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Colin Cantwell, Original Designer of the X-Wing and Death Star Models, Dies at 90

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, May 22, 2022.

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    Colin Cantwell, the concept artist who worked on the original Star Wars back in 1977, has died at 90 years old. His partner of 24 years, Sierra Dall, confirmed the news on the artist's website (via Fantha Tracks). Among his many iconic designs, Cantwell is credited for coming up with the models for the X-Wing, the A-Wing, the TIE fighter, the Star Destroyer, and the Death Star. He also worked on the first iteration of the ship that would go on to become the Millennium Falcon. His design for that ship, though, would become the Blockade Runner we saw in the opening scene of the original movie.



    While not very extensive, his filmography also includes iconic projects like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and his first credit ever, 2001: A Space Odyssey, for which he did special photographic effects. While A New Hope is the only Star Wars movie he worked on, it's very obvious that his work heavily inspired every ship model that came after, and his impact on the Star Wars legacy is nothing short of immortal.



    During his youth, Cantwell was diagnosed with tuberculosis and a partial retinal detachment. He revealed how he was cured during a 'Ask Me Anything' event on Reddit in 2016:



    Colin Cantwell was tasked by George Lucas himself with designing the Death Star, and he was the one who came up with the trench where Luke's heroic moment in the movie would take place. In that Reddit AMA, he said the following about how he came up with the idea of the trench:



    He is survived by his partner, Sierra Dall. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. May the Force be with him.



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    RIP Colin.
    I remember when you came here, on the Cantina. You were among us.

    Thank you for the dreams you put in our heads.
    May the Force be with you always.
     
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