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Well. Tomorrow is Gaydon Slot Festival day. And with that comes the hand out of the souvenir programme. Thought I would share with you my little part of that programme. I built this little diorama to house my 2012 SCX World Proxy car in its retirement. Since its completion, the car and diorama have been in residence at the Koonara Wines cellar door in Penola. This was actually the first of these 'out of the box' dioramas that I built, but was unable to show it until now. It started off with a base of stained pine and 3mm MDF. Contouring was added with some scraps of floristry foam. Mud applied which is a mixture of paint, joint compound and crushed rock. When dried I sponged the surface back to expose more of the rock. Static grass mix added with a puffer bottle, a very green blend for a change. Long grass and the frames for the vines. Then the vines themselves. And finally leaves, which are once again from a laser cut Kamazukuri paper kit. The finished product.
This is a diorama created for a friend to display one of his favourite Slot Classic creations. Some of you may have seen my slot box dioramas, but I have been struggling to source boxes suitable for the task. Even the Carrera 1/24 boxes are restrictive to build in. So, it's time to think outside the box. The diorama will be a mansion wall with iron gate and garden, on a 250mm square wooden base. I used pine this time around, but I won't do that again. The base was given a routed edge and a stained, before being given a coat of satin polyurethane. 3mm MDF square was glued to the top to complete the basics. (Please ignore the notes on the wood. I've stolen this image from another diorama as I forgot to take photos of this stage) Some masking tape is applied to protect the edges from plaster, paint and glue, and some plasterer's joint compound (I think you guys call it dry wall mud) mixed with some assorted gravel aggregates is applied to the top. Again, I apologize for failing to take photos of this stage, but you will see the base in a little while. In all of my scenic work I've tried to keep material costs to a minimum. If these dioramas are to be shipped anywhere, then weight will also be of concern. So, as with the slot boxes, a lot of the construction has been completed using floristry foam. There are two types. A grey one which is apparently for dried arrangements and the finer green one (Oasis block) for fresh flowers. Some ornamental pine trees for the garden. These are made from the grey floristry foam shaped into tear drops. A toothpick has been glued into the bottom with PVA, this helps handling and will help with 'planting' later. They've then been sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled with crushed green oasis block. A coat of hair spray should help hold it all in place. Trunks have been added. Trunks have been cut from branchlets found on the garden clean up pile. With careful choice, the cuts can be made at points where another twig has sprouted. This gives a bit of swell to the base of the trunk. Some careful drilling through the middle of the twig and the toothpick can be slipped through and held with a dab of glue. Trees being test fitted in the garden. The mansion wall has also been made from grey floristry foam which has been coated in joint compound and painted. The static grass was applied with a puffer bottle. The gate is 1/35 scale photo etched brass from Verlinden. It was sprayed with an etch primer and then standard black gloss paint. The roses are a 1/32 scale laser cut paper plant kit from Kamazukuri. Fiddly but worth the effort. (I'll do a separate write up on the roses at a later date if anyone is interested) With everything glued in place, the garden side is basically finished. Attention now turns to the main side of the diorama. The brackets for lights were included with the gate. They've been treated the same way and then glued in place via a small slit into the wall piers. Now for some detailing to bring it all to life. A mansion behind this kind of wall would need a guard dog. Once again this comes from 1/35 military modelling land. This resin German Shepherd is from Legend and comes in a pack of 2. The seated dog will be kept for use on another diorama. The dog, like everything else, has been painted with artists acrylics. A pin glued to his rear paw means he can be stood in a few different spots via a tiny hole drilled in the base. Some sisal weeds and sawdust debris added along the front of the fence help things look more natural. The property name is printed on clear ink jet decal paper and applied to a piece of brass shim. The backing is simply some balsa with a bevel edge sanded on it and stained with acrylic paints. The lanterns took some thinking.... The lantern glass is a clear faceted tear drop bead with the top and bottom cut off. The cowl is pressed aluminium and the foot was recycled out of something that His Lordship broke. Extremely pleased with the way they've come up. Thanks for reading. Embs