Print your Death Star Decals (available for FREE in the Tutorials Star Wars Menu)
Let's start with a 39.5cm X 15.5cm rectangle. If you ONLY want to make the SMALL BLASTDOOR, then just cut out a 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm square foamcore piece.
Peel and apply the decals (if printing on label sheets or use Gluesticks for regular paper) onto your foamcore sheet.
Use a NEW SHARP Xacto Pen to cut around the embossed edges of the decal. If you have a hole puncher, it's a good way to round the corners too.
Once the front of the small blastdoor is cut out we are ready for making duplicate templates.
First trace the edges of the Door onto a 15.5cm x 15.5cm piece of foamcore. NOTE: If you want your small blastdoor to be seen on BOTH sides, do not trace, instead apply another decal and cut that out in the same way you did in steps 3 to 5.
Your tracing should look like this.
Now carefully cut out along the pencil lines. Replace your blade if you start see torn non clean edges.
Now place this cut piece on another 15.5 cm square and trace another octagon shape.
Take your ruler and extend the lines from all of sides of the octagon shape. This will create 90 degree corners where the lines connect.
Now cut out along these extended lines to get a perfect square frame.
Take another 15.5 cm square and be certain to align it with your front door decal before hot glueing it to the back of your small blastdoor front foamcore piece.
Your back piece should be centered with the front blastdoor decal like you see here.
You can now also hot glue your first octagon frame to another 15.5 cm square foamcore piece. If you are NOT doing side panels, both pieces should have the shape of the right square.
Now take your square frame, trace and cut a duplicate then hot glue each frame on separate 15.5 cm square foamcore pieces.
Once the hot glue hardened, Use the edges of the top frame layer to guide and cut through the bottom layer of your door piece.
You should now have a double thick square frame. See the yellow arrows pointing where the 2 pieces were glued together ?
Do the same cutting technique for your other piece. You should now have 2 double thick square frames.
Now lets cut out the bottom layers of your Octagonal Door Frames. Make sure to go slow and use a NEW blade if you want a perfect smooth cut. WATCH YOUR FINGERS !!!
Cutting this way guarantees you will get a perfect alignment every time.
Do the same for your rear piece. If your diorama exposes both sides, your right door piece should have a decal skin like the front piece.
Print out and cut out your small blastdoor corners Decals.
Then cut out 3 6.5cm x 6.5cm foamcore squares and slice them in half from opposite corners to make 6 yummy Doritos 😀
One decal at a time, place the center along the spine of your triangle piece (you should see guide lines) then carefully press your finger along the center causing the decal to fold on each side which will allow you to press down flat to both sides of your triangle.
Giving you 6 beautifull Door corners. If you want your doors to open and close, you would not use these corners but larger pieces that could meet up and connect to the center.
You need to grab some scrap foamcore and cut some little supports. Small enough to hold but not be seen.
Lets start by attaching 2 Triangle corners and 2 scrap pieces to each opposite diagonal corner of the first front blastdoor piece.
Make sure and leave just a little edge of the triangle corners to poke out and simulate an open blastdoor full size panel.
Once cooled off, align the edges and Glue a SQUARE DOUBLE FRAME on top of the first triangle corners. When the glue hardens securing the frame, hot glue 2 more triangles corners on the opposite ends of the first layer. Also place 2 scraps on the opposite ends to even out the surface for the next frame piece.
As before, grab your second double thick square frame, align and hot glue to the triangles of the layer 2 frame.
Now hot glue the last 2 triangles to the same corners as you did for the FIRST layer. Don't forget to hot glue the last 2 little scraps on the remaining corners as well.
Finish the Door using the 2nd rear DOUBLE OCTAGONAL FRAME. Align and hot glue in place. If you decided to see both sides of the blastdoor, the decal skin would be on the TOP obviously 😛
Our SMALL BLASTDOOR is completed and ready to be inserted into a hallway. I love it !!! If you made sure all frame layers were flush against the floor before glueing, it should lay perfectly flat like you see in the photo.
Now have fun building the other interlocking sections of your Death Star Diorama 🙂
Created March 2005 X
Welcome to the Death Star SMALL BLASTDOOR 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 favorite 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
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