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Lamentation by joewight Lamentation by joewight
Pencil, ballpoint, Photoshop3

Took a break from work, alphabet, et al to do this ode to Star Wars and the dead art of kitbuilding. There are no US manufacturers of model kits anymore, but this is one I wish existed...
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful! Especially because it's traditional lineart :)
SpudaFett Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
If only...  Modelling and kit building isn't dead though.  Check out what the customizing community does with modern era toys.  Some of the conversion of hasbro's toys that people have done are simply fantastic.  Not to mention folks who can take a sheet of plastic styrene and build anything they want out of it!  

Also, with the advances in 3d printing people have begun printing their own kits through sources like shapeways....  if you really want to build models there are still plenty of options, you just have to be more crafty!
ace767 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
great job this is the best fighter of the Rebel alliance in my opinion. it's rugged deadly and it's a beauty
newtman001 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's a tasty-lookin' piece o' hardware there, m'man! The legendary Joe Wight does it again!
dbestarchitect Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
I love the Earth behind it :omg:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Great art-skills mate. Hey, since you're interested in scifi model kits: Ever heard of these guys? >> [link]

sentinel28a Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Ah, so true! If only Monogram had gotten the contract rather than MPC! (Their Darth Vader TIE Fighter was okay, though).

Huge fan of your work, BTW. Currently working on a F-14 with invasion stripes a la Twilight X.
joewight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
MPC did some ok kits, but Monogram would have tried a little harder to be accurate, I think.

Send me a note when you finish that Tomcat! I have several kits ready for a Twilight X treatment, including a gihugic 1/32 scale two-seat A-10 from Trumpeter to build the ultimate Seahog!
sentinel28a Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
I know what you mean! I wish they had a two-seat A-10 out in 1/72--that Trumpeter was just too huge!
AlmightyNabeshin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
It would indeed be awesome.
Jason-Troxell Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
especially in 32nd scale... i have the revell kit and boy oh boy talk about soft detail and CRAP fit. but its what you get.
TonyDennison Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
dude, seriously... get a date. :-)

The only "kit" you should be worried about is the "kitty- kat". *groan*
joewight Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Oh, man...that pun(^_^)!

Been there, done that, way too much to say about the whole scene, guh.

Just gimme my x-wings.
TonyDennison Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Motorfish Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Looks great Joe! Your technical art has always been very high calibur!

- Dan
dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007   Filmographer
brings back alot of rubber cement induced memories, spot on, fun idea too.
RageTH Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
They had those buggers flying about in the Clone Wars?

I can hardly find model kits I want to build anymore.
Either they can't be found, or they come in weird sizes, like way too small, or if I do want to build it, it ends up being way too expensive.

i'd love to build a really big model.
GraphicBrat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional
Wow! At the risk of sounding like a total fan-boy... could you be any more awesome?!

It still trips me out they you do all that amazing work in PS-3.
I bet you could work miracles with a box of crayons.

I’d pay to see that!
alexsanlyra Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool stuff that X-Wing! Congratz! ^_^
sabekuji-kaneda Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in awe at this pic! Great job x_x
Enka2040 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007   Artist
Slick Joe.
As always your machines are spot on.
Maybe you should start call up the model componies and start doing model boxes?

The planet is just right along with the angle of the X-wing.
It's also the little things that really bring out the piece, such as the little white glow behind the engines.
fufanu1 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The model scene is alive and still kicking but its not really "cool" enough for the new generation of kids to take up. See this site there are some really amazing models that practically look real. It also has some good photo references for doing drawings.
joewight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Thanks, I'll check that link!
nadiaromanova Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
I use to have a model kit of an X-wing. I wonder if I still have the model I made from it... I loved that thing.

~J.L. Anderson
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist
Neumatic Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm always amazed at how good your technical drawings of ships and mechanicals come out... it's always scientific and exact and real.

This looks like a wicked little box... very real graphic.
hellion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
You know what would truly rule...
Aluminum model kits.

I used to build kits when I was a kid and was always disappointed with the final product. Seemed like they weren't made out of good materials or with any sort of precision in the pieces.

Some better materials, and the power of a CNC mill... yeeesssssss.
phantom-n Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
so ture. very nice, also
Emn1ty Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Models now are either excessively complex and have far too many steps, or just don't fit together anymore. I stopped making models becuase I got so frustrated with the fact that I had to bend peices to make them fit at times... or even shave them down.
Logovanni Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional Artist
Oi. My mom has owned a hobby store since I was a kid, we had models there, and needless to say, that was one of my hobbies. *grins* Some brands are crappier than others. I've always had the best luck with the japanese and italian companies, myself. Some american brands are made poorly, and you do have to heat up and bend the plastic to get them to fit right, and use rubber bands and.. gah, it's just a mess.
joewight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
True, model kit quality is all over the place, and every company is guilty of some poor products. Japan still makes beautiful kits (along with a few turkeys), Italy same.
Now Russia and the Eastern Bloc are competing with Japan and producing some amazing kits!
There was a time when no company besides Airfix (UK) could match Monogram and Revell (US), but those days are gone.
Emn1ty Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Revell had interesting models, just not the greatest quality in keeping the sizes consistent. I think I have really only put together one or two Japanese models, but I don't remember them very well. Been too long since I made a model of something, lol.
GhostWalker707 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
It's very hard to find good models now-a-days. I had a hell of a time finding my U.S.S Defiant model
Bleza Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll second that! I'd love this model kit.
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Sadly I would have to agree with you model building is a dead art, which truly a sad thing.
Awesome work on the box cover.
The-Desert-Tiger Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw, they dont make models anymore?

then i'm glad i have a few in my closet i never got around to doing. (including the star trek U.S.S. Reliant hehe)
14-bis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
I think that this is a dead art too.
But I just bought the new y-wing from japan .
at least they still love model kits there .
Thanks for the art , its amazing , as usual..
ashigaru Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
I have to agree... my love of model building as a kid brought me to my two parallel careers. I always loved the art on the model kit boxes, and often copied/studied the art... which helped me become a freelance artist. And building model airplanes brought me to working on aircraft as an adult... including an obvious inspiration for the X-wing, the F/A-18 Hornet.

It's too bad I don't seem to have time (or space) for those subtle joys of childhood anymore.
itmon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
I miss model making myself. The model kits that I DO find to buy...I just don't remember them being as expensive THEN as they are NOW.

Nice job by the way.
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