A downtown car show diorama
Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:25 PM
Here's a closer, spectator's eye view on the corner.
The diorama is on a wooden base with black foamboard for the pavement. Building fronts are foamboard with some plastic windows and doors, and some just printed on posterboard, and framed with wood sticks. The church window is a plastic kit I made in Vacation Bible School 50 years ago! I've been working on the dio for about four months. I also plan to use it for a model photo backdrop. It was a fun build! Hope you like it.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:46 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:36 PM
"It's a two piece L shaped unit that fits on two 6' folding tables, and holds about 22 models", sounds like a PITA to move around though .
Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:49 PM
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:38 AM
Thanks for showing it.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:19 AM
The latches to hold the two sections togeather is a great idea.
Thanks for sharing this diorama with us
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:30 PM
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:32 AM
That's really nice, Sam. How 'bout some construction details?
Ken, the dio bases (2) are a frame of 1x2's with 1/4" plywood on top. The pavement is black foamboard glued over the plywood. Sidewalk is the same 1/4" ply, painted with white house paint. The building fronts have foamboard walls (painted or with brick paper glued on) with a frame of 1/2" square plywood on each building. the ply frames extend 1 1/2" below the walls and attach to the base frame with wood screws. I can easily remove any building front for repairs or changes, or even swap it out for a new building if I want. The doors and windows on the tavern and pizza shop are from Colorado Model Structures. Most of the others are AutoCAD drawings printed on posterboard, cut out and glued to the walls. Wooden stick frames were added to give a 3D effect. The big display windows in the Family General Store are plastic from CD cases.Trees are G scale RR items set in brown tile grout. The orange traffic cones are those black plastic things the doctor looks in your ears with, cut down and glued to a styrene base and painted orange. The fire hydrant, streetlights/signs, and porta-potty are diorama items from eBay. Here are a few more pics.
Edited by Sixties Sam, 07 June 2012 - 07:39 AM.