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Giant G.I.Joe vs Cobra Battle Diorama

Diorama---HissTank
So, you're about to move in to a new house, you have a spare bedroom to dedicate to all of your plastic crack and you say to yourself...I wonder how I should display them? Well, if I were you, I'd take a page out of the playbook of fellow HissTank Community members McCheif and DNE76 and make yourself a GIANT G.I.Joe vs. Cobra Battle Diorama!

Here's just a taste of whats involved in this BEAST of a Dio -

The DIO was made over several months. We used several techniques and materials, including:
-styrofoam for the base and forms
-spackle for texture
-craft moss for grass and weeds
-silicone and blue food coloring for the frozen lake
-decorative sands for extra texture
-clear acrylic bases and rods for helicopter placement
and a LOT of paint!


There's a whole lot more to see, so join us after the jump to see this awesome Dio in all it's glory!
Credit: DNE76, McCheif of the Hiss Tank Forums!
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Reply To Article DISCUSSION: (Jump To This Thread On The Boards)
McCheif:
What do you do when your brother-in-law is building a new house and says he wants a unique way to display his 25th Joe collection? Why, you build a GIANT diorama of course!
It has been a long time coming, but DNE76 and McCheif are finally proud to present our custom G.I. Joe Battle Scene Diorama. This massive scene is over six feet long, three feet wide and at least five feet to the the mountain peaks!

Overall view!
http://www.hisstank.com/forum/images...attach/jpg.gif
Snow side detail:
http://www.hisstank.com/forum/images...attach/jpg.gif
Joe camp detail:
http://www.hisstank.com/forum/images...attach/jpg.gif
Cobra mountain pass fortress:
http://www.hisstank.com/forum/attach...1&d=1357613756

But WAIT, you say, why is there snow on one side of the ravine, and desert on the other? We took a few liberties with "reality" in order to make the most use of DNE's collection (he's a big fan of the snow serpents!).

The DIO was made over several months. We used several techniques and materials, including:
-styrofoam for the base and forms
-spackle for texture
-craft moss for grass and weeds
-silicone and blue food coloring for the frozen lake
-decorative sands for extra texture
-clear acrylic bases and rods for helicopter placement
and a LOT of paint!
-We even had our wives help us paint a few times, since there was so much surface area to cover, and the paint technique worked best when blending the colors wet.

The room and Joes belong to DNE76, while I ( McCheif ) added the artistic details. We both but in several long weekends worth of work, spread out over several months due to "real work" schedules. We planned out several designs, some of which were actually BIGGER, but wound up just going by feel as things progressed. There are over 110 figures in the diorama, and at least 30 pounds of spackle! We also kept finding a new way to "plus it" as Walt Disney used to say, usaully by adding more BATS and sand-bags!

There are a few details that are hard to make out in the pics (which don't even begin to due this thing justice, mostly because I'm a bad photographer). The MASS device has custom LED's added into the beam crystal and the three elements. I also custom cast the three cubes of elements on the push cart, using a clear resin and food coloring, so that they glow inside the cube. There are also LED's in the middle section of the weather dominator piece that Firefly is trying to secure from Wraith. There is a duplicate shot of the Cobra fortress that shows how it looks without the flash, which I think gives it a little more character a mood.

This DIO was a blast to build, and always makes us smile when we walk into the "Joe Room". Our next project is the much smaller, but no less fun, Dreadnok HQ!

PS, DNE76 would like to appologize to anyone who attempted to purchase the green sandbags off eBay anytime last year, he kinda went crazy!
Troynos:
Very nice.
Blood Brigade:
That is awesome dude.
COBRANINJAH:
That is what I want in my home, BRAVO !!!
carion:
I want to come over and play!!!!!
wildbill73:
Thats really sweet!! Lots of time and effort. can be seen. I wonder how hard it was to hook up the lighting tho?
Hobbes-timus Prime:
Insane.

I love it.
RolandofGilead:
I can honestly say that this is exactly what I picture n my head each and every time I go into a store and buy some Joe figures.
Danney:
WOW!! Front page anyone?
G.I. Gummby:
SO AWESOME! this is what I want to do to an entire room in my house someday. Well done!
Kaboomskie:
That's like my dream diorama...I've always wanted some big ass scenery to display my Joes in battle.

Great work!
Falcone:
Very reminiscent of the artwork and toy set-ups in the catalog insert booklets.
FlintWO2:
Yeah that is cool. It makes me want to get my toys out and start playing.
fireflyguy:
This sucks.






That it's not at my house! This is one of the most awesome things I've EVER seen, and I've been to Ireland!
McCheif:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Falcone View Post
Very reminiscent of the artwork and toy set-ups in the catalog insert booklets.
Those visuals were exactly what we were trying to capture!
Indiana Joe:
holy crap. that's freakin' sweet. nice work
CVdelgado:
freakin awesome.

kinda makes me wana sell ALL my shit cause ill never make anything that nice...
samantha:
Very cool. I love these kinds of displays.
angelofdeath69:
i want live there. how much is the rent?
Stygian:
First off, this looks awesome! As a huge, huge, huge fan of the Bridge Layer I have to commend you for creating a perfect use for it here. Make sure the DIO didn't compeltely join on both precipy (is that a word?) so that you could use the BL as a bridging device (literally) shows both planning and ingenuity! Awesome work.
maradona:
Exceptionally fun work, sir.
infinitefilms:
You just got a million awesome points from me.
ShadowNinja:
were are the damn ninjas? :-p
sonoftimmy:
Very Impressive! Great Job!
McCheif:
Thanks everyone for all the great feedback. We were excited to see the DIO make the front page!

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShadowNinja View Post
were are the damn ninjas? :-p
Snake Eyes is in there twice, but you know Ninjas, if you can see them their not doing their job right! After we build the Dreadnok HQ (our next project) we have talked about doing a Dojo scene.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stygian View Post
First off, this looks awesome! As a huge, huge, huge fan of the Bridge Layer I have to commend you for creating a perfect use for it here. Make sure the DIO didn't compeltely join on both precipy (is that a word?) so that you could use the BL as a bridging device (literally) shows both planning and ingenuity! Awesome work.
The Bridgelayer was a MUST. Our original idea had the Battle Platform in water, with the bridgelayer in the foreground. We were going to have snow merge to water merge to desert, but we needed alot more room, and then the canyon idea came up.

Quote:
Originally Posted by wildbill73 View Post
Thats really sweet!! Lots of time and effort. can be seen. I wonder how hard it was to hook up the lighting tho?
The lighting isn't all that hard, mainly because I use LED's from eBay that are pre-wired with resistors, so just wire them all together and hook it to a 12v cell-phone charger.
Pugsley:
That is the most awesome piece of absolutely awesome awesomeness that I have ever seen! The way you tied everything in together and made it all work and none of it seemed out of place was just... well... AWESOME!!!
Davestro:
Awesome work, gentlemen...very inspiring. I have this diagram of the Silent Castle in my head that I need to make one of these days.

Now pack it up and bring it to Joe Con in Indianapolis!
goosetuber:
Dear talented sir,

What an awesome display! Congratulations on a job well done.

There is no need to apologize for the snow/ desert issue. Cobra has a weather dominator! Nuff said
AMF:
Very inspiring guys. I'd love to be able to make something as cool as that someday
neapolitan joe:
Congrats from Italy, Bros!
Xenos:
Very cool. I've always wanted to do something like this, and I always enjoy seeing completed projects. I can live vicariously though you!
Snakeeyes78:
Very nice!!! Inspires me to want to do one!
GILTYONE:
Wow nice ish i had room for something like that!
Mr Hebime:
No words can describe the awesomeness of this setup. Bravo.
Redredly:
very cool dio...it looks amazing
soundwave84:
really great work.
hahoo3:
Great work, puts mine to shame, but will inspire me to work harder on the next one!
Tall Creeper:
Great job! Totally kicks some serious ass!!
80sKid:
Very nice! Would have loved to have something like this as a kid!
DecepticonSpike:
Awesome doesn't even begin to describe how, well, awesome this is!
Bernit69:
Awesome man...thanks for sharing. Love looking at Dio's.
iambob13:
Wow. This look's amazing. You all did great work. It's amazing that the wives helped, too. I can barely get my wife to play a LEGO game with me.

Keep up the good work.
McCheif:
Quote:
Originally Posted by iambob13 View Post
Wow. This look's amazing. You all did great work. It's amazing that the wives helped, too. I can barely get my wife to play a LEGO game with me.

Keep up the good work.
Its easier to get your wives to help with your toy hobbies when you constantly remind them how expensive it is go hunt or golf!
soundwave84:
that is something else!
McCheif:
thanks for all the great comments and feedback. It really feeds the desire to do more!
danielgogeta:
Super mega sweet! i wish my own room would be like this
triant:
love it!
TTT:
Front paged
figureware:
Awesome!
fireflyguy:
This is so epic. I just couldn't help looking at it again.
 

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