Chewie gets nothing again! (built 2004)
The lucky circumstance to release this diorama in this shape, I own to
Woolworth, who were so lovely to sell the Rebel Fleet Trooper for 1,99
€ each. I was just lucky to come on the right day to see this offer
and bought some of them.
Some weeks ago, I had the idea, to build each of my both ladies of my
heart a diorama. As my daughter Leia likes so much the romance of Anakin
and Amidala, I first wanted to build her the diorama "Secret Ceremony
on Naboo", so the wedding of Anakin and Amidala, and for my wife
Claudia, as a fan-veteran of the old trilogy the diorama "Yavin Ceremony".
I first started with the "Yavin Ceremony"-diorama.
Hardly the stairs were just ready, Leia said, she wanted this diorama.
Claudia said that she also would be happy about the "Secret Ceremony
on Naboo" and that Leia is free in her decision.
Well, so Leia got the "Yavin Ceremony" diorama.
But now the report:
First, I built from a 6mm thick wood again a corpus with the measures
width x height x room depth: 40cm x 27cm x 45cm. The connection of the
single plates happened through squared timbers. Then I sawed the stairs
from a profile 30mm x 15mm and a width of 17cm.
I screwed six stairs together, so the next higher step began in the half
length, so 15mm. So the stairs were 15mm high and 15mm long at a width
At the front side near the stairs and on the sides directly at the stairs,
I screwed vertical wooden plates, which separate the area below the stairs
from the area above the stairs.
Then, I build a plateau where the stairs ended, which nearly is in the
level of the helmets of the below standing troops.
Then I built pylons at the left and at the right side. They begin below
with 5cm width, 20cm high and 3cm thick wedges, which I sawed in this
way that the cut went from half of the upper narrow side down to the right
or left end. The upper part was added; it is also 5cm width but continuously
15mm thick and only 7cm high.
These pylons, I mounted at the walls in that way, that they begin at the
front edge of the diorama and then following 2cm separated from each other.
On the plateau, I shortened the pylons from the height of the plateau.
Next, I built the columns. For this, I draw in a 6mm thick wooden square
with a size of 5cm x 5cm exactly in the centre a circle with a diameter
Around this circle, I constructed 10mm circles, which lay exactly next
to each other.
Finally, I drilled the centre of these circles. Then, I took 15cm high
and 10mm thick round wood, drilled them on both ends right in the middle
and screwed them with the wooden square, so the sticks stood in a half-circle.
At the other end of the sticks, I also screwed wooden squares. Finally,
a wooden square was mounted on each column, so they exactly reached the
height of the diorama side plates.
Then I mounted the columns on a line, which I draw between the fifth
left pylon and the fifth right pylon. Behind the columns, I mounted a
wooden profile, which was 2cm thick, 4cm high and 328mm thick, which was
according to the pictures of the movie a little wall in front of a glass-roofed
Next, I put white wood glue on the pylons, the front sides of the plateau,
the sides next to the stairs and the little wall. Then, I took normal
sand and strewed it into the glue. When the glue was hard, I cleaned the
diorama from the remaining sand, surfaced and abraded all drillings and
screw heads in the internal area of the diorama. Then, I painted the complete
internal area of the diorama grey. The sanded parts looked after the painting
like real sandstone.
Claudia gave me artificial plants, made of plastic. In the size of the
figures, they looked indeed like leaves from a jungle, what indeed fit
I stuck single branches at the pylons, the vertical areas and the columns.
Finally I mounted the necessary figures.
12 of the 38 figures in this diorama are customized figures
How I costumized them, you can read in the single figure reports.
Here is the list of the figures:
16 x Rebel Fleet Trooper (Tantive 4)
4 x X/Y Wing Rebel Pilots
1 x C-3PO
1 x R2-D2
1 x Leia Ceremonial (from Two-Pack with Luke)
1 x Luke Cermonial (from Two-Pack with Leia)
1 x Han Solo
1 x General Jan Dodonna
4 x Rebel Technician
4 x Rebel lower Officers
2 x Rebel Honour Guard
1 x Chewbacca
1 x Rebel General
At the end, the outside parts of the diorama were surfaced, abraded,
painted grey and finally, the Diorama was closed by Acryl glass.
For larger images click the pictures.
© Thomas Riedel 2004