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Imperial Visit on Nar Shadaa
Nar Shadaa Landing platform structure welcoming the Emperor
About this creation

Introduction


This is my first diorama since 20 years. I got the inspiration when seeing the following anticipation picture from Antoine Sandoval about Nar Shadaa and some landing platforms next to a road.


I used an Imperial visit as theme as it is relatively easier, especially as I own some of the 1999-2001 Lego® Star Wars sets.

Size Matters Not, or Does It ?


Yoda was very wrong with that one. When building Lego MOCs, I've read somewhere that large dioramas should be modular and each module should not exceed 4 base plates. So my diorama is exactly 64x64 and very modular. The structure can be cloned and put side-by-side with its clones or even front-to-front to have both sides of the roads. It's pitiful that I lack the bricks to make a second one.

It also gives ideas for complementary structures: a ramp allowing speeder to move from one floor to the other, a huge palace above the roads, defensive towers on top of towers ... Possibilities are infinite.

The Structure


The structure is composed of a landing platform on top of a support tower and a road in front of it. A ramp provides access from the road to the landing platform. On the base level, there is another road (going into the other direction) with also a technical walking access to the tower.




The top view:

Look at the arrow shapes used for the side barriers. They provide some dynamism to the structure.


Landing Platform and Tower


I really enjoy the surrounding of the landing platform, the yellow strips on the tower, and how the access ramp fits perfectly and smoothly with the road and the platform. There is almost no hole.


The killing comment from my son: “Dad, how can I play inside the tower? And then I had to build an opening mechanism giving enough space to play inside. The result is user-friendly.

The rear side of the tower and landing platform:

The Refuelling System


The art concept of Antoine Sandoval shows pipes and something remotely looking to a refuelling system at the rear of the landing platform. I tried to transcript the concept into something possible.

The Access Ramp


I like quite a lot how the access ramp turned out. It fits perfectly within the base road and the landing platform with only minimal gaps. A nice detail: the stairs helping people to walk on the ramp (and incidentally allowing minifigs to stand up).

From below:


The Base Floor


In order to decently render the sense of volume of the picture, i wanted to create to floors but had no idea what to do below. I decided to go with another road going to the opposite direction because it could be possible and would consume quite less bricks. So I replaced a problem of quantity by a technical challenge as the top road would ultimately be supported by eight 2x1 bricks and this is not a lot. Happily, i could use blue rails to consolidate the pylons.

A view from inside the walkway under the pylons’ arches.

The guards’ squad from behind. Look at the blue rails.

The Stormtrooper at the entrance of the tower:

Photoshopping


Some quick photoshopping to change the background of some pictures. Enjoy the results. The main photo was retouched by Jevon Lambright. The below two pictures have been retouched by Sam Silvers and the third one by Alard..





Prototyping, Testing, and Trying


Do or do not, there is no try! – Yoda (ESB)
This is so wrong !!! I had to build, un-build, rebuild, test, simulate, and restart so many times before finally having something satisfying me. Here are some photos from the building phase.





Comments, Criticism, Remarks ?


Ok, feel free to post your comment and hints to help me improving my future creations.



Comments

 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Epic, I really like it!
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  August 21, 2013
Great scene! Great brick build!
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  January 2, 2012
Very nice! looks great!
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  December 16, 2011
nice job! typically don't use blue for structures, but the proper back story makes the difference!
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  December 16, 2011
nice job! typically don't use blue for structures, but the proper back story makes the difference!
 I like it 
  November 28, 2011
Good Base!
Gorn Veynom
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White Knight
  November 24, 2011
Wow !>....this is super !....well done
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  November 23, 2011
sweet
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  November 23, 2011
Really awesome!!!!!
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  November 23, 2011
Wow incredible. Great work :)
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  November 23, 2011
Quoting Ape Fight This looks great! No idea whether it's true to the films or not but it's a really nice MOC with lots of well thought out detail. Unfortunately it only really comes alive against a background though - maybe something to think about for the next one? Anyways, worth a 5/5
Thanks for the constructive comment about the background. And I will keep your idea in mind for the next one. :)
 I like it 
  November 23, 2011
This looks great! No idea whether it's true to the films or not but it's a really nice MOC with lots of well thought out detail. Unfortunately it only really comes alive against a background though - maybe something to think about for the next one? Anyways, worth a 5/5
 I like it 
  October 18, 2011
Nice MOC. Looks like a lot of fun.
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  October 18, 2011
very cool landing platform!
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  October 10, 2011
Nice MOC,love the fx you gave it like the backgrounds and lighting.
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  October 10, 2011
Very nice!!!
  September 27, 2011
I like it a lot the photoshopping is excellent
 I made it 
  September 16, 2011
Quoting Eric W. I really like the playability of this. The functions are neat and it definately has that Starwarsy look to it. It also has that classic space look as well! My only issue was in the main pic, you have Kamino in the background but this a landing platform on Nar Shadaa. Doesn't bother me that much but I am certain other people will comment on that and could get rude. Overall, Awesome MOC!
Thank you, Eric. :) You are right about playability. My son likes playing with the structure. It is easy and imaginative (even using plastic soldiers). Regarding the main picture, I received another one from a friend, using the real Nar Shadaa as background. Enjoy the marvel!!!
Gorn Veynom
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Darth Lowe :D
  September 15, 2011
Great moc here, it should really be more popular, carry on building :D
 I like it 
  September 15, 2011
I really like the playability of this. The functions are neat and it definately has that Starwarsy look to it. It also has that classic space look as well! My only issue was in the main pic, you have Kamino in the background but this a landing platform on Nar Shadaa. Doesn't bother me that much but I am certain other people will comment on that and could get rude. Overall, Awesome MOC!
 I like it 
  September 14, 2011
Nice work :) I like the Emperor and Darth Vader coming down the stairs from the shuttle with the Red Guards behind them
 
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