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#1 Sixties Sam

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:31 PM

I was messing around with my car show diorama and decided to set up a Cruise Night scene. Here are some pics with cars cruising and others parked in the parking spaces along Main Street in a typical small town.

 

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The ice cream man even showed up!

 

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The 32 Ford is my latest build. Curbside resin body finished with parts box stuff. The spot on its top is a 6" long bug! We grow 'em big in PA!

 

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Comments welcome.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:36 PM

That is awsume Sam. Some really sharp models displayed...



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:23 PM

Nice dio and nice builds as well. I just returned from a "cruise night" 'bout an hour ago.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

Sam that looks really great.  The people really add a lot to the scenes and bring it all to life.  The cars look great.  Good job.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:01 AM

Beautiful! But how do you keep the dust off?

Tony

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:25 AM

Great looking diorama. Cars with drivers and other figures doing realistic activities really set up the scene. Your main street buildings look very realistic also.  Excellent attention to detail. very impressive.

Carl


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#7 Sixties Sam

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:23 AM

Beautiful! But how do you keep the dust off?

Tony

Tony, after taking photos, the models go back on the shelves in a china cabinet, and the diorama base stores in the basement. It does get dust down there, but I clean it off for photos. Actually, a little dust adds to the realism. Real buildings don't stay clean and bright for long in the weather.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:20 AM

Sam, yer not alone . I do the same with my dioramas myself . In my case , it's a box ..................



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:35 AM

A BIG box! Nice job Sam, it REALLY adds life to an otherwise static model!



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:34 PM

FANTASTIC job Sam, great looking dio!! :D 



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:28 AM

nice !! looks awsome ..

btw maybe something for the future ? > if you want to change stuff later on i would try to use medium grey sandpaper for tarmac and with a black wash .. that almost looks like the real deal .. 

still like your road surface as it is but you kind of see its painted wood ...like said does look great ..

 

ment nice ^^ :)



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:41 AM

nice !! looks awsome ..

btw maybe something for the future ? > if you want to change stuff later on i would try to use medium grey sandpaper for tarmac and with a black wash .. that almost looks like the real deal .. 

still like your road surface as it is but you kind of see its painted wood ...like said does look great ..

 

ment nice ^^ :)

I originally used black foam board for the pavement, but when I displayed the dioramas in the sun at car shows, the foamboard warped and lifted up badly. I replaced it with plywood and painted it black, but you're right, it looks like painted plywood! I'm thinking the sandpaper might want to curl and lift up in the sun too. I might try some textured paint that I used on a different diorama a few years ago. It seems pretty stable.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:47 AM

You could also consider a very thin skim coat of Spackle or drywall joint compound over the wood. Once dry you could introduce cracks, manhole covers, etc, and paint to suit.

Just a thought!

Tony

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:30 AM

I love this Dio!!!!

But I would use sandpaper, the black one, for the streets.

Greetz from GER



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:21 PM

your streetscene is cool Sam!

 

How big is it? Can you show an overall view?



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:04 AM

Dominik, here is a shot of the setup I used on my back porch. The diorama is about 6 feet long, and it has a second piece, which attaches to the left side in an "L" shaped configuration. I just used this section for the cruise night photos.

 

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:36 AM

awsome !!

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:38 PM

Wow! That's awesome and inspiring. Thanks for showing it! I really like how all the cars that are 'moving' have drivers. Good stuff!



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:31 PM

A wonderful dio, Sam, and wow, very large, and when we are at it, you've got a bunch of great cars on it! B)  B)  B) 



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:22 PM

I have to admit Sam, that is pretty nice.

 

Another good solution to the road issue might be the black-painted plywood with some N-scale ballast, followed by a blackwash might also work nicely.

 

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