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.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
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.
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
There are of course situations
where you use your imagination to explore the wonderful Star Wars Expanded
MOS EISLEY DIORAMA COMPLETE OR NOT?
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.
ADDING MORE TO THE DIORAMA
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.