There’s no Replacing the Falcon…

UCS Eravana, by Forgotten Days, on Flickr


… but the Eravana is still a really nice ship in its own right. The design of the ship is not a bit about aesthetics and all about functionality. It’s just there to move cargo and doesn’t need fancy engines, decent protection or even a real cockpit. Just forget about magnetic shielding of the hangar bay, and don’t worry about covering up all of the pipes. All the Eravana needs is a lot of space and a rough frame to handle the wonderfully structured mess of cargo.

Forgotten Days‘ creation above captures the ship’s identity remarkably well. It definitely looks huge. The creation is already a SHIP to begin with, and the creator made sure to draw your eye to the cargo that comes in clear chunks and gives you something to compare the size of the ship to. If you’re paying close attention, the lovely tiny red ship about to make an unannounced visit to the vessel makes it look even bigger. There are big flat sections with way less detailing than others emphasizing that the size of that volume is the only thing that matters. Building something big and bulky is something most of us can if we can get our hands on enough bricks. What makes this creation unique though, is how it looks o so fragile at the same time. None of the greebles seem securely attached: they are only attached by one clip or so and almost seem as if they could float away at any moment. There are spindly pieces sticking out, waiting to break off. There are twisted tubes. There are gaps here and there and bricks that don’t sit entirely flat like the black grills on the side. Some corners are beautifully rounded, others might have had an accident. There are exposed studs everywhere. They seem to suggest there was something there that is long gone. Even the two big frames of cargo seem dislodged and don’t sit perfectly on top of eachother. Most of us can build something big and bulky, but Forgotten Days manages to let every piece say something about the identity of the ship so that we get to know and love it almost as much as the Falcon. I’ll leave you two on your own in the photostream


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