"How to Build Large Scale Dioramas"

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

  1. ekuth

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    Your work is simply stunning!

    The weathering on the engine... man alive. Excellent technique! Keep it coming! :eek:
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    The above is a fully working window that slides up and down .I make mine from wood but plastic could also be used.The window panes are 1/16th Lexan that I cut from a sheet and then with a fine blade in my scroll saw,I cut out the rough shape .I then use a small belt sander with fine sandpaper to trim the rest.Any further shaping that is required to fit the panes into the individual window openings is done by using hand sanders.
    The end on view gives you a good idea of how the whole thing is put together.
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    Now I have just another 11 windows and two doors to build.The way it is going more time will be spend on making up the supporting cast than the main event! But I expected this,I guess it is a lot like the movies where lots of time and money is spent on scenery in order to make the storyline more believable.
    I think in future I will do only small 1/16th vignettes a la my fellow modeler Chuck Doan.I will spend more time on detail and less on big scale(size) productions.Four large dioramas is three more than I originally set out to do anyway.
    The following is an example of Chucks work which I call extreme weathering .A great theme for example ,would be a modern day barn-find of an old aircraft or even aircraft parts, in 1/16th scale.It would give me lots of opportunity to give extreme weathering a try.I really enjoy the weathering process and then taking pics of the detail.
    In the following example the old barn window tells a whole story in itself.
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    [​IMG]
    Something new!
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    Hi John,

    Just great stuff, real inspiring, thank for sharing.

    Paul C
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    Many, Many Thanks. I learn something new almost every week.

    My Awe grows with every week.

    Thanks
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    How to rig a ship model.
    I don't know if any of you guys are ship modelers but I have something on my photobucket that may be of interest.I spent a long time rigging an 1/72 scale HMS Victory before I took up 1/16th aircraft dioramas.I have started an album on how to rig this ship.Look for the album titled Friggin' in the Riggin' in my photobucket.
    Believe me after that aircraft were easy! Cheers.John.
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    "Once upon a time......." Storyboard dioramas by JohnReid.
    My photobucket:
    http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/JohnReid/
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    Thanks John for this insight to your work, will come in handy. I have promised my self that 1 of my projects, ok, maybe the project of 2010 would be a sailing ship.

    :thumb:
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