Hi everyone and yes, I know I'm late to the party. Since I heard so much about AD-1 I decided to take a look at the things he has done on YouTube and I'm utterly and deeply impressed.
"Do or do not...There is no try" Well, Adywan did while Lucas only tried. When I saw the things he did, I became uncertain of myself. Didn't I like he Special Editions because of the changes or didn't I like the S.E. because it was such a half-assed job that lacked the most important thing Adywan repeatedly expressed: passion for the material!
Also listened to the radio interview and Adywan came across as an incredibly nice, humorous, modest and common sensical person I for one hope to be able one day to meet in person and buy him a drink or a couple of these.
When I saw the NEW HOPE escape from Tatooine clip I almost fainted: He did take the only (!) shot of the NEW HOPE Star Destroyer (Vader's Devastator) from above (from EMPIRE) and re-inserted it into NEW HOPE, so even the model miniature is correct at this "point in time".
But there are also two items I noticed I wanted to mention:
I don't think there was ever anything wrong with the "first catch of the day" Star Destroyer bridge. It was filmed on the port side section of the Star Destroyer bridge set to create the illusion of a "flat" bridge (none of the model miniatures at this time had protruding bridge balconies) and this is the NEW HOPE model miniature.
I believe in diversity, can imagine different types of Star Destroyer's and bridge layouts (not to forget the Devastator, "my" ship).
The other thing was Needa's shuttle. Some friends of mine in the kitbashing community are currently trying to get to its basic design (angled-out wings) and it's another variation (huzza, finally another imperial OT vessel!) which has now turned into just another Lambda Class shuttle.
I would be most curious how Adywan intends to solve the riddle with the Executor bridge (I have a copy of the original set blueprint, hopefully this one shows up in Rinzler's blueprints). The studio set was used no less than three times to simulate different sections of the Star Destroyer (plus the one mentioned earlier):
1. Forward Bridge with windowed balcony
2. Communication station ("Apology accepted" - instrument panel near port station / catch-of-the-day captain now replaced by bulkhead door)
3. Aft Bridge ("My Lord, we have them" - port windows wall has moved to background as has holopod, angled in position to suggest outer hull at stern section of conning tower).
Just my two cents for what it's worth, AD-1, keep up your great work, mate!