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Help Support Rancho Obi-Wan’s Mission of Inspiration for Every Generation

Here’s a message from our friends over at Rancho Obi-Wan:

Inspiration for Every Generation

Last year’s build-up to The Force Awakens took us many places. We saw lots of old friends and met many new ones. Today we’d like to tell you all about what’s up this year–our fifth anniversary!

We have two collection installations that you can currently view:

  • “Eye of the Collector” at The Perot Museum in Dallas can be seen through Labor Day. Enjoy a sampling of the items found here at ROW as well as many other diverse collections like PEZ, Dallas Cowboys and fossils.
  • Copperfield’s in Petaluma has a small selection of unusual Star Wars books from ROW displayed in one window.
Our free school-tour program has tripled now that we have docents who are expanding our ability to serve the increasing number of young people embracing Star Wars fandom. We have recently inspired groups from local middle and high schools, universities, homeschoolers and continuing education programs.
Please partner with us to continue these endeavors as we use the collection at Rancho Obi-Wan to serve the public and inspire the world.
Announcing our spring 2016 fundraiser:
Inspiration for Every Generation
You can join with Rancho Obi-Wan to fulfill our mission to inspire creativity for generations to come! Even a small donation helps fund:
  • the operation of the museum
  • the protection and documentation of the collection
  • free educational tours for schools
  • donated tours to other charities for their fundraisers
  • traveling exhibits of specially curated objects

Every donation of $45 or more receives a one-year membership to Rancho Obi-Wan and a special thank you gift. This year’s membership patch features art by Daniel Bergren.

Rancho Recruiter continues–refer a friend or Become a Fundraiser with your own official Rancho Obi-Wan fundraiser page and share with your office, Facebook friends, or family.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 6-10PM PT
LIVE PODCAST FUNDRAISER @ WWW.RANCHOOBIWAN.ORG
 

Listen to a live podcast fundraiser to benefit Rancho Obi-Wan hosted by Jimmy “Mac” McInerney of Rebel Force Radio and Steve Sansweet.  Special guests from the Star Wars world and beyond will be coming to you direct from Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, CA. You won’t want to miss the fun!

Listen Live at www.ranchoobiwan.org and www.rebelforceradio.com
Submit questions for Jimmy Mac, Steve or anyone at ROW by April 27 10pm PT
 
 

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 5:30-8:30PM
“STAR WARS DAY: THE PREQUEL”
FUNDRAISER @ LAGUNITAS TAPROOM
1280 N. McDowell Blvd in Petaluma, CA. See Jabba the Hutt and costumed characters! This family-friendly event includes a raffle, door prizes, kids’ costume contest, and Roy’s Chicago Dogs available for purchase (as well as great Lagunitas refreshments for the adults). Silent auction contributions from Brian’s Comics,Comic ImagesEntertainment EarthFunko,Kotobukiya, artist Michael O’Shields, and Santa Cruz Skateboards.
$20 cover for adults. Purchase tickets online at
donate.ranchoobiwan.org/lagunitas2016

Limited number of tickets available at the door.
*OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT RANCHO OBI-WAN
AS ALWAYS, YOU HAVE OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE FOR
YOUR PARTNERSHIP AND SUPPORT IN INSPIRING THROUGH THE FORCE!

The Force Awakens: Act I- TWL #179

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason continue their Act-by-Act breakdown of the Star Wars saga by looking at Act I of The Force Awakens!

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Living a Star Wars Lifestyle with Chris Pirillo- CCC Ep. 047

On this episode Michael is Joined by content creator Chris Pirillo.

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We discuss his unboxing for Lucasfilm on Force Friday, what he thinks of Rogue One, Star Wars collecting, his daughter Jedi, and over all living a Star Wars lifestyle.

 

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A Trooper’s Point of View – Building a TIE Fighter Pilot Part 2

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Previously, we discussed the basics of trimming the armor kit.  This time, we are getting into more of the fun stuff.  Now I’m beginning to assemble pieces and it’s actually starting to take shape.

I have to admit that my anxiety around this build has been pretty high.  I think it’s two-fold.  First, I gave myself such a short time frame to get this kit to be wearable.  Second, I haven’t been able to locate as much in the way of tutorials as I have for previous projects so I’ve been having to figure a lot of it out on my own.  This isn’t a very hard build, but it’s been stressing me way out and I am constantly in fear of screwing it up.  While a few pieces have not turned out exactly the way I wanted them to be, there isn’t anything that is beyond fixing.

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After cutting the pieces to the correct sizing, you have to sand the edges smooth.  Most of your time working on armor is either spent sanding or waiting for glue or paint to dry.  Measure, compare to your reference, measure again, cut, sand, sand, sand, sand, sand, sand and sand some more.  Then you get to line up the pieces and glue them.  You will need to clamp the pieces while the glue cures.  Depending on the piece, you may need to get creative with how you clamp it by using magnets or even tape in addition to the regular clamps.

For glues, I like to use E6000 on most pieces.  It’s an industrial strength adhesive, but when it dries it has a little bit of a rubbery flex to it which can be very helpful in certain areas.  Unfortunately, it also takes approximately 24 hours to cure, which means once you get glue on your pieces you have to let them sit for at least a day.  That is one thing that can slow down the process.  Some people swear by CA glue (think really hard-core superglue) or using epoxies.  I tried CA glue when I first got my original Stormtrooper kit, but I didn’t like it and I ended up redoing almost everything I had glued.  Epoxies are great for some parts, but I don’t like that most of them make a permanent bond.  E6000, for good or for bad, can be undone by extreme temperatures.  I learned that the hard way when I stored my armor in my car during a con in the winter.

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Painting the greeblies

The 501st Legion is a great community of people.  Unfortunately for me, I was spoiled when I was working on my Stormtrooper and Sandtrooper armor because these are among the most common armor types and there is a wealth of information and various tutorials to follow.  However, the TIE pilot community is smaller and since there is less armor involved, a lot of the armor makers offer to sell it already assembled.  Thus, there are fewer tutorials to follow.  This is part of the reason I always try to document everything I’m doing.  It helps to show my progress and to give others a guide to follow.  Obviously here, I’m just giving a highlights and overview.

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My deadline is fast approaching.  I want to have it wearable by this Saturday.  Yes, this whole process for me has been done under pressure and with an unrealistic timeline.  I feel confident that I have some of the major pieces finished and some of the hardest work is now behind me.  Now it’s just a matter of getting all the separate assembled pieces together to create a cohesive whole.

Analysis of the Rogue One Teaser – SWR #218

This week, it’s Mark and Riley on the Rogue One Trailer, Daisy Ridley hints at Ep. 8 and more!

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