"How to Build Large Scale Dioramas"

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    This is the next project ,a WW1 truck conversion that I decided to build to balance out the composition of the Albatros diorama.I plan to do it as a multi-media thing using plastic,metal,wood etc....
    The basic chassis is from a 1/16th Rolls Royce kit ,the design is a Mercedes car that will become a custom built truck for use on the airfield.Most trucks of this era were built on car chassis .Should be fun!
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    The following was written by a good modeling bud of mine over on another site.


    John, I really love this diorama. The wrecked plane is beautiful. The whole thing is magnificent.!!!

    I would advise you to not put a vehicle in front of the hanger and wrecked plane.
    Unless you rearrange the hanger and the wrecked plane, the vehicle will overpower the wrecked plane and the hanger. By "overpower" I mean the vehicle becomes the main attraction. The vehicle becomes the story. It will steal the story away from the planes.

    Viewers will ask, in their mind; so what about this vehicle? Who just arrived? Who was driving the vehicle? What is it doing there?

    I think the story is the wrecked plane and the plane they are working on in the hanger. The vehicle should only support that story.

    John, I love your work. I hope you don't take this the wrong way. It's only my opinion.

    My response;

    Hi Jim! thank you for taking the time to express your opinion on this. I also have been quite reluctant to do this and for the same reasons, but all that open space in the left hand front of the diorama somehow bothers me.I can't quite put my finger on what it is,would you have any other suggestions or do you think it is OK as is?
    Don't worry about the truck as I originally thought of putting it out back of the hangar anyway.
    If anyone else would care to weight in on this subject please feel free to do so.Knowing when enough is enough has always been a problem for me.
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    Firstly I have to say I'm very impressed with you model building skills, and your attention to detail is second to none. the albatross is great, but I can't help noticing the unfortunate black edges left by the laser cutting if the plywood. would it not have been better to carefully paint over these with a matching plywood colour before assembly?

    and not wanting to be nit-picky, but in nearly 700 posts there have been five whole mentionings of the word card, and twelve of paper.
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    You actually counted! I can't believe it.
    My work is what is called mixed media.I use whatever is handy to get to where I want to go which is to tell an interesting story.How I get there and what I use is of little concern to me.Please try to be open minded.Cheers! John.
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    The Junk Truck.......
    This ground support vehicle will be picking up junk out back of the hangar.I haven't yet quite decided whether it will be military or civilian.In keeping with it's duties the truck will be pretty junky itself.Even if it were military I figure that a truck involved in this task would not be the shiniest in the fleet nor would it bear all the usual proud military insignia.
    Like the running board, I decided to make my own style front fenders out of wood ,which was not all that uncommon a thing to do in the early days.

    I love doing these early trucks because of the room for your own creativity that is involved.It would take a keen and very knowledgeable eye to spot this as being once a Rolls Royce chassis, especially after I weather the whole thing..
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    OK ,this is as far as I plan to go with the junk truck.Anything more would just look overdone.When I add the junk to the truck's bed there will be plenty of interesting stuff to look at.Now it's on the the part I love most the weathering.

    I have a little update as to when the museum will be ready for my stuff.Looks now that not before August ,which is fine by me as I really prefer finishing off the landscaping surrounding the hangars outside on my porch during the warm weather.Maybe I will add a few things too..........
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