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Star Wars - Action-IV Transport

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This is a SketchUp model of a Corellian Engineering Corporation (CEC) Action-IV Bulk Transport from the Expanded Star Wars Universe.

CEC's Action-class transports were considered the workhorses of the galaxy, and the enormous Action-IV was among the most popular in the series known for their reliability, adaptability, and long-lasting service career. Although CEC ceased production of the IV decades before the fall of the Old Republic in favor of newer designs, the IV remained in production by various licensed and knock-off shipyards throughout the galaxy. The ship is designed to transport various types of cargoes in multiple configurations and can accommodate dozens of passengers as well. It can even land planetside; a major feat not shared with many other bulk freighters its size. It also has a hangar bay allowing it to carry a small shuttle or a few starfighters. The ships were used by both the Imperial Navy and Rebel Alliance during the Empire to carry munitions, troops and vital supplies.

The Action-IV was designed by Rob Caswell rob-caswell.deviantart.com/ for West End Games back in 1990. Since then it has appeared in various SW tech manuals, role-playing sourcebooks and video games over the years.  I based the design on the scratch-built model here: www.modelermagic.com/?p=52421

I didn't make the background image, just the ship.

You can view/download the model here: 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model…

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The Action IV is ©1990 West End Games and Lucasfilm Ltd. the latter now a subsidiary of Walt Disney Corporation - all rights reserved.

This image and the 3d model were created as fan art which is ©2014 JayThurman. This means I own the copyright to this derivative work. However, I have released it under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial Share Alike 3.0 License which means you can use the 3d model for whatever you want, even modify it, or print a 3d model of it, as long as it's for personal use and you do not sell it for profit in any manner. If you publicly share a derivative work made using this image and/or the 3d model, you agree to release it under this same license and give me, JayThurman, written credit for the work I did somewhere within a description plus a URL link back to this webpage. If you do not do these simple things I will consider it theft of my artwork and will take legal action if necessary.
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Darkton93's avatar
Darkton93Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really miss these older EU ships. They fit in so nicely with the aesthetic of the film series.
Kantorock's avatar
Talk about an unusual color scheme for a dime-a-dozen freighter. I guess its owner wanted to make sure his/her transport stood out.
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ShadowstateHobbyist Digital Artist
yeah the "baby blue" color was similar to the custom made model I linked to in the description. There are no textures here, just default colors so it really stands out. I do have the weathered-down textured version of the ship in my gallery as well.
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Spike-McFinnHobbyist Traditional Artist
The last time I'd read about this ship, Talon Karrde was using it to rescue Jedi students and their teachers on Yavin Four. He was part of the Smugglers' Alliance, which helped the New Republic in The Last Command's big space battle.
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RobCaswellProfessional General Artist
Hey, COOL! It's neat to see someone do it in a color scheme other than "rust". You did generally good on the shape, though there are some surfaces and details I'd recommend tweaking ;)  As you probably know the original design spec from West End called for me to design an Imperial Fleet Replenishment Vehicle, which would then have been captured and potentially repurposed by Rebel PCs. A key part of it's intended role were two swing-out umbilical arms - one on each side. They would be used for liquid replenishing/refueling. If you look at my original side view, it's the long "pipe-like" structure that runs along the mid-section, halfway down. But this detail never made it into the text or illustration, as far as I know.

It's interesting to see how every illustrator tweaks the design in a slightly different way ;)  It's alive!!!!!!!
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ShadowstateHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Rob, I'm honroed that you like my take on your design.  I have "rust red" going on for a couple of my models already - like the Nebulon Ranger and the Moldy Crow - so going blue on this was a change for me as well. I went by the model kit as a guide for my 3d build and went with the same color scheme.

That's interesting about the swing out replenishing arms - did you have a function planned for all the ship's parts? For instance the "handle bar" in the middle, the Essential Guide to Spaceship says it was the crew compartments but to me it looked more like a reactor system or maybe part of the hyperdrive system.

An idea I had to for the "beak" at the front was that the Action IV could dock nose first to a mining platform - inside the beak was a conveyor for raw materials that could dump them into hoppers which could be accessed where those seven door-like structures are in the middle.
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RobCaswellProfessional General Artist
Sorry for the late reply. I got overwhelmed. I wouldn't say that I had a design in mind for every nut and bolt, but I did have a general layout and function in mind. The "handle" was never intended to be habitable space. It was just an electromechanical trunk structure - a big conduit - and maybe also a structural support member. I always pictured the bridge to be above the "dome" hanging below the front. As for the beak, I had no plans. But again, the original function of the design (per the spec I worked from) was a fleet replenishment vessel. So I'm not sure how much it'd be used for things like transporting bulk ore.
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OrionShipworksHobbyist General Artist
I was inspired by this design to make a Galactic Parcel Express interstellar freighter using the Spore editor:
orionshipworks.deviantart.com/…
JDunk1971's avatar
Very nice work; its looks like a production still for an anime-version of Timothy Zahn's novels.
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ShadowstateHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, SketchUp's built in renderer creates sort of creates a cell-shading, reminiscent of some of the 3d you see in shows like Family Guy and Futurama. Always wondered if those shows use SketchUp in their production.
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ShadowstateHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but I don't think that ship is exactly the same, looks bigger on the back end and doesn't have visible engines sticking out. Definitely influenced by the design though. 
ben4321's avatar
could be the predecessor model, given the UTC difference perhaps Action-I- or Action-II-Transport
34A7B's avatar
Came for Star Wars, Faved for the details.
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ShadowstateHobbyist Digital Artist
I try and add as much detail as I can, to the point of getting sick of working on it :) That's when I know it's time to post it.
34A7B's avatar
Much to our delight!
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OrionShipworksHobbyist General Artist
Nice looking ship! Interesting design.
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ShadowstateHobbyist Digital Artist
Artist Rob Caswell originally came up with the design, I just made a 3d model of it - I particularly like the "handle bar" at the top, you could carry it around.
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OrionShipworksHobbyist General Artist
I'll  have to make something sort of like this in Spore. Yes, that "handle bar" is an interesting feature. I can image that feature being even more distinctive, like with moving lights. My KU-79 spacecraft has a mid-section with moving lights. I could easily stretch that "engine" and use it for the "handle bar".
FYI:
orionshipworks.deviantart.com/…
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PINARCIProfessional Digital Artist
Beautifully done
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ShadowstateHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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