Lee Ralph – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Welding Droid Replica Miniatures COMPLETED!

Here I present my recently finished welding droids. Two models, that were illustrated into a story board and built at ILM. Both never made the movie, and I’m not sure if they were ever filmed at all.

After a long time of viewing the originals from the Propstore auction some years back, I decided to create my own. Both are built from all the original parts used on the Miniatures, the smaller droid using an MPC Darth Vader helmet for its basis.

The scout droid however was more of a challenge, as the original, was based around the head of the ROTJ Biker Scout puppet. Not something you can obtain very easily. I did however scratch build my own helmet, and although not perfect in every way, it’s made building this cute little prop possible for me.

Both are finished in Archive-X enamels, as its wonderful to have an abundant resource of quality period paint to make the job easier. Weathering is a mix of enamel washes, and Liquitex black ink, brushed on and set to create that wonderful repelled water effect on the Miniatures. Liquitex inks were used by ILM, and this was the only solution to this effect.

Thanks for looking.

Lee Ralph
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