Help me de­sign a cock­pit of a small space­ship

Corey Martins, US

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Tony replies

The orig­i­nal and pre­quel trilo­gies have a very dif­fer­ent vis­ual feel, and that’s only partly due to the decades be­tween them. More im­por­tantly, the two sto­ries they tell are dif­fer­ent. Episodes IV-VI are all about des­o­late plan­ets, prim­i­tive peo­ples and a strug­gling re­bel­lion. As such, the ships from those movies tend to look like they’ve been main­tained on a tight bud­get. Episodes I-III, on the other hand, take place largely on ad­vanced worlds, of­ten in the midst of roy­alty. Th­ese ships are more likely to be slick, pol­ished ma­chines kept in pris­tine con­di­tion.

It’s worth not­ing that the orig­i­nal X-wing cock­pits look more like old fighter planes than mod­ern jets. The films’ ships in­te­ri­ors all have far fewer but­tons, lights and gauges than your av­er­age 747. In con­trast, real-life planes have in­stru­ment pan­els busier than a shop­ping mall on Christ­mas Eve. It could be the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, the as­tromech droid, or just the fact that it’s more vis­ually ap­peal­ing, but I’ve yet to see a ship in a Star Wars prod­uct that has so many in­stru­ments.

When you’re all done putting to­gether the in­te­rior of your ship, take some time to make things look

like they’ve been thor­oughly used.

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