This first building is one of the smaller ones in the Diorama. It's based on this building seen in the model of the theme park:
I started by framing the building out of cardboard and styrofoam. I'm going to need walls to hide the sides of the bookcase, so I went ahead and started making an ancient crumbling wall by carving some rocks in a sheet of wood with a dremel.
Next I covered both the building and the wall with concrete patch. I forgot to take a picture of the wall at this stage, so here's just the building, pre-sanding:
While I was waiting on the concrete patch to dry so I could sand and paint it, I built a food vendor's stall to attach to the side. It's balsa-wood and bamboo skewers with a canopy made from plaster bandage. The hanging fish came from two Gragra figures, the other meats include claws from Dice Ibegon, the head and tail of a comic pack ysalamiri, and a tail from an Indiana Jones snake. The crate of red fruits is a miniature I found at the craft store, and everything else is modeling clay.
Here's the wall and building after the concrete patch was sanded and painted, minus weathering and a door:
And here it all is finished and in place on the shelf, along with a second wall that I didn't take any progress pictures of. The door on the house isn't very visible in this picture, but it's one of Raylen's spaceport doors, and the one on the wall is one of his dungeon doors. Anybody recognize the little beige alien making a guest appearance here?
There's more to come. I'll probably start working on the shop next.