3 ¾" Kenner-Hasbro
figures and Micro Machines Action Fleet figures don´t fit
together in one common diorama. Or maybe yet?
Dave Dorman created a painting, which he called "Dewback Patrol".
It shows all elements of the droid-search from the Sandtroopers
for R2-D2 and C-3PO. In the movie you can see these elements in
single scenes, not in one entire picture. So, you see the Sandtrooper
with the Macro-Binocular, one other Trooper, who shows his commanding
officer a ring of C-3PO and the escape pod, which is inspected by
a couple of Sandtroopers. In the Special Edition of Episode IV,
Lucasfilm inserted also the started Heavy Assault Shuttle and the
Dewbacks now moves.
All that, I wanted to bring together in o n e diorama. All to build
with 3 ¾" figures and Dewbacks.
But allways remaining the realistic distances turned very soon impossible
The diorama would have got to gigantic, so I decided to use both
3 ¾" figures and the Action Fleet-figures. First I built
the corpus. So, groundplate, sideplates and rearplate. Topplate
and frontside are in acrylglas. Corners are not nice in a diorama.
Therefore, I formed them with PU-Foam and two bottles (for the shape)
nice round. The landscape was errected with polyurethane foam and
Then, all was surfaced with a wet-room-surfacer and brought to shapes
of a real dune-sea. This part, Claudia took over, who knew all the
right following of the dunes like in the movie.
After it, she stroked the landscape with glue and sanded it with
very fine tunesian sand (brought home from our trip to Tunesia).
In front, I arranged the 3 ¾" Sandtrooper and the 2
The time when I built the diorama, the Sandtroopers were still the
first design with the "Masters of the Universe"-muscles.
The realistic Sandtrooper with a good Macro-Binocular was released
Difficult it had been
with the Trooper with the Macro. One other got a bress-disk in his
hand. The officer is the only Trooper, who - like in the movie -
has a Blaster. The others have rifles. About in the center of the
left side, there is the escape pod and two troopers (Action fleet).
A little far on the right side, a Dewback with rider, also Action
Fleet. Near the rearplate on the left side, the Heavy Assault Shuttle
has landed. It is from the "Jabba"-Head Playset. Also,
I put out from this playset a Dewback with a rider, which I placed
near the rearplate on the right side.
Therefore, I have three sizes of figures. The diorama really "lives"
through this effect of a so called "perspective depth".
If you view it from above or diagonal from behind, then it looks
wrong. But if you look at it from the frontside in height of your
eyes to the troopers, now an endless depth opens to the viewer.
The tiny figures in the background seem to be hundred of meters
The effect was succesful. At the end, I painted the pauldrons (leather-shoulderparts
of the Sandtroopers) according to the rank-explanations of the book
"STAR WARS The Visual Dictionary" of the classic Trilogy.
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