The Imperial Auctions were held at various planets in the Outer Rim, since the Core Worlds were not interested in any items used by the traitorous Jedi. Unfortunately for the Empire, no ships sold were ever traced back to Jedi Knights. A lot of the ships were sold to pirates and gangsters, making for excellent combat practice for Imperial TIE fighter pilots.
The idea for the model came from watching commercials auctioning off repossessed houses. I figured there must be additional ETA-2 Interceptors, even versions of Anakin Skywalker’s ship, in the Jedi Temple after the destruction of the Jedi Order. Why throw away assets when they can be sold for profit?
The model is an AMT/ERTL Jedi Starfighter, made to represent Anakin Skywalker’s yellow starfighter. A scratchbuilt targeting computer uses a picture of the device shrunk down and glued to the plastic. The landing gear was a mix of gear from a SW snowspeeder (front legs) and a ST Romulan Scorpion model (back leg). The Twi’lek “Vanna White” is a modified swimsuit figure from a 1/24 scale car accessory kit. She sports an outfit made from aluminum foil. The Imperial Auction sign was constructed from the exhaust nozzle of a 1/32 scale F-16 and a STAP laser barrel. The auction advertisement (which came out rather poorly in the photos) was made from pictures found on the Internet. The bombs were extra ammunition generously provided from the same 1/32 scale F-16 model.
Image: Larger view of the top image
Image: Fighter's cockpit
Image: From the right
Image: Targeting computer
Image: Looking down