"How to Build Large Scale Dioramas"

Discussion in 'Dioramas & Displays' started by JohnReid, Jul 7, 2007.

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    Instrument faces!
    I just cut these out and reduced the size on a good photocopier, then spray lacquer the paper ,set them in the instruments and used Microscale Kristal Klear to cover.
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    Hey, that's a great idea, John!
    There are pictures of instrument panels of all kinds to be had on the internet by simply searching for them.
    This is a great idea for many different models as a way to enhance your builds! Thanks for the great tip, John!:cool:

    I love learning new techniques and ideas to incorporate into my own builds and you certainly have been a treasure trove of great knowledge and skills and I really appreciate you sharing your techniques and ideas with everyone.
    You are certainly a gold mine of experience!:thumb:

    Russell
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    Fabric.
    The fabric material is Coverite(antique)available at Great Plains Models.It looks a little overscale but once it is finished it is not noticeable for diorama work.The tapes are something that I picked up at a dressmakers shop.I frayed the edge to look torn at the damage site.As you can see this fabric is quite transparent in its raw (antique) state.Because the wood grain is showing through I will have to paint the surface with acrylics and weather the whole thing.See Ken Foran's Camel 1/15th scale model for a nice example of a fully covered aircraft.
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    Here I used some very thin Titanium White to cover the fabric.The weave now is hardly noticeable.I let some of the woodgrain show through because it looks very natural that way, rather than one solid color.Now for a little weathering.
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    Fascinating. :thumb:

    Andrew
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    Kids and Dioramas
    I know ,the rib tapes are a little overdone but once in the diorama I don"t think they will be as noticeable.Some detail is worth overdoing as it is very unique to these airplanes.I did the same thing with the turnbuckles ,as I want these features to stand out more than normal ,for the future education of the kids, who will be looking at these dioramas.Wood and wire and fabric are very important elements of these aircraft ,and I believe the most interesting.I would like the viewers eye to stop for a moment and wonder about these old methods of construction.Ailerons with tapes,wires with turnbuckles,fabric with holes ,patches and repairs are all very important and unique to this era.
    These dioramas are to be used for educational purposes in the CAM's new classrooms so I have to keep in mind that they must, first and foremost, appeal to the kids.
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    Above picture
    The last few pictures have been taken with the back wall lying on its side ,that is the reason why some objects seem to be floating in the air!Nothing has been glued or pinned down for now ,while I am still playing around with the final arrangement .There is still a lot of weathering to do once I finally make up my mind.
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    That certainly puts a different perspective on things when you consider the final purpose of the diorama.
    Creative hobbies are super fun but when they have an important purpose, such as education, the pleasure received is 1000 times greater, in my opinion!

    Not only is it fun to be creative and fun to assemble the diorama and bring it to life but it serves a higher, noble, purpose.
    That must bring you loads of satisfaction to see the children's eyes light up with fascination!
    Kudos to you, John and two thumbs up! :thumb::thumb:

    Russell
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    Thanks Russell! I love doing this stuff.
    Cheers! John.
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    And it shows, too!:thumb:

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    Plastic Models at the Smithsonian.
    The above pic is of a part of a diorama at the NASM that has been on display there since 1984.In the museums own words"plastic model kits of World Cruisers provided the basis of this diorama.Other elements came from model railroad scenery or were built from scratch.Scale 1/72 Base 26X36 in.".
    The modeler was Jamie Pye.
    I think that this kind of says that good dioramas that tell a story, don't have to play 2nd fiddle to any other models .Not everyone aspires to have their work at the Smithsonian but it is nice to know that this precedent has already been set a long time ago,as far as plastic or wood kits and other elements are concerned.