Slave-1 has always been a favorite of mine and I wanted to try my hand at building one from scratch. Having built several other models from EVA foam (plus it being about the only medium I can afford) I wanted to see if it were possible to do it justice. I made the pattern freehand by studying lots of pictures from the movies and also looking at other peoples builds both from kits and freehand. I like to keep the cost of my builds as low as possible (so does my wife!). So I always try and use things I have laying around the house. The main body of the build is as I said foam, but I had to get inventive with some pieces. My main go to for other parts on my builds are always knitting needles and wood dowel, superglue lids, empty till/cash/debit receipt rolls both plastic and cardboard, and electrical connectors. I also used some rivets for this build, I filled them done and used them as hydraulic parts on the wings of Slave-1. The one real tricky part was making the canopy, I tried making it out of foam and it looked ok but it didn’t look great. I have no way of vacuum forming anything so I hunted around trying to find a clear plastic bottle with just the right curve. I was able to find a no name brand of pop/soda that was pretty close. I used a no name brand because most main brand pop/soda bottles have a ridge on them that was in the way. I also struggled with the positioning of the cockpit as I know lots of people do. So I used a little bit of artistic license with that. I was going to attempt the full underneath i.e the engines and stuff but I thought it would be cool to do a complete diorama so I set about making the landing platform. It is not suppose to be Bespin or Kamino it is a combination of the two and again some artistic licensing. The platform is again mostly EVA foam tiles the supports underneath are large till/debit receipt plastic rolls. I did have to make the supports for the wall out of wood simply because the foam would not hold its shape and started to bend. But all in all this build is 98% foam. I use Krylon spray paints and acrylic craft paints to paint all my builds. The Boba Fett figure is a mini figure that came free with the Saga line of Star Wars figures they came in blue and red and were like little hologram figures. I just painted it up.
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