by Chris Griffith
This is a ship designed by the same manufacturer as the YT-1300f, or the Millennium Falcon, as seen in Star Wars. The Corellian Engineering Corporation created more designs for ships than any other manufacturer combined. This design, originally a small freighter, was the predecessor of the competing design of the YT-1300 series, which out sold and ultimately was the demise of the GlassDragon's line, the PB-4200e or PB-4200 series.
The GlassDragon was specially outfitted as a private shuttle of Draymen Goruus, a privateer of Tatooine, who, along with being a great businessman, held special rank with the Hutts. His ship boasted a faster- than-light drive, and special maneuvering thrusters along with upgraded shields and armor.
My goal for this model was to design and build a model that would seamlessly blend into the Star Wars Universe without being noticed as out of place. I have a strict code of ethics that prevents me from “designing” around the parts of another model, or simply “building” a model from a convenient arrangement of parts. My designs are deliberately chosen from a few tiny sketches, drawn, and then built. So, I began with, one of the drawings which I refined into a believable design that I could in fact replicate given my, then, current skill level. Since building this model I have come to note the importance of designing something that can be built using relatively simple techniques. Extra care can be focused on the detail, and not the structure of the model.
The materials used are extensive, but limited to: plywood (as Base), extruded PVC (in the form of salvaged blinds), sheet styrene, any small plastic part (in whole or part, used as detail), aluminum pipettes, Super Glue, expanding foam, and Evercoat Polyester Spot Glazing Putty.
To put the model together I used ¾ inch plywood as a base, ribbed with eighth inch plywood, and then skinned with styrene.