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The Millennium Falcon

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The Cockpit

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If I was making a diorama, then I would sculpt chairs for the cockpit, and reposition some minis so they were sitting in them. But I am making wargame terrain,for upright minis on 27mm bases. I envision scenarios where the falcon can only take off once 2 figures are in the cockpit to fly the ship. So essentially I am going to make a movement tray to fit in the cockpit.

The new floor of the cockpit is cut out of hardboard.The new floor of the cockpit is cut out of hardboard.
Shaped to fit...Shaped to fit...
Holes for the miniatures based are drilled out with a 25mm drill. Unfortunately Legion infantry bases are 27mm, so I have to make the holes bigger with a half round wood file.Holes for the miniatures based are drilled out with a 25mm drill. Unfortunately Legion infantry bases are 27mm, so I have to make the holes bigger with a half round wood file.
The original toy's  dashboard is now way too big...The original toy's dashboard is now way too big...
...so has to be cut down in size, making sure the top of the cockpit will still close....so has to be cut down in size, making sure the top of the cockpit will still close.
Pretty happy with this so far. An arch made from 3 layers of greyboard is glued in at the back, to make the doorway into the cockpit.Pretty happy with this so far. An arch made from 3 layers of greyboard is glued in at the back, to make the doorway into the cockpit.

Using the same technique I used earlier, I create a flat floor for the corridor to the cockpit and a step down to get to the central corridor. A frame made of grey card is glued in place, filled with lightweight filler, then topped with more Grey card.

The inside of the cockpit is primed blavk, Drybrushed mid-grey, then a few quick details added – a brown steering wheel, red and green indicators on The dashboard. The detailing is nowhere near finished, but I’ve got the structure of the cockpit in place. A bit more painting is done on the cockpit cannopy – bare plastic was left where I had to protect the clear perspex with masking tape when priming the rest of the hull.

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