With sixteen days to go until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fan anticipation is running high, and this could be the biggest and highest-grossing film release of all time. To hype you all up further, I’d like you to feast your eyes on the work of Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki’s, whose excellent Photoshop skills have managed to bring some of the most iconic spaceships in Star Wars lore to our Earth. Lehtimäki collected a few kit models of spaceships after the first movie was shown in the late 80s, and owns one of 44 Y-wing fighters that are exact replicas of the ones used in filming the first three movies. He also has studio replicas of the Millenium Falcon and an X-wing, and hand-painted these kits over the course of weeks to make them look authentic. Hit the jump for more.
These kits haven’t been sitting assembled all this time, however. They’ve been in Lehtimäki’s garage for decades, near-priceless collector’s items that lay in pieces, some finished and most others unopened. Lehtimäki claims to have had a love for the Star Wars universe since he saw A New Hope in cinemas, and recently created a book of his work photographing his son’s LEGO Star Wars toys.
He creates the stunning images you see below by photographing the environment first, and then separately picturing the models on a smaller scale, matching up the locations and lighting to make the final images more believable. He uses baking powder to pull off the frost look, and the results are really spectacular. Check them out below, and then check out Lehtimäki’s other works on his Instagram account.