Mike recently went to see Steve Sansweets’ collection at Rancho Obi Wan and sent me some really nice photos of Millennium Falcon related pieces in his [Steve’s] collection. One of those items was an incredible fan made model of the Millennium Falcon. It looks like it’s been made from beaten tin or aluminium and has copper wire detailing on the sidewalls. It’s an incredible piece of work and has just blown me away.
The artist has made two internal compartments, one at the front showing the main recreational area and one at the rear showing the engine room.
I think the Ramp’s a nice touch too.
I’d like to see what the model looks like with the cover plates on. It’s difficult to gauge the size of this model, but i’d estimate that it’s got to be at least three feet long. I dread to think how heavy something like this must be. Unfortunately, Mike wasn’t able to get any details of the artist and a google search proved to be fruitless.
16/12/12: Wow, i just received this email from Steve Sansweet himself letting me know about this piece.
Thanks for the nice post and photos of my metal Millennium Falcon. It was made about 5 or 6 years ago by a very talented artist in Mexico named Antonio Diaz. He’s a playwright and theater director, but he loves Star Wars and makes metal vehicles in his off time. The pieces are usually made of very thin aluminum sheeting, which is worked on from the back side to get the bulges and lines and the front side to get more of the details. I’ve gotten many pieces from Antonio, but this is the largest and most impressive. It is about three feet long, but weighs just a couple of pounds because of the lightweight material. This was Antonio’s most complex piece, and he worked on it for about a month.