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Very nice! Might as well plan ahead for another section , these things tend to get out of hand faster than we think...

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16 hours ago, tbill said:

Very nice! Might as well plan ahead for another section , these things tend to get out of hand faster than we think...

I know, right?  

I started this project as a substitute for rebuilding/restoring a John Deere 420C crawler.  I got the dozer torn pretty much completely down and made a list of everything it needed.  I totaled up the parts list and fainted dead away.  Discretion (and my bank account) dictated that I part it out and run away.  I did manage to break even on the deal so it could have been worse.

When this idea occurred to me, I said to myself, "Self," I said, "How much can a diorama possibly cost?"

And that right there, Boys and Girls, is what ya call yer "Stoopid Question".  Cheaper than fixing the dozer?  Yeah.  So far anyway...:blink:

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Now that is funny, I don’t care who ya are, hahaha.....

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Roughly half of the 2x4 addition is spoken for already...

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Impressive work, Paul. At  my age (68), I'm finding it more difficult to work in 1:24 and 1:25 scale than it was just a few years ago. I'm impressed with what you're doing in 1:64! Your shots are nice too. Good perspective and lighting. After trying a couple of kinds of cameras, I settled on my iPhone X. It has some amazing capabilities. My sister is a retired photography professor and she says her iPhone produces better results than some of her high-dollar professional cameras. I'm a retired graphic designer, so I enjoy using Photoshop and some other apps to add backgrounds to my diorama shots. It can be a little tedious, but I enjoy it.

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Thanks, Shambles.  Very gratifying, especially given the quality of the competition here!

I have a nice magnifying lamp the gets a lot of use, along with tweezers and hemostats.  I find my shaky hands at least as bothersome as my tired old eyes.

Patience has never been one of my virtues, but this project is giving me lots of practice in faking it.  :o :lol:

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Thanks to the lovely weather (near white-out snow squalls earlier today) I'm spending a little more time on the diorama.

I built a shed to store my scratch-built 1/64th combine in and have slowly been detailing around it.  The idea well was running pretty dry so I posted on a farming/tractor site about needing ideas for "stuff" to put around the shed.

Got a lot of goods ones, many of which I'll act on but the best was to add some weathered signs to the building.

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Original shed

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Shed with signs.  I snagged the images off the internet, tweaked them to suit and printed them on decal paper.  Wasn't sure decals would adhere to wood, but they seem to be fine.  Makes a huge difference IMHO.

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The weathered signs on your shed building look really good, Paul........ it's these nice finishing touches that add realism to the whole diorama.

David

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That looks quite awesome.... I need more space to join this party... I need to do one of something... Awesome work...

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20 hours ago, kilrathy10 said:

That looks quite awesome.... I need more space to join this party... I need to do one of something... Awesome work...

Thanks. 

Be careful what you wish for...:P

The original plan was a 2x2 foot diorama.  That quickly got upgraded to a 2x4 and now it's 4x4.   With late Spring here and Summer on the way, I likely won't be doing much until cold weather comes back.  I'm  hoping to stay at 4x4 and just add more detail and maybe some animation (I saw an arc welding animation that was REALLY cool!) but I ain't making any promises.

The thing that attracts me to dioramas is the variety and the "blank canvas" aspect - I can create whatever I can imagine, and there are no plans.

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I feel ya, Man.... And I, too, go at just about everything without any written plans... Just whatever comes to my hamster and wheel...🤔😁 You definitely got me thinking about doing one of these... I love to see what you guys come up with... Very enjoyable...

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Impressive diorama! You have a lot of excellent details going on there. 

Your photography is good too, I especially like the feel of the night shots.

David G.

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2 hours ago, David G. said:

Impressive diorama! You have a lot of excellent details going on there. 

Your photography is good too, I especially like the feel of the night shots.

David G.

Thanks!

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