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Garage / Speedshop Slow Build (Joe's Power Plus)

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  • Member since
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  • From: UK
Garage / Speedshop Slow Build (Joe's Power Plus)
Posted by Jamese30 on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 1:53 PM

Hi All

Been a while since I've posted on here having been distracted for some years with full size car projects, house maintenance and family - but now I am finding a bit of time again. 

I've recently picked up my tools again, started a 57 Black Widow Chevy, built a couple of planes, then got back into cars again.  Now I fancied doing a Diorama, and a garage seemd logicial.

So, here it is so far.  I started with the "Joe's Power Plus" set up.  My plan is to modify it so it is a complete building and then customise the internals and externals (a bit) to be a unique speed shop.

I started dry building it (without glue).  The panels were quite distorted and warped so tape was required during assembly.  Injector points on the inner surface were filled along with the join lines.

 20180916_110245 by j p, on Flickr

I tried to keep the filling work minimal purely because I dont want the building perfect, and I want a few bulges and marks on the walls.

The doors were hand painted, again because I wanted to try and replicate how they would be painted in real life.  I'm not sure if this has worked but here is a picture....


 20180916_212028 by j p, on Flickr

I know the edges aren't perfect.

 20180916_212021 by j p, on Flickr

Next step is to apply some adverts/movie posters to the new exterior walls to add more atmosphere....

I have been trialling using PVA glue and paper printed signs in the hpoe that I can later weather them like old posters weather and peel over time...

 20180912_200628 by j p, on Flickr

Weathering attempt here....

 20180912_213626 by j p, on Flickr

Hope you enjoy!


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Posted by Jamese30 on Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:16 AM

A bit of an update for you. I've carried on trying to detail the garage and give it a rustic theme. 

I purchased some 3D printed brick and have started adding it to the lower section on the inside to try and give more depth to the sections, and show an area not rendered. 

My sheets of card:-

 20180921_221205 by j p, on Flickr

Stuck on with PVA glue:-

 20180921_223521 by j p, on Flickr

And this is the first painted dry fit. A lot of fiddling to get the sides to fit in the grooves. I opened the channels up slightly and also had to file the the lower ends of the walls into a "V" prior to paint to fit.

 20180922_150311 by j p, on Flickr

Progress still slow but I will get there!!  If in the end it comes out looking like a garage built in the '50s that could be still standing and operating today somewhere in a UK village or US town I will be happy... (Quite a few different themes there that have to come together!!)


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Posted by Jamese30 on Thursday, October 04, 2018 5:03 PM

Glued one side on tonight and a bit of a disaster.... got the not enough/too much glue balance a bit wrong combined with the distortion and some glue has seeped out and taken the paint off....

 20181004_201101 by j p, on Flickr

Just goes to show it doesn't always go right. Started touching back in and it will get better especially once weathered and there are some features outside.


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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Thursday, October 04, 2018 8:58 PM

G'day jamese.  I like what you're doing here and will be following along, I'm sure your whole diorama will evolve and change as you progress.  Good stuff.  Cheers.


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Posted by Jamese30 on Friday, October 05, 2018 2:47 AM

Thanks Steve

It's slow progress and my first diorama building so learning as I go along!





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Posted by Jamese30 on Friday, October 05, 2018 2:47 AM

Thanks Steve

It's slow progress and my first building diorama for a while - I did some Ho/00 scale when i was a kid, so I'm learning as I go along!





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Posted by Jamese30 on Monday, October 08, 2018 5:45 PM

A bit more of an update. I started out making the internal walls with styrene sheet to the layout I wanted.

 20181005_194553 by j p, on Flickr

 20181005_194649 by j p, on Flickr

Once happy with this I have started applying the 3D brick paper which is excellent stuff and comes out really well. I just have to start adding some more detail now for realism before finishing the external walls.

 20181006_131650 by j p, on Flickr


Hope you enjoy the read.





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Posted by Jamese30 on Monday, October 08, 2018 5:49 PM

Another image here with all the brickwork in place

 20181007_113959 by j p, on Flickr

I'm not too bothered about the gapping on the left as their will be a separate floor in there butting up to the wall if it goes to plan!?!?



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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, December 06, 2018 3:06 PM

Hello, looks like you're off to a good start.  I have the same model and will get to it at some point.  I like all the tools and other bits that come with it.  I used to deliver auto parts to a Gulf station back in '86, looked just like the model.  Long gone.  There are none of these stations left in my part of the world.  Anyway, good luck with your project.  I will be watching this space. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by oldcarguy on Sunday, December 16, 2018 8:30 AM


 Now, I work on model rail scenery at the Museum where I am on the board and Vice president of Modeling and Displays. I have NEVER seen that building kit before .Where did you get it ? O.C.G.

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Posted by Jamese30 on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:34 AM

Thanks for the encouragement guys.

Firstly, Old Car Guy, - the kit is available through several outlets.  I got mine on ebay, but you can find it on amazon - if you google the kit name, in the title, you will find it.  It comes with lots of accessories but disappointingly it at some point as had the RH and Rear walls removed and replaced with clear perspex.  I have left the rear wall removable for photographing.

Apologies for the delayed update but I got distracted making my first "tuner/drift car"....  The floor is now in courtesy of some cut down and stained wooden sitrring sticks...  I bought a toilet and sink 1/24 scale?!? from ebay but the toilet is slightly too small and a bit too modern so will need some work.

Work on the front "shop" part continues, and I have added a lintel over the entrance to the main workshop, with the plan being the shop could double up as a showroom for bikes or a small car (like a Mini).  My "tuner" Toyota in the main workshop. 


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This last image gives you an idea of how much room there is in the main workshop and the Toyota.  Just enough room for two cars parked close, although once the ramp is in this will be restricted to one car.   


Thats all for now...  will get back to the workbench. 


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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, February 03, 2019 7:42 AM

Hi James from "Sunny Brighton " Cool . Love this thread …great looking set up with all those motors etc. & the sweet early Celica too !

I've been doing a couple of scale dioramas for 1:64 & 1:24/5 cars for some time . Just need more space or even smaller scale stuff Confused.


Have a look on pintrest at some of the amazing ideas . Ice lolly sticks never looked so good ……. 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, February 07, 2019 10:46 AM

The garage is looking good, James. The brick work looks quite authentic. I've been wanting to do a dio for years, likely a garage project, so I'll be watching along as you work this project.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury


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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 07, 2019 4:41 PM

Lookin' good so far James. If you're interested I found a toilet that might fit what you're wanting.

Check it out:;search=5;search=Plumbing;limit=category;v=2.0

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 



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