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Offline darthmac

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Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« on: June 8, 2006, 04:01 PM »
Fresh on the heels of my Tantive IV ( @ Jedidefender ) display and Rotating Display ( @ Rebel Scum ), here is my latest creation, Hoth Invasion.   This is my second display completed using my standardized display sizing (8" x 16" x 8").  Hope you all enjoy.

Again the construction process was more or less the same as what I did for my large rotating display.  I again am using minimagstands for this display, the metal floor is buried below several layers of laytex paint and spray snow.

To create the cave I took large chunks of styrofoam and glued them to the walls & ceiling (I added a ceiling to this display).  Then I had some fun with the dremel - note when doing this have a vacume running to catch the huge mess it will make.  Once I had the 'ice' cut how I wanted it, I used wall joint compound to coat the walls (smooth).  Then a few layers of layex paint to get the color right.  Finally I sprayed the whole thing down with spray snow (I put down a thin layer of elmers white glue down on the floor before spraying to keep the snow in place - I should have done this everywhere).

The 'cabling' running down the hallway is screen window tubing.  I drilled three holes in the wall then  ran twist ties through them to secure the 'cabling'.  The twist ties were tightend from the back side.

I have posted some construction pictures as well as finished shots below.  Enjoy.

You can also see more pictures of this diorama and my others on my diorama website http://starwars.creativedigitalnw.com/













And here are the finished pictures.





























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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #1 on: June 8, 2006, 05:09 PM »
Another great display.  I love the idea of the dremmeled out styrofoam - brilliant!  Thanks for the WIP shots because it does look messy. 

I know why you are using the magnet stands but this shot made me laugh.  My first reaction was ice skating and I thought maybbe it was a star wars Ice Capades Show.  :)



In all seriousness, this is outstanding work.  I can only hope my Gardulla's palace display comes out half this good!

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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #2 on: June 9, 2006, 12:08 AM »
I dig the realism on this small diorama. Need to make something to fill in the door ways with for picture sakes, but awesome job.
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #3 on: June 9, 2006, 01:47 AM »
I agree, this is awesome... one of the best hoth scenes I've seen.  Very, very well done.  I might copy this method!

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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #4 on: June 9, 2006, 02:43 AM »
Awesomeness!I can't see the Rotating one thoe.Can someone find out if I was banned or locked from Scum?  :-[
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #5 on: June 9, 2006, 12:08 PM »
You can also see it on my personal site starwars.creativedigitalnw.com

It is under dioramas in 4 parts (Endor in Winter, Throne Room, Imperial Hanger and Duel Platforms).

I can see where you could see the ice capades look of the stands, funny. 

Thanks for the feed back.

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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2006, 10:48 AM »
Actually, this is pretty good!
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2006, 04:58 PM »
I really like that diorama.
Looked at your site too and there great and something that I really enjyoy seeing, you've got some real talent there I'll be keeping an eye on your future updates.
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2006, 06:17 PM »


This pic looks just like the hallway from ESB- great job! I love the fake snow.
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2006, 02:43 PM »
Wow! Another Awsome piece.

You really have a great talent for creating these displays.

I can't wait to see whats next.
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2006, 01:57 PM »
Thanks for all the feed back everyone.  My next project will be "Endor Patrol".  My biker scouts need a home, and a display to show case that VTSC Scout.

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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2006, 03:33 PM »
Nice Job man!  I like the Snow effect on the wires!  Keep up the good work :)
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2006, 11:03 PM »
nice work. the snow detailing really looks good! it actually looks cold in there. i don't really like the old snow trooper, but it looks great in your set up!
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Re: Darth Mac's Hoth Invasion
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2006, 02:12 PM »
I'm not the biggest fan of the POTF snowtrooper either but I is what I have.  The newer saga versions are too hunched over for my taste (except the new saga 2006, just hard to justify getting more when I have 8 already).  I'm really waiting for him to get the Vintage Collection Treatment.

For my Tantive IV display I just could not bring my self to use the POTF rebels, so I held out for the POTJ.