Very rarely does this happen, where you can say “we did it” and mean it. But here we are, with an X-Wing that truly madly deeply reflects the Hero X-Wings that ILM made for Star Wars. Born from three years of hard work by myself and my friends Josh Maruska and AndrĂ© Bustanoby, as well as a few others, and born from a still-ongoing 1/12th scale X-Wing project, this could never ever have happened without the reference that was made available and ferreted out of closets and storage areas. I was given an original production made Hero shell, as well as a Pyro casting. Then just as this was nailed down and castings were being made for my builds, I was asked to restore the Pyro Master pattern, and it only helped reinforce our data. Incredible. I could talk for days and days about this model, and I have!

More on this model here and here and here and here….

It is the first build from my team’s parts, and is unique in that it is a custom mix of design elements from many different ILM liveries, and so while not true to any one filming miniature, I think it captures the spirit of the design, and my good friend Chris is the pilot. I even splayed the wings just a smidge out of “Hero” but not quite as wide as “Pyro” to get the best of both worlds. I hope you enjoy what I proudly think is the best representation of the X-Wing design since 1976.