Finally, my Hoth Echo Base diorama is done (currently being exhibited at Brickorea Convention 2018, 15~23 December in Pangyo, S. Korea).
I'm a big fan of the original SW trilogy and my favorite one to watch is Ep.V. I love the look of the Echo Base and the Hoth Battle despite the boneheaded strategy put on by the Rebels (apparently hasn't improved through to Ep. VIII). (Photos updated 2018.12.21)
This set focuses on the base itself and depicts the time just before the start of the Battle of Hoth.
Dimensions: 160(W) x 256(L) Studs
To me two of the most important features of the base are the cave entrance/exit (with heavy shield doors) and then the air/space craft bays.
I've tried to replicate the shape of the cave and shield door dimensions as close to the studio model as possible.
I figure the London studio just was not big enough the fully feature the original desiger's concept, and thus the makers had to squeeze everything into a modified set. Yes the cave entrance/exit is too small for the Millenium Falcon to fit through. That is why in the scene where the Falcon escapes Vader's troops, the Falcon actually shrinks in size via photographic trickery.
I was just happy to stick with the actual studio set (and more economical).
Although there are no real accurate maps of the base and the surrounding areas, I always figured the approach to the front of the base would be pretty well hidden by the mountainous terrain of Hoth
(as Vader's shock troops are supposed to have blasted their way into the top or side of the base).
Thus the front of my base is protected by relatively few troopers (as in the film) armed with some MK II Repeating Blasters.
There are only a couple of DF.9 Anti-Infantry Turrets and a 1.4 FD P-Tower Anti-Vehicle Laser Cannon guarding the front (my original plan was to build the MOC in two parts: the base itself and a forward Echo Station).
My DF.9 Anti-Infantry Turret design was initially featured in '[MOC] Hoth Generator Defense' with the LDD design link.
My newest MK II Medium Repeating Blaster uses a black ice cream cone and a spanner wrench. Its LDD will be released in a series along with the rest
(LEGO may have come up with a new receiver part for the Overwatch series which might work well).
I thought of various places to put the Ion Cannon and finally settled here as I didn't want to fill that side with just lots of bricks :-) The Ion Cannon has an LED bulb embedded.
You also see a Viper Probe Droid next to the Ion Cannon. The Probe Droid has lots of new design elements which LDD I'll be happy to share with you soon.
A shield/power generator with four disks! Also you see a Rebel Combat Speeder in its AA role. You can find more information about the Combat Speeder below.
Han Solo returning from a recon mission. I think this is also a signature scene from the movie. Updated 2018.12.21.
Now onto my command center. Updated 2018.12.21.
There is that Toryn Farr whose popularity I can't quite follow.
A little cramped 'Blue Room' but you have to work with what you have.
Han Solo and General Rieekan having a discussion.
Oh that stare! Your worshipfulness!
<An acknowledgement here to Frank Diorio at dioramaworkshop.com for his wonderful command center and other decals which I've adopted here>
Although a bit cramped, my command center seems to be quite close to the film set.
Medical center which has been done to death.
Han Solo: "Alright, don't lose your temper. I'll come right back and give you a hand."
Chewbacca: "Grrrrrr!" Updated 2018.12.21. with Jerac's X-Wing
Snowspeeder bays follow after actual design changes made to the studio where the base was filmed. Updated 2018.12.21.
I thought the shadows over the X-Wings were the essential points. Updated 2018.12.21.
You also see three GNK "Gonk" Power Droids to the right. They are really fun designs and I'll release the LDDs soon.
Obligatory mission briefing scene before the sortie. Updated 2018.12.21.
Jerac's X-Wing is a perfect match ;-)
YSDWDY's T-47 Airspeeder (Snowspeeder)
Also here's my service gantry model which looks good and definitely works.Updated 2018.12.21.
One of two Treadwell droid models I know. This also has a nice LDD which I love.
The Rebel Troop Carrier is featured in detail below.
Singing in the Rain trooper.
This base features some complex cave networks which cannot be fully shown. It wouldn't be pleasant trying to recover some parts dropped in there!
Not the best angle, but this is how a probe droid should look.
A 'blue milk' breaktime. Updated 2018.12.21.
One last shot. Updated 2018.12.21.
Well, there you have it. This diorama set has been started in 2011 and finished only last week. That was one long project!! Hopefully now I can go on to something else - only what?
<Photos updated 2018.12.21. with lots more goodies>