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  • Building A HOn30 Diorama

    Hi all!

    I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything…

    The “big” layout has been suffering some financial pains, & is kind of stalled out for the time being…

    I kind of had the doldrums for a while, & didn’t do any modeling at all, but then I started piddling with some Hon30 projects that had been gathering dust on the workbench…

    Then I thought that since my Hon30 layout was in storage, & would be a total pain to get out again, a good project might be to build a photo diorama to take pictures on…

    I started by going out to the garage & finding this old piece of a cabinet door, & gluing some scrap pieces of foam to it…



    I added some more foam, did some carving, filled in some of the gaps with sculptamold, & used p-o-p to carve some rock outcroppings, & pour a base for the river…






    -Drew-



    "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

  • #2
    Nice start. What's the size of the diorama?

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    • #3
      Thanks Frederic!

      Y'know, I have not measured it! [:-ashamed]

      I do know that the span over the small stream is apprx. 45 scale feet (HO scale)so I'm ball-parking it at around 18x24 inches...???

      (I'm at work right now, so I'll check that when I get home)

      I needed a bridge to go over the small stream, & lacking funds & materials, I decided to try & make a small “timber” bridge out of plastic sprues…

      I started by marking the flex track where I needed the bridge to go, then flipped the track over & built the bridge upside down at the workbench





      btw…I’m using a piece of Peco code 55 N scale flex for this…

      Here’s the bridge in place…I put a couple of cars & a figure in the pic as a point of reference for size…


      -Drew-



      "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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      • #4
        I got a little over-enthusiastic, & carved away too much of the roadbed for the track…so I had to add some pieces of heavy cardstock to widen it back out…



        I used some sculptamold & p-o-p to blend in the new roadbed, & started adding some ground cover…


        -Drew-



        "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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        • #5
          Coming along fine Drew! Keep 'em coming

          Steve

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          • #6
            I’ve added some more weathering to the bridge, glued down the track, & painted the base for the river…



            You'll notice that the bridge is kinda dangling in mid-air...I'm going to try & build up the scenery to give it a better footing...



            Well, that’s where I’m at at this point…more on this one later!
            -Drew-



            "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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            • #7
              Looks great Drew.
              Chuck Faist

              Burlington, Ontario

              Enjoy yourself it is later than you think!

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              • #8
                Very nice Drew!

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                • #9
                  HI Drew,

                  That is a nice little scene. It's simplicity is enchanting; I am looking forward to further installments.
                  Rod Hutchinson

                  Growing Old Disgracefully

                  Australia

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                  • #10
                    You've been progressing fast, Drew. Nice work and thanks for the hint about the size.

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                    • #11
                      I LIKE it!!! If you had not told us the trestle was built of sprues, etc., I never would have guessed. As history probably shows, most good ideas are simple. Actually, your diorama is elegant in its simplicity. I like the rocks and the flow of the topography as well. You should be able to get some great photos with it.

                      I read in the book about his G&D that John Allen often posed loose rocks and such to to give greater depth of field and a more finished look to some of his unfinished or smaller scenes. He did this just for photo shoots. The rocks were fairly large too. That might work to "expand" your diorama for the camera.

                      --Stu--
                      --Stu--

                      It\'s a great day whenever steam heads out into the timber!

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                      • #12
                        Your diorama is really taking shape nicely, Drew. Keep up the good work.
                        Mike

                        D&B Lumber Co.

                        "The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"

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                        • #13
                          Well done Drew and I agree that the scene will produce some excellent pictures.
                          <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                          • #14
                            Wonderful little diorama Drew, nice to see you back at work.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the nice comments, guys!

                              I’ve been working on “foresting” the hillside…



                              Oh, btw...I finally got around to measuring the diorama...it's 18x29 inches...
                              -Drew-



                              "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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