QUOTE (Jesse James @ Mar 27 2008, 01:43 AM)
I'd like to see an update on this too... It's outstanding looking thus far and unmatched IMO by other gun towers out there. It just looks massive and like it might fall in line with the smaller towers seen in ANH and ROTJ so it's actually to-scale...
It'll be a real cool centerpiece to a display. Put a couple TIE's on acrylyc stands near it like they're doing a flyby. That'd be great.
Was the wood skeleton for the set necessary or just desired? I was thinking this wouldn't require that kind of support really.
The TIEs would be a cool idea, didn't think of that.
Wood was used for a few reasons. When I started building it I wasn't sure what kind of support I would need. I wasn't sure how much weight, if any, I was going to put on top of it. Another reason is that I work with wood so I'm more familiar with it's stability than working with thick styrene. I have read of occasions where people had buckling problems with styrene and had to go in and use supports after they were pretty far along in construction. Styrene can also be REALLY expensive the thicker it gets. Although, I have to admit I am tempted to do a small tower in styrene soon. The reason I continued with wood for the upper section is because I had pieces laying around and it takes only a few minutes on my saw to get the frame up. The drawback is that this thing is like a piece of furniture. It's heavy, especially the base. But, it's sturdy and will not bust if it's knocked. Maybe a few little details might come off but it's a beast.