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My First try.

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This is my first try with making a diorama.

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Looks like you have all the right ingredients there.  Good start.

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Pretty good effort for your first try Rick..... and as long as you are enjoying the process of putting it all together, that what counts.

David

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Rick, I love everything but the lettering, go to office max/ office depot and get plastic letters for a pro board( the kind that stick into a board at a funeral home) they push in and are removable. They come in all colors . Get a square, mark a straight line , divide your lettering spacing evenly, sand the attaching half-rounds off the back  of the letters and glue them on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  remember the next diorama only gets better from here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For the lettering: it might be even easier to use Plastruct letters.  They come in many different sizes, from barely visible to BIG. I recently used some tiny Plastruct letters to make the "B," "C," and "R" letters on a 1/24 scale Model T brake, clutch and reverse pedals. 

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Thanks mike999, I didn't know those were available- now for a Mobil station I would use mobilubration in lower case letters!!!!!

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Very nice for a first shot.

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Just to say..... I hadn't seen those Plastruct letters before..... and unfortunately they are not available in UK, or at least not listed by Plastruct over here.

David

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You're off to a great start.

 One other thing i found helpful early on was automotive pinstriping. It makes great door surrounds, baseboards, etc. Sometimes places like autozone put it in the blowout price section.  But i'm extremely cheap. Chances are if you visit a body shop and bring them a box of donuts or cookies, they will give you lots of half used rolls.  

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Great for a first try, and I know that guy working on the vette, he's ready to punch the air cleaner because he's spent four days trying sort out the wiring, $500 on a new loom, three days putting it in and it still won't start (and he'll kick a hole in the wall when one of the other guys figures it's a bad coil in about five minutes).

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Looks REALLY good Rick - it's pretty obvious that you have put some money and effort into this project. There is no end to what one could spend on a diorama like yours as there is always room for more tools and "stuff" that is commonly found in busy shops. You'll be hard pressed to find a busy shop that is as spotless and organized as yours, so just  keep on keepin' on - the more details you add, the more interesting the scene becomes. A6t any rate - just some friendly words that will hopefully give you the desire to continue on this diorama and see just how far you can go!  Oh, and I  agree about the guy on the Corvette - he appears to be banging his head on the top of the car's fender in frustration. Cute touch! Good work and thanks for sharing.

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