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Hot chicken Jedha

Robin Rowland 
There’s another citadel temple city on the moon Jedah. And the Empire is occupying this city as well as can be seen from the Imperial Star Destroyer overhead. (Robin Rowland)

According to Wookieepdia, there is more to the moon Jedah than just the NiJedah Holy City destroyed in the movie Rogue One A Star Wars story:

Many settlements on the moon, such as the ancient Holy City, sat atop the world’s natural mesas…

So the model above is my latest semi-canon creation. The mesa temple city is scratch built. The Star Destroyer is the Hot Wheels model.

This all started one evening when I had a speaking engagement and so, with no time to cook, I picked up a whole hot roast chicken at the local supermarket. Delicious. Then I noticed something. Hey, I thought, in my sometimes off the wall way, that container resembles that city from Rogue One.

A hot chicken container that resembles that ancient desert city from Rogue One –or that’s what I thought over dinner. (Robin Rowland)

After I got the black plastic “mesa” out of the dishwasher, I went to my stash and pulled out the Star Destroyer I bought a year or so ago cheap at a dollar store, just to see if would work.

Hot Wheels Star Destroyer on top of a one-time chicken container. (Robin Rowland)

Given the huge size of a Star Destroyer and its size in relation to the Holy City, it was clear that this model city would be a larger mesa and settlement that one in Rogue One.

Screengrab from Rogue One showing the huge Star Destroyer over the Holy City of Nijedha.
The Star Destroyer leaves NiJedah as the Empire evacuates its forces prior to the destructive attack from the Death Star.
The same scene using with the model. The stand has been erased in Photoshop. (Robin Rowland)

The next step was to turn the chicken container into a city on Jedah.

Top view. Buildings were added using scrap plastic, tops of tubes, the top of a dental floss dispenser and chopped up Evergreen plastic strips. (Robin Rowland)
The iconic domed buildings found on Jedah and Tatooine are bits of sprue. (Robin Rowland)

The Star Destroyer was repainted and weathered.

Then I built up the city, painted it, weathered it. Then it was glued onto a foamboard base and the desert landscape was added.

The Jedha model city. (Robin Rowland)

The Star Destroyer on its Hot Wheels stand. (Robin Rowland)
The city and the Star Destroyer. Stand removed using Photoshop. (Robin Rowland)
Front view of the mesa, the city and the Star Destroyer. (Robin Rowland)
Jedha model opposite view. (Robin Rowland)
Jedha model with the Star Destroyer on its stand. (Robin Rowland)
Jedha model and Star Destroyer (stand removed by Photoshop. (Robin Rowland)
Top view of the mesa city. (Robin Rowland)

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