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  1. I am starting a new diorama; this one being a 4 foot by 4 foot offering. I have the base built, using old scrap wood that was lying around, in the way. The beginning will be the garage, which is given the history of an old, small railroad freight depot. It is constructed of plastic sheet and strip. The floor/foundation utilizes layered plexiglass for strength. It will represent being built around the 1880s as a small town freight depot, and thereafter having a multitude of uses, before finally becoming a garage for the junkyard. This is the base, which is built in modular sections of 2 feet by 4 feet, thus making it more easily transportable, should the need arise. The floor is designed to fit into the structure to add strength. The walls are .080 Plastruct sheet. All will be covered with appropriate flooring and siding material.
  2. I was in my garage at home and found this nice, thin aluminum duct. I remembered I have a collection of various license plate decals and I thought They would be great as wall art in my garage diorama. I went through all the steps to make them realistic as possible by even rounding off all the corners. Now if only I had a laser to make the holes...........
  3. Because I enjoyed the movie so much, It was a natural for me to build a diorama based on it. Dom's garage was only shown in the first movie & was featured in 4 scenes, for a total of only 60-70 seconds. But I thought I could manage it, if I used common sense & my imagination to fill in what I could not see in the film. Right off the top, because I had a few big empty spaces in some basement shelving, I figured to make a large display. Measures 2' wide, 14" deep and 13" tall. Walls and base are foam board. Found the brick wall paper on line. Once the walls and ceiling were done, I started out with the stairs and loft. as that looked as the most difficult. I took my time . The stair treads, risers & railing are exactly as the stairs going to my basement in 1/24th scale. All of it is made of wood as is the shelves and walls of Dom's office. I used strips of small LED lights on the underside of the loft, just as I did on the ceiling. Some things were easy to put in the right place as per the film. The board on the wall holding the fan belts (tiny rubber bands) went to the left of the overhead door. along with a work bench. I've posted a screen grab from the film to illustrate that. On the right side of the opening, as was shown in the film, there is what appears to be a school locker & an old refrigerator (thanx ebay). Behind that stuff, & under the loft, was a bunch of equipment, including an engine hoist which was standing on it's end. I didn't repeat that error. The car is a die cast. I had bought a model charger, but only to use the blown Hemi & 383 Magnum engines, tires and wheels. Dom's office was briefly shown in the film. I guessed that it would be at the back of the shop. Sharp eyed viewers will note the sofa made out of the back seat of the donor charger. Dom and his girlfriend, Lettie, were shown in a short scene sharing an intimate moment on it. I stocked the shelves with boxes & crates made of small blocks of wood. The lights are nice & bright. I had to turn them off to take some of the pics. Taking advantage of that, on top of the shelves I've placed some chrome parts left over from various model builds & a couple small pieces of metal, to reflect the light, to sparkle , making it more interesting for viewers. At least a couple people have commented on it. Thanks for looking, it was a fun project. Questions & suggestions welcome.
  4. Hello everyone! New to the forum and new to the diorama hobby! I’ve been into RC cars, car models and the scale realism of them since I was a young boy, and now I’ve decided to take things a bit further with building a ‘somewhat’ 1/10 scale garage! I say somewhat because I didn’t try to scale everything to 1/10 but did the best I could with materials I could find around the house and things bought inexpensively from a hardware store. The entire thing is mostly made of wood and some vinyl stickers. Hoping to learn more as time goes by, like how to make realistic looking concrete and bricks instead of just using stickers! I’m posting this in the finished dioramas, but I keep thinking of more I can do to it lol, can’t slow down a creative mind! Will post more pics as I add more!! Thanks for looking!!! greg
  5. I've been wanting for a long time to create this diorama, as I love this scene from jaws 2 when I was a kid. Its so over the top. So I bought an old MRC kit for the bell helicopter HTL-4 (1:35), I think its made by Academy now. I found the real helicopter from the movie (Hughes 269B) but it was too expensive and a bit out of scale. the MRC instructions are really weird and difficult to follow, its easy to forget pieces or skip some steps. I didnt use all the detail form the engine (too fragile) but add some wires in the cockpit. I found a shark figure and a vietnam helicopter pilot (better figure for the dio than the one in the kit). First time i use the tin foil method...work very well.
  6. This is what I call a photo diorama, as it's purpose is to be able to photograph different models, generally for publication. The scale on this is 1/25 with the size being 12 inches X 12inches footprint and 7 inches in height.
  7. Welcome to the current Otto Ray Sing Classic Car Center. After rather humble beginnings, and now under new ownership, the business has expanded and become even more efficient. The garage area is much larger than the previous versions, and results in more efficient repairs, as well as increased customer satisfaction. The show room is large enough to display three cars. It follows the mid-century modern theme and allows customers to view their dream cars at all times.. The dealership is inviting and always stocked with beautiful cars to please any taste. Actually, there is one detriment. In front of the garage is a cement walkway, that has so far, resisted all attempts to remove it. These two workers will attest that it is much easier to stand around and look at it, than it is to perform the exercise in futility of trying to remove it. Management had a sense of humor when they put up the restroom signs. The entryway to the showroom was also well thought out to draw customers eyes to the vehicles found within. A classic car is always in view while approaching the building. This is what I call a 'photographic diorama', as the purpose is for it to be able to have scenery, vehicles, & figures changed to suit the needs of the vehicle being photographed. I will be adding a history to this as well as introducing figures, etc, if there is interest.
  8. I have surprised myself in that I completed no cars this year. I did get two big rigs and my diorama start to finish (except for lights).
  9. I've been wanting to do a shadowbox garage scene dio for a while. I finally found a box. Good size. Plenty of room for two models. Hobby Lobby item, its got a nice patina. In scale, the interior dimensions are 31.2 feet long and 14.5 feet deep and high. The plan is to do a lighted garage scene with a crawl space above for storage. Rather than do the bare framed garage, I've decided to do the garage that's been plywood sheathed. One window, double barn doors, concrete floor, one door. I'll be using washes to get an aged patina on the wood, with color added to break up the "man that's a lot of wood". The walls are basswood over foam core. The foam core will give me some depth for the windows and doors as well as a support for the ceiling which will be framed out to look realistic. I cut out templates from poster board for each wall and then cut the foam core and added the basswood over that. I'm gonna need to get some resin garage pieces or a Fujimi garage set. Here's where I'm at so far.
  10. for the REST of the story, go to: https://www.shamblesmodels.com/the-story.html
  11. This is one shot of my car dealership diorama during "57 Chevy Week". I've got an ongoing back story with several episodes on https://www.diecast.org/diecast98/html/asp/forums/bulletinboard/default.asp I've ordered a 3 bay shop building that will go on the left of the showroom...
  12. I may have posted some of photos of this diorama I did a couple of years ago. Last year, I accidentlly erased my hard drive and lost a lot of photos. I've been coming across a few that were saved in various places. Here's a couple I just found.
  13. This appeared on our local news website today. Looks like nice work. https://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article/San-Antonio-artist-creates-miniature-models-of-14120518.php
  14. Convert your IKEA or similar shelf to display your 1:64, 1:25, 1:24, 1:18 scale diecast and plastic models cars / bikes for super CHEAP!! I have a yt video on how I built it, not sure if I'm allowed to post that. Thanks all!
  15. I've done a couple of iterations on this theme. Planning on doing another one soon.
  16. One of the things I noticed about most of my background buildings is the lack of foundations. Be they brick, masonry, or siding the walls go right down to the ground. That is not right nor very realistic so I am thinking about taking some time to modify my existing ones and maybe add a touch of grass along the edge. Your thoughts? Gary
  17. Just finished up my Chornobyl Speed Shop diorama, which takes place in an alternative universe's Ukraine where robot labor was a thing during the Cold War. The car kits are a Toko Models GAZ-AA truck in 1:35, while the land speed racer is based on an old rubber band powered Hawk kit, which I narrowed, built a full bellypan and cockpit for, and stuffed full with a Tatra V12 tank engine. Figures are from Imaquinaria, Industria Mechanika, and Blacksmith Miniatures. The robot is STAN, from Futuristic Models. The base was plaster of paris that I carved the lines into after it had set up, painted, and then added weeds and fencing.
  18. Here are some pics of a gas station project a couple of us in our club have been working on. It''s still got more to be added, including working lighting but here are the first shots.
  19. Here's my first diorama. Two Fujimi garages and one tool set. I'm in the process of adding more to it, from my parts box and I'm also making some filter and spark plug boxes, from photo reduced prints. Having seen the quality of the dioramas here, I know it's got a long way to go, but I love the way a diorama gives added realism to our builds. Dang. something's gone wrong with Photobucket. I can't seem to link to an image that will appear. maybe this might work.. http://s173.photobucket.com/user/geetee66/media/Garage Diorama/261ED9A5-7BA9-4367-8B70-A726FF679522_zpsqagegd3i.jpg.html thanks for looking
  20. I was looking at the 1/25 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that I put together sometime ago and had a great idea for a diorama. I started out with the idea of making a desert scene and have the jeep climbing a hill. However I got a little carried away and built it up too tall. So I decided to make a stream and waterfall instead. I started with a wood base, sealed it and glued 2 layers of that pink styrofoam on top of each other. I then covered the entire thing in tinted joint compound. Some rock gathering at a local park proved to work out well. I painted the rocks and dusted the entire thing with sand and blended turf for model railroading. The bridge is made out of similar sized maple branches I found in the back of my property. I used Scene A Rama Ripplin' Water Kit for the stream and waterfall. The three trees turned out the best. I used a thick wire I had, attached several tree branches found laying around the property to the wire using florist tape. Then I "painted" a couple of thin layers of joint compound on the trunks to blend them together. Once it was dry I painted the entire tree the same color, then added some variations in coloring with washes. I then took some stuff I got from my local craft store called Reindeer Moss and glued it to the branches. The final step in making the trees involved spraying them with diluted white glue the help hold them together and sprinkling some blended turf on the trunks to make then look like moss. The trees were then attached in holes with some foam-safe CA glue.
  21. I made a diorama for my Peterbilt to enter in the local fair, however I missed the deadline for entries. But I will still let you guys enjoy the pictures. Thank for looking.
  22. I like old car dealership showrooms and thought that I would like to build a small one. I placed it in my Otto Ray Sing Classic Model Car Sales collective. I feel the best dioramas are those that have a history to them. In this instance I've relied on some of my own. During the late 1960s to mid 1970s, my sister worked for and eventually became manager of the local movie theater and drive-in theater in our hometown. I had the fun of running projectors at both theaters. Both those theaters are now long gone, but I've incorporated my fond memories of them into this diorama. In the beginning Mr. Sing had purchase a used car dealership from a couple that wanted to retire. With the purchase complete, he chose to go into a different direction and start selling collectible cars. The lot was rather modest, with display limited to maybe 20 cars on a gravel surface, a one car garage for repairs, and a small office. It wasn't much, but it was a beginning. Mr. Sing eventually found a building that would provide space for two vehicles where he could perform more involved servicing. Things were progressing quite well as the business grew and he saved money for proper, more fitting accommodations. However, as is so often the case, government regulations intervened. Newly elected government officials decided to enforce an ordinance that had long gone ignored to the point of becoming forgotten. It stated that all automobile dealers must have a showroom. This sent many used car dealers scrambling including Mr. Sing There wasn't much available, but he found an abandoned movie theater in what had been the central business district. It was not large, but with some imagination he could make it work. The little lot as it appeared in the mid-sixties. A larger garage added to a much higher quality of work while at the same time making working conditions more bearable Remember the days when we were teenagers and had a crush on the "hot chick" that was at least ten years our senior. Here in the larger garage a young kid leans on a broom telling the classic car appraiser some of his favorite stories, which she knows are all lies. After a hard days work, there's nothing like a good blues jam session to wind down. How many people does it take to change a license plate? The Tall Pines Theater is now Otto Ray Sing Classic Model Car Sales. Mr. Sing has a respect for community history as well as a love for Art Deco, so he was very careful to retain as much of the facade as possible. The location may not be perfect, but there is now a showroom nestled between Popazit's Beauty & Figure and Scianda's Clothing for the Elegant Woman.
  23. Just to prove I have not been sitting on my hands doing nothing all year...movie scene diorama from Star Wars. Luke has just stepped out of X Wing, R2 hasn't fallen into swamp yet
  24. hi guys, im getting heavy into my diorama with ideas that come into my head, i actually enjoy making stuff for my "i wish i had the money for this garage and cars in real life" diorama haha anyways i made a video to share my hobby and to help others, its a 40x48 pallet, weather with a torch and made of popsicle sticks and other little sticks with a bit of time ive created something i finally am accoplished with, i hope to help another member out.. total cost of build- about $4..and that will make alot of pallets (i was on short supply of materials in video) total time to build- 10-15 minutes, with weathering if i get enough intrrest i will be sure to make more videos on DIY stuff
  25. Some of you may remember the build I did of the Norman E. Timbs special......if you do, I will spare you the gory details, if you did not see it, just look it up....it is in the forum somewhere. After the car was complete, and I thought I was "done" screwing around with it an idea popped into my head one day. During the research for the build I read many stories and saw many pictures on the life and almost death and finally the rebirth of this unique vehicle. Well, the idea was that I could "replicate" the different stages of the car and bring the static pictures to life in a diorama, well, actually three dioramas depicting three distinct stages in the life of the car. Picture one is the birth of the car. I had viewed the picture of the Timbs special sitting on the trailer out in front of Norman Timbs house as it was being taken over to the metal fabricator who was about to form the aluminum panels over the wooded buck he had built of the swoopy shape he has designed. In the upper left you see the actual picture of the buck on the trailer. We "airbrushed" out the buck from the picture, blew it up and added the actual model I made from balsa wood of the buck. The model was painted in tan and gray tones to match the black and white photo of the buck. The model "Pops" out of the scene giving it a three 3D look. In the second diorama, I modeled the car the way it looked as it was found abandoned in a California junk yard. Again you can see the actual picture in the upper left and not yet visable below it is the model. Here is the model of the car as it was in the junk yard. And finally in scene three, here is how the car looked as it was presented in 2010 in the Amelia Island I designed, and my brother created the artwork for the grill and front and rear bumpers that was photo etched for this build. Not visible here, but under the long back of this car is the complete chassis and resin Buick Straight 8 engine, This diorama has a motor hidden in the base with a remote control unit to raise and lower the back of the car, just as the real car has........but the batteries are currently dead, and I am out of fresh ones, so if you want to see the engine and chassis, all scratch built, look up the other posts of the car and you can see it is excruciating detail. P.S....if you look at the old postings and your eye are sharp, you will notice that this is a different body to the original model I built. I was not happy with the windshield and the interior color, so I rebuilt the body and made a better windshield and used the correct color for the interior.
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