Star Wars Rebel Base Expansion: 10 Years In 25 Seconds

The centrepiece of my Star Wars room is my rebel base.  It’s amazing to think that every time I think that it’s finished or that “I can’t find anymore room” I end up coming up with another way to add more X-wing fighters. The base started as a single tabletop display featuring the original Kenner Millennium Falcon and a two Target exclusive vehicles: a Y-wing fighter and an X-wing fighter. Little by little as my collection grew I would find ways to expand things just enough to fit whatever new vehicles I ended up with.

The Star Wars Room Timeline

July 6, 2022

If you listened to the Sandcrawler podcast we spent a lot of time talking about our Star Wars rooms and in my case that included getting into diorama building and dabbling in customizing Star Wars figures. We posted alot of those discussions in blog form on our website and I’m happy to report that I have finally moved those articles over to this site.

What you’ll find in The Star Wars Room (which you can also access from the home page) are articles on various decisions I’ve made over the years in my room. From replacing mismatched furniture to painting the walls to building dioramas to expanding my Rebel base from one tabletop to a multi-level monstrosity you can follow along in my journey as a Star Wars collector.

I’m by no means an expert collector, customizer or diorama builder but I have discovered that taking those next steps in collecting and displaying Star Wars toys is often quite easy and it doesn’t take much to see cool and fun results. With that in mind, I hope you’ll find some inspiration as you follow along with the progress of my Star Wars passion.

Rebel Base: Adding Runway Lights & More

May 2020

This part of my Rebel base sits on the floor of the Star Wars Room, and I had originally built it for the Millennium Falcon. It’s a smaller space than some of the other sections so it was a good candidate for parking the smaller-scaled Power of the Force X-wing Fighter. 

I had some runway lights, like the one’s seen in the entrance to Echo Base in The Empire Strikes Back, 3D printed so I could add more than just strings of lights around the diorama space.  They look really nice, although a brighter bulb would enhance things even more. 

This part of my Rebel base sits on the floor of the Star Wars Room, and I had originally built it for the Millennium Falcon. It’s a smaller space than some of the other sections so it was a good candidate for parking the smaller-scaled Power of the Force X-wing Fighter. 

I was also able to find a more permanent home for The Outrider, Dash Rendar’s ship from Shadows of the Empire as he visits the rebels, looking for an easy payout.  It’s a cool design and I’m glad to finally be able to display it where I want it.  The U-wing from Rogue One is a monster of a vehicle when trying to display it and like The Outrider, I think I’ve found a good home for it.  Still wish Hasbro would give us a better scaled one.  

The diorama isn’t 100% finished yet though. There’s an empty space in the back/middle that I want to turn into a small control room.  

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW MINUS RUNWAY LIGHTS

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A Garage For A Y-wing PART 1: Expanding the Rebel Base Diorama

May 2020

The main focus in my Star Wars room is my rebel base display.  This started out with an X-wing, a beat-up vintage Millennium Falcon and a snow speeder years ago and slowly has grown again and again.  I’m pretty sure I’ve run out of space to add even one more vehicle (What will I do when the Rogue One General Merrick X-wing Fighter is released?.

My Rebel Base Around 2012 or so. Adorable, right?
My Rebel Base February 2022 – Just a little bit of expansion since 2012.

Over the years I’ve begun to add walls and control rooms and a pilot ready room (still need to finish that, now that I think about it).  But I’ve always kept things on the ground level, as it were.  Then a couple years ago I began buying Project Bricks and started building walls.  I even got brave enough to tackle an homage to the control room from the Disney Parks attraction, Star Tours.  Having this control room suspended from the display shelf above set off a light bulb in my head:  Start building UP instead of left to right.  

“Star Tours” inspired control booth

I wanted to add another control room to the display, this time on the top “shelf.”  But instead of trying to wedge one in behind one of the rebel starships I decided to put it ON TOP. So I picked up a box of Project Bricks and set to work.  

I guess the easy answer to my problem is “just add another shelf on top” but that would put things too close to the room’s window that’s just above the top of the display.  And besides, I had some packaging material that I really wanted to try out and this project seemed like a good way to do that.  (Shout out to diorama builders who see packing material as more than just packing material).  So, I decided to build a garage with a control room on top and I chose the right side, above a Y-wing fighter to do it:

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I glued the walls together, began building the control room with the foam bricks, added some lights and……hated it.  

Absolutely hated it.

Check back next week to see how things turned out!

<Cue John Williams “End Credits”> 😉

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