These are the scenic accessories you need to make a diorama of Mos Eisley's Docking Bay 94 on Tatoooine. Recreate the audience's first sight of the Millennium Falcon in the first Star Wars
The parts are scaled to 1:350 to match the Bandai Vehicle 006 Millennium Falcon
model kit only.
Please read the following if you're interested in these items.
These accurizing parts are not mass-market commercial products. They won't easily snap together like a Bandai plastic kit. I made them for my own use, and have put them here in case they're of interest to someone else. Possibly you, since you’re reading this.
These are components for the serious model maker who wants to build a more accurate miniature. They require finishing. If you don't want to trim, sand, and glue, then these aren't the parts you're looking for!
The parts are tiny, and easily broken. They push the limits of today's 3D printers. The detail in the digital previews is all there, but it won't always be visible at the miniscule sizes that this scale requires!
What you get.
This excitingly fiddly set includes crates, ground lights, a forklift, doors, and various greeblies. Illuminated parts have holes for optional fibre optics. Since no full blueprints or complete photos of Docking Bay 94 are known to be publicly available, the models are based on screen grabs and behind-the-scenes shots, so they aren't necessarily 100% accurate.
What self-respecting spaceport would be without a fine selection of space crates? Docking Bay 94 has a number of crates lying around - mostly cubes with circular patterns on each face, and bigger crates with rectangular grids. The grids are not modelled as they're too fine to be printable. The crates are too small to be printed individually, and so are attached to a flat plate. They'll need to be sawn off with a fine razor saw, and the sprue filed down. Or else keep the sprue attached and drill a 1mm hole in the diorama board. The parts are certainly much easier to paint on-sprue.
There are additional random greebly thingies scattered around the set, conveying an air of general mechanical decrepitude, and I've made models of many of them. However I've omitted a few that are too small or are difficult to make out in the screen shots. The greeblies include:
- The angular blue box - maybe some kind of power supply? - that sits beneath the Falcon. It has two red lights on the top - quite possibly German-built Hella 2RL rotating beacons with the motors turned off. I've added holes for running fibre optics to these lamps, though they won't be very bright since 0.25 fibre is used. You'll need to mask off the beacons before painting the body, and clear-coat instead of priming them. Finish off the lights with a little transparent red paint. Behind-the-scenes photos show that this box has a kind of rectangular exhaust pipe thingie protruding from the top back, but it's too small to 3D print properly.
- Two copies of the stacked barrel sort of objects - the props shown to the left of our heroes as they first enter the docking bay. These have holes for 0.25mm fibres for the green (left) and red (right) lights in the middle. There's not much room for a light source, unless you drill a hole and stick a 0402 SMD LED in there, but the barrels are propped against walls, so you could easily put a light behind that.
- The two mysterious tall totem pole things that we get a really brief glimpse of twice in the scene. I've had to guess the details on these stretched ovoid objects. They also need thin wire pipes or rails.
- The sort of low dome thing behind the Falcon, near the back wall. This is only briefly visible for a split second during the scene. Yes, this is completist.
- Pipes that stand near the walls. One group also has a control panel on a short post, but since we never see the panel top I added a couple of random greeblies.
- Finally there are three or four low grey rectangular cylinder things. (two under the Falcon and one hidden behind the forklift) These items are all attached to a flat plate for printing purposes.
Did you notice the ordinary British-made Lansing Bagnall red forklift (technically a "reach truck") in the docking bay? It's hidden in plain sight - just sitting quietly against the back wall, equipped with an enormous claw for lifting rolls of paper and other cylindrical objects. Since it appears in making-of shots, it was probably used to build the set in Elstree, England, back in 1976. And then it was just left there once the cameras started rolling. The model needs some thin wires for the safety bars and grid-like roof. These aren't included since they're unprintably small.
Both Docking Bay 94 and Echo Base in The Empire Strikes Back
feature these round lamps on the ground. They're actually US military runway lights from World War II - “Bartow” type D-1 beacons built by the Line Material Company of Pennsylvania; widely deployed in Britain to illuminate the runways of US airbases. Thirty years later some of these beacons were bought as surplus scrap by Roger Christian and the Star Wars
set decorating team, and became a minor footlight, er, footnote, in movie history.
Unfortunately the beacons are really difficult to model at 1/350 scale as they're so small. So I've made two versions, all with a little cage to protect them in shipping
. There are complete versions which can't be lit, but which can be sawn off the base plates. And there are hollow versions with a hole in the bottom. These have to be cut off the sprue, and 0.5mm fibre optic inserted into the hole. This fibre will serve both as a post and a light delivery mechanism, allowing you to light the suckers up. You'll need to prime and paint the lower half, and clear-coat the upper lit half to protect the acrylic resin.
There are a number of yellow-painted doors in the docking bay, and I've supplied doors and frames accordingly. These doors have the same pattern as the one behind which C-3PO and R2-D2 hide from marauding stormtroopers in an earlier scene.
In fact, keen-eyed fans will notice that a door with the same rounded criss-cross pattern was painted gloss white and recycled as the front airlock of Princess Leia's ship in the opening sequence. Though seen at the start of the film, this hallway attack was actually one of the last scenes shot in England for the 1977 movie.
What you don't get.
No human or alien figures. No droids. There are a number of very small details omitted, such as the pile of tiny greeblies on the ground next to the blue box and one of the light fixture thingies located far behind the two low yellow boxes. This is because you can't see these things very clearly in the movie, behind-the-scenes shots don't really show much more, and they're mostly too small or finely built to make into printable models. There are also a couple of simple objects I didn't bother to model, such as the pair of yellow waist-high posts seen beneath the Falcon, since they're easy enough to make with some stretched sprue. Finally I didn't include any hoses or cables since they're best made using fine wire.