Screen-Matched Star Wars X-Wing Model

Once thought lost for over 40 years, one of the most iconic models in cinema history has been found. Four X-wing hero models -- detailed, large-scale models for close-ups -- were made for the final battle against the Death Star in Star Wars. The 1:24 scale model for Red One, flown by Garvin Dreis, was presumed lost until it resurfaced in the collection of Hollywood model maker Greg Jein. Identified by the red stripes at the back of its two top s-foils, the model played the roles of Red Leader, Wedge's Red Two, and Luke Skywalker's Red Five. The model has lights for its four wing-mounted cannons and servos that control the position of the wings, moving from closed to the x position. Believed lost during Lucasfilm's move from the San Fernando Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area not long after the release of A New Hope in 1978, it is believed that only one other X-wing hero model is known to have survived: Red Three, flown by Biggs Darklighter in the film. The model goes to auction via Heritage Auctions in October.

Photos: Heritage Auctions

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