As a kid, I was satisfied with a Kenner land speeder, and tie-fighter for my action figures. However, as I’ve grown older, the desire to have life-size prop replicas and camera ready pieces moves closer to the forefront. In a new Tested episode, Norm goes to the Replica Prop Forum get together to check out a highly detailed replica of the Star Wars TIE Bomber seen in The Empire Strikes Back.

At the recent Replica Prop Forum project showcase, we met visual effects modelmaker Jonathan Faber, who brought his scratch-built studio scale TIE Bomber. This model is an exacting replica of the filming miniature used in The Empire Strikes Back, including the greeblies sourced from WWII and rocket kits like the ones used by ILM’s modelmakers. Plus, Jonathan shows us his newest project, a cross-section miniature!

I wish I had the time and patience to make things like these. The last model I built is still glued to the dining room table at my parent’s house.

The replica in the video looks totally awesome and something all model makers to aspire to.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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1 Comment

  1. Alisha
    August 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    “I wish I had the time and patience to make things like these. The last model I built is still glued to the dining room table at my parent’s house. ”

    For me, my last model… Well, I got bored about halfway through and started “improving” it by hot gluing weapons and stuff to it. It kinda looks like something you might see in a “Mad Max” movie.

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