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    Dec 19, 2016, 9:53 AM - Disneyland Death Star Model #1

    Saw it this weekend. Employees say its been on display about 2-3 weeks.

    What do we know about it? Built by folks here...?


    It's not quite studio scale (about 18" - 24" in diameter) but is on display in the Disney Launch Bay with the collection of other studio scale replicas.
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    Dec 19, 2016, 12:39 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #2

    c'mon man - you're not a newb... Pics

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    Dec 19, 2016, 1:24 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #3

    Jedi Dade said: View Post
    c'mon man - you're not a newb... Pics

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    Not hardly...

    They're at home, still on the camera card. But yeah - I took a few...
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    Dec 19, 2016, 3:31 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #4

    I thought it was 3 ft in diameter? There are actually two replicas -- one is on display at Disney World.

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    Dec 19, 2016, 4:27 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #5

    My dream scale model. Wish someone would kit it or release one.
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    Dec 19, 2016, 5:02 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #6

    star-art said: View Post
    I thought it was 3 ft in diameter? There are actually two replicas -- one is on display at Disney World.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...0177803&type=3
    Your shot is of the Florida model, right? Looks like either a stand-alone case, or at least a case you can get around. In California, it is in a case up against a wall.

    Based on how the model is displayed (in California), its hard to tell the size. But it looks a bit smaller than 36".
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    Dec 19, 2016, 5:37 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #7

    Yes, that pic is the Florida model. I was wrong, it turns out the models are not studio-scale after all. I'm told they were built to fit the available space. Anaheim is 26" OD and Orlando is 30" OD.
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    Dec 19, 2016, 5:55 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #8

    The WDW version is somewhere between 29" and 30" to be exact. Sizes were determined by size of existing display area plus availability of build components.

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    Dec 19, 2016, 6:53 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #9

    CelticWarrior said: View Post
    My dream scale model. Wish someone would kit it or release one.
    Attachment 691537 I highly recommend it-it makes a lovely dining room decoration.
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    Dec 20, 2016, 12:09 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #10

    Some pics, as hinted at...

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    Dec 20, 2016, 1:19 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #11

    I'll post more pics later
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    Dec 20, 2016, 1:50 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #12

    Did the original have the dish raised along the edge like that ? Something looks funky to me .
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    Dec 20, 2016, 5:34 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #13

    Yes it did.

    bwayne64 said: View Post
    Did the original have the dish raised along the edge like that ? Something looks funky to me .
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    Dec 20, 2016, 7:11 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #14

    I'll try to post some more pics later
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    Dec 20, 2016, 7:16 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #15

    I'd like that disco ball in my house!

    Why hasn't a reputable model company come out with nice 2-3' model of the DS yet?

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    Dec 20, 2016, 7:31 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #16

    Toadmeister said: View Post
    I'd like that disco ball in my house!


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    I can almost hear the Meco Star Wars theme now!

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    Dec 20, 2016, 8:39 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #17

    bwayne64 said: View Post
    Did the original have the dish raised along the edge like that ? Something looks funky to me .
    Which edge do you refer to?

    The basic design elements of this dish are all correct (or exist on the original), but are not quite as robust as what you see on this particular replica.

    The biggest trick with the Death Star is maintaining the illusion of scale, and if any element of the model (physical structure or finish) is too much, then it looks off. The replica dish built by Moes for the original model is too robust. My first attempt at the dish was too robust. And this one seems to be as well, though credit to the builder, as this is a smaller scale, making it all the more difficult getting it right.
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    Dec 20, 2016, 8:48 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #18

    Toadmeister said: View Post
    I'd like that disco ball in my house!

    Why hasn't a reputable model company come out with nice 2-3' model of the DS yet?

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    Two feet in diameter or smaller may find a market. But true studio scale (36" diameter) is huge. And its a sphere. Try stuffing a three foot ball in a corner. Still sticks out quite a bit! So I'm not sure how many folks would be able to purchase - and more importantly; display - a three foot sphere. Mine stays in the garage. Its too big to fit anywhere in the house.

    Beyond that though, with modern manufacturing techniques and technology, (and considering ILM created all -new digital mapping of the surface for R1), it would be a relatively easy model to make. I could easily see a half-studio scale version being mass-produced.
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    Dec 20, 2016, 8:56 AM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #19

    "Try stuffing a three foot ball in a corner..."

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    Dec 20, 2016, 12:23 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #20

    Nice, but immediately noticable both replicas are round and not oblate. The sides are almost verticle!
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    Dec 20, 2016, 12:40 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #21

    PHArchivist said: View Post
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    i have a big corner I can stick it in if your having trouble storing it
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    Dec 20, 2016, 12:50 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #22

    Robiwon said: View Post
    Nice, but immediately noticable both replicas are round and not oblate. The sides are almost verticle!
    Again speaking only from my personal experience, I'm fairly certain it is a nearly unavoidable side-effect of the manufacturing process of acrylic domes that they end up being slightly more than 180 degrees.

    They are blown into a hole from a flat sheet of acrylic, as I understand it, and a flange is left that is then cut off buy the manufacturer, in most cases leaving the dome slightly more than hemispherical.
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    Dec 20, 2016, 12:56 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #23

    They probably needed/wanted them in a hurry and supplied two sets of un-cut hemi's to some artists. Great work for what they are, don't get me wrong. It's just that if someone was going to invest that much time into a replica that was going on display they would have at least trimmed the hemi's down.
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    Dec 20, 2016, 12:59 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #24

    PHArchivist said: View Post
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    Try doing it upside down for maximum effect!

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    Dec 20, 2016, 1:00 PM - Re: Disneyland Death Star Model #25

    Bengrim09 said: View Post
    i have a big corner I can stick it in if your having trouble storing it


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