falcon flight sim : updated



Ok, so while I was waiting for my Solidworks and Alias licenses to get updated, I did a little side project. A Millennium Falcon flight sim!

Well, technically it simulates the display on the dashboard console – or my imagining of it.

It has 360+ of the known planets in the Star Wars galaxy mapped in 3D space and you can fly around and explore the whole galaxy.

The little compass thingy at the bottom always points toward the center of the galaxy (it’s easy to get lost) and the planet names appear as you fly close to them.

The read-out at the top shows current heading and and speed and a bunch of other stuff – but It’s all in Aurebesh, of course. So get to translating.

The controls are:

W – dive
S – climb
A – bank left
D – bank right
Q – hyperspace (of sorts)
E – brake


Tweaked the UI quite a bit and added destination presets! Using the numbers keys (not the ones on the num pad…)

0 – Tatooine
1 – Alderaan
2 – Yavin
3 – Hoth
4 – Bespin
5 – Endor
6 – Coruscant
7 – Naboo
8 – Kamino
9 – Geonosis
minus – Utapau
equals – Mustafar
tilde – Dagobah


shifting gears

EntexRotaryTransmission.254Just thought I’d mix it up a bit and start working on some kit parts. This is the 1/5 Scale Entex transmission part that flanks either side of the mandibles. It’s a lank mark part on the ANH Flacon that didn’t make it to the ESB version – I’m guessing there wasn’t a 1/10 scale version available and thus the ESB version used the Porsche transmission.

Thanks to vfxsup64 at the RPF for the laser scan part that I’m surfacing over top of!

Sidewall Complete!

Well, I think the sidewalls are done! Published to grabCAD and free to download and start tweaking and printing. This was a lot of work – whew – but I learned a lot. There will definitely be some things that I’ll be doing differently from a workflow standpoint; things I’ll be doing different when I start to tackle the rear wall – which is up next!

Here’s a view looking toward Han’s side:


… and a view looking toward Chewie’s side:


This was probably the trickiest bit to source image for; looking up at the roof.


side walls done

Panel_Han_02dI think that’s about it for the side walls. I’ll probably do a bit of noodling on some details here and there, but the bulk of it is done. Yay!

I still have some prep-work to do before I get it up on GrabCAD – like some sexy renderings (no more purple and teal toggles) and the panels sectioned down into manageable bits, but it should be any day now. I’ll also get these on the Form1 at the same scale I was doing the seats too!

Han Panels


A little more panel work. See? That printer is motivation!

Love those purple and green toggles – not sure why Lucas didn’t do that in the first place?


Update: a bit more done this evening. Still a bit naked without the pinstripes.

first prints

first_SLA_seatsI’m having fun getting the FormLabs Form 1 printer dialed in. Funny how every printer and printing technology has it’s idiosyncrasies. But here are the first prints!

The Nav Seat is about 1 ¾” tall at 1/35 scale so these are pretty tiny. The detail help up and the stair stepping isn’t too bad. I’m curious what they will look like with a coat of paint on them.