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This is our day-to-day story, starting on Friday 25th May 2012, actually the 35th Anniversary of 'Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope'!


Enjoy this story by the fans, for the fans.


Will we soon bring you a video documentary as well as a book, filled with fantastic photographs of this once-in-a-lifetime undertaking.




On this page, the Pioneers who traveled to Tunisia to Save the Lars Homestead, share with you their very own adventure.

Re-live the excitement of pulling off a restoration that has been one of the most anticipated projects in a galaxy far, far away.

Your guides are: Mark Dermul, Terry Cooper, Mark Cox, Robert Cunningham, Imanuel Dijk and Michel Verpoorten (more on our crew on this page). Oh, and lets not forget our 'caterer', Colin Kenworthy. After all, he supplied us with cool drinks and icecreams when we most needed them.

Day 6


Wednesday 30th May 2012


After a breakfast that consisted solely of a coffee (the Résidence Warda, where we were staying, did not serve breakfast until 6.30am), the Saviours headed back out to Nefta. While some continued work on the base of the igloo, attaching plywood and chicken wire, Terry installed his entry coder, which was an exact replica from the one seen in A New Hope. It looks absolutely stunning. He had cast his gizmo in a synthetic material and painted it a matte black, to make the red and white buttons stand out. It was then covered in a protective plastic sleeve. Imanuel, in the meantime, oversaw the restoration of the base around the steps leading into the homestead, using the original pieces. For the final step into the igloo, they had Abdellatif create special cement. Into it, they deposited a mix of sand from all the Star Wars filming locations in Tunisia, making it a unique stepping stone indeed. How symbolic!


Mark Cox and Robert dusted off the igloo in preparation of the first layer of cement. They gave it a try, but Ali, one of the local builders, shook his head and took over. They know that stuff so much better than the Saviours did. With precision and skill, Ali, Kasem and Abdellatif mixed the cement and applied the protective layer around the base of the homestead. It did not take long for it to dry, with the temperatures slowly but surely climbing back into the low thirties (Celsius, that is!).


That freed up the Saviours to start digging the hole in which the commemorative plaque would be installed. We needed to dig a hole deep enough to anchor the plaque in place, since these salt flats are often buffeted by the desert winds.


Around 11am, the cement was dry and the layer of plaster could be applied. Or so they thought. But the mix dried faster in the wheelbarrow than it could be applied. With 43°C (that’s 110°F) they had no other option than to call it a day, sooner than they wanted to.


Back in Tozeur, after a refreshing shower and a good lunch, it was back to the internet café to upload another bunch of photos and videos (and smoke a Hookah, the local version of the waterpipe). After all, the world was watching and the Saviours wanted the fans to be able to follow every step of the way. Their encouragement on the social media brought a smile to the Saviours’ faces and kept them even more motivated than they already were.


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Crew & Saviours

Pic 6

Find out who who donated to make this restoration possible and meet the crew who traveled out to Tunisia to make it happen.



Pic 7

We are currently hard at work creating a wonderful coffee table book, with loads of never before seen images. Stay tuned!