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Here are a few shots of the small diorama I built for my Warley 2010 Scalescenes trade stand. Having purchased the largest permissible rigid suitcase I could find and roughly calculated the other display elements I needed I was left with a 250x650mm baseboard (with a 440mm high backscene) to cram as many of my products as I could on… all with just a week and a half before I hopped on the plane!!

Doug (dooferdog) was kind enough to put me in touch with Marty from this forum as he had also just recently hauled a small layout from Australia over to the UK. Marty was very helpful and gave me many tips to avoid over zealous Australian customs officers on the return leg. This meant no wood could be used in the project, which effectively meant that the whole thing needed to be built of foamboard, something I hadn’t ever tried before.

Here’s are some shots of the basic structure which was very quick and easy to cut out and glue together using quick drying PVA. I can see now why foam board construction is really becoming quite popular now.






I then planned out the various elements and glued in the various levels. With such a short amount of time to complete the project it really was a case of just making a decision and going for it! (an attitude sadly lacking from my over-pondered South Oak Road layout)



To accurately re-space the sleepers I stuck down a quick printed template and then glued the track (peco code 75) over the top.



And there I’m afraid the ‘how to’ section ends, in the final week before I left it all got a bit crazy and progress shots slipped down the priority list a bit. The project culminated in me gingerly lowering a still slightly sticky diorama into a case half and hour before leaving for the airport and ended with me painting small details and figures in my hotel in Birmingham at 1am the night before the exhibition! Anyway hope you enjoy the images of the final scene (after a few minor post trip repairs!)…



















For those interested here’s a quick list of the elements I used to create this diorama:

Scalescenes (roughly from front to back)- Arched Bridge (inc. billboards), Station Platform, Footbridge, Station Structures, Station signs and Posterboards, Retaining Wall, Low Relief High Street, Low Relief Cinema (all OO) and the N versions of Factory/Warehouse and Low Relief Flats.

Etched brass windows fitted to all the above - Brassmasters
Interior lighing - Black Cat Technology (Warm White micro LEDs)
Figures - Preiser (1:72) and modified Monty's Dart castings station staff
Chimney pots - Langley chimney pots (Ref: F111p)
Lights and Signal – modified Vollmor and Eckon Berko

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In the words of Max ,  VG & an Elephant stamp for you in your book.


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Marvelous, lovely mate.

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The only problem at Warley was getting close enough to see it - far too many people in the way! :lol:

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Excellent model scene, It all blends extremely well.
I also like the job you did on the Peco Track. Spreading the sleepers makes a huge visual improvement.
Thanks for shareing,
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.. and a tick too, don't forget the tick.

I reckon I'd even add an offical forum "NICE".
The interior detail in the shops!!! Wouldn't I just love to be able to do that in N scale.

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Marty wrote: The interior detail in the shops!!! Wouldn't I just love to be able to do that in N scale.


John provides the interior details in his N kits if you are up for a challenge...

...should be no problem for you Marty!

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 An excellent display of your products John, where can i get a copy of that white Capri poster ??

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Just WOW


I can see my eyesight taking a bashing if I attempt some of this in N
Especially those interiors

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Very nicely done John i can see why its was popular at the show

The Australian customs are going to be asking questions soon you bringing your diorama out of the country and 5 months ago Marty bring his 4 ft module to the Uk aswell. :lol::lol:

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Bl**dy hell! Don't let him see my Scalescenes Engine Shed project, whatever you do! :shock:

This just goes to show that I should stick to plastikard. :oops::oops:

It's terrific work, and all the more so for having been prepared in a hurry and lugged around in a suitcase. Quite remarkable! :thumbs

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 An excellent display of your products John, where can i get a copy of that white Capri poster ??


Thanks Kev, the Capri billboard is one of a selection of billboards and posters from various eras that's included with my Arched Bridge and Bridge Abutment kits.

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Ian Morton wrote: Marty wrote: The interior detail in the shops!!! Wouldn't I just love to be able to do that in N scale.


John provides the interior details in his N kits if you are up for a challenge...

...should be no problem for you Marty!


................nah..that pencil's 18" long.........


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That's a brilliant bit of work! Great photos too.

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Wow, I nearly missed this one... fabulous stuff

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Great stuff, John. Very impressive!

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That card class 108 looks very convincing too!  :twisted:  :twisted:   :mutley

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John, something I have always struggled with was actually seeing the scene in my mind then transferring it into reality, can you give any tips on the process, or is something intuitive that I can blame on a missing chromosome or some genetic disorder :roll:

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That looks superb John

Given the platform Kiosk you need one of these parked in the street!



Cheers

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Hello Lawrence,
In a nut-shell ALL of your "above Post" is applicable  :Red Card- Why am I so certain?, mate, I have the same problems.  :cheers I think it's "the fresh-air up North", :roll: clears everything out-of our heads :shock: including "the Good-Ideas Section". Even the "18 inch pencil analysis" in Doug's Post  :mutley should perhaps have been 18ft,
Kind Regards,
Michael Thornberry.
PS:- Extremely Good modelling, John, a pleasure to see.

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Considering you only finished it at 1am the night before the show, I think you've done a reasonable job there John :lol::lol::shock:

I've no doubt half the world has already told you but your kits really are great and to see them properly built and detailed by you and people like Doug, really does them the justice they deserve.

As Lawrence said, it's "seeing" scenes that's half the battle and I'm now going to spend some time studying yours. :cheers  To me, the devil is in the detail and I'm always amazed by just how much "artists" see that I know is there but totally miss....:cry:

We really do have an enviable collection of superb modellers on this forum.

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Beautiful modelling:thumbs

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Breathtakingly good, John:cool::cool::cool:

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Sheer brilliance. :thumbs

John, could I ask what paper you use for the prints?

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Many thanks to all for the kind comments, in truth this is as close as I have ever got to finishing a 'layout', nothing like a crazy deadline to keep you focused!!!

I am currently building some Low relief flats for South Oak Road and will post some more images and info soon... hope to apply some of the Warley diorama gusto to this layout in 2011!!

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Sheer brilliance. :thumbs

John, could I ask what paper you use for the prints?

Les


I have a colour laser printer here so I get excellent results with good quality copier paper (80 gsm). If you are using an inkjet then 90 - 100 gsm matt photo paper will give great results. To protect the print surface of both types I would also suggest applying a couple of light coats of artist's matt spray varnish over the sheets prior to construction.

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That's a good tip about the paper John.  I use ordinary cheap copy paper and sometimes get odd results.

Have you experienced any problems with photo paper delaminating ?  I'm assuming modern photo paper is all plastic coated..........:roll:

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Most papers designed for inkjet including matt photo paper don't have any problems adhering to the card as the coating is not plastic based. Matt photo paper is a also good choice as it is usually only about 90 - 100 gsm which makes wrapping it around the base layers much easier. Matt paper especially with a couple of light coats of matt spray varnish also makes an excellent surface for weather powders or pastel dust to adhere to.

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Thanks for that John and sorry to have taken so long to reply.  I've been in Uk and only had sporadic computer access. :cheers

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I love the work, love the store that is called "type your store name here" nice name for it :D hope its a train store ;)

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Just found your thread John and can put a face to the name at last. Those buildings really do look superb. I'm a great fan of your kits and have several that will be appearing on my new layout.

I model in N Gauge and I generally use linen weave paper for brickwork and marble textured paper for stonework. The linen weave paper is particularly good as it adds just the right amount of texture for N Gauge brickwork.

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A well deserved header picture.:thumbs

It reminds me a little bit of Penzance. Cracking Work !

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Surely that's not a model!!!

Brilliant if it is!

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Many thanks for all your kind comments. I'm currently in the early planning stages of another 'trans-global suitcase scene' in preparation for a future exhibition (possibly next year). This time I'm going N, much more scenery and a working layout (Inglenook shunting plank). Since visiting Ian Morton the last time I was in the UK and running a few trains around his superb 'Hatton Parkway' I'm something of a N gauge convert!!


                 

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