Diorama More Bits and Pieces

More Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesJust a few more bits and pieces and this project will be done. Lenora has inspired me to do a 1:43 or 1:18 scale diorama in the future. The biggest satisfaction is making most of these pieces from scratch, most of them, you can’t buy at a hobby shop or anywhere else. When I first thought about this many months ago, I was hoping for an aged, neighborhood shop where everybody takes their car to be worked on late at night, over a few beers and some good music. I think I’m pretty close to that.

Diorama Update

Diorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsAdded some new items to the diorama that I’ve been working on, mainly the tool chest. I had to build this one from scratch to get the right scale and I think it turned out very nice. It’s made of plexiglass (top) and the drawers are made from wire holders for old DB9 connectors. I also made a couple oil barrels for used oil, they’re made of old diodes. I try to make as much stuff as I can from scratch, makes the process more interesting. I also got the headlights and taillights painted on the flatbed. It’s coming along nicely.

Diorama Lighting

Lighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaI finished wiring and management of the lighting system for the diorama. I’m very pleased with the way that it turned out. Best part of the lighting system is that it’s controlled remotely. The LED’s, remote control w/remote and battery pack cost less than 10 dollars. Once I had everything in place, it was just a matter of doing a little wire management and tucking everything out of site. I also finished the detail on the Rat Rod Beetle, but still have to finish the detail on the VW flatbed. Now I can concentrate on the details and button this project up, it’s gone on way too long now. I’m sure I’ll add to it from time to time and switch things up, but so far I’m happy with the direction I’m going with it. Great way to pass time and relieve stress.

Diorama Update 1_9_2018

Test Fitting LightsLighting The DioramaCustom VW TruckHad a little time the past couple of weeks to work on the diorama. I had been searching online and at the hobby stores to find the right lights for the shop, but just couldn’t find what I had in mind. So, I made my own using wire nuts, spray can directional tubes and nut holders. The scale is a little larger than what I was wanting, but I think they’re turning out nice. Tonight I began to wire the LED’s and I think they’re going to be perfect, nice and bright. I also decided to add a flatbed, VW truck. I finished the base and custom wheels a couple of weeks ago and got the body in primer. I think I’m going to leave it this way, but maybe give it a little patina. I have a remote that will control the lights once I do a little wire management. Love the way it’s turning out.

New Hot Wheels & Diorama Update

New Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateNew Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateNew Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateMy awesome wife picked up an “almost” complete Camaro series from Hot Wheels. I think we’re only missing one, shouldn’t be too hard to pick up. She always has her eye open for new sets that we don’t have in the collection, especially anything VW related. Also had a few minutes to update the diorama that I’m working on. Hope to have it completed soon with interior lights and outdoor textures.

Diorama Coming Along

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Got some time today to work on the diorama. Still coming up with new ideas and ways of doing things, but it’s slowly coming together. The rat rod VW is complete now, I won’t be doing anything else to it. The inside walls are coming together nicely, trim will be next. Since this is going to have an inside area and an outside area, I’ll have consider that when it comes to lighting. So far, so good.

Diorama Pieces

Diorama PiecesDiorama PiecesDiorama PiecesDiorama PiecesSince it was so nasty and dreary out today, I worked a little on the diorama pieces. I think I’m pretty much done with the VW Rat Rod and the hand built floor pan. Lenora picked up a perfect size box to use to set up the diorama so I gave the interior of it a fresh coat of paint. Now we have something to build off of. This is going to take a while because many of the parts and pieces are going to be custom built. Sounds like a nice winter project.