The Mos Eisley diorama I'm building all started with a picture I found on the internet of the Star Wars Technical journal. It was the Mos Eisley Cantina diagram. I was amazed to find the whole layout of my favorite part of my favorite movie sitting right in front of me on my computer screen. I immediately began putting together a plan to build my favorite desert watering hole. I started by paying my local hobby store a visit to see what I could get as far as supplies. I came across 1/2 inch Styrofoam sheets and I knew these would make perfect walls. As I dug deeper into the hobby store, I found the train section and some molder's plaster. I knew when applied to the Styrofoam this would create the Stucco effect I was looking for.

It is difficult to see the detail but this shot was necessary to show you how massive it is. The detail shots are in the close ups which I provided plenty of.

From the mean streets of Mos Eisley to the inner tavern of the Creature Cantina, every element from one of history's most memorable scenes transcends with shining colors. Next I wanted to set up some interior illumination. I began to hammer the store clerk about lights. We came to the conclusion that railroad lights would be the best way to go. The best thing about them is they last a long time. The last thing I wanted was to have lights dying on me all the time. With installs in the tables and above the bar, it would not be easy to replace when completed. The only downside to these lights was I had to buy a railroad transformer. I wanted lasting performance so I know I went the right route. Now I had all the supplies, a diagram, and a bunch of templates I had made for wall construction.

There are of course situations where you use your imagination to explore the wonderful Star Wars Expanded Universe.

It took me roughly three months of on and off building to complete, and it was everything I had ever dreamed when it was done. The Stucco appearance on the walls, lighting on the tables and the bar, and real sand on the streets from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! This thing turned out to be a small city in the inner sanctum of my basement. It measures 34 inches deep by 27 inches across by 8 inches high. I knew when I was done I would not be able to stop there.

I started adding more avenues and buildings to recreate the "Streets of Mos Eisley", and now the population is growing. When the second section is completed, it will be the most wretched hive of scum and villainy to inhabit Wausau, Wisconsin. Enjoy the pictures and remember this is a work in progress so check back for updated pictures.