Crashed probe droid dispatch pod

scotthothpatrol

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I have been wanting to do a project like this for awhile taking a studio scale model and making a diorama with it. I was thinking that out of "Thousands of probe droids searching the galaxy" not all the pods successfully got their droids into action. Here is a partial build up so far. My idea is to depict the pod as it rests on a planet rusting out after many years. I like the idea of being able to create some interior detail and do some rust weathering like I see car modelers do.
 

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scotthothpatrol

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Here is the model all built up. The engine bell was scratch made using Saturn V and plaststruct parts using photos in the Chronicles book as reference. I am still not sure of the type of terrain it crashed into at the moment but I plan to make up some smaller size mini dioramas to work that out but given that the ship is still well intact I am thinking a softer terrain maybe sandy or muddy.
 

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scotthothpatrol

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Here is an update. I decided to go with a light colored landscape with some water puddles and shrubs as the small study dio depicts. The ship was first painted using various rust shades with Tamiya and using a lot of speckling technique. Then it was sealed with dullcoat , hairsprayed, and airbrushed with Archive X. After chipping I wend back with some rust speckling. I have these AK crackle effects I have been wanting to use as the crackle adds a lot of interest to the ground. Next will be painting the base and weathering the pod. Thank for all the likes.
 

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scotthothpatrol

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Here is the final diorama. Much of the weathering and ground work was done with Mig splashes range Dry Earth and Loose Ground.
 

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Bjorn

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Outstanding! It totally works.

Great concept and execution. I love the patina colour on the hull and the cracking of the terrain.

Awesome!
 

Studio Kitbash

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At the risk of sounding oxymoronic: that is a beautiful and totally realistic display you've created, and it has perfect plausibility in all respects "other" than being set in a fictional universe!

Really nicely done, and a superb job of tying all the elements together into a singular whole.
 

scotthothpatrol

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At the risk of sounding oxymoronic: that is a beautiful and totally realistic display you've created, and it has perfect plausibility in all respects "other" than being set in a fictional universe!

Really nicely done, and a superb job of tying all the elements together into a singular whole.
Thanks alot. I tried to put a lot of thought into how these pods function in terms of landing on a planet and allowing the droid out. In the film it hits vertically and gets destroyed even in snow I guess. I thought this one came in at a very shallow angle which preserves the ship and allows it to be modeled and weathered. I also have an idea of taking just the head from the ESB At-st and doing something with that.
 

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