Jabba's Palace Diorama

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Hi everybody,

I'm building this Jabba's Palace diorama for my 3.75" action figures. Jabba's scenes are so cult ! :)
I've spent many hours of work, but I think the first part was the most difficult.
I still have just a few items to create. All types of materials and found objects were used (polystyrene, wood cardboard, metal, Plexiglas, plaster spackling, Fimo clay, Lego, various toys).
The lower part of the barbecue was made with Sketchup and realized in 3D printing.

The entire scene will include 3 parts ... and the Rancor pit if I have the courage… and the place also because the final model would be 55"x 33,5" (without the Rancor scene)
I hope you enjoy my work .

May the force be with you!




 
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Thank you very much Utinniii !
I post some new pictures. We can see background with some accessories. But all is not finished. Some are still missing.

For the moment the frog bowl is empty : \








 
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Great work. Is there any place to buy one of those barbeques? Can i pay someone to make one?? thanks
 
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Thank you starwars,

For the moment, I realized only the lower part of the barbecue in 3D.
After this big 3D work, maybe I'll propose purchase copies of objects that I modeled for people who would be interested.
I think modeling the complete version of the barbeques and to propose objects painted by me or not.


Meanwhile, I continue my arduous task but so interesting at the same time.


Below: Step achieving the hanged elements along the walls of the Palace. Made with Fimo clay, metal parts, wire ...

 

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Those look good! I wish I had thought of using washers when I made mine.
I bought some nail-art jewels to create the lights on them.
I actually found a way to light them up from the inside, but I didn't wind up using it.


I meant to comment on your overhead grills. The shadows are perfect!
 
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WOW! That's quite impressive. Some of those pics look like the movie set. Great job!
 
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Yes Utinniii, I used clasp for jewelry too. Thank you for your comment about overhead grills shadows.

Thanks a lot bwise. Your words encourage me to continue
 
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Awesome. I did this about 5 years ago. You nailed the amount of weathering and wall color pretty nice. the problem i had was, i made the walls too dark, then Jabba and his dais were released after I had already painted. I ended up re-painting the dais to match the walls (mistake)
There are so many little crappy bowls and containers, just weird stuff hanging everywhere, most people don't ever notice all of it. Great job with all of it, especially the bbq. I'd be up for buying one of those. The bbq was tough to make and the video gambling machine on the wall that BG-J38 is playing was a pain too.

I'm curious, there's a pattern on the face of the stairs that lead up and behind Jabba, are you adding those? lol
Super jealous of your work.
 
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Thank you starwars,

For the moment, I realized only the lower part of the barbecue in 3D.
After this big 3D work, maybe I'll propose purchase copies of objects that I modeled for people who would be interested.
I think modeling the complete version of the barbeques and to propose objects painted by me or not.


Meanwhile, I continue my arduous task but so interesting at the same time.


Below: Step achieving the hanged elements along the walls of the Palace. Made with Fimo clay, metal parts, wire ...

You probably already know this, but the "hanging elements" i think are hookah pipes for smoking some sort of drug like opium/spice. Again, nice job on these, they look great.
 
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Thank you very much Ashy_Larry.
You're a fan of Jabba's Palace too, it's cool.
You don't have posted you work somewhere? I would like to see it.
The bbq is a complicated piece to make indeed. The BG-J38 video consoles too.
I also planned to realize it in 3D printing. There are also two consoles. It is therefore simpler :)


I don't see the pattern on the face of the stair? Can you tell me more precisely please? Thanks.


Yes you are right for the hookah pipes of drug. It's the best hypothesis.
 
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This is stunningly beautiful work, Jess!! The FINEST Jabba's throne room diorama I have ever seen! The lighting is absolutely superb too. Congratulations on a stunning piece!!
 
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Thank you very much DARKLORD1967,

I try to do the best I can, taking the necessary time.
It's long... and your encouragement gives me much "Force" for the next phase of the project :)
 

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I don't see the pattern on the face of the stair? Can you tell me more precisely please? Thanks.


Yes you are right for the hookah pipes of drug. It's the best hypothesis.
All the stair facings have a pattern of cylinders that stick out. They look like the ledge behind 3-PO.


I achieved the effect by sticking a lollipop stem into the foam. You have to be careful when you plaster or you will lose the effect. One could try the stem thing with the wet plaster though.


There is a patterned paper that has the effect but the pattern disappears when you paint it. (I had considered making a mold from the paper and stamping it into the stair.)
 
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Ah yes of course! Thank you Untinniii.
I had the same problem as you with the stair. With can see very well detail with these pictures too :






Small bubbles of the patterned paper founded with the water contained in acrylic painting.
I had also thought to paint with an airbrush but unfortunately mine stopped working.
Indeed it's an important detail and I hope to find the solution.
Lollipop is a good idea. This is nice on your photo. But I really want to get the flare effect "bubble" and not flat.
I'm too perfectionist I think.
 

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If you enjoy making it, then taking the time to make it "perfect" is a good thing.

It is only a bad thing if you want to finish it quickly.

Mine would have stuck out if I had glued a tiny square to the tip of my stem to press down the surrounding area. I didn't think of that until later.

I had other ideas I didn't try.

Take a firm but flexible material (like plastic), drill the hole pattern into it, and then press it into the plaster.

Or make (drill) holes into foam and make a stamp.

The best way (but the most work) would be to get a tiny hole punch and punch out each cylinder individually (out of foam since it needs to stick out and matboard is to hard to punch out). Then glue them on one at a time.
 
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Ah yes of course! Thank you Untinniii.
I had the same problem as you with the stair. With can see very well detail with these pictures too :






Small bubbles of the patterned paper founded with the water contained in acrylic painting.
I had also thought to paint with an airbrush but unfortunately mine stopped working.
Indeed it's an important detail and I hope to find the solution.
Lollipop is a good idea. This is nice on your photo. But I really want to get the flare effect "bubble" and not flat.
I'm too perfectionist I think.

Traction strips for bathtubs have a very similar texture, and take paint well.
 
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Traction strips for bathtubs, yes ! Thank you very much rogue1 for this good information. I'll watch it.
There are really great experts on this forum!
 
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Bravo !
one of the best diorama of jabba !

How did you manage to make the light behind him ?

Love your Jess custom too !


Bienvenu(e) au club cher(e) compatriote ! ;-)
 
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Thanks a lot oolax !
Here is a picture that shows the place of lights to get a good angle and create the shadows of grid the best possible as I could.
Thank you for Jess too, I'm glad you like it!

Merci de ton accueil cher compatriote du sud. Je suis à Albi.
Jess est un femme certes mais moi je suis un gars marié avec 3 filles. Chuttt...^^

 
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Test for the perspective of the entrance stair.
Not so easy to get the perfect curvature, finally. But it's correct, I think.

 
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That is so friggin' nice! Great work!
Thank you Oofa!

The main gate, modelized in 3 parts, is sent for 3D printing.
Result in a few days… I hope that everything will work as planned.


Below : The two sliding gates will be operated with a small push button on each side.





I should perfect the mechanism by creating a spring system because small grids will go up and down to slide and fits snugly into the openings of the large grid.


 
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Oh my gosh, this is looking fantastic. Your entry looks great, just like to film set. Love your floor grates, and can't wait to see how the 3D print comes out.
 
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Oh my gosh, this is looking fantastic. Your entry looks great, just like to film set. Love your floor grates, and can't wait to see how the 3D print comes out.
Thank a lot bwize! If I owned a 3D printer, it would also be easier for me :)
 
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3D printing the grates was a grate way to go. I did not enjoy cutting out each tiny hole.

I like the sliding action too. In the movie (set), they lifted out individually.
Thank you Utinniii,
True, 3D printing is an exceptional tool today.
I use it when it's really needed.
 
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This is the 3d modelization for BG-J38 computer
The file is sent to 3D printing...

 
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Oh my gosh, those droid detectors look great! Can't wait to see them printed out. Your knocking this project outta the park!
 
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Thank you bwize, Thank you Idpullthecurtain,


Finally I hollowed out the parts that are lit and the main screens.
I could more easily customize these details with other materials.
Also, I'll add the joystick and buttons.

 
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There is only one problem to remain faithful to the film. Indeed, the figure of BG-J38 produced by Hasbro is unfortunately too small in comparison to the robot in the movie.
BG-J38 should have the same size as EV-9D9. We can see in the pictures with Beedo, his head just exceeds the heigh of the machine.
On the other picture, BG-J38 is really much bigger.
The result is that the controller will be too high for BG-J38 action figure if I place it at the exact height, as we see in the corner of the Palace.
But I will prefer to be okay with the proportions of the film, I think...





 
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Jabba's throne by Hasbro gets wheels. But the problem is that wheels are too small and therefore the throne is too low compared to the movie.
So I used this rolling Lego system to elevate the throne.
Thank you Lego!







 
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