camera. The camera was actually really close to the minifigure facing up in a steep angle. The falling powder fell on the lens and I didn't realise it was not dust proof. The lens still has powder from this shoot inside it.
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This is a real oldie. I never posted this here before because Instagram doesn't support a true vertical format. It's odd, given that Instagram is used on portable devices in which it's app works only in vertical mode. I tweaked this a little to make it fit.

A re-edit from few days ago. Originally I thought this was too busy in colour so I opted for a nice black and white edit. I tried again and I think I got it to work well enough to post.
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Sorry about posting this twice. I accidentally tried to post a wide edit and it got cropped weirdly due to IG format limitations. I didn't notice it at first.

I seem to be stuck with spaceships. It's because there isn't much else I can do at this time. It's fun though, I like spaceships.
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With this one I had a nice moment figuring out how the jet blast of the ascend engines on my Space 1999 Eagle Tourer would look like in a closeup. Messy, I'd say.

Rogue One Hollywood red carpet premiere is tonight. I couldn't resist, I went to see Arrival tonight and I snapped another photo of my X-wing in front of the theatre. You know, to get in the mood. We don't have much glamour around these events over here but perhaps with some attitude we can compensate a little. :)
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Unfortunately the colour temps of all those lights were all over the place, so I went for a nice b/w edit.