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Before I start, let me just give total credit to the amazing dioramaby markus1984. When I first decided to start this MOC, I did a quick search of the forum to see what was about, and once I'd seen his amazing creation, it was hard to get it out of my mind. That said, I haven't intentionally lifted or ripped off anything from it (other than the point I mention) - both his and my creation are obviously lifted from ROTJ. Anyhows, the battle above the Sarclacc has always been one of my favourite scenes from ROTJ, and as I'd recently picked up a cheap 75020, I thought I needed something to display it. I did a big tan/teeth bricklink order without any definite plans and just ordered a load of pieces that I thought would be needed. The result... As with all my MOCs, I go more for the spirit of the scene rather than being screen accurate. The first thing you'll notice is no beak. I'm not a special edition hater, but the Sarlacc beak is one thing I really dont like - it changes the whole thing from the Mouth of Hell into Little Shop of Horrors - hence it doesn't make an appearance here. The biggest challenge here is the 'pit' nature of the build - I decided to go with a more volcano vibe (but this is going to change in the future I suspect). A build like this would obviously require a lot of tan back-filling, so I decided to use a technique I first saw suggested by Jang on YouTube (which may or may not be frowned upon here)... Duplo! Using this technique just saves time/bricks in a big way, and helped this move along much quicker. My original plan had been to attach the teeth using the 11090 bar holder with clip and attach that to concealed rails and poles. After looking at markus1984s work, I'm guessing that this is what he's done - which just means the next level up has a lot more to 'bite' on so to speak. When the 2 rows of teeth were complete, and the unseen brick shaping was finished, I started on the sand dune slopes that make up the side of the pit. I wanted to ensure at least one slope had a fairly shallow gradient in order that minifigures could be pulled in by the tentacles (there were originally 5 tentacles but it looked a bit overloaded). With slopes done, it was cladding time - covering up the exposed structure, Of course the inevitable happened, I ran out of tan bricks, which means a section of the rear is currently still uncovered (can I claim this is following the example of the UCS Ion Cannon?!?). I added more after this image but you get the idea. I'm not usually someone who insists on everything being tile-smooth, but it seemed appropriate to add tiles here to smooth out the sand effect. You can also see the beginnings of the final 'ground level' for the rear side of the MOC to the right of this image. So that's where I currently am. Next steps - build up the ground level to the brim of the pit on at least 2 sides ensuring all sides are covered and also to add more tiling to smooth things out. Of course, I couldn't resist a few action shots too! "Wait! I thought you were blind!" (Thanks to Winston Zeddemore for the face!) All comments and suggestions encouraged! Thanks for looking!
As I was inspired to build in microscale by toomuchcaffeine's (alas, now former ) Cuusoo project of micro Star Wars scenes (pictures here), it has always been my intention not to not just make vehicles. I wanted to give them a setting, to make a diorama with just a few pieces. Maybe there are more to come, but anyway I present here to you my first micro scene. [MOC] The Tiny Pit of Carkoon by Bert.VR, on Flickr Yes, I know. It's not a giant diorama that that epic scenes deserves (and has got), but still, I'm quite fond of it. The Sarlacc itself is the starting points. Add together 2 LEGO Friends hand mirrors/beac, 6 wild west horns/tentacles, 1 Technic turntable/teeth and some binoculars, clips and a dozen of SNOT bricks to make it bind, and voilà, there's your micro Sarlacc. Due to all the SNOT involved in this centerpiece, the build turned out quite complicated as a whole. Adding the curves to simulate dunes at an ofset didn't really help, but at least it gave a decent aesthetical effect. If you're more of an expert in the MOCcing cuisine, you can try to prepare the Sail Barge, as that's a quite complex recipe to follow. The distinct snout is hard to replicate in any scale of LEGO. You have to get the slope viewed from the side, and the curve viewed from the top. So you have to choose your ingredients - err... parts - very well. After using all kinds of pieces I had never heard of before (like Indian wigs, bizarre Hero Factory pieces, trays and bowls...) two rather ordinary (no offence) bow pieces (part 64225) seemed to deliver the right taste. Combining these with straight slopes and shields (O, I do love those!) gave what I was aiming for. The problem was keeping it together, and fitting it in with the rest of the dish - err... model. Some dirty tricks (no bricks were harmed, during the making of this model) gave a satisfactory result, though some gaps were left, I admit. [MOC] The Tiny Pit of Carkoon by Bert.VR, on Flickr To garnish your creation, you can't go without some Desert Skiffs. To be in scale, they had to be really tiny, even for my standards . It was hard to come up with an accurate and - even more important - pretty solution. In the end, I took the advise of "less is more" seriously for once and stayed with one piece, and one piece only. The Rescue can (part 90395) that had proven to be unsuitable for the main course (the Sail Barge) turned out to be just the right part for the job. All you have to do then, is to tell everybody not to notice the gaps, and to present your creation nicely. To evoke the dessert of Tatooine (pun intended), a chaotic and rough edge seems appropriate, especially since you don't want to cover up all those offsets you introduced earlier on... [MOC] The Tiny Pit of Carkoon by Bert.VR, on Flickr This model is best served rendered with LDD2POV-Ray, and with a long text alongside it. I wish you all a humble bon appetit. Please let me know how it tastes. If you have remarks about the spicing, please do tell me. Then I will fetch you some salt and pepper. (in other words: C&C welcome and appreciated)