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I dug out my old garage diorama again. The base is a piece of MDF I sprayed with grey primer to make it look like concrete, a little too smooth maybe (I am almost a bit eager to try to see if I can make it look like splatter paint with some black and white and a worn out brush), the walls are plywood sprayed with white primer, I am satisfied there since the plywood gives them kind of a structure.
 

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The radiator is a piece cut out from the camper from the 1965 El Camino by AMT, plumbing is copper wire and the thermostat is a piece of sprue. Fire extinguisher is, IIRC, from the Fujimi garage kit.

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Both the barrel, the air compressor and the boombox is things I had lying around in the parts box (from unknow sources), as well as the rim the air hose is hung on. The hose itself is made from copper wire. I know that it looks a bit empty without a workbench.

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The workbench needs a repair with new legs etc. (and the fact that it was damaged is why I lost interest in this diorama some years ago), as well as the vise that needs a new crank.

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So why was it brought back from the dead? Well, I had a Volvo 760 body that was so brittle after some strong paint had crazed it, so it literally broke apart. Save what could be saved, my idea now is to build a Volvo couch for the garage dio, as the swede I am, it fits very well IMO ;) Lol.

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Looks like you have a good start on a great diorama.

Your first photo really captures the feelings of anticipation and potential one gets on moving day.

David G.

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I like what you've done so far. For the floor, I'll grab a can of a slightly darker grey and fog it across and it improves the look a bit.

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I think
that I got a pretty good splatter paint effect. A mix of a sparse amount of acrylic paint, lots of water and an old worn out toothbrush was the way to go it seems like.

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Nice to see your old garage diorama getting a new lease of life, Mattias....... This is the exciting part of your project, as you bring your ideas to the table !

David

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Since I really like Dave Mann's artwork, I put up some of his illustrations as posters on the wall, to make them a little more alive, a little more personal than being just white.

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I found a piece of plastic that already had a quite rough structure in itself, so with a thin coat of blue, it looked like hammerite paint which was the look I was going for. So with some holes drilled, it became a (help, I have forgotten the english name) for the tools. Some of the tools are from the Lindberg 34 Pickup, others are from the Fujimi garage kit. I guess I will add some more tools to it later since there is still some room.

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The word you were after, Mattias, is pegboard!

I built a workshop diorama many years ago and am enjoying watching your build.  Good luck with it!

If i could make one suggestion, find yourself a 1/25th scale figure and use him to visualise where you want to put things so that they are at a realistic working or reaching height.  Its a lot quicker than measuring!

Cheers

Alan

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3 hours ago, alan barton said:

The word you were after, Mattias, is pegboard!

I built a workshop diorama many years ago and am enjoying watching your build.  Good luck with it!

If i could make one suggestion, find yourself a 1/25th scale figure and use him to visualise where you want to put things so that they are at a realistic working or reaching height.  Its a lot quicker than measuring!

Cheers

Alan

Alan's suggestion to use a 1:25 scale figure in order to estimate heights is an excellent idea !

The word I was going to give you Mattias,  was " Rack ", but Alan's word " Pegboard " is even better !

David

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On 5/31/2021 at 1:37 PM, alan barton said:

The word you were after, Mattias, is pegboard!

I built a workshop diorama many years ago and am enjoying watching your build.  Good luck with it!

If i could make one suggestion, find yourself a 1/25th scale figure and use him to visualise where you want to put things so that they are at a realistic working or reaching height.  Its a lot quicker than measuring!

Cheers

Alan

Thank you for the tip!

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