Battle of Endor (built 2002)
This diorama has the same corpus like the Hoth diorama. The motivation,
for building this diorama, was the POTF2 "Endor Ambush"-playset
from Kenner, what is (in my opinion), the best playset, Kenner ever made.
The bunker is very nice detailled, even the double doors, which made a
bad surprise for Han Solo and his "electronic skills". Nevertheless,
the "wooden" trunk, with feather-mechanism could you put beside
without thinking long. Give it your little brother or your kid for playing!
The trunk "screams" to much like plastic and is not suitable
for any diorama. Useful, instead, is the little catapult. Give it a little
nice repaint! More authentic is the old catapult from the 80th.
First, I cut, the bunker into equal parts and made it wider for 5 cm,
then I surfaced it, abraded it and finally painted it. The colour now
fits more to the colour of the bunker, which we saw in Episode VI.
In the empty corpus, I stick a forestposter, consisting of 3 parts. Actually,
it is a picture of an european forest, not the californian Redwoods with
their thick and giant sequoias. But it looks astonishing good!
Then, I sticked on the groundplate a 4 cm thick styroporplate. On that,
I modelled a hill from polyurethane foam and also cut hollows, mainly,
where later the trees will be "planted". Then, I made the trees
from 5 cm thick roundwood. I winded the wood with a fly-net (don´t
know the right english word for it; meaning a net which you can nail on
a window-frame to prevent flies from coming into a house. Okay?) and nailed
it. Then I surfaced the net with a wet-room-surfacer. After I screwed
the trees on the right places, I surfaced the landscape also with wet-room-surfacer.
Then, I painted the whole landscape brown. Finally, I stroked it with
glue and shaked model-grass on the landscape. Like I did it on my first
diorama, the Ewok Village, I used a gadget which electrisizes the grass
with 20000 Volt, so each single grass flies exactly vertical on the polarisized
surface. I added the "flora" through tiny bushes which growed
on trees in Northern Italy (Dolomiti Mountains), also I added ferns and
Irish Moss, etc.
Then, finally, the diorama was fitted out with the figures and two AT-STs.
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© Thomas Riedel 2002