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#4600053 - 05/22/22 10:29 PM RIP Colin Cantwell  
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This guy set the tone and basic designs for what I think are some of the coolest looking and most enduring scifi craft from the movies:

Creator of ‘Star Wars’ Death Star, X-Wing dies at 90
https://nypost.com/2022/05/22/creator-of-star-wars-death-star-x-wing-colin-cantwell-dies-at-90/

RIP, and thank you, Mr. Cantwell!


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#4600054 - 05/22/22 10:58 PM Re: RIP Colin Cantwell [Re: Arthonon]  
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RIP. Did not know that the X-Wing and the Death Star were created by the same person.


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#4600066 - 05/23/22 04:36 AM Re: RIP Colin Cantwell [Re: Arthonon]  
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An X and an O, maybe he was a romantic.


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#4600068 - 05/23/22 05:41 AM Re: RIP Colin Cantwell [Re: Arthonon]  
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More insights from this article:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/ne...ll-dead-at-90/ar-AAXB5Hd?ocid=uxbndlbing

Colin Cantwell, the concept artist behind sci-fi details in Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and War Games, has died. His longtime partner Sierra Dall confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 90. Cantwell got his start in science fact, working for years at the Jet Propulsion Lab during the space race-filled 1960’s. From his work with JPL and NASA, Cantwell moved onto film. His first project was consulting with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey. Cantwell said in a Reddit AMA that he “persuaded him not to start the movie with a 20-minute conference table discussion.” In that same Reddit AMA, Cantwell lays claim to creating the “first real color monitor for Hewlett Packard.” And yet his UI designs for War Games were mostly monochrome.

Some of Cantwell’s most enduring contributions to pop culture were the original designs for he X-Wing, A-Wing, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, & Rebel cruisers. He designed the Death Star and, as he put it, “gave it its trench.” The Death Star’s trench was actually a happy accident. As Cantwell recounted in his AMA, “I didn’t originally plan for the Death Star to have a trench, but when I was working with the mold, I noticed the two halves had shrunk at the point where they met across the middle. It would have taken a week of work just to fill and sand and re-fill this depression. So, to save me the labor, I went to George and suggested a trench.” From there, the trench run was born. Great design, kid. That was one in a million.


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#4600073 - 05/23/22 10:49 AM Re: RIP Colin Cantwell [Re: Arthonon]  
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The guy was certainly very talented and he worked on a lot of big iconic films.


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#4600121 - 05/23/22 08:27 PM Re: RIP Colin Cantwell [Re: Arthonon]  
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RIP Cantwell.

Originally Posted by Arthonon


He designed the Death Star and, as he put it, “gave it its trench.” The Death Star’s trench was actually a happy accident.


Not per this


#4600205 - 05/25/22 01:31 AM Re: RIP Colin Cantwell [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Originally Posted by NoFlyBoy
RIP Cantwell.

Originally Posted by Arthonon


He designed the Death Star and, as he put it, “gave it its trench.” The Death Star’s trench was actually a happy accident.


Not per this








#4600261 - 05/26/22 12:34 AM Re: RIP Colin Cantwell [Re: Arthonon]  
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Here's an interview he gave on Star Wars Day some years back if anyone is interested...



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