A Scattering of Moondust

When I was around seven, my grandfather gave me a book about the Apollo missions to the moon. One of the photos in the book that made an impression on me was a full page colour photo of the earth. That photo was part of the inspiration for this diorama. In this scene, a lunar shuttle has run into trouble after leaving earth and has crash landed before reaching its destination on the moon. 

Forced perspective is all about compressing vast distances. In this case, the 384,000 kilometers (238,607 miles)  between the earth and moon has been compressed into a diorama measuring only 17cm (6 3/4”) in depth. The illusion of perspective is created not only with the aid of the photographic backdrop, but also by tapering the trail left by the ship, and adjusting the colour and level of detail of the lunar surface from front to rear. For more tips on creating the effect of forced perspective, see my book Forced Perspective Dioramas (in paperback on Amazon and in e-book format on Apple Books.)

Details about the construction of the diorama were presented in the last four posts, beginning with carving the lunar base, then texturing the surface, adding the lighting, and finally, building the spacecraft.

The shell is a Master Tools (Trumpeter) display case. The clear plastic was of poor quality and rather hazy so I cut out the front panel and replaced it with a piece of 3mm transparent acrylic. The sides and top of the case were painted with a stone effect spray paint.

Despite the increasing insanity we witness on this planet every day, the earth is still beautiful when viewed from space. May its beauty always remain.