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Movie Prop: Studio Scale Slave 1 up close and personal

A starship that made an impact among fans since 1980.  The Studio Scale Slave 1 it is one of the most popular starships in the Star Wars universe. The Firespray class patrol, owned by none other than Boba Fett himself. Boba modified this ship from stock with the latest gadgets that would help him track those valuable bounties while engaging in battle with those who were after the prize as well. Later inherited by Jango Fett after his death in Star Wars: Attack of the Clone Wars. Jango also made sure to modify his father’s ship to fit his new venture as bounty hunter.

This article was originally posted at The Guardant. Now posted here with kind permission. Edited by George Collazo

Studio Scale Slave 1 being constructed at ILM studios. [Click to enlarge]

Building the Studio Scale Slave 1 for Star Wars Empire Strikes Back

For the first time, Star Wars fans saw the Slave 1 in The Empire Strikes Back. Here the ILM model builders and technicians manufactured a model of the slave 1, which was about 50cm (19.70” inches) in size. These images give us a look and are a testament of the effort from those building it. As with all other Studio Scale models, the company used a large number of model kits, such as Tamiya, Hasegawa and Revell. They are scrapped and the individual parts are used to create a new model. Among model builders this is commonly known as kitbashing.

Back side of the miniature. [Click to enlarge]
Halogen lamps were used to light up the engine on the miniature. Note the front section a F-1 model car [Click to enlarge]
Photos as clear as they can be don’t do justice to these works of art and put in perspective the amount of ingenuity of those involved in their creation. I had the opportunity to visit back in 1999 the exhcibit Magic of Myth in Minnesota with my family and they had this model on display. Needless to say I was in awe. Back in circa 2007 they returned to the Science Museum of Minnesota as WHERE SCIENCE MEET THE IMAGINATION and yes, I went back. The show is running in Europe as STAR WARS IDENTITIES. Make sure you don’t miss it.

George Collazo
George Collazo

George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.