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Pierre Rivard
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This is my first attempt in fabrication of a diorama. Advice from fellow modelers sought

Working on this badly neglected stock car I was thinking to put it in a shop as it is about to go through a massive salvage operation

The car exists for real (showing the finished chassis below)

The diorama is completely fictional. First floor for the car, benches, tools and shelves, mezzanine would be a little official & rest area

The base structure and layout is advanced at this stage and I am currently fabricating tools and benches

This is a lot of work but a lot of fun since this is all new stuff for me

Looking for help on where I can find some of the little office type of stuff like coffee pots, food, magazines, newspapers, etc.

Here's what I have made so far. Again looking for any kind of advice from all of you.

Thanks

 

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You are setting off on quite an adventure Pierre, and this is probably the most exciting part. Laying out your planned area and gathering together the vehicles and parts that you want to include in the proposed scene is very interesting I find. Many of the smaller pieces for the old race car shop can be found on Ebay, as some sellers specialise in this sort of thing. Scratch building is always an option if you have the skills, of course. Looks like you have a good sound base from which to start this project.

My dioramas are under the ' Hooper & Co, Diorama ' topic, if you want to have a look later.

Not sure about your model materials suppliers in Canada, as I am in England, but here is a link to a guy in Canada who kindly supplied me with a large box of Rolls-Royce kits some time ago.......... https://www.fullcirclehobbies.com/

David

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17 hours ago, Pierre Rivard said:

The long blue bench and wood pallets are scratch built but the other tools come from Fujimi and amt tool kits.

Thats pretty neat. I had no idea all those things were available. Great job on the bench and pallets. 

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Some close ups of a few completed tools. All 3 from Fujimi kits. I scratch built the support for the acetylene /oxy tanks as well as gauges.

Paint and weathering: primer, silver coat, color coat, sanding / scratching through, Vallejo washes and environment products, Tamiya weathering masters.

 

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Excellent work Pierre..... I particularly like the circular red tray on top of the tank, with left over oil residue. Those Fujimi tools kits are superb, and I have used some in my dioramas. These are very realistic looking pieces for your project, and they show up well in close up.

David

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Pierre, this is going to be cool.  

Oddly enough, tonight I was working on my Fujimi parts, just like you have and priming the seams.  It is a bit unfair that I look at your work and want to reference it on mine.  The wear and tear is very well done.  Nobody but Penske has brand new equipment every week in the shop.  

It takes a lot of time and effort I am finding out to get the parts ready for weathering....great job!    I am working on the hoist and want to make it look old and used like the ones I used to work with in real life myself!  

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Steve, you are right these Fujimi tools are great with a lot of delicate details. I also have a set of AMT garage tools (#2) and they are nice but in no way equal to the Fujimi.

I'd love to see some of your weathered tools and feel free to post pics on this thread. It's all about learning from each other

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Excellent work on your "used" items. The only advice I'd like to give you is the placement of things in your diorama. Too many times I've seen a nicely done diorama ruined by items such as an engine block or Coke machine placed on a mezzanine or heavy engine parts on the top shelf. Not realistic.

Great start so far. I look forward to seeing your progress as you have fun creating this.

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Looking at general placement of the bigger pieces.

I plan to develop an engine assembly setup to dress up the center a bit.

Lots of small tools, containers, boxes to do to fill up the shelves and benches etc...

 

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Maybe you could have an engine hoist immediately in front of the stock car, and if you are able to remove the engine from the old race car without breaking anything, this engine could be in the process of being lifted out or lifted into the engine bay of the stock car ?

David

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Thank you David, this is a great idea and I will definitely go that way.

I have to decide if I should go with one of the nice Fujimi hoists or something more "home made" which might fit well into a more rustic style shop.

BTW the car exists for real. I'm doing a 2014 era model of the car as it was discovered before the extensive renovation.

Here's  epic of my body in front of the picture of the car as it was then:

 

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Boxing day!

Gotta fill those shelves. I made the boxes by cutting little styrofoam shapes and wrapping them with paper

Doing the decals required careful layers of Future over the intended surfaces, dealing and then a flat clear seal.

 

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