Battle of Hoth
Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:25 PM
Hello everyone! I would like to introduce my new MOC - battle of Hoth diorama. I signed in to this site in 2007 but this creation is the first thing I'm posting here.
The inspiration came from marshal banana's phtostream on Flickr. I took his snowspeeder and 'P-Tower' models as a basis and created my own variants of those. The base is quite different: it is larger and made by using standard building techniques with some SNOT.
Let's go straight to the pictures. Here is the overall view.
As you can see, the diorama includes a trench with some rebel troopers trying to hold off the enemy, a tauntaun, an Imperial probe droid crashsite, some terrain details such as an elevation with 1.4 FD P-Tower laser cannon standing over it and a T-47 Snowspeeder flying over the battlefield.
Lets take a look at the model from different angles.
A transparent stand mounted over rocky terrain provides support for the speeder. There are some very old yellowed parts: I had to use them due to to the insufficience of white parts.
Top view. You can see a crashed Imperial probot in the left lower corner. In trench there are compact power generator, power converters ans feeding cables attached to the weaponry.
Here is the trench. Energy generator can be seen.
E-WEB heavy repeating blaster.
1.4. FD P-Tower delivering firepower against Imperial targets.
P-Tower separate views.
Now let's take a closer look at the Snowspeeder. In the background there is 'Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels' (in Russian).
I borrowed the idea of using different-coloured plates to recreate heterogeneity of speeder's surface from marshal banana's version of it.
Rear view. SNOT radiator grill. There is no working tow cable mechanism in my model.
Underside view. There are movable 'air brakes' (things near the black grill).
Cockpit opens to reveal pilot and gunner.
Cockpit view. Pilot's seat.
'Exploded' views. Construction distinctive features.
And finally, some funny shots:
A careless skier has gone through time and space to appear in a quite unusual place.
Hope you enjoyed watching this. Thank you for your attention
Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:31 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:19 PM
The snowspeeder only adds to an already good looking scene.
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:02 AM
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:01 AM
As for the snowspeeder...
The first thing I noticed is that the slope in the front is a whopping 6 studs long. It should definitely be less than that; even on LEGO's rendition it was at most 4 studs out. I think the reason you felt the need to enlarge the front is because the rear portion is too small compared to the rest of the model; there should be a vast platform to the rear of the gunner's viewport. See the studio model below:
I think many of us here are aware by now that many of the diagrams in the Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels are quite inaccurate (for example, the AT-ST, the Tantive IV, and the Imperial Star Destroyer). This is a perfect example of why movie screenshots and studio models prove most reliable.
However, I think what you've done with the interior of the snowspeeder is simply amazing. The amount of detail you've crammed into that small space is staggering. And the grilles in the rear are captured more or less perfectly.
I like that you've used both the new cap molds as well as the older pilot helmets for the Hoth troopers, looks very nice.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:11 AM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:53 PM
It's a very good little diorama, providing the right feeling of the movie. I like the snow techniques you used with the wedges and slopes, it always works well. The floating snowspeeder is a major point of interest in the diorama. Not only the stand is good due to be transparent, but the speeder itself is also very accurate.
Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:24 AM
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:52 AM
Im really liking the Snowspeeder, much more accurate than the TLG ones, but I still like them. The Tower is beautiful! Spot on again!
The little extra's are nice funny additions.
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Posted 20 October 2010 - 11:57 AM
As others mentioned to improve the snowspeeder I would shorten the nose and pick an other windscreen - the angle should be the same.
Beside of that it's really well done!
Posted 21 October 2010 - 07:40 AM
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