work on Mos Eisley, I decided to throw my hand at eBay auctions. I drew up rough
sketches of what I had in mind about six months prior to the start of
construction. My intention from the very beginning was to create a product to
sell to a collector who had neither the time nor ability to build one himself.
After Mos Eisley I felt I had a little experience and could do a great job.
some help with this project so I recruited local help, a friend by the name of
Troy Koestler. We decided to build it mostly out of foam core. We had a couple
of good reasons for going with this material such as:
It is extremely easy to work
It is extremely light in
weight, a big factor come time to ship it to its new owner.
All of the
rooms are custom painted. Many hours of detail were spent on small details, such
as the pipe in the torture room and basement area. While again not looking for
exact replication, I tried to stay on target for somewhat of a movie accuracy.
Rooms like this one were only shown for a millisecond so who is to say what it
looked like at different times throughout Star Wars history.
ROOMS AND A RANCOR
I also hand
sculpted many of the statues and furnishings through the interior of the palace.
There were many details added and places you didn't see in our interpretation of
Jabba's Palace. Why limit the most ruthless of Gangsters to a mere few rooms?
MANY TIME-CONSUMING HOURS
threw up many challenges but in the end it was well worth the effort. All of the
hand painted statues, pillows, and items like the fire pit really made the
palace stand out. I ran lights throughout the entire diorama quite simply
because I feel this is the best way to display this scene. However, I have yet
to find one that didn't look better with the right interior illumination.
DIORAMA IN ITS COMPLETE STATE
The end result was
a success. "Dioramas by Us" sold our first diorama on E-bay and we got more than
we could have possibly imagined. What is even more rewarding is that there is a
collector in Florida who uses this as the centerpiece of his collection. The
goal I set out to do was met. We hooked up a collector with a diorama who lacked
the skills or time to build one, perhaps both. One thing was for sure, many more
would come and this section will be the beneficiary of these efforts. Whether we
keep them in our own collections, or sell them online, they will all be featured
here at Sandtroopers.com.