I hope the title explains it all.
I was feeling nostalgic for building a big playset piece for myself, so between Cardboard Galaxy work I have been tinkering with a side diorama/playset project just for me. The inspiration for what it would be came from discussion here on the board a while back where we were trying to figure out what a HasLab Death Star could look like. I became quite enamored with the idea of a hugely upscaled and more detailed version of the Micro Death Star World from 1982. I've been building Death Star dioramas in one form or another since 2003, and I decided I would build a mock-up of the idea because a picture is a worth a thousand words, so surely a 3D diorama must be worth several million of 'em.
I started the project at the new year, and I have been keeping a log of it every week on the Cardboard Galaxy FB page just to keep myself honest about progress and by doing so, ensure progress was ongoing. This week is the watershed moment when the thing is really starting to take shape, so now is the time to start a genuine thread for it.
I have assembled the skeleton of the "Death Star Escape" tower-side of the playset.
Here is a comparison of the dimensions of my version versus its inspiration. As I said, I am trying to walk a fine line between faithfulness to the original and more screen accurate display spaces.
The outside wall will get more dimension as I go. The cannon's blast door/window (and the small blast door on the first floor) will get thicker to represent the multilayered look in the movies, and when that happens up top I will have the wall angle out midway through level two like it does in the micro version.
Also, one of the most fun things I have realized in working this model up is that the back sides of both parts go together to make half of the hangar bay where the Falcon is captured. So I will lean into those details on that side to make it a great backdrop for the BMF to park in front of as well. My initial guess are that this thing will wind up being 4 to 5 feet long (depending on how the chasm area comes together) and 18" tall so it will certainly hold its own against the ship!
One of the harder-fought decisions I made was not to include the secondary elevator shaft on this piece. Instead of it I will be doing a chunk of chasm wall to sit between the two halves and give that space a little more definition than it had on the '82 version. The elevator for this piece will be the large circular tower that is a part of the "Death Star Trash Compactor" side of the playset.
There is still a long way to go on the project, but I was excited to show something of it off (now that there is something to show!)
Thanks for looking!