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Vesa Lehtimäki  Illustrator, photographer, HUGO Award finalist 2017. Created blizzards with Star Wars Lego and had an influence on how The Lego Movie looks like.

The Y-wing fighter, photographed during an engine overhaul. They always cough up a heavy cloud of smoke with first ignition when all the gaskets and seals are replaced. After that, nothing.
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Actually, I tried something very different, it didn’t work – yet – so some free photography took place on the spot.
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Cruising speed.
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Today, after the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released, I ended up having many conversations about the new Millennium Falcon in it, a somewhat wholesome Millennium Falcon day I would say. Inspired by it all, I looked up an old photo I have taken from a passenger jet somewhere over the Atlantic a few years ago and planted my Falcon on it.
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I haven't photographed that thing for a while and I forgot to switch the little red flight lights on. So, engine only. On direct sunlight the (sublight) engine was too weak to show bright enough however, I had to photoshop it a little. As if you wouldn’t know Photoshop was involved here... :D
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I took the Y-wing out yesterday. It still feels awkward to handle, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it, I guess. The Y-wing is not as yare as the X-wing, not even close, it feels unstable, like a wild bull. The long tail is difficult to grasp, I think I broke some branches from those trees.
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Actually, the text above is not that far from how it feels to photograph this thing. It doesn't feel at all the same as the X-wing. I ended up editing this much more than usual, so much so that this is more like a photoillustration than a photograph. Well, more than I would have liked to.
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But as always with a new ship, this is a learning process.
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These guys. Now I have to (mini)figure out how to deal with this circus. There’s about 200 of them, three variations. Yes, they are not identical.
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There is something amusingly Gary Larsonesque about this crew. Or Monty Pythonesque. Like the scene from the Life of Brian where Brian says to a crowd of unwanted followers: ”You are all individuals. You are all different”, to which someone in the crowd responds: ”I’m not”.
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I had the most wonderful privilege to create this official The Last Jedi Lego alternative Bluray cover image for Lucasfilm. This is quite special my dear followers, I got to work for @starwars for a day! That’s a big one off my bucket list, I can tell you that. Loved it!
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It was also a privilege to share this project with @sgtbananas. I was very happy when I heard Johnny was the other photographer in this project. He did some brilliant work for this, go check his images too.
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Now, what you can do is go to starwars.com website, choose your preferred alternate cover, or all of them, download them in high resolution and print them to go with your copy of TLJ.
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#starwars #lego #thelastjedi #toy #toyphotography #millenniumfalcon #rey #lukeskywalker #chewbacca #minifigure

Little known fact: after leaving Hoth and escaping the Empire in the asteroid field, the Millennium Falcon made a stop before heading for Bespin. Chewie was still wet from all the snow from Hoth on his fur, he needed to air it out. Or, rather, the crew needed the air. A wet wookiee smells to high heaven.
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Actually this comes from realizing I never see the effects of changing airpressure when traveling from planet to planet in a SciFi movie. The pressure on any given planet is always a perfect match to whatever it is inside an arriving spaceship. They just open the door and off they go.
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I mean, planets differ in size and gravity, the density of atmosphere also varies a lot, just think about Venus, Earth and Mars. You have to get accustomed to local pressure before you pop the hatch open on your spaceship, otherwise you’re in trouble. Altitude sickness, you know, things like that.
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You can also use a pressure suit. Some movies take that route.
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You know those ”special modifications” Han Solo made to the Millennium Falcon? They improved the ship’s performance for sure, but there was a price. Just think what happens when you remove protective covers and expose all those delicate mechanics to the elements...
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A while ago I saw a post with the tag #myfirstlego. Well, without further ado, here’s mine.
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I photographed this in the Lego HQ archives in Billund, Denmark, a couple of years ago. It was great to see the box on the shelf there. I had a private tour in the vault with only me and the guide. He was very, very good, full of stories and anecdotes. What took me by surprise was how seeing these old boxes affected me. I was all warm and fuzzy inside just looking at them. The guide told me that it is not uncommon to see visitors burst in tears in the vault. I can see how that could happen. It’s a wonderful place.
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#lego #truck #toy #billund #archive

Navigating through the humongous storm cells in a giant gas planet atmosphere is a challenge even for a spaceship capable for interstellar travel. It’s not the supersonic crosswinds that risk overloading the stabilizers, it’s the way the downward surges can suck you into the thick super high pressure lower atmosphere in a matter of seconds. There is no return from the depths.
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The apparent calm and beauty of the fluffy cloud layers is deceptive – and deadly.
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Unused variation from the archives.
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My latest acquisition; a Koensayr BTL-A4-Y-wing Starfighter. This particular unit appears to be in rather good a shape. There is some corrosion here and there but overall it's nothing to worry about, everything works and it has a good recorded history. It has seen some serious action during its heyday at service but there are no direct hits in record, the body and fuselage are straight. That is very rare with these old warbirds.
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Sorry about the truck in front of the Y-wing. I need new scaffolding, the bed of the truck isn’t a very good substitute, it’s a little awkward. The work lights suck too.
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Anyway, looking forward to taking the Y-wing out for a good spin after some routine maintenance. It needs new gaskets and filters for the engines, new pneumatic fluids for all systems, new oxygen tanks & hoses, just the basic stuff everyone does when buying one of these. It’ll be a fine addition to my modest collection.
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Btw, did you know it’s pretty easy to get museum registration for these? Saves a lot of money with insurance.
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#ywing #starwars #garage #xwing #miniature #scalemodel #toy #toyphotography #avanaut #originality
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[EDIT: I made this to match a series of photos I made a few years ago with the X-wing. Now that I think of it, I guess they should have all been included in this post. But since I didn’t do that, you need to scroll down a little if you wish to check them out.]

Chewie contemplating whether to stick his tongue on the cold steel. The freezing desolation of Hoth makes your mind wander...
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Little known fact: Hoth is merciless to technology. Well, it’s actually a well known fact, come to think of it. But, you know, it is a lot of work to make technology work in the extremes of the Hoth climate. For example, if you land a craft in the open and stay the night, you need to manually remove all the snow and ice accumulated overnight on critical spots, such as landing gear. The gear won’t retract properly if covered in ice. That could spell trouble in outer space.
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With the Millennium Falcon, de-icing was Chewie’s job. He was the one with fur after all. Chewie wasn’t happy about it, despite the fur, nocturnal Hoth was too cold for comfort.
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#cold #snow #blizzard #hoth #starwars #theempirestrikesback #chewie #chewbacca #lego #millenniumfalcon #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality

How do the people who really know how to build miniatures do their thing? I don’t get it. I can build a model that is good enough for my photographs, I’m cool with that, but the real masters... they are something else. I’ve been doing some research on this recently, you see, and there is some seriously fantastic stuff out there. But with these particular models, the quality of paint pigments and weathering isn’t what puzzles me the most, even though the pigments alone are a long story, but really it’s the way the designs are unpredictable when put in front of the camera. Without building one, you can’t tell how it works.
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The Millennium Falcon I have (1/72nd scale) works surprisingly well for its scale, the X-wing (1/24th scale) is just sublime. There is something very camera friendly in those designs. I figured this 1/24th scale Y-wing would be brilliant as well and invested a lot of time and effort to building it, but so far it remains a bit of a conundrum. What works great with the X-wing, doesn’t work at all with the Y. It has a language of its own and I haven’t figured it out yet.
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Of all the photos I’ve taken of the Y-wing so far, this is the only one that works well enough to post. It’s a couple of weeks old.
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