Gypsy Queens, you are cleared for launch! . 3...2...1... . Almost two years ago I was fortunate enough to receive the generous gift of a MATSF-5000E Superbanshee II SE from Stijn. To make things all the more strange, the intercontinental package was sent through Florida middleman Mike Yoder. What prompted this gift? I still don't know for sure.
Although I was stoked to receive such a swooshable fighter, I was a little burned out of building dioramas for starfighters. Over the course of the last couple of years I attempted 3 relatively large scale dioramas to present the fighter, including a cruder version of what you see here and a sort of Buddhist temple version. The models failed for various reasons, but mostly because I was struggling with the scale. While I have tried microscale before, it was never on such a large scale and I found it very difficult to grind out the small details that make everything come to life without the trusty minifig to guide me.
The model also includes Stijnís recent M28-Pig in the pen, as it were, in the lower left hand corner.
So cheers Stijn! I hope it was worth the wait.
For you stat-junkies the footprint approximately is 3x5ft. You don't see all 3 feet of depth because about 1/3rd of the total area is behind-the-scenes structural support. That support included a stack of hardback novels and textbooks on the other side of the sloping wall. Their purpose was to keep the elevated landing pads straight. I just can't abide sag in my landing pads, and neither should you.
There are about 200 trees in the diorama...who are all "kept equal, by hatchet...axe...annnnnd saw"!
The original inspiration for this diorama was the brief elevator scene in Akira, a film that has inspired many of my models over the years.
Fun Fact: The ships have no landing gear! The builder couldn't figure out how to include them and neither could I. The fighers have a very odd center of gravity and are built in such a way that does not allow easy modification without mucking up the lines.
The landing pads, were you to pull them out, would look like those old-chool wire fly-swatters. It would be fun to unload on somebody with one, although the pieces would go flying everywhere.
That's it, get some sleep!