All Death Stars must start with a Floor Base. The depth must ALWAYS be 30cm, however you can make it any width you want, as long as it is a multiple of 6cm (the dimension of ONE wall unit) For this tutorial we are going with 42cm (7 wall units)
First step, roll out the Mac Tac or DC FIX. It is available at most home depot type stores in the kitchen counter or paint sections.
The cool thing about Mac Tac is that it has a sticky side already. NO GLUE needed 🙂 just peel one corner of the backing.
Carefully and SLOWLY apply to the foamcore surface to one side and work your way to the opposite end. TADA !!! instant shiny floor 🙂 Now flip the base upside down and trim off the excess Mac Tac edges with your X-Acto Knife. Watch out for the fingers !!!
Download and Print my Decals then cut them out and decide what order you want them on your wall. You don't have to do exactly as I did, that's the fun of the Death Star 🙂
Now the back wall is cut on BLACK Foamcore to make a cleaner seem between decals. The width of this wall is 7 Decals wide or 42cm.
Leave a gap on the left (Follow the Red Arrow) if you plan on attaching a side wall. One foamcore thickness. Start with your first Wall panel and make sure it is applied straight.
Now repeat with all the other Wall Panels until you have your completed Rear Wall.
Flip the foamcore upside down and trim off any excess Decals to give a flush look to the front of the Diorama.
So here you can see what a finished Basic Wall will look like. This is a Difficulty 1 Scene that is perfect for the kids, beginners or just those who don't have more then 1 hour or so to spend at the Workshop.
I designed the Death Star with a "Grid System" just like Legos 🙂 You can ADD Xtra builds to enhance the Basic Hallway like these ROUND WALLS. The small replaces 1 Decal pannel and the Big replaces 2 Decal pannels. Use your imagination to place as many and anywhere YOU want in your Death Star display.
Time for your ceiling... If you watch Star Wars, you will see the Death Star ceilings have black and white strips so I cut some foamcore the depth of the Diorama floor and half of one Unit.
Using the Hot Glue gun, I start with aligning the first piece to the edge of the floor.
Then, you grab another strip for spacing, and Glue the other down (You glue the GREEN Hot Glue pieces. Make sure to NOT glue your spacer (RED X's) or you will be in BIG Poo Poo- LOL.
Continue on until you have the entire surface covered and looking like this.
If you have added extra designs like Round Walls, Wall Arches or Blast Doors, you will have to trace the pattern and remove the excess black bars so the ceiling lies flat on those supports.
Here you can better see how I designed the TOP of the DECALS to be the exact HEIGHT of the Foamcore thickness so that when you place your ceiling...
... it is FLUSH with that top line. Here you can also see that if you create a 2nd level, Place MacTac on the flat side of your ceiling to create a floor on one side and ceiling on the other.
This is just the beginning of your Death Star adventure 🙂 Have fun adding new rooms like Red Control Room, Docking Bay, Trash Compactor. Build more Hallways to connect them all together.
Created February 2005 X
Welcome to the Death Star BASIC HALLWAY PANELS step by step MAKING OF page. These instructions will help you build my diorama so that you can display your own action figures at home just like the ones you see here in the GALLERY section. In some cases there is also VIDEO MAKING OF for those who find still images a little more confusing. You can see if one is available for this diorama in the Tutorial SPEED INDEX page. While you are there, you can also see what DECALS, BLUEPRINTS, MATERIALS LIST is available as well. Not all Dioramas instructions have or need ALL 5 Tutorials categories, especially older NiubNiub era scenes. I do plan on going back at some point to revisit, rebuild these older fan favourite scenes and create the missing content. X
If there is ONE TRUE ICONIC set design in the Star Wars universe, it has to be the DEATH STAR. The simplicity of the design is what makes it’s hallways the coolest hallways in cinema history 🙂 X
This Hallway Design is the core starting block for your Death Star Diorama. You can stop here if you wish, but I designed it like Lego, you build this basic hall and simply add whatever details YOU want and WHERE you want them. Build and add blastdoors, arches, curved walls and doors and connect your hallways to rooms like Red Control Room, Docking Bay, Trash Compactor to name a few (all available as separate instructions in the TUTORIALS Menu) The sky is the limit and the perfect background display for your Hasbro figures. X
Did you already build this Diorama ? At home or at our Star Wars Celebration Diorama Builders workshop ? Would you like to show it in the site’s GALLERY VISITORS DIORAMAS section, YES ? That is Awesome !!! You can find out all the details on how to email me your photos on the VISITORS SUBMISSIONS INFO page … When I get your photos, I will create your very own page just like this one. You may not realize it but work does inspire others to join in the fun of making Action Figure Dioramas. X
If you attended one of our Star Wars Celebration Diorama Builders workshops and have a Facebook account, why not JOIN the OFFICIAL DIORAMA BUILDERS FAN CLUB group today !! X Catch up with fellow visitors and exchange stories, read cool interviews with the crew, exchange photos, fun surprises and grab some FAN ONLY merchandise next year at actual future conventions 🙂 X