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  • Member since
    January 2010
  • From: Drummonds, TN
Weekend backyard repairs
Posted by Rotorbolt on Saturday, November 3, 2012 4:54 PM

Hey, I thought I'd share this diorama that I built about a year ago. I see a lot of awsome work here and it insprired me to build this. It originally was supposed to have two cars in it but changed into this as it was being built. This depicts a scene where this guy and a friend are fixing up his chevelle after a little mishap. Every diorama needs a story. Heres mine:

 Originally a six cylinder car, He recently swaped in a 327 and added dual carbs and headers. Well the car got away from him durring a late friday night street race and he crunched up the front end running it into a ditch and some trees. Since no one was hurt and he only had liability insurance, he had his good friend , who works at a local towing co, pull the car into his backyard. Since this was also his daily transportation, he had to get it fixed before monday morning to get to work. After a saturday spent in the local salvage yard, he was able to find a nice straight front clip off a 4dr sedan, removed it and had his friend truck it back home for him. Afterward, he spent the rest of the day removing the battered front sheetmetal and selling the damaged metal to a scrap metal yard to recoupe some of his money in buying the replacement clip. His trusty dog keeps an eye on the car that night.  On sunday morning, he and his friend start installing the new front clip to get the car mobile and ready later that day.

I had a lot of fun building this. The story kinda' evolved as I built and added things to it. The car is the 1/24th  Monogram 1966 Chevelle Malibu with the flip nose front end. This car was a partially started incomplete gluebomb when I got it. The seperate front cap is what gave me the idea for the scene. I built the car using stuff from my parts box. The small block engine was from the Monogram 56 chevy. I scratch built / kitbashed the front frame rails and suspension since this was originally a race type straight axel kit. Most of the detailing stuff is resin pieces that I cast myself including the two guys and the dog. the jack stands and jack are made from evergreen. Next to the car against the fence is the 6cyl he removed and the stock manifolds and intake with 2bbl carb fom the V8 transplant / upgrade. The trees were probably the most difficult things to build on this.

Enjoy and be inspired.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

  • Member since
    January 2010
  • From: Drummonds, TN
Posted by Rotorbolt on Saturday, November 3, 2012 4:58 PM

Heres some more pictures. Again, enjoy.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

  • Member since
    January 2010
  • From: Drummonds, TN
Posted by Rotorbolt on Saturday, November 3, 2012 5:00 PM

 

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

  • Member since
    January 2010
  • From: Drummonds, TN
Posted by Rotorbolt on Saturday, November 3, 2012 5:03 PM

Thank you.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

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    October 2012
Posted by ReptileGuy on Saturday, November 3, 2012 5:46 PM

That's really a great diorama, and and nice story behind it too. I like it. Excellent work- Nick

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    October 2012
Posted by Joe K on Saturday, November 3, 2012 5:52 PM

The story is just as good as the diorama.

Great build

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    September 2012
Posted by KenCalgary on Saturday, November 3, 2012 7:31 PM

OK, I need to know. How did you do the background (fields, school bus) or is it just a very good photo? It is a wonderful diorama.

  • Member since
    January 2010
  • From: Drummonds, TN
Posted by Rotorbolt on Saturday, November 3, 2012 9:40 PM

Thank you Ken. I didn't do anything special for the background. Its actually my backyard and surrounding fields and neighbor houses. The guy next to me is a school bus driver. All I did was sit the diorama on the ground and lay down at ground level and take the pics. One of the basics for a good photo is your background and lighting while keeping your subject in balance. Natural sunlight in certain parts of the day is the best. A background can make or break a photo even though the subject being photographed is great.  No special camera either. I took the pictures with my cell phone. 

Thanks for the comments guys.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by KenCalgary on Saturday, November 3, 2012 11:13 PM

You can be modest and say you didn't do anything special, but the effect is very well done. It is very difficult to put all that together. Congratulations.

I also learned a valuable lesson, should I ever attempt a diorama. You said: "Every diorama needs a story." I shall keep that in mind.

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    January 2012
  • From: 8247 hyndman road buffalo mills pa
Posted by toyota mr2 on Sunday, November 4, 2012 12:17 AM

the real background blends in with the background u made good job.

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  • From: the Netherlands
Posted by henri1 on Sunday, November 4, 2012 5:21 AM

Wow great what You did there. It is realy very convincing! Wow One of the best I have ever seen!

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    January 2010
  • From: Drummonds, TN
Posted by Rotorbolt on Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:43 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.  The pictures took me probably 10 or 15 minuites to shoot. I guess it helps that I live on top of a hill which is why my background looks like it does. I don't know. I was rather pleased how they came out.

The Monogram 66 malibu kit is probably one of my most favorite kits to build. I like the 1/24 scale better and it is better proportioned to the 1/24 scale figures out there.  I really wish it was reissuied. Looking at this build and the story behind it makes me want to build another based on the same story. I'd like to build it wrecked up in the front being pulled by the tow truck. Especially now the the 1/24th chevy wrecker truck and the "snow plow" truck have been put back into production. Good excuse as any to buy those kits I guess.. I just need to find another one of these malibu kits. Even a incomplete partially built or glue bomb would do...Great..like I need more build projects to do.. Man I need to finish some other builds up first...

I even have a 1/24 small house with open garage that I built a couple years back that I haven't decided what to do with. Mainly because it doesn't have a story attached to it yet. The 66 chevelle in this diorama was supposed to go in the house garrage. But I still need to build the front yard and driveway to go with the house. I might incoperate my little story into this one as well.. If you've never read and seen it, the febuary 1991 issuie of SAE has a article in it that covers the story of a 67 chevelle from new to junker. I always liked that build concept. If I remeber right, those same chevelle models are now in the national model car museum.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, November 4, 2012 2:34 PM

You have made the whole package of model, diorama, photo, and story so well, it's all very impressive.  Cheers

Steve

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    December 2011
  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Monday, November 5, 2012 11:01 AM

Great job of blending real scenery with your dio, perfect!, the whole thing looks so real, well done

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Monday, November 5, 2012 4:02 PM

Very nice job....I have to agree, the backgound pictures really add to a realistic looking diorama. Thanks for posting.

Dennis

 

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  • From: Caputh, Germany
Posted by modelmarc on Saturday, November 10, 2012 3:06 PM

Have to agree with everyone else, great story, great dio, great photography!!!

Marc

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    April 2007
  • From: Fort Mill, SC
Posted by johnbuzzed on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:56 AM

"I concur, in spades."  The outdoor photography really adds to the effect.  Very nicely done Thumbs Up

"You live, you learn".

John "The Buzzard" Buzzerio

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