Kitbashing in Star Wars
The most famous application of kitbashing is found in Star Wars—specifically the first three
installments of the movie series—produced in the 70s and 80s. At that time, the use of computers in
film production was not as advanced as today. All spaceships were handmade by model makers on
the film set. They combined elements from different plastic model kits. Thus, they used the
“kitbashing” technique. For that reason, it was possible that the exhaust pipe from a German WWII
tank model could be repurposed on the outside of a Star Wars spaceship.
Digital Kitbashing and 3D Printing
With the advent of 3D modeling and 3D printing, kitbashing has experienced a renaissance. Instead
of combining plastic model kits to create new models, today, people combine multiple parts of 3D
models to create something new. They download various 3D models from the internet, from 3Dmodel databases and combine them to design completely new 3D models. The finished 3D model
can then be printed on a 3D printer.
Where Do You Find 3D Models for Digital Kitbashing?
The 3D models for kitbashing can be found in 3D-model databases. There are both fee-based and
free model databases.
Free 3D-Model Databases
Paid 3D-Model Databases
What Software Can Be Used for Digital Kitbashing?
For digital “kitbashing”, it is best to use 3D software to combine multiple 3D models into a new one.
It is often necessary to update the topology of the 3D models, which means updating the geometry
of the 3D models by “remeshing”. These two programs are particularly well suited for this:
It is very time-consuming to create an entirely new 3D model from scratch. Therefore, it can be
helpful to compile a library of 3D models to create new ones from existing 3D models. This digital
“kitbashing” is becoming more and more popular. The finished 3D model can then be 3D printed and
Do you need help creating a 3D model using kitbashing?
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