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First attempt at a dio WITH FINISHED CAR

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First attempt at a dio WITH FINISHED CAR
Posted by CarGuy1963 on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:13 PM

I know this dio is remedial compared to alot of the dios here, but it is my first ever attempt at making one. It is all scratch built from craft sticks. I used sheet styrene for the molding and door knob backing plate, and a paper clip and styrene rod for the door knob itself. Posters are from online pics. Any and all suggestions and or critiques are welcome.                                   

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:56 AM

very nice job. The posters look real, it looks so good i think im going to have to make one....

what did you use to trim the craft sticks to the required length?

Currently working on: DUEL Plymouth valiant, 1958 Biscayne 4 door RHD.

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Posted by High octane on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:49 AM

Nice job on that mini-dio as I've been wanting to make something along those lines for shooting photos also.

High octane

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:19 AM

Thanks Impala and octane. What I used to cut the craft sticks was a small hobby saw and a small aluminium mitre box purchased from micro-marc. The hard part was finding craft sticks that were straight enough to fit together well. Once i had the straightest sticks I could find, I sanded the sticks on the sides to make them fit even better. They are 4" high or 8.4 scale feet. The base is 6" deep by 10" wide. If I were to decide to make another one I would add another 4 inches to the width as I have found that it is a little short for getting pics that are not closeups. And the posters are printed on photo paper. Thanks for looking and commenting guys. 

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by peanutgallery on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:59 PM

CarGuy....looking good....how about scanning a picture of a  clock to 1:25 scale and mount it on the wall...

Dennis

 

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:10 PM

Cool. I cheated on mine. I printed fence sections and pictures of buildings I found on the internet. I like your wood work. Looks like real paneling and oak floor.

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:58 PM

Thanks peanutgallery and dunjun. I did actually print a very cool looking clock. But I only had 1 peice of photo paper left and it wouldnt fit on the first printout as i printed out alot more posters then you see here. I also printed out alot of custom license plates for use on my models. Thanks for the comments guys.    carguy1963

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by twistedswift on Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:24 PM

nice work looks great i love craft stick building good job on your first build it looks great.

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Posted by olskoolrodder on Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:14 PM

Looks good to my eye,will make a cool scene fo your builds to be posted in Yes

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Friday, April 13, 2012 3:05 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments guys. I am in the process of adding 7 scale feet to the width of this mini dio so I can take photos from a little farther away. Will post more pics when it is done.  carguy1963

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by Bodgie43 on Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:15 AM

Good idea to add some scale feet to the width.  I would think seriously about adding some to the depth.  A lot of dioramas a too shallow. Otherwise it looks like it's going to be really good.  Bodgie43

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:32 AM

A lot of dioramas a too shallow

I couldn't agree more...

Old dio...

New dio, (still under construction) 

 

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Monday, April 16, 2012 3:58 AM

Here are some more pics of my mini dio. I added 7 scale feet to the width, and also added a step up. On the step up I angled the floor boards 45 degrees. I also printed out alot more posters and a clock for over the door. I think I will add another 5 to 7 scale feet to the depth as its still hard to get the pics I want. Thanks for the suggestions and comments guys.  carguy1963.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Monday, April 16, 2012 4:01 AM

A few more pics.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Monday, April 16, 2012 4:06 AM

And a few more. The parts are from a 68 GTO WIP posted in the Muscle cars forums.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Monday, April 16, 2012 7:32 AM

Nice. I like the step up and the additional posters. The clock is a great touch. I guess just like every other 'shop' owner, there's always the need for more room!

Dio's can turn into a separate addiction in their own right. Wink

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Posted by modelmarc on Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:32 PM

Very nice for a first start - I used ice cream lolly sticks, which appear to be the same as craft sticks! A good source if you have kids eating ice cream all the time Smile

Marc

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Friday, April 20, 2012 1:54 PM

Thanks dunjuz wryt and modelmarc. Yes since I finished this little project I just keep wanting to make it better. I.E. wider,longer,deeper. I guess that could be an addiction huh? And yes craft sticks are the same as popsicle sticks. Luckily my mom is heavily into crafting, cause all my kids are all grown, and I dont eat that many popsicles anymore lol. Thanks guys.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Saturday, May 12, 2012 6:01 PM

Some more pics I added 8 scale feet to the depth of this dio to get better pics. Mission accomplished. I think Im done with this one, but more to come. It is an addiction.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, May 12, 2012 7:13 PM

Your dio looks good, so now let's see it with a car in it for a photo shoot.

High octane

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Saturday, May 26, 2012 3:27 AM

Here it is with my first build in 3 years.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Saturday, May 26, 2012 3:33 AM

A few more.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by Jaredsvettes on Saturday, May 26, 2012 9:52 AM

Love the '65 corvette!! If you like the Road racing corvettes, take a look at my " 2 level, 4 room, Corvette Grand Sport Garage" on this forum  . Lots of Racing GS vettes in the garage. Some are "race weathered" & a couple are "race damaged".I like the idea of a " photo shoot " dio. If I ever decide to sell any of my collection & need photos , I'll be building one...or two! Jaredsvettes

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:27 AM

The dio and the "Vette are lookin' good Michael, nice job on both!

High octane

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Saturday, May 26, 2012 6:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words Jared and Nick. As for your garage full of Vettes, Ive followed your progress and have looked at that dio probably 100 times. Amazing work I can only hope my next one is as good as yours.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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