on Home One (built
The wish, to build this
Diorama, existed already since a longer time. Mainly the wish was
born, because from Kenner/Hasbro some figures were released, which
I find in their edition very nice and specially in this scene from
Episode 6, they are all together in a very monumental moment.
These figures are: Mon
Mothma, Admiral Ackbar, the Mon Calamari Officers, and the cinema
scene set "Rebel Pilots".
First, I built again a wooden box. So, I built groundplate, sideplates
and rearplate. Measures:
Width:50 cm, Height: 30 cm, Depth (length) 40 cm
Then I marked the centerpoint of the circle, on which later the
hologramprojector was placed. The circle is open, what means that
on the rear part of the circle, the circle touch the rearplate.
On the frontside, the circle cuts the frontplate, which later will
be in wood and acrylglas.
Then, I built from circle-segments the stays on which later, the
inner-wall (from polystyrol) of the Briefing-Room is screwed on.
After it, I cut from a plate some diameters out and mounted them
on different high stays, which later will form the characteristic
look of an amphi-theatre.
On the frontsides of the levels, I screwed stripes of polystyrol.
In this way, the sitting area closes up with the upper edge of the
stripes. On the feet-parts however, there remained same as in the
movie, an edge, which
should prevent the people sitting on a lower level not to get the
boots in their back from their comrades, sitting one level higher
behind them. In the niches between the single innerwallsegments,
I built the doors with door-frames from milled cross-lamellas, therefore
the look of the sliding-doors, like it was in the movie, really
developed. Finally, the building of the hologramprojector started.
From a tubesegment and an old disc of an hand-grinding machine,
I built the projectortable. He got some switches, etc.
For the hologram of Endor, I took a 9 cm acrylglasball, which you
can put together from two parts. It was from a "windowcolour"-set
for painting as a christmas-tree-ball. I painted it according to
the photos of the movie green and blue. Through a 2 cm long, yellow
painted acrylglasstick, the Endor-holo was connected with the holo
of the 2nd Deathstar. For the Deathstar, I took a 8 mm perl from
a plastic-perl-chain from my little niece "Franziska"
(Hey Franzi, thanks for helping your old STAR WARS-mad uncle!!!).
Within I milled the missing segments of the 2nd Deathstar. Finally,
I built from brass the "projector-rack", which fixed the
Endor-Holo. I mounted this rack on a little gear-motor (circling
1 times a second), which I mounted before in the projectortable.
In the underside of the diorama, I milled a little cable-canal,
in which i layed a thin cabel and soldered it with the transformator
on the rearside of the diorama and of course also with the gear-motor.
So, the projection of the Forestmoon of Endor with the 2nd Deathstar
turn around and around while the Rebels listen silent and with great
respect the speach of their leaders, Admiral Ackbar and Mon Mothma.
Finally, there came the painting of the whole diorama. Mostly, all
was painted white. Later came printouts for the wall (thank to Niubniub´s
Universe!!!) and the acrylglas-discs on the roof with the yellow
straight and round signs (still don´t know the meaning of
Although, the diorama is ready, I still have plans to put a lamp
inside the Endor-holo to iluminate it. But this is not so easy,
because I have to make contact-rings on witch contact-stripes touch
during the rotation. Otherwise I got no electricity for the lamp.
click the pic for a larger image.
Thomas Riedel 2002