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#21 Mercman

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 02:47 PM


I thought it was with Kens ok??


It was originally. I decided to delete it, less hassle this way. he said I could password protect the album, but I deleted instead. Just easier I thought. Sorry guys.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:30 PM

It's a really long shot, but have you checked the nearby libraries? It's not the same as having your own, but if you find a particularly useful section you could photocopy it. If there are any nearby, a university library would be your best bet. They generally have all sorts of strange books.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 03:18 PM

I just found one for 65.00 bought it now waiting to receive, so i can get started, new to this diorama stuff but have been collecting and building for years

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:02 AM

You'll be glad you did. The book is filled with great projects and ideas, and more importantly your model cars and photographs will thank you you did.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 08:26 AM

YES - the mailman just delivered the book. It looks to be in excellent condition.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 10:51 AM

Great, hope you enjoy it. It will give you lots of irresistible ideas.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 11:21 AM

If there's any info on making my builds rusty, I'll just skip them. SHINE on.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:43 AM

No, this is mostly about building bases, scenes, and small dioramas for your models. Believe me, you will find something in it you will want to build . . .

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:51 AM

Must be me because I'm not really impressed with the book. It might be going up on emodelcars or ebay pretty soon.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:56 PM

Well, if you sell it, you'll probably get a good price for it. Lots of people looking for that one.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 07:36 AM

Must be me because I'm not really impressed with the book. It might be going up on emodelcars or ebay pretty soon.


I've had mine for years... probably since it was first published. Maybe because I've flipped through it so often while the commercials on the TV, that I must admit it fails to interest me anymore. Pretty much everything in there seems like "second nature" and pretty simplistic. I believe I've gained more knowledge about building dios by watching the diorama sections of both this and other forums, than I gained from Ken's book. Most of the information and techniques have been covered extensively in both model railway and military modelling magazines and books which are available for a lot less money!

It may be of use to those who've never built dios before though........ but there's no way, in my mind, that it justifies the ridiculous prices currently being asked on Ebay.

But I'll hang on to mine anyway...... just for nostalgia reasons.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:05 AM


It was originally. I decided to delete it, less hassle this way. he said I could password protect the album, but I deleted instead. Just easier I thought. Sorry guys.



Thats too bad....it is a great reference..wish I'd printed it out <_< :(

I did use the lean to that was in the book.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:02 AM

Ken should just update it and send it to the printer or make it available as a EBOOK online.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:46 AM

It is a basic introductory book written (pre-internet) for car modelers who may have never strayed from that realm and need help on how to get started. It covers (all in one place) most of the planning, materials and details one could use to create a nice setting for model cars. It is still totally relevant, especially for the car builder who does not want to become a diorama specialist. More advance diorama builders should already be familiar with the material in this book.

If interested, I agree you should search for a reasonably priced edition.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:12 AM

Chuck. Yes, I'm still looking. And, yes, "reasonably priced" is the key phrase!

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:58 AM

Yeah, that is a very subjective thing. Hope you can find one!

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:04 PM

I have had Ken`s book for years andI never get tired of going through it. It has been a lot of help with my Dio`s along with Ken`s personal suggestions. Excellent Book, Outstanding person.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 09:36 AM

Received just now my copy of kens book looking forward to reading it this weekend

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 12:57 AM

Enjoy it, Daryl. Lots of great tips and ideas there . . . Ken is always pushing the envelope with his build. Here are a couple of pics of a new work in progress, in case a few of you have not seen it:

Ken is gifted building both vehicles AND structures . . . this is from THE ARCADE (WIP):

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 01:17 PM

I agree, that lumber stacker and the diorama was outstandingly great. A neat, unique concept and beautiful modelling too.