Time for an update!
Nearing completion? Still a long way to go but no fires caused by lousy wiring so far. Iīll guess with the dump site included sixty percent is done of the diorama.
So why has it taken so long? Well 1/35 scale is much more demanding than my usual work in 1/87 scale. Also I have been quite busy testing new techniques and of course re-doing tons of stuff and secondly been a bit lazy with the camera. Usual scale......not sure I will return to 1/87 scale in the near future at least not for dioramas as I already have quite specific plans for a new one in 1/35 scale. Itīs easy to get addicted.
I have changed the concept a bit so intstead of having a guy work on his car in a garage itīs now a small motorcycle repair shop set in the early 1960īs and that means of course a lot more work as well. Have more or less finished the walls for the main building and the add on building except for the texture on the inside and some detailing on the stones on the outside - quite a bit to do here. The first space in the add on building will feature a paint shop with a compressor, spray gun etc. Not really sure what to do with the space next to the paint shop but I have a few ideas - have to see when all walls are up how visible that space will be.
Havenīt started on the small cottage yet that will be located at the very back of the diorama but that should go pretty quickly to finish as I will slice it in half in order to reduce the depth of the diorama and also it looks like the prototype is not very weathered and that means less work as well.
The large grey work desk is from Verlinden but completely re-worked with an open drawer and small shelf - thanks Spencer P. for some great ideas. If I would do it again I would scratchbuild one - a lot easier! The metal shelves are also from Verlinden and are just temporarily in place. The steel work bench, cabinets, shelves etc. arer all scratchbuilt. The Verlinden drill press has also been re-worked. Dallas showed a few neat ideas in his thread that I couldnīt resist to copy - also added a serial no.plate plus a few other details. The black electrical outlets and light switches were custom made by Dave at Vectorcut plus some other parts that will be used later on in the build. Fluorescent lights were provided by Bill Satore at Microlumina and will be installed last. Thanks guys! Still reman things to correct, replace details etc. on these first interior shots.
So far only two walls are permanently installed on the main building. Along the second long wall there will be among other other things a lathe. Maybe a bit too much for a small bike repair shop but letīs say he bought it second hand at a bargain price!
. Guess it could come in handy for re-working damaged cylinders etc.
From now on I`ll do the final texturing, coloring etc. on the inside of the walls when I know where everything will be located. Spent a couple of hours on the long wall with the tool board and about one square inch is visible - waist of time.
Some pictures about four times actual size. All sorts of input appreciated