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filming model. They felt that this would be in-line with their goal of replicating each model as faithfully as possible.

Once this initial work was completed, the scan files were 'cleaned up'. What this means is that many of the miniatures created for the Star Wars saga look fantastic on screen, but would not stand up to intense, close-up scrutiny by hard-core collectors. Another thing to consider is that ILM often created several different models or hand props that represented one item on-screen, with each variation being specific to a particular shot, and rarely do these all match exactly. Therefore, Master Replicas makes it a policy to amalgamate these versions into a single "ideal" replica to make it better suited for display and close-up examination. MR also carefully examines each prop or model to decide which details will be replicated and exactly how this will be done. It is a difficult task and MR works in close-cooperation with the Lucasfilm representatives to make sure everyone is in agreement.

Following this logic, MR altered the scan files taken from the filming miniature accordingly. Any asymmetrical shapes were carefully corrected and the spatial forms were generally cleaned up. This was done in such a way as to not alter any specific details or geometry, but to keep everything neat and in-alignment.

ILM was famous for "kitbashing" the details on their filming models and the AT-AT was definitely no exception. "Kitbashing"

is a term that refers to the practice of using existing model kit parts to create the myriad details necessary for filming models. This saves the model makers a great deal of time, as they do not have to hand-fabricate every detail from scratch. Therefore, dozens of model kits were purchased by MR and the various parts matched against the original filming miniature for reference. MR's designers kept a "file" of these various kit parts, which were obtained from many different tanks, battleships and miscellaneous military vehicles in varying scales. MR staff also conducted interviews with several of the original ILM model makers and stop-motion animators so that a complete and thorough understanding of the models could be obtained.

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