Smallville Fortress of Solitude Crystal Console (DC Direct) Custom Diorama / Playset
Custom #:38041
Name:Smallville Fortress of Solitude Crystal Console
Contest:Dioramas II
Custom Type:Diorama / Playset
Toy Series:DC Direct
Date Added:April 2, 2012
Base Figure:Styrofoam • Hot Glue • Book Light • Drinking Straws
Height:9.00 inches
Completion Time:2.00 hours
This fortress is actually recycled from parts of a model made for my daughter, (my Smallville watching buddy). Of course a 7 year old could find it easy to let a 9" x 12" 2.oz toy go to the dogs. So I assured her that I'd make something new wit it since it was all diagonal cut styrofoam it could be lent to any set up imaginable. First I took a fresh chunk of 2" stryrofoam and cut out a base. Then I worked out the spot where I would hid my lighting rig and work it up to the console.

The light comes from a $1 book light with a long neck on it. I built up a console from two parts of diagonal segments, bored out a channel to pull the light through, matched it to the base rig and pulled it through. Then I capped off the open top of the console with a 1/2" piece of foam and then matched the diagonal cuts to it. On this new cap I started to insert my console recepticals. These are made from white and clear drinking straws. The white ones surround the inner core of clear straws. This helps contain the light but still gives off a nice luminesence.

The outer walls were brought up using remaining diagonal segments and VIOLA!!! The Smallville Crystal Console, complete with steps.
I placed this piece which is probably 9" x 9" x 6" onto my shelf display where I keep my other Superman Movie related customs and it was photo ready. It photographs pretty well in the dark with my iphone HDR.

Thanks for looking!!!

User Comments
PureToreador -
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I've been trying to make my own fortress diorama and need to know, where do I find those foam shafts and what would I call them?
GeekSummit -
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I start with the 1/2" foam and start cutting strips at different widths of 2" - 1/2"

Then I stack them on top of each other in different patterns and glue them together with hot glue. Then I slice them all at an identical angle so they always lean the same way.
kent32 -
Saturday, September 14, 2013
geeksummit you continue to be one of my inspirations...amazing
GeekSummit -
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I do appreciate that in a huge way. Definitely dig your early adaptation of making your own head casts. It it definitely an art form all it's own.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Thursday, May 24, 2012
always love your fortresses, great job.
Voting ends for the Dioramas II Custom Contest (customizer revealed). - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
fastfreddie -
Friday, May 18, 2012
that foam looks perfect for those crystals
Wallcrawler Customs -
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Is it getting cold in here, or is this diorama just too cool?!!
NeCrollector -
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Bakegirl -
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Perfection! You've really captured the solace of his fortress, as well as the frosty air vibe. Greatness!
Voting begins for the Dioramas II Custom Contest (pictures revealed). - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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