Enhancing my Lars garage diorama, finally! (WIP and done pics!)

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Whew! An 11-year old diorama gets a revisit due to a (significant) missing detail: the Lars garage's family landspeeder. I don't know exactly why I didn't try to add it before, but it has always nagged at me, LOL. Here is a pic of the dio when first completed back in 2008; note the shallow alcove that could not accommodate a full vehicle:



Well, I still don't want a full alcove nor full-size landspeeder (shelf space and relative importance to the scene). So, I decided I will slightly deepen the alcove and make only the front half of the landspeeder. Here are a couple pics of the structure made from good quality posterboard cut carefully and folded/super-glued where necessary (the geometry of this thing was tough!):







And here she is spraypainted with a good quality darkish-blue (which looks a lot brighter here than in regular light and in shadow like in the alcove):



I have the windows spraypainted and will post pics of that soon. I expect to do the white trim detail with peel-back adhesive paper cut to the proper shapes. More soon!
 
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Diorama looks great. Can't wait to see it "finished".
 

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For a second, I thought you were getting into 3D printing. I love that you are doing it old school.
I look forward to seeing this completed.
 

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Thanks guys! Here is a pic of the windows added in; I spray-painted black on the back of the clear plastic sheet that I got from a box that had a window-display on it, and super-glued it to the inside of the frame.






The best shot of the Landspeeder is when C-3PO is "hiding back there", and the windows appear to meet at each edge rather than be separated by a frame like the models show, so I may put another clear window above it, or possibly even spray paint another sheet and cover it over. Not sure yet :rolleyes:

 
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Thanks, pal! I very quickly decided that I didn't want the windows just underneath the frames, but over them, as seems to be the case on the set vehicle. So, I cut and folded another piece of clear plastic to get it to the correct size and shape:



So I very lightly spray-painted it from behind, like the previous windows, and affixed it on top of the landspeeder this time. With some light, you can see the frame underneath a little, which is a cool effect!



Here are a couple pics test-fitting it into the alcove. Racing stripes and other details to follow!



A bit more light here, but not typical of how much light there is when the dio is in place:

 
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It really finishes the diorama off. The only suggestion I can think of is to gradually darken the back wall a bit to enhance the illusion of depth.
 

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Absolutely- and it's even darker than these pics show, when it's placed in its normal shelf space! I finished the decals, but they may be a little too thick-lined, so I might try to thin them (and darken them too).



 
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Busy couple weeks, but I was able to thin out the racing stripes, then I dry-brushed on some grey to darken the vehicle a bit. Here it is placed into the deeper, expanded alcove (these pics are in full lighting, where I work on stuff, so imagine it darker on my shelf :unsure:). Also note the shortened Luke's chair and the broken T-16 model stand! I added a restraining bolt to C-3PO's chest, and the oil bath rag to his hand too. I believe I'm going to try to hollow out the holes in the high wall strip and add some mini-lights.





 

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Thanks! I have since resprayed the back of the full-size T-16 and altered the backside a little, to more closely resemble the set piece. I'm also going to remove the strip along the top, and re-cut with larger, fewer holes- and add lighting!
 
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Where'd you get the Hologram Leia? I thought I had them all...

I'd love to see you sneak a small LED under the Hologram!:cool:
 

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Where'd you get the Hologram Leia? I thought I had them all...
I couldn't remember until I did a search:



And here is a pic of the T-16 engine tweaked a little, and the ceiling light strip removed for altering:



And another of the Lars landspeeder:

 
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Thanks for the info! I was hologram obsessed a while back and thought I found all of them!

Won't hold my breath to find that one though.....
I do marvel at the level of detail you put into all of your works!

EDIT: Amazon has two available, one at $100.00 and the other at $338.00. Yep, my collection won't get completed anytime soon. Thanks, Daigo_bah!!:ROFLMAO:
 
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Love the update, this is one of my favorites of yours. It is also a fantastic example of your mastery of greeblies. All those little bits and details are wonderful.
 

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Thanks, Shiz and DS900! As is typical, I start with wanting to do a small update, then OCD takes over and I decide to upgrade every way I can :rolleyes:. So, I cut a new thick foamie strip, spray-painted it silver, hole-punched it with better spacing and wider holes (I used a hot glue gun tip to "melt" the holes larger than just the puncher allows), and glued it back on. It will be painted with a watered-down black to get a look closer to the metal rods just below it.



Then I went and drilled through each hole and inserted a mini light of a 50-count battery operated string of lights. This is not the finished illumination! It's much too bright; I'm going to insert little crinkled tan/gold paper in each hole to mimic the set lights ;) Notice the colored lights in the Lars landspeeder bay are finally illuminated! I'd like to also have a light in each of the 2-3 spotlights on the wall, but I ran short on my string LOL

 

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Ok, here are a couple updates! I weathered the light strip with some watered-down black to reduce the chrome look and get more of a "gunmetal" finish. I then stuffed small pieces of fabric into each light hole and painted little brown and tan marks to try to achieve the look of the set lighting. These pics still make it appear brighter (an iPhone thing?) than it is in person! Also note I got a litter more lighting in the Lars landspeeder alcove, and corrected the colored lights as they appear in the scene!





I also started on the T-16 alcove detail by hot-gluing some foamcore together and cutting the door and wall vents of the back wall. You can see the T-16 repaint better here, and I intend to add the dark blue stripe across the stabilizer fin too.

 

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Here's a couple pics of the T-16 alcove after making the Lars homestead entrance structure. It's all foamcore and posterboard (soon to be coated in plaster and painted), and I elevated the ramp on the back end a little to force the perspective and distance from the garage!



 
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Thanks, pal! I have a pic of the T-16 to show the added dark blue stripe, which was simply masking off with tape and spraying with spraypaint. I then lightly sprayed from a greater distance the same primer gray that the rest of the ship got, in order to fade the stripe just a touch. Notice the cut off nose of the ship, so that I can fit it in the alcove as measured. I have plaster drying in the alcove that I'll sand later today.

 

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A quick pic of the alcove with T-16 and ramp added back in; I'm going to attach a couple things to the Skyhopper to get it a bit more accurate.



Small update: I cut the corners off the front of the diorama and added the posterboard strip; I did this partly for aesthetics of the whole thing, to reduce unnecessary space (to better see the shelf below), and especially to suggest a smaller "set" than I originally made. I was notorious for oversizing my earlier dioramas :unsure:

 
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Seeing this makes me think about how George and the set designers always had geography in mind when they developed the sets. They hadn't even constructed the interior of this set when they built the outside, but it's obvious that the whole garage 'dome' was designed to open up, and the T-16 flew out of there vertically. Just the whole idea of going down into the domed structure, hanging a left, and crossing that bridge to get to Luke's little garage area. All very well put together from the beginning. The only real question is how the Lars speeder gets out of there. I assume there's a ramp behind it to take it above ground. Luke's speeder is probably parked behind it.
 

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Another small update: got the few additions to the T-16 added; namely, drinking straws to cover the holes and gaps of the original sculpt, and a posterboard piece to fake the "nose" of the ship when seen in perspective. Here is how it looks with the pieces added:



And after painting and blending to the rest of the ship:





More soon!
 
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Nice work on the update, especially the ramp and doorway in the alcove. I'd picked up a Skyhopper with doing this dio in mind a few years ago but have yet to even begin. And I hear ya about size but I am notorious about the opposite, undersizing things. I'll make a doorway a third too small and floorspace will need to be increased. Hitting that Goldielocks butterzone of not too big, not too small....but juuuuuust right is hard as hell. I really wish there were more books out there with floorplans. The 365 book and the Technical Journal are pretty good, but I kinda want to see a Terry Rawlings set design book like the Lorne Peterson model book or the costumes type publications we've seen over the past few years. Basically, an epic go-to original trilogy diorama source book with thousands of great photos with specs and never before seen photos. You always nail the geography/layout and I always wonder how you figure out what is where.
 

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For scale, I find a still image with a "human" in it and then blow it up on my computer until the "human" is the same size as the action figure I hold up to it. Then I know the scale.
However, then I fiddle with it until it fits in the space I have allotted for it.

It is harder for custom heads though as I always make them too big.
 

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Ok, just a couple things to call this done! Here are a few pics of the back alcove, with back inner wall added (there is some space between the doorway and back wall, maybe a bit hard to see in the pics), greeblies like the gas cans and cables, and there is yet to be added the large tubing on the right side alcove. I also have the wall sconce on the left side by the nose of the T-16; I think that might be fuel nozzles..? Final pics on the next update!





 

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All done now! Here are a few pics of the back, with the large pipe made from a copper tubing piece and a crinkled sheet of aluminum foil painted:







And now a load of pics with the dio reassembled and all the lighting turned on! Note the Leia hologram painted with watered-down white/blue and flesh color:





















Edit: a couple new pics with a 3rd overhead light added to the alcove:



 
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When I think a dio couldn't get any better, you go and up the ante. The lighting with the hopper is fantastic. I'm in awe once again from the master. What you gonna update next?
 

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Thanks guys! Shiz- I'm going to do a couple custom figures first: slight upgrade to my existing Yerka Mig, and another Mos Eisley man from a Ceremony Luke. Then, a smallish update to the Cloud City Torture scene, whereby I'll complete the hollow parts of the Hasbro toy and a couple structural things!
 
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OOOohhhhhhhhh!!!!! I'll be looking forward to those, especially the Cloud City one as I will be stealin....errr...looking to borrow any ideas as usual.
 

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Oh and to give reference on it's size the white "gas can" behind R2 is a reused prop that can be seen in other parts of the film, most easily being carried by Yerka Mig in Mos Eisley
 

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Very cool! By the way, not positive on this, but I think the Mos Eisley streets Yerka Mig outfit is a different guy than Cantina Yerka Mig. Any confirmation on that? Isn't he talking to the woman as the Sandtroopers approach Docking Bay 94?
 
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