IV Diorama (built 2005)
Some of my dioramas have
certain, coincidental reasons why they were made.
The reason of the Tantive IV diorama was a cheap outlet of the "Rebel
Fleet Trooper- Tantive IV Defender" at Woolworth. I bought
for around 2,00 € each a big deal of them. First, I built the
"Yavin Ceremonial"-diorama, where some of them took their
positions at the honourable formation. Later, I built the Tantive
IV diorama; about I now want to tell you:
First, as always when I build a diorama, I built the corpus from
wood. But this corpus - against all dioramas I built before - the
front and the topside, I built also in wood, not acryl-glass, what
I normally use, because the spectators should look through the doors
into the diorama. For that, I cut 4 holes into the left side part
and into the front part. In about 2/3 of the distance between front
and back- wall, I set an additional wall which should separate the
part "Leia's Secret Plans" from the "Tantive IV Defence"
part. In that wall, I made 3 holes.
From a flexible tube and electro tubes (both 15mm in diameter),
I molded the typical doors. With 0,5mm polystyrene, I made the round
floor, roof and sidewalls. Because it became a closed room, I had
to make a possibility to mount everything.
Therefore, the front part of the diorama can be moved away and connected
with the diorama through two wooden 4-edge profiles.
The wall-boxes, I made also from polystyrene and stuck it at the
wall. Then, this part of the diorama was painted. After that, the
walls got stickers with buttons, etc. on it.
Finally, the Rebel Fleet Trooper were individualized with different
colour moustaches and screwed into the diorama. Ideal is here the
way the figures are made, as they both stand perfect and also in
The Rebel Fleet Trooper can now be seen through the side-door, through
which the Stormtrooper invaded the Tantive IV. So you see into the
gun-mouth of the Rebel Blasters. :-)
Below the roof-plate,
I mounted a 50cm long neon-lamp, which is covered with a Plexiglas,
which is stuck with transparent paper, so the neon-lamp makes light
but its shape cannot be seen.
Now, the rear part of
the diorama I made. Here, I used the super website of Frank D. Lorio,
a Canadian, who made a terrific website, where you can download
decals and such things for dioramas. And all for free! Important
for him is only that everybody uses his backgroundpics, decals,
and so on, puts a hint at the diorama and a further website, that
the artwork is from him.
So, with this hint, I follow his demand. The URL is: www.niubniubsuniverse.com
There, you get the door-arks;
the tubes, catwalks and finally a real good report how Frank did
his artwork for his own diorama.
I didn't use all one-to-one from Frank and modified some things.
Beside this, my diorama has the "Tantive IV Defence" part,
which Frank doesn't have.
So, I built the door-arks
from polystyrene, also the catwalks. Then I stuck with pictures
from Frank. I drilled the holes and put silver painted drinking-pipes
4 Acryl deco-balls, diameter of 8cm, I opened and had so 8 domes,
which I connected with 5cm high paper role rings, which had the
same diameter. Then, I also painted them silver. After that I built
from polystyrene a rack, where I mounted the domes. I mounted little
lamps, which make a thin and indirect light. In a corner, which
nobody can look into, I mounted a transformator for the lamps and
Floor, roof, sidewalls and back-wall were black painted.
Then, I mounted Leia and R2-D2. For Leia, I choose the "hooded"
click the pics for larger images.