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A4 Diorama

Postby backwaterscotland » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:59 am

Hi Folks,
It's been a while since I posted but I'm back modelling again.

Each year, the club I'm a member of has a modelling competition for it's members and each year has a different specification. Last year the baseboard was a maximum of 3.14 sq feet and this year the specification is :

Diorama
Maximimum footprint A4 297mm x 210mm
No height restriction
No fixed theme
Static or working is up to the modeller.

The entry has to be completed for the Model Rail Scotland exhibition (http://www.modelrail-scotland.co.uk) at the end of February.

I started on my idea months ago but only in the last week have I really got going. My plan is to do one of the bunker entrances at Dean Hill RNAD base, imagining that it was built to 15" gauge rather than 2 foot.Something like this :
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A quick mock up gave me a feel for what I was doing and so onwards with the card and polystyrene.

More updates as progress goes on.

Andy 8)
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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby chris stockdale » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:08 pm

Hi Andy,

If you can lay your hands on a copy of Railway Modeller, January 2014, - didn't take too long to find it - there was a version of this in H0f scale (H0 scale on 6.5mm track). It was a circuit and siding with a few inches of standard gauge and a wagon to complement/contrast. Total area of that was 26" x 16".

Good luck with your entry, looks fun!

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Postby backwaterscotland » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:12 pm

Thanks Chris, I bought that issue at the time and had considered upscaling it to Gn15.

One more progress photo - hilsides roughly carved, track embeded and building shell built.

Andy 8)
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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby Nevadablue » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:15 am

Looking really good Andy!
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Postby backwaterscotland » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:28 am

More progress. Polystyrene covered with paper mache and painted with emulsion paint. Building painted, windows boarded up, door constructed (thin card, rivets embossed, spray painted silver). Starting to come together now. Last major item to do is static grass and then onto detailing and weathering.

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Postby lesmond » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:43 pm

Andy - I'm loving this - thanks for sharing.

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Postby backwaterscotland » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:29 pm

The end gets closer. Static grass applied, details started on the building.

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Postby lesmond » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:57 pm

That is really taking shape - lovely job.

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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby chris69 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:19 am

Congrats, simple and looking really good!
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Postby backwaterscotland » Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:12 pm

I think I'm finished. The only thing I'm really not happy about is that the PVA dried shiny under the static grass but I'll live with it.

Some sunshine today so a couple of atmospheric shots :

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I'll let you know how I get on at the challenge judging :shock:

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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby Nevadablue » Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:29 pm

That is a neat little diorama. Good job!
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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby chris stockdale » Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:51 pm

Very nice. Good luck!

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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby Nipissing » Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:54 pm

Well done. Good luck too !
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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby lesmond » Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:25 pm

Please do let us know how you get on Andy - have enjoyed this very much.

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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby Colin Peake » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:01 pm

Looks great in the sunshine, I suspect the shape of it rewards viewing from different angles.

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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby backwaterscotland » Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:58 pm

Well, Model Rail Scotland has now passed and the results are in.

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3 entries this year (that's 3 up on last year and 2 up on the year before). One 0-gauge, 1 00-gauge and 1 Gn15.

Trophy went to the 0-gauge diorama as the judge could "see what the purpose of it was" (whatever that means). 2nd went to the 00-gauge one and mine came last - the judge liked the building but said the scenics could be better.

Oh well! I should find out what next years competition is soon and try again.

On the other hand, I was building some Emmet stock on the demo stand and spent more time talking to people about them than building them.

Andy 8)

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Postby chris stockdale » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:00 am

Commiserations Andy.

At least you competed - and we all liked it. :D

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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby adamc » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:49 pm

Travesty of justice !

Your diorama looked like the only one with a loco as well. Very nice as well, and possibly a great idea for a full layout. Can envisage lots of bombs and explosive trucks, a nice change from fish and coal.

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Re: A4 Diorama

Postby NICKJW » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:06 pm

Very nice.


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