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  1. Hi all, I haven't tried a diorama since I was a young fella but when building a Star Wars Podracer for the recent Sci FI GB, I knew I had to give it a try! So armed with stuff I found around the garage and garden, here's some pics.. A base from MDF kindly donated by fellow forum member, Chief Wiggum. I went for a round base because I felt it was a good contrast to the Podracer which is long and narrow.. Sanded the base and added a couple of brush coats of leftover wood stain. I then glued down some cardboard and a piece of scrap wood to support the ship in flight.. Then lashed on some Polyfilla and tried to add some texture to it with a wooden stick while it dried. I also added some suitably sized pebbles from the garden as rocks, pushed into the 'filla. I sprinkled some of the kids' play sand over it as well as it dried. You can make out the brass beam that's glued in a hole drilled in the wooden block - this had a corresponding, smaller sized beam in the Podracer port engine Once the base was dry, I brushed it with a suitably sandy colour. But it looked a bit 'one-dimensional'. Having read a bit more about groundwork, I gave the raised bits a drybrush with a lightened version of the base colour...which I thought turned out ok! When the Podracer was finished, I added it to the base - the starboard engine is supported by a thick piece of wire hidden within the 'energy binders' while the pod itself is supported by two bits of painted wire coat hanger. And that's it! For something made from leftovers (apart from the metal beam which I bought), I'm really happy with the end result! Thanks for looking. Dermot
  2. Now that you've all probably stopped laughing out there, yes, I'm going to try and build this one! Bought back when the film came out... Box art with a screen grab from the movie... A tease on the box side... What's inside (minus the instructions)... Pod & cockpit sprues plus the funky base.. Close up of Anakin...even for 1/32, he looks about 12 years old....I thought he was meant to be 6 or 7?! The engines sprues... Close up of the engine parts - some very soft detail in places.. The energy binder-thingys (purple sprue) and some metal wires so you can model it 'in flight'....which is racing mode I guess. Also in with the metal is a flat piece of clear plastic you need to curve for the windscreen...jeez, they broke their hearts in the AMT offices with that.. And that's it. I'm going to attempt to model this in flight but with only one engine supported underneath (like some other builds have done). This will be either be great......or as annoyingly bad as a certain Mr JJ Binks himself. Good luck with your builds! Dermot
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