Studio Scale Empire Strikes Back AT-ST built by Jason Eaton

Built for a client back in 2010 to resemble the actual stop motion filming model used in Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back, famed artist Jason Eaton again shows us a build that truly lets one know why he is one of the world’s finest model artists today. This piece is fantastic from it’s positioning… to it’s perfectly weathered paint job! A beautiful replica!

Here is what Jason has to say of this piece…

This is a pretty dang accurate recreation I made of the stop-motion AT-ST from The Empire Strikes Back for a client in 2010. This model, as it exists today, is stripped down to almost nothing – the remnants of the details on the head, the metal armature, and the remnants of the feet. I was lucky enough to come into a complete photo survey of the miniature taken sometime after filming, so a small group of like-minded builders dug in, and we identified all of the donor kits that are needed to build the model. This was a rough one, demanding many many donor kits, and a precise (and expensive) machined metal armature. Once painted and weathered, I mounted the model to an acrylic base, posed on one leg, as it’s weight could support the dynamic pose via a metal armature. The base has the label and ESB logo etched into the surface, and the display was finished off with an artistic application of scenic snow. In the coming year, I will build another AT-ST, for my personal collection. I plan to feature a “making of” with that build, so the reader can get a sense of what goes into making these models.

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Jason Eaton

Jason Eaton is a model builder who has spent the past fourteen years working with Star Wars license holders including Master Replicas, EFX, and Sideshow, creating paint masters and prototypes for many of the studio scale and scaled props, ships, and characters seen in the Star Wars films, and is honored to continue the work in this new era of Star Wars subjects. He has also performed this service for many other licenses and license holders such as Palisades Toys, Quantum Mechanix, Hollywood Collectibles Group, and Chronicle Collectibles, as well as the occasional private commission work for various private clients. His passion and dedication has sent him to the Skywalker Ranch archives, Tokyo Japan, and many other places, always striving to better the hobby and the work. He’s more of a builder and less of a collector, so sometimes his personal work will “leave the nest” to make way for the next hare-brained project! He also thinks speaking in the third person is weird.

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