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This is a set of very small surface tiles for a certain space station
which is no moon. Intended for very small scale dioramas, the tiles
are sized to a 10mm x 10mm grid, with the basic square tile size being
20mm on each side. I'm not sure what scale this puts them at, but it's
somewhere between 1:350 and 1:500, I think.
I originally designed these tiles to be cut out of flat styrene sheets
using a Cricut Maker
electronic cutting machine, which is how I built the originals, in the
same manner that I built my
1:144th scale T-16 Skyhopper. I've
since modified those patterns to add detail and make them printable.
I'm also building a Death Star trench run diorama with these, and you
can follow my
build thread on the Replica Prop Forum. At
the bottom of this page are are some resources that have inspired me -
other model builders, and for original prop reference, very little
beats Prop Store auctions! Bite sized updates are also posted to my
The tiles are not sized according to a defined scale -- they're sized
to a strict 10mm x 10mm grid, with each tile's dimensions being in
multiples of 10mm. I like the math to work out evenly like that. The
standard square tiles are 20mm x 20mm, which is what I consider the
"whole tile" size, and everything else is in multiples or fractions of
that basic tile size - quarter tiles are 10mm x 10mm, double tiles are
40mm x 40mm, and there are several variations inbetween (10x20, 10x40,
Please note that these are a work in progress, and not all of them
have been printed yet. Most of them have been printed on a variety of
resin printers at this point, but as I don't have a resin printer of
my own, I have not tested all of them. If you do attempt to print
them, please send me feedback so I can improve them!
Version 3, 2020-10-11
This is a minor update with some tweaks based on printing experience -
some of the fine detail on some tiles has been enlarged somewhat
(primarily given more vertical offset, though some raised lines have
also been thickened) to be more distinct. Modified tiles are
highlighted in magenta in the picture below.
I've also included some 4x4 tile arrangements in the 40x40 tile
folder. These are either mostly patterns of tile arrangements found on
the original Death Star (or as close to them as can be with the set of
tiles I've modeled so far) and some originals. These don't contain any
new details beyond what you can already find in the 20x20 tiles, but
they should make it more convenient to print and assemble some of the
common tile patterns, such as the classic loop.
Version 2, 2020-09-28
- 8 new 20x20 Tiles
- Tiles 21, 22, 25, and 26 are all new, and model a few original
medium altitude tiles from ANH.
- Tile 23 and Tile 24 split up Double Tile 02 into its two
halves. While it's most recognizable as a pair, the two pieces
do appear individually, which you can find in the high
resolution photos on this
starwars.com article: "BRUCE LOGAN: THE SPECIAL-EFFECTS JEDI WHO BLEW UP THE DEATH STAR". Here's
direct link to the high resolution parking lot Death Star surface
filming photo. This is the highest resolution version of this
photo available anywhere, as far as I can tell, and it's a
fantastic reference. You can really see how the different scales
of tiles are mixed in a single shot.
- Tile 01a is a variation of Tile 01, with more detail. It's
basically the quarter tiles that make up the 20x20 loop shape
joined together. I think it's a little more accurate and a
little better looking than Tile 01, which is based on my
original hand-made tile.
- Tile 01b is a variant of Tile 01a, which substitutes the
straight section for the dogleg section. Basically a convenience
for something you could assemble from the quarter tiles - it's a
pattern I like, and have used on my Death Star diorama.
- New 20x40 Tile
- Double Tile 03 - based on the undercarriage of the T-16
Skyhopper, which I already had in printable form. This stands in
for the kitbashed double tile I made out of the Bandai 1:144
scale Imperial Hover Tank.
- New 40x40 Tile
- Quad Tile 02 - I saw this
beautiful piece of artwork by Luis Guggenberger
which became the Dreadnought antenna from The Last Jedi and
thought it would make an excellent large tile, so I modeled a
version of it. I did not model the actual antennae, as they
would be too fragile to print - they can easily be added with
simple music wire and tubing, or many of the exquisite machined
parts from Master-Model.pl.
- Towers! There are 3 sizes of Death Star turbolaser
tower. IMPORTANT NOTE: These have not passed all the online
printability checks. The 3dhubs checker reports lots of
self-intersecting faces in the panel lines, but Formlabs PreForm
software doesn't report any problems. YMMV.
- One with a 40x40 base and three sections, and two with a 20x20
base - a two section and a single section. There's also a
separate 20x20 STL of the bottom section only of the two-section
- Also included is a 20x20 laser tower "shelf", intended for use
on vertical walls.
- The turbolaser "head" is modeled separately, so it can be
attached at any rotational angle (or even made posable with
- Like the Dreadnought antenna, I have not modeled the actual
laser cannons, as they would be very tiny and probably too
fragile to print. Again, I recommend getting some brass cannons
from the many varieties Master Model makes.
- Blanks - I threw in blank tiles in each size. They're nothing but
1.5mm thick squares in 10x10, 10x40, 10x40, 20x20, 20x40, and 40x40
mm. Print some out and make your own kitbashed tiles!
Version 1, 2020-09-14
Included are the following (so far):
- 20 standard tiles (20x20)
- 12 quarter tiles (10x10)
- 1 "double-half" tile (10x40)
- 2 double tiles (20x40)
- 1 quad tile (40x40)