"How to Build Large Scale Dioramas"

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

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    Pictures!
    I am presently deleting a lot of pictures from my photobucket.Eventually it will only contain pictures of the final diorama or whatever I am working on at the time.The only reason that I mention this is for you guys who would like to keep some of them for your own reference purposes.
    My long term plans is maybe one day to do a CD for the museum that could be accessed for reference but who knows if I'll ever get around to it.
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    Flight controls!
    Stick and rudder bars needs no explanation .The bellcrank aft of the rear stick is for the aileron cables, and aft of that you have the elevator control bar which is normally attached to the fuselage sides, the cables are then attached top and bottom.
    The stick could be a straight wood dowel or in this case a piece of metal tubing with a bend in it.The floorboards are normally in three pieces,I have chosen to show only the middle board.I have made provision for the rudder cables by drilling holes in the aft rudder bar.Very simple design but quite efficient.This assembly will now probably be placed somewhere beside the basketcase fuselage.
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    Thank you Russell for your kind remarks.You are right, when you can capture the kinds attention span ,the adults are easy.Cheers! John.
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    wall1 Darn.
    I sure wish I had noticed this post right away.
    Hind site is always 20/20 though, isn't it?:oops:

    You could put copies of your pics up on the forum permanently, and they would not effect your Photobucket account at all.
    That way, all future members will still be able to enjoy your pics.

    They are your pictures though, so it's your choice, of course.

    I know I enjoy them tremendously and I'm going through this thread now, copying what's left for posterity, before anything else disapears.

    Let me know when that cd or dvd is finished. I want to purchase one, autographed, if possible.;)

    Thanks,
    Russell
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    If you had a camera on a rig and shot hires photos around it 360* and from 0*-90* you could stitch them together and make a quicktime VR movie so that someone could not just view the display as a static image but actually pan through it from any angle.

    Apple - QuickTime - Technologies - QuickTime VR
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    Russell, I will put them up permanently if you like ,how would I do that?If there are any particular pics that you want I still have them on disc.
    Cheers! John.
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    That sounds like fun StevO,I only wish that I knew more about computers.
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    I think that my diorama has outgrown it name."Memories of Flying School "just doesn't cut it anymore.The story has become much bigger than that .The original story of the veterans meeting on Remembrance Day is obvious especially with the sign in the hangar.What is not so obvious is this uniqueness of this era in aviation's history ,the years between 1918 and 1927.
    After the war,aviation was basically in a lull.Nobody wanted to be reminded of the war and the great sacrifice made during this period.Airplanes were mostly considered tools of war and dangerous to boot.Very few young people of the time considered it as a profession and those who flew were mostly ex military types scratching out of living as barnstormers or flying the mail.These were a very special breed of men who risked life and limb on a daily basis.The average Joe citizen would laugh at the thought of flying other than as a daredevil kind of thing to do at a county fair.
    In a few hearts however there was a vision of the future and by 1927 they knew that if they were to be accepted into the mainstream they would have to accept a few rules and regs.It is to these guys that I have decided to dedicate this diorama as the
    "Keepers of the Flame"
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    "Keepers of the Flame"1918-1927
    I know that this new title is even more obscure than the last but I figure that if it raises the curiosity of only one kid in ten about this era ,it will be worth the change.Maybe if I added dates it would be better.
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    Diecast Dioramas.
    I know,I know ,its not WW1 and a dreaded diecast to boot but ...........
    it is a diorama manufactured for sale to collectors.Can you imagine this only a few short years ago when dioramas were mostly considered nice bases for your static model? These dioramas are also now available to the diecast car guys too including just about every tool and accessory in 1/18th scale including figures.
    For storyteller dioramists such as myself I think we are nearing the golden age.
    I know that a lot of plastic guys and scratchbuilders are ,shall we say a little prejudice against diecasts ,but for modelers who want to be creative dioramists
    in a storytelling sense ,and just don't have the time or inclination to do a full blown diorama ,this is a great new development in my opinion and a wonderful entry level to modeling.To keep it alive we must evolve with the times! I think it is time to bury the hatchet.It is in the end only the creative idea that really matters.
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    Hi John,
    Thanks for the offer of the pics! I couldn't tell you which ones I want as I like them all!
    It's not just great reference material, I get lost in those pictures, checking everything out!:cool:

    When you are writing your post, just click Go Advanced.
    From that screen, while you are writing a post, you can scroll down and there is a feature called "Manage Attachments"
    Click on that and you can upload pictures directly from your computer, in essence, leaving a copy on our server where it can remain in your thread for posterity, having no effect on you or photobucket.
    This is a great way of enabling a permanent record of your work for future generations.

    If you need any further help just let me know.;)

    Russell
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    R/H wall is now taking shape!
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    Thanks Russell,I'll give it a try!
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    Should be smaller now.

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