"How to Build Large Scale Dioramas"

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    My lucky day! I found a 1/16th (120mm) horse in the drinking position.It comes from a Verlinden horse and rider piece and it is in resin.I gave the rider to the hobby store guy and kept the rest.All I have to do is put it together and paint it and it can go into the diorama almost as is.I plan to put the horses head leaning over the old bathtub drinking water. I will hitch it up to an old post with a sign "Secure horses well,loud engine noise" or something similar.I can leave the saddle on or throw on an old horse blanket instead.I think that it will be a real eye catcher as the average kid doesn't expect horses and airplanes to be together.
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    Horse and tub!
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    The last major component!
    This will be the last major component of this diorama that is yet to be built.The Ford van pulling the Camel on a trip to the university ,where it is to be used in the teaching of future aeronautical engineers.Many Camels were sent to Canada after the war for this express purpose.The airplanes wings will be folded and attached to the side of the open structure fuselage.The Ford van(yet to be built)will have the control surfaces attached to it and maybe the prop.
    The whole thing will be able to be viewed close up, so all of the components will have to be there for detailed inspection.I will also leave the vans hood up to reveal the detailed Ford 4 cylinder engine getting a can of oil before the long road trip.I have the driver taking a "nervous one" in the WC and I may add a seated figure or two.All of this will be contained on its own removable module so I have a lot of options when to build it.Anyway that is the plan for now.
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    This is a view of the front of the carpenters shop taken though the hangars front doors.The standing pilot figures will be just to the left of this picture.This is about the only relatively empty space left in the diorama.I have 2 options here,leave it as a uncluttered backdrop for the airplanes wing or ............ Any suggestions?
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    Blast from the past!
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    I think that maybe just the Harley showbike is enough, as it makes for a little color and compliments the bunting overhead.It is off to one side from the wing and doesn't interfere with the view.
    The garbage pail was made from an old coffee creamer painted a gunmetal color(silver with a bit of black added).I filled it with old oily newspapers and other junk and then used a little subtle pastel colors here and there.
    The sitting bench, outside the carpenter's shop, is made of a couple of old ship modeling barrels that I had hanging around and and a wood slab seat.I painted the whole thing Reid & Company blue(French blue) and weathered it with pastels.
    I have yet to dirty up the floor a little and shade in the wall/floor area.I hope to have the back wall on permanently this week.
    Hang in ,were gettin there slow but sure!
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    Coke sign.
    Today I was playing around making a coke sign.This particular sign was from the 1910 era.It could of been hand painted directly on the siding of placed on thin plywood and then attached with nails.I opted for the 2nd option because my barnsiding is already painted and I didn't want to screw it up.The pic was taken with an incandescent and fluorescent light combo which is the closest I can get to natural light.I figure that after 15 years of rain,wind , sun and snow it would something like this.I will nail it on later and add a few rusty nail heads.
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    A little non-destructive testing.
    I inadvertently tested the strength of the glue joints on the R/H side wall yesterday ,with a test known as "letting it drop on the floor".It came through with flying colors with only a few detached parts ,which I re-glued in record time.
    The test was of course due to a little unplanned "finger trouble".I removed the screw holding the back and side walls together and over she went.
    I then went on to trying to gluing down a garbage pail to the floor and failed after three attempts.
    (will have to use epoxy I guess)
    Anyway,all this to tell you guys there are days you should just take the hint and go watch TV or something.I did,and I am glad,maybe today the stars will be better aligned .Ever have one of those days?.
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    I was trying to fit a wing skin the night before last and couldn't get it lined up just hand fitting, then I went to cut something and took 3 cuts because I kept drifting away from the line and leaving way too much white. At about that point the lamp went off and the glasses back on and off to look at more pictures of models on foreign language forums - because I knew nothing productive was going to get done on the model.
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    I have been looking for a good way to secure down the heavy diecast that I modified.If it ever came lose it would be a disaster rolling around the hangar.
    Being in the corner it was actually quite easy to do and not visible from any angle other than a little through the garage door.I just made a wooden box and fit it under the running board with a screw through the center and down into the plywood floor.I will disguise it as a box that was sort of half pushed under the running board.Problem solved!
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    Take one tire off and the box is now a support while tire is being "fixed".
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    1st Figure Grouping.
    Well now that I am finally gluing things to the hangar floor ,it is time to think about the first grouping of figures that have yet to be secured.
    This group I called the "Big Al" (Capone) threesome ,I plan to have positioned somewhat as you see here,why? I like the curious cock of the uniformed guys head like he is listening intently to what big Al is saying.(maybe he is making him an offer he can't refuse)also you can see Al's gesturing hand and the barnstormer, who is holding gloves in his hands and has goggles on his head.
    I must say that it is one heck of a lot of fun reaching this stage .From here on in things will really come alive! Most of the tedious stuff has been done and now things should come together a little more quickly.Still hoping for a Spring 08 finish!