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#1 Barbo

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 12:39 PM

Hi...whats your favorite scene or theme? when building a diorama......My favorite scenes are Restaurants,Fast-Foods and Stores, not too much Gas Stations and workshops. For themes I like to do Raceways, actual and existing structures that are part of history.......Barbo.

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:55 PM

I like to do open area as locations for my dios. I think I just like to see vehicles doing what they were designed to do. Like a backkhoe digging, a firetruck/ police cruiser at an accident, a transport getting loaded/unloaded or a pickup with a trailer in tow. I've yet to build a garage or a junkyard mainly because thats not were vehicles are suposed to be in normal circumstances. However a drive-in restaurant/truckstop does have potential.
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:45 PM

Thats great.......Carl, open area dioramas are difficult to acomplish , when a diorama has a backdrop or a structure it becoms part of the scene and it completes the idea and locks the imagination . But , a open diorama must stand for it self, must look strong and complete in details, at the same time leaving space for the imagination of the spectator, ...You have that special grip...I can tell by your work.....hope to see more of your great open dioramas...........Barbo.

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 04:48 AM

One of the major prblems I have with my dios is that there is no front side . This is sometimes a problem when I go to shows.

My current project, which is a consruction scene in a gravel pit, will be housed in an old TV cabinet. That way I will have a restricted viewing angle. I won't have to worry about the back side of everything looking right. I still working on the models for it and haven't started on the diorama part yet

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:42 AM

Hi..dptydawg.. when ever you can, post photos to see how this diorama is going ...your comment seems interesting ,"NO FRONTS" ?, it's not always important, What matter is, how you can grab the spectator's attention... that is called a succesfull diorama....Barbo

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 05:54 AM

Anything Route 66-like. Love those structures and textures used back-in-the-day!

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 02:17 PM

oh, Mike...... please...?

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 05:21 PM

Hi....Mike Napoleon...I have two great books , maybe you have them but if you do not ...they have photos and history information of the fast foods of the 50's and 60's.....''AMERICAN ROADSIDE MEMORIES'' and ''ROUTE 66 REMEMBERED'' both are from Michael Karl Witzel. I got them from Boarders at a very low price.........Barbo.

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 05:25 PM

I guess i like anything that has lots of action. I try to make my dioramas interactive. Get the viewer involved in the scene.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 11:56 AM

Hi....Mike Napoleon...I have two great books , maybe you have them but if you do not ...they have photos and history information of the fast foods of the 50's and 60's.....''AMERICAN ROADSIDE MEMORIES'' and ''ROUTE 66 REMEMBERED'' both are from Michael Karl Witzel. I got them from Boarders at a very low price.........Barbo.


Yup! Gottem both around here somewhere..,plus a few others. Pump and Circumstance is great for old gas station references too!

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:01 AM

When I finally get some done I have planned a repair shop/gas station. Something I saw photos of once before. Also either a turn or straight away a Daytona with a couple cars on it. Also wanted to do a rusted out scene. I have plenty others I have diagrammed in my mind but these are my top 3.



When I finally get some done I have planned a repair shop/gas station. Something I saw photos of once before. Also either a turn or straight away a Daytona with a couple cars on it. Also wanted to do a rusted out scene. I have plenty others I have diagrammed in my mind but these are my top 3.



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

All of the diorama's I've done have been rusted relics. I like the idea of a vehicle that has been used, is past its prime, and has been forgotten by most. The viewer can use his imagination as to where its been, how it was used, and how it ended up where it is. No one comes up with the same story, which is in my opinion part of the charm behind this kind of display.

 

Mine all have a "front " side, but can just as easily be viewed from all sides.



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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:21 AM

I like old and rusty ,cars ,building,trucks,i can make any thing kook old ,



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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:33 AM

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1/4" scale (1/48)

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1/2" scale (1/24)


Old gas stations and garages are favorites of mine. Route 66 subjects work for me too. I'm currently doing a small piece of an old auto court in 1/16th scale.

Edited by Chuck Doan, 12 March 2013 - 04:40 AM.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:11 AM

My last 2 creations both had to do with tragedies. The Last Ride, posted below, is about the demise of John Milner from the More American Graffiti movie. Before that I did the DEADMAN'S CURVE Diorama, from the Jan and Dean song.

Other than that I like to try to construct a town type setting, as I am working on different types of neighborhoods. Some good, some kind of seedy looking.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

I like the old Texaco gas stations. They just had that one of a kind 50's look.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

My last 2 creations both had to do with tragedies. The Last Ride, posted below, is about the demise of John Milner from the More American Graffiti movie. Before that I did the DEADMAN'S CURVE Diorama, from the Jan and Dean song.

Other than that I like to try to construct a town type setting, as I am working on different types of neighborhoods. Some good, some kind of seedy looking.

I don't see any link to your dioramas, I'd like to see both of them. Send a link if possible.



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:50 AM

While I have yet to build one, I have been taking photos and planning what will be my first one. Turn five at Road America. I'm somewhat surprised at the lack of race track dios I have seen.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:19 AM

Still have to start building my "Planned Project" 1913 rural firehouse from Masonville, N.J. I have decided on 1/48 scale.   Another vignette I have thought about is a second or third story window of a building on fire, where a mother surrounded by smoke billowing out reaches to hand her infant to a firefighter on a ladder(either ground or aerial device)...

 

 

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

I don't see any link to your dioramas, I'd like to see both of them. Send a link if possible.


Milner's Last Ride. 1/64th scale
http://i8.photobucke...e/Misc004-1.jpg

These 2 are 1/87th scale
Deadman's Curve diorama

http://i8.photobucke...C/Misc006-2.jpg


Here is one for IMSANUT who was looking for Race track scenes.

http://i8.photobucke...ce/track005.jpg

Edited by Mercman, 16 April 2013 - 01:30 PM.