"How to Build Large Scale Dioramas"

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

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    Air show guns!
    Now there is no question that these are fake guns made from tin.The storyline is of an ex airshow Camel being shipped off for use as a movie prop or for movie advertising purposes.For airshows showmanship would allow for painted guns ,where in movies they would have to be more realistic looking.
    I would rather that these be obviously looking fakes than a bad attempt at trying to make them looking real.
    I know that this is not everyone's cup of tea(apology to my military friends) but it does fit in with the storyline of this diorama.It also allows me to use these obviously fake guns without having to scratchbuild new ones and still inject the movie aspect into the diorama.
    I think now that I have captured just about every aspect of aviation in the 20's.Military re-union,airshow,racing,movies etc...
    I plan to suggest to the museum people that they make the display interactive for the kids ,such as finding the air race posters or the Wright Flyer or the 4 animals that will be in the diorama.Some will be easy and others very hard to spot and it sure would be a great way to have them explore the whole diorama.
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    Peace and Love everyone!
    Back in the 60's this was my dad's first attempt at skywriting.He was flying our recently restored '29 Beech Travelair biplane.You can just see the airplane on the right hand middle of the pic.If you follow the smoke trail back you can just make out the" l "and "o "of the word love.These were the 60's of course and he was attempting to write "Peace and Love" in the skies over the city of Montreal.
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    Turtledeck tarps!
    The tarpaulin has been trimmed and a batten nailed down along the edge.I want the canvas to look relatively new so I don't plan to weather it too much.Because the canvas is so loose looking I will bend and shape some wood battens over the turtledeck.I sort of compromised on this as the tarp may be a little bit too crinkly but I like the weight between the stringers look.
    One thing that I found out is not to worry about laying down wax paper ,if you seal the wood well with lacquer the glue/water mix will not stick the tarp permanently to the protected wood.This is useful to know when making removable tarps or shaping tarps over any object.
    Note: while I try my best to keep all the websites I post to updated (29)as often as time permits,for day-to-day pictures and text please see:
    Welcome to The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War I (Forum,Models) Cheers! John.
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    Amazing detail.:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

    Appreciate your pictures. That's all I can say.

    Andrew
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    Building dioramas is a very special part of modeling, no matter what your materials are and I have garnered many great ideas from this wonderful thread.
    Lots of great weathering tips here too!

    I appreciate all your efforts as well, John!;) Thank you!

    Russell
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    Beginning the upper wing center section!
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    I have been thinking about the wings and ailerons.Do I make all of them,some of them or none of them.I could fake some wooden crates and be done with it.
    What I think I will do is leave the fuselage closest to the side of the case free of any wings so that this side of the fuselage will be easily viewable.Two wings will be in crates and attached to the other side of the fuselage.On the other two wings I will leave some of the crates plywood panels open for inspection and they will be resting up against the hangar wall .I will place a rolled up tarp somewhere near the cockpit part of the fuselage.
    I really can't see the point of building open wings which are basically of the same design as the center section which is already available for closeup inspection.More than likely at this stage the wings would have been already crated anyway.
    Maybe I will build the other wings later and put them in the rafters of the hangar.
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    Because the Camel/Truck is basically one piece rather than 2 separate entities,I will have to treat them as such from here on.One way or another I have to build the undercarriage which is where I will concentrate my efforts for now.Then the
    Model T truck will be put on its wheels and I will decide the rest from there.
    I will have to re-think the center section on the fuselage idea ,mainly because it looks way to vulnerable and unrealistic stuck out there in the wind.
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    I think that I am pretty much on track to finish the diorama by mid-year.Once the Camel/Ford is finished, I have the horse and it's rest area to do ,and a few more figures to modify and paint.The rest is just installing what is already made.Hooking up all the lighting should be a lot of fun and of course taking a lot of pictures of the finished diorama.
    I have some minor stuff to do on the Albatros and Nieuport dioramas .After that it will be coordinating with the museum staff as to how they want to display them.
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    John:
    Your work is absolutely stunning. You are truly the "model builder's model builder" and I kid you not!! If you are ever out on the Left Coast, please look me up. I'll gladly buy you lunch and a pint or two, just for the chance to kick some ideas around.

    Sincerely,
    Jim Roberts
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    Cowichan Bay, BC
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    Thanks Jim! I have family out there,so you never know.Cheers! John.
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    John: As always, your work is astounding!

    You will certainly be welcome should you wish to visit!

    Jim