Star Wars Bass Amp Conceptualizing
I am building a pair of combo bass amps to match the aesthetic of Star Wars.
My initial conceptualizing eventually lead me to the final design, but it was far removed from the end result.
The first CAD model looked good. I did not spend a lot of time simulating knobs or greeblies. I was told this looked like a washing machine or dishwasher, so I had to fix that. I decided to attempt a design that was reminiscent of the diner scene with Ben Kenobi in the prequels.
The vent on the left was modeled after an actual vent that I found and I think it looks too similar to the lighting in the Death Star to not use on one of the amps. I ended up making my own for the final build.
I started to also test some effects painting. I purchased an airbrush and some model paints to simulate metals, rust, and engine grease.
These were the original corner protectors and screws from teh 200-Watt base bass amp.
I wanted to, more than anything, break the look of a bass amp. I needed to figure out a way to make the control panels look like they came from neither an amp nor a washing machine. Part of this would be achieved through greeblies, but a large consideration would have to be made into how I could break up the controls to appear to have another purpose.
A lot of research and study went into the current set design within the Millennium Falcon. I enlisted the help of an art director, Jared Romero, to learn as much as we could about what was used to make the control panels for all 10 live-action films (we don't speak about the specials in this context). Jared also helped plan our final design.
In the interest of copyright, I am not posting any content here that I did not personally assist in the creation of. However, if you are interested in finding the photos I referenced, search for images on StarWars.com and look for the fans who created their own Millennium Falcon cockpits. It is impressive what they have been able to create.
Below, for fun, is a blaster that I made for Jared. It was the first place I experimented with artificial aging, and I built a custom lightsaber bayonet that actually lights up. I think this blaster is the reason I was able to convince him to help with the amps.
I will next discuss the early build process and the custom fabrication of corner bumpers.