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The Playland Penny Arcade Diorama

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  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Mays Landing, NJ
The Playland Penny Arcade Diorama
Posted by kvwildhare on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:36 AM

The Playland diorama represents an old penny arcade building that's being gutted before demolition.                       It's in a neighborhood that's seen better days:  The building beside the arcade has already been demolished         and the arcade is next.  No doubt, the apartment building next to it will be slated for destruction, too.                      The diorama will show old arcade games being loaded into a truck.                                                                          Here's a roughed-in composition taken during the early stages of construction...

Fast forward to the latest progress.  The buildings and pavement are almost done...

 I used LEDs to illumninate the alley, hallway & some of the rooms on the upper floor of the apartment building..

 To see the entire in-progress series of photos, follow this link to my Fotki album:

http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/playland_penny_arcade/

Thanks for looking.  I'll post more details later.

Ken Hamilton khamiltonsa@aol.com http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/ www.wildharemodels.com
  • Member since
    February, 2005
  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:05 PM

Ken...I could ask 1000 questions...I'll limit it to one...How did you replicate the dials on the electric meters? 

Dennis

 

  • Member since
    March, 2011
  • From: South Central Pa.
Posted by CarGuy1963 on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:27 AM

I just watched the slideshow of all 415 pics and WOW! That is amazing. The skill you posess and the attention to detail is just mind blowing. What more can I say. 

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Mays Landing, NJ
Posted by kvwildhare on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:29 AM

Dennis: Since the meters won't be under close scrutiny, they were built more as "recognizable illusions" than exact replicas.  The box is a block of styrene; the outer ring is a thin slice of tubing, the little dials inside the ring are slivers of styrene rod and the horizontal wheel is a portion of a thin aluminum circle made with a round paper punch.  When that stuff was all glued in place, a made the "lens" with 5-Minute Epoxy, which created a natural doom.  You can still see some of the bubbles in the epoxy in the lens on the right.....

The rest is just wire and more slivers of tubing.  Feel free to ask any other questions you might have!

Ken Hamilton khamiltonsa@aol.com http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/ www.wildharemodels.com
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    August, 2010
Posted by gunn on Thursday, March 29, 2012 7:20 AM

love it. and gives me more ideas to add in my 1/64th scale dio

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    February, 2011
Posted by Jaredsvettes on Thursday, March 29, 2012 4:04 PM

Being a "new comer" to this hobby I am just in awe of the building skills that you have. The detail that is present is truly amazing. How in the world do you slice styrene tubing so thin &  precisely? there must be a secret ...care to share? Jaredsvettes

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Mays Landing, NJ
Posted by kvwildhare on Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:36 PM

I cheated.  I glued a longer piece of tubing onto the box and sanded it down until it was the "thinness" i needed.  (Slicing tubing that thin is next to impossible....Big Smile...)

Ken Hamilton khamiltonsa@aol.com http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/ www.wildharemodels.com
  • Member since
    February, 2011
Posted by Jaredsvettes on Friday, March 30, 2012 10:20 AM

DUH! Why didn't I think of that. Thanks for sharing your experience. Jaredsvettes

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Mays Landing, NJ
Posted by kvwildhare on Friday, April 06, 2012 9:39 PM

Details on the apartment building roof include a scratchbuilt laundry basket.

If you have laundry, you need (scratchbuilt) clothes pins....

...to go on the clothesline.

Thanks for looking.

 

Ken Hamilton khamiltonsa@aol.com http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/ www.wildharemodels.com
  • Member since
    March, 2008
  • From: Canada
Posted by smellyfatdude on Saturday, April 07, 2012 5:09 PM

Urban renewal in scale. I absolutely love it! Thumbs Up
You need to do an entire city block. I'll bet the things you could come up with would be just incredible. Bow

                                                                                  Regards,
                                                                                        sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

Next builds:

Dunno

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Caputh, Germany
Posted by modelmarc on Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:36 PM

As always, stunning! I just love all the little details - think I need to start on something similar, but how to fit that in betweeen al the other builds?? Tongue Tied

Marc

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Mays Landing, NJ
Posted by kvwildhare on Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:04 PM

The Arcade diorana is just about finished and the boys are packing up for NNL East:

See you Saturday...........

Ken Hamilton khamiltonsa@aol.com http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/ www.wildharemodels.com
  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Central Ohio
Posted by Wisconsin Railfan on Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:57 PM

What a mind blowing diorama...  The details are incredible,  the story behind the theme is truly inspiring!  Thank you for sharing, and inspiring us all!  

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Sunday, April 22, 2012 6:34 PM

What an awesome job on that dio and the details are just amazing. I'm sure it will be a "hit" at the NNL this weekend.

High octane

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