20 year old garage diorama renovation
Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:12 PM
Looked pretty good for several years but then the shortcomings of the Fujimi base started becoming apparent: uneven floor surfaces, "floor" and "wall" textured paper covers warped and separated from their bases, and probably worst of all the fact the glass in front was stationary and one couldnt really see through it very well much less attempt any macro photography through it. and the point from the beginning was to make a self contained environment (more or less, certainly not airtight but more or less dust-tight) so the glass on two sides was necessary to support the top piece of plexiglass.
So after looking at it on the shelf for some years, gradually deterioring, i decided to go visit Tap Plastics and see what i could do to replace the base(es) and at least get a flat floor surface going. One problem i had was deciding how to hold the walls vertical and also the phantom walls formed by the plastic glass i still wanted on the outer periphery. so i basically had them chop up a bunch of clear bar stock and epoxied it to the base to support the walls. turned out pretty good and now at least i can get in there to get some nice photos, some of which follow in the next post, but heres a preview:
i got rid of the TR3 and replaced it with a Vespa from Tamiyas Campus Friends set because even though the now flat floor is more spacious, it was still looking too crowded with five cars in the place.
next post will have some detail photos of the cars involved...
Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:34 PM
here is a closer look at the two motors with the quasi-Merit Lotus Eleven in the background:
a better shot of the Eleven and the office detail behind it:
you gotta figure this is a kinda place thats got a cappachino machine around somewhere and you dont want grease and oil and yuck staining your spotless white marble (huh?) floor so you will notice some aluminum drip plates under most of the cars for reasons obvious to the owner of any british car but particularly this era Loti.
here is a final pic of the eleven, as i mentioned this was a resin repop (mini exotics again?) of the English Merit kit, with improved wheels but other than that pretty much as it came out of the box. this is a model that i had to build like an airplane, build the interior and axles inside the bottom of the body shell, assemble the shell, remove the seam, mask the interior and wheel wells to paint the body, and then remove the masking to reveal the interior. i had never built a model like that before so it was a bit of a challenge despite its simplicity as far as parts count go. looks pretty good too, but it could use some inked in panel lines, which i have yet to summon the courage to attempt.
couple more photos to come, next post. thanks for looking!
Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:48 PM
here is the Tamiya Campus Friends Vespa, which is a pretty kool little scooter; i made an aluminum exhaust pipe and extractor and detailed it up a bit with cables, brake pedal, and some other subtlies that you cant really see in the photo:
heres the Tamiya Lotus Seven, up on two wheels having some oversize shoes put on and generally getting race prepped:
another shot of the Eleven and also the welders bench in the background:
i am glad i finally got around to renovating this piece because now its a lot more stable, easier to handle and just plain better looking. too clean, but i am thinking of doing some dirtying up of the place next!
thanks for looking and any comments appreciated. remember i built this and the cars back in about 1992, when i was first re-discovering models. this actually won best of show at the sacramento autorama back then but i really attribute that more to the size of the display than to its quality, but still it was very flattering and almost embarrassing to be awarded that.
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