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dolly15
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 12:49 AM UTC
I am presently working on a RR diorama in "G" scale.I will post some pics and text here,I hope that you enjoy it.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 04:04 AM UTC

Stand by one ! I am trying to get organized.
dolly15
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 04:36 AM UTC
Hi guys ! I have been posting to the Aeroscale section of this site for sometime now but my interest in modeling is not only limited to that genre.
In my long life of modeling since 1948 (I'm 70) I have been involved in most aspects of the modeling world.This internet world only came to me late in life so I may not be up to speed on that aspect.
Modeling was, in my day, pretty much a solitary hobby using snail mail and magazines to stay in contact with what others were doing.Imagine how I feel today ? Glad I lived long enough to see our community come together like it has.
In the last 10 years or so I have been doing 1/16th and 1/24 scale dioramas that incorporate a lot of different types of models and modeling skills, from kits to scratch.I hope that you guys get something out of my posts, so here we go..
dolly15
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 11:21 PM UTC

Actually what I am doing here is making a 1/24 scale railway car from the opening scene of the movie "Once Upon A Time In The West"
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 11:48 PM UTC
Hi John. I have been following your builds for a long time and have enjoyed them very much. Looking forward to see you tackling some railroad scenes as well. Soulnds very interesting.
dolly15
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 11:57 PM UTC
Thank you ! glad you like it.I am doing this piece in honor of the great Italian movie director Sergio Leone.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 01:19 AM UTC

This will be the approximate size of the finished diorama in 1/24 scale.Where you now see a flat bed car will be a locomotive when it is finished.
dolly15
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Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 01:23 AM UTC
dolly15
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 11:16 AM UTC
dolly15
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 11:21 AM UTC
A large scale diorama can be built for taking pictures of all types of models.They can be built expressly for that purpose or as in my case as a temporary backdrop before I ship it off.This backdrop was originally made for my airplane diorama "The Road Taken".The airplane has been temporary stored in my home and can be re-installed back in the diorama in as little as five minutes.Actually I have more fun taking pictures than the actual modeling and in some cases I like the pictures better than the model or diorama.Storyboarding using your own pictures is also a lot of fun too when using them in a picture book or album.In my case the storyboard albums will be for members of my family and friends because the real thing will be gone to a better home.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 05:26 AM UTC
Hi John,

Great work, I look forward to more!

Is that a "Tweetsie" (E.T.& W.N.C.) coach I see there?

Have you built The General yet? If not, are you interested in posting pix of the build, and sprue shots? I have the model but honestly, haven't yet even taken it out of the box it was shipped in. I keep planning to review it.

Thanks for posting your work -- more please!
dolly15
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 07:36 AM UTC
Hi I am just finishing up my last aircraft diorama and probably will start back on General today.Great timing !
The coach is a
Bachman G scale.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 08:21 AM UTC

this is where I stopped a few months ago!
dolly15
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 02:51 PM UTC
My next diorama is called "Once Upon A Time In The Movies" .It is my idea of how a movie set may have looked like back in the 1960's and is pure fantasy .It is a piece that I have dedicated to the great Italian film director Sergio Leone.The theme is old Western movie making based upon my favorite movie "Once Upon A Time In The West."
This diorama will be in 1/24 scale.I plan to have lots of fun with this one !I am presently building a locomotive as a movie prop based upon the old General model kit.Well here goes !
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 11:20 PM UTC
dolly15
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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 12:35 AM UTC

Here is a brief review of what I have done on this diorama prior to now.

The above illustration is of a typical movie set.

Of course everything starts with a little research on the subject that you are interested in.Pick a subject that is really personal to you,something that you love and not what others think you should love.If your heart is really in it that will see you through the rough periods and there always are a few of those along the way in any creative project.
Once you have a subject in mind the next step is the most important you will take.Research,research,research,get to know your subject really well.
The web ,libraries,museums books,magazines,films etc.. are good places to start. In my case with this project I have a huge advantage, I have the movie itself which I can stop and study frame by frame.
Other than for me personally, this diorama will be more instructive than emotional for the viewer.The last two dioramas that I have done were designed to involve the viewer emotional in the piece and send a message of some kind.This time it will be a more descriptive piece,how they used to make movies.
It is however emotional for me personally as I am a great fan of Sergio and have guided myself in the making of my dioramas the way he made movies,except mine are only one frame long.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 01:42 AM UTC
First I made a 3D mockup of what I am planning.I like to use this for reference purposes as I find that it really helps to put everything in context.It is not written in stone though, nothing is with my style of modeling as I want the freedom to change things right up until the end of the project.This helps keep me interested too as I never know where it will end up.

Anything that I measure on the HO mockup I simply multiply by 3.625 for 1/24 scale.Speaking about scales I sometimes cheat a little and call it Artistic License.A good example of this is the locomotive kit I am using which is actually 1/25 scale in a 1/24 scale diorama but unless I told you ,you probably would not have noticed and you guys are much more familiar with scale than the general public would ever be.
My goal here is eventually find a good museum as a home for this diorama, because of its descriptive nature I want it to be seen by the public.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 02:15 AM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 04:31 AM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 08:08 AM UTC
Sergio is the fellow with the hat and white shirt standing by the rear door next to the light.I don't know from which of his movies this pic comes from but it looks like one of his westerns that he was so famous for.
My closed set will be quite different as the diorama will depict an old abandoned movie set with no figures except for maybe a ghost or two.(every old western set needs one).

The HO train cars on the piece of round plywood is the basic design so far.The caboose with the cardboard roof will be the station from the opening scene of the movie.The locomotive will be pretty much as you see here except it will be a prop.
The green boxcar will actually be a closed set passenger car in the diorama.Somewhere in the scene I plan to put an old directors chair with Sergio written on the back.

Originally I was going to do this piece as a set from the film.I have since changed my mind actually I now plan to make it a long abandoned set from that era.I really enjoy making things look old and weathered (like me) and I think that it will add some emotion to the piece.Sergio died at 60 at the height of his artistic abilities and I want to honor that sense of loss of a man that still had so much more to give.
dolly15
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Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2011 - 12:26 AM UTC
Well I guess that I might as pick up where I left off building the locomotive as a prop to be used in the movie set.You will remember that I am using "The General" kit as my starting point and I am now adapting it to look like a movie prop.There is lots of nice detail to work with here and it is an eye-saving 1/25 scale.
This is my first RR diorama and my first attempt at building a scale model locomotive so please if you see that I am going down a wrong path I would appreciate it if you more experienced builders would advise me.I have run electric(yes we had electricity way back then, LOL) trains on and off for 65 years now but never had this building opportunity before.
I can't remember exactly what my first train was but it was back in Toronto just after dad returned from overseas about 1945 .I do remember him saying though before one of his flights "Don't leave it plugged in too long you will burn out the transformer"Well he wasn't gone long and I proceeded to do just that.It became a push train after that.
dolly15
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 12:38 AM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 05:08 AM UTC
So after 60 years, you will break even one more a model train again

We all have happy memories of childhood in relation to trains, so this mega project I'll closely monitored.
dolly15
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 11:13 PM UTC
Thanks dani ! glad you enjoy it.
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Posted: Monday, September 05, 2011 - 01:04 AM UTC