Also, I figured the large cardboard tube used for concrete shaping isn't tall enough...will have to figure out a way to get the tractor beam machine and the top floor/cannon added.
Materials so far:
Three pieces of 36 x 26 foam board from art and craft store: $15
Cardboard tube for concrete pouring: Loew's: $11
Thick styrofoam blocks...1.5 inch by 20 inch by 12 inch: $27
The styrofoam blocks were used for the base walls and the columns. They weren't as strong as I though they would be. I used a box temporarily for the trash compactor.
Photo 1: Materials with Blue Snags and old death star for reference.
Photo 2: Build first "floor".
Photo 3: First level cut including garbage chute.
Photo 4: Drawing second floor.
Photo 5: Second floor cut.
Starting the elevator shaft.
Side by side: Elevator, trash compactor, first floor next to original.
Connecting first floor to elevator shaft door.
Ground floor panels made of thick styrofoam. Box used as trash compactor for now.
Second floor columns and floor added. Not as sturdy as I hoped it would be.
R2, C3PO and Death Squad Commander.
Luke Skywalker and the Princess prepare to swing across the chasm - OK, will need to build that. I have ideas on how I would do that.
Once again, side by side with the original.
The prototype took about two hours. Not sure when I willhave time to cut this in wood yet. May at least paint the elevator and second floor in their darker colors.
To be continued...