Star Wars diorama building - a novel idea?

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gonk27

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Hi all

There's a model making project I've had bubbling away at the back of mind for some time and I wondered if anyone's done anything similar before? if so please PM me!!
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When I get time I'm going to make a Star Wars diorama, probably to 4" action figure scale, most likely a Tatooine street or Lars Homestead scene. BUT here's the twist, I want to make a model of an actual FILMING SET (or at least my interpretation of a Star Wars set, maybe for a "scene cut from the OT", or a prequel set with lots of easy-to-make Blue Screen).
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So although I want the texture and detail of the model to be as realistic as I can get it I also want to be able to look at the reverse side and see all the miniature wooden joists, scaffolding, lighting cables, equipment trunks, blue and green screens even model film cameras on tripods, crew & actors, monitors, folding 'director chairs' and lights!!!! Quite an undertaking and I'm not sure what degree of detail I'll want to go to
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A sort of cross between a real filming miniature, and a set maquette that an art department might show a director.. make sense?

I could use blue silk or some other thin fabric to represent blue screens glued onto balsa frames; disguise halogen bulbs to make sound stage lights (which would actually illuminate the model); use kit parts to make the Tunisian location junk piles; balsa sheet for the plywood flats making the set (textured with plaster); balsa rod and strip for timber 2x4's and 'something' for steel scaffolding?? All contained in a three walled MDF box suggesting the sound stage itself!

I suppose the beauty is that you needn't get bogged down with building too much - I could even make a very small section of a set to start with, reasoning that it's a model of a Partial Star Wars set, and have the rest as Blue or Green Screen, therefore you have less area to make and detail
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I'll probably cannibalize generic action figures of the right scale for cast and crew, and design my own speeders and droid props! Something like this was done at C2 wasn't it??


I was inspired by a beautiful minature I saw in a museum once that portrayed the making of an early silent Hollywood film, it wasn't all that big but it was exquisitely made, and all painted black and white too which was a nice touch given the subject matter!


Might be a pipe dream until I find the time though
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Jeremy
 

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TomSpinaDesigns

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sounds like a pretty cool idea. I've always loved the look of the Sandcrawler set... gets about so high and then POOF... nothing! Just some scaffolding
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Maybe a set with the sandcrawler accross from the Lars homestead during the droid sale?
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gonk27

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Great idea Tom, thanks for that!
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I'm thinking about starting small to begin with (couple of smaller Mos Eisley buildings and shop facades) to see how it goes, then expanding until I run out of space for the model!

The domed homestead entrance would be nice and small but by my very rough reckoning (and I haven't done the maths yet) I might only have space for half a sandcrawler. Perhaps I'll do one tank-tread wheel section and the rest can be blue screen which sounds like all you'd get anyway if they made that set today
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Jeremy
 

gonk27

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Great idea Jason!
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Actually I've made two Death Star wall panel models in styrene but to get the detail in there I decided to increase the size to 12" action figure scale (just too fiddly in 4" scale!) they just need finishing off.

I was going to make a hard negative mould of these and vac form into that to produce miniature versions of the full size vac formed bits of set to make at least part of the ANH control room set, if not the whole thing.


I think I'll try a smaller 4" scale representation of a exterior set in a sound stage first though!

Jeremy
 

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gonk27

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Yeah that's the sort of thing! thanks for the link Jase
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I remember Kelly when I used to visit the R2 builders group, he's done some amazing droid work.

Jeremy
 
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