When we watch the Star Wars saga—we’re talking the original trilogy here, for clarity’s sake—the vast majority of us root for Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and, you know, the good guys. Right? But as much as we want good to triumph over evil, and peace be restored to the galaxy, we all have to admit that the Empire and the Dark Side have the coolest stuff. Darth Vader is just badass, the Emperor is creepy as hell, and Boba Fett may be the most popular character in the entire franchise. If you need any further proof of this, just take a look at these new blueprints for Boba Fett’s ship, Slave 1, and these photos of an insanely detailed model of a Star Destroyer.
Slave 1 has always looked like a giant flying iron to me. Not that it isn’t awesome, but when I was done playing Star Wars with the toy version the Mandelorian bounty hunter’s spacecraft, sometimes I pretended it could press the wrinkles out of my clothes.
If these schematics seem familiar, that’s because artist Timothy Anderson is responsible for the equally incredible blueprints of the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader’s TIE fighter, and both an X-Wing and Y-Wing fighter. Even though you know these are works of art, the mechanical precision of these images gives them an air of authority and authenticity.
And not to be outdone in the realm of painstaking attention to detail, we have this ludicrously detailed Star Destroyer model. The term model somehow doesn’t do this piece justice. Just spend a few minutes checking out these photos, and you can’t help but marvel at the minute precision and practically microscopic level of accuracy on this replica. No joke, this looks like the kind of miniature that the actual Star Wars movies used during filming, it is that intricate and exact. And just in case you were wondering, this piece, from a builder who calls himself Darth Maul, isn’t even entirely finished.
Even as a kid I never had the attention span or patience to complete even the most basic model kit. I’d snap together the body of a B-17, spackle some glue on it, and wander off to blow something up with firecrackers. That said, I’ve always been fascinated and awed by the type of personality that can, not only envision a project like this, but actually have the technical skills to pull it off.