Hey, SpectreOne! I haven't been on in a while. I see you did some more work on the Ghost. Looks fantastic!Sooo... any updates? This project is so mind-boggling fantastic, it has to continue
Nice idea, that could work. Thanks Utinniii!I'm glad to see you haven't given up on this.
I was thinking of your DS recently. My work was throwing out a revolving display stand. I rescued the base in case I ever build a spherical diorama. It is basically a Lazy Susan for Deathstars. It has industrial wheels on the bottom and is sturdy as heck.
I was also thinking of your trash problem. What if you were to take a black balloon or rubber/stretchy sheet and attach your diaonga to the center of it. Attach the sides to the floor of the compactor so when the head is pulled down, the foam doesn't fall through. Then you could have smaller pieces of foam.
It's great to be back, and thank you!Welcome back! I kept hoping to see an update.
Thank you, lol. To be mentioned in the same sentence as someone of izzymel's caliber is a great compliment! I hope to not disappoint!Darth_Sceptaurus, you outta double your efforts to get back on schedule before the Emperor arrives.
Seriously, this and the large scale Falcon project show the amount of dedication Star Wars customizers are willing to put into the craft. Looking forward to more updates.
It's been great getting back at it. I feel the passion coming back - finding myself thinking about it while at work and planning what I'll do next.Nice updates.
Sometimes it is nice to paint and finish off sections just so it feels like something is being accomplished. It is also exciting to see it looking more like a toy and less like a construction project.
Before you paint the second coat, there are 2 things you need to consider.
1] are you going to cut the lines in the floors?
2] are you going to hide the foam board layering (walls and floors). You can cut strips of paper to make it look like one fat piece instead of 3 pieces.
Thanks, Daigo_Bah! They've been taking up most of my time recently, and I'm hoping to be finished with most of them soon.Great job! Love the decal images!
I'm thrilled to help/inspire however possible. Thanks for saying that.
Thanks, SpectreOne! And the pleasure has been mine. I was actually just looking at your Ghost again and thinking how much better my DS would look with decals rather than the textures printed on card stock and cut out like I've been doing. Would you care to share what you use for decals (i.e. what kind of paper/printer or if you have them printed somewhere else)?This is just an incredible project! It's fun to see this coming together with each update and it's hella inspiring to say the least.
I'm pretty sure the warpage will (mostly) be gone, once you glue it all together. It's propably gonna be a nervwrecking process and there are always little unforseen glitches, but, even now it looks fantastic already. Thanks for sharing your work with us.
Yeah, I'm making myself wait until I have more full rooms finished before I put figures in it again As far as holding the stuff in place, I'm not quite sure. Though I'll probably be using a glue gun for the toughest spots, so I won't really have to worry about clamping. The trick will just be getting the glue where I need it and then getting the thing together before it turns into a disaster :wtf:It is getting to the point where I want to put figures in it.
I've pinned/clamped items so the automatically fit exactly into place. I'm not sure how easy you will be able to do that though.
Yeek. My last experience with Elmer's glue, actually the Overbridge wall, left it with terrible warpage that I'm not sure I'll be able to repair. It does have its advantages, but I've been able to do things with a glue gun I could never do with Elmer's. I'll probably never go backI almost never use a glue gun. I've found it more work than a time saver.
I'd rather use white glue and wait for it to dry.
Thanks for the ideas, Utinniii! That's definitely something to think about with the door. As far as the edges of the walls and floors, I'm not too worried about them as the plan is to cover them up eventually. I think the whole thing will look much better once that is done, and give it more support.It is really looking great!
I noticed that your blast doors have 3 tabs. If use fill the spaces in with foamboard but only glue each new piece on one side, when you press them together, they will all open at once. Visually, filling in the spaces might look better (although the spaces might be a good place to anchor the outer walls).
Alternatively, drilling a hole through all three tabs so you can place a dowel through for the times you want all 3 to open at once can also work.
EDIT: Look at the line pattern of this Death Star. What if you added notches along the edges of your floors/ceilings to mimic it. The texture might give the illusion of an outer wall.
Thank you, yodashizzle! Yeah, the marks have been a requirement, but if I could go back I would have drawn them much more lightly, as they still show in some places Oh well, first diorama, full of learning experiences! I have a folder full of notes on this thing, too. Maybe I can scan some and throw some up once in a while.This is what I love about the forums. Not only the impressive results but the inspiration and idea sharing. I look at some of these WIP photos and see not only what you did but a little bit about how you did it. It might sound a little odd but the pencil lines and notes are kind of awesome. Keep going, man.
Thanks, Muftak! Great to see you on again, haven't seen you on in a while. And congrats on your recent big Cardboard Galaxy hit! I saw your Jabba's Palace background on JTA and was actually going to get one, but they went fast! And I would say my skills are improving, but they still have a long way to go. Many things I wish I'd done differently, but just trying to make the best of what I have to work with nowHow awesome is that? I love the glimpse of how this will look with finished interiors! And your skills are certainly improving by leaps and bounds. So happy this is still in process.
I use my printer at home for most oft he stuff and plain paper (matte). The only exceptions are the computer walls of the cockpit and the computers in the common- and engine room. For them I went to my local copy shop to let them print on shiny paper. That way they catch the light and create the illusion of being computer displays. I might go back a little and do the same for some of the metal plates on the floor.Thanks, SpectreOne! And the pleasure has been mine. I was actually just looking at your Ghost again and thinking how much better my DS would look with decals rather than the textures printed on card stock and cut out like I've been doing. Would you care to share what you use for decals (i.e. what kind of paper/printer or if you have them printed somewhere else)?
Well, it looks great for home printing! Color laser printer? I just bought a black and white one for school, but will eventually be upgrading to full color.In the words of Krennic: it's beautiful The love, thought and attention of detail you are putting in this project really showes.
I use my printer at home for most oft he stuff and plain paper (matte). The only exceptions are the computer walls of the cockpit and the computers in the common- and engine room. For them I went to my local copy shop to let them print on shiny paper. That way they catch the light and create the illusion of being computer displays. I might go back a little and do the same for some of the metal plates on the floor.
Thanks, Utinniii! And yeah, I was actually just thinking about that the other day! It's been something lower down on my list, but as I get more textures completed, I've been giving more thought as to the best way to approach it.These days, it is cheaper to buy a new printer than it is to buy toner. I also mostly print from home.
That is looking really great!
Have you given any thought to the ceiling?
I would paint it matte black and then cut stripes of white foamie and space them out. Or you can print out a white/black design. If you wind up painting, then you should do it first so you don't get paint on your textures. It is also a good task when you are too tired or uninspired. Finally, it will really make your DS look finished.
At this point, I'm not sure if I would finish off individual rooms or work on blank rooms.