Here's a photo of one of my original diorama designs based on the 1953 science fiction classic "The War Of The Worlds" that I call "Rout At Rocky Ridge". The model Martian war machines are by Pegasus Hobbies. One has a Starling Technologies WOTW Light
and Sound kit installed. The other has just the Starling Technologies WOTW Sound kit installed.
Both are self contained and are activated by rotating the 'cobra head' ray gun slightly off its center position. The base is of my design and has a burning
tank in the background along with flickering blue lights mounted at the end on the Lexan roda that the ships are mounted on. The clear plastic rods are my attempt to simulate the 'invisble legs' mentioned in the film. Although the book on which the film is
based has the machines as tripods, it was deemed too expensive and difficult to animate the tripod ships so their levatation was explained as invisible beams on which the machines propelled themselves.
Click on the L & S install tab (above left)
to see how I did it.
Note that I will build this diorama (or a close facsimile of it) for $500.00 plus shipping. This would include the Martian war machines model BOTH with light & sound installed (my diorama only has L&S in one and only light
in the other), the wrecked Piper Cub & burning Sherman tank, 12 Tamiya US Army men, base lighting effects and all the scenery shown or as close a copy that I can manage.
I am building this for free. The price reflects the cost of the aforementioned
kits, the kit shipping charges to me & the other parts of the scene (trees, wall, rocks, etc (no backdrop). If you have an interest in a copy of this diorama, please contact me through this web page or my personal email: email@example.com. Once
all the essentials are gathered, the build up will take me about four weeks, perhaps less. I will send a price list of each kit to verify my costs. If you can get one of the kits at a cheaper price, BUY IT, and I will reduce the diorama cost by the same amount.
If the above cost is too steep, I can make a simplier version (say with just one machine) or with a different choice of military models. Give me an idea what you might be interested in and I'll try try to come up with a rough description and a fair price.