Saturday, April 4, 2009

Bugatti Car Show

The Construction


1. 30 cm x 24 cm Framed 6mm plywood
2. white illustration board
3. glossy black hard cartolina
4. tomica solar turntable
5. tomy town railway segments and frames
6. elmer's glue
7. tamiya grey lacquer aerosol
8. mr. hobby white surfacer 1000
9. smoked white plastic
10. superglue


cut from the illustration board, the inside dimensions of the frame.
mark the diameter of the turntable and cut at offset of at least 5mm
outside the turning plate.
this is to let the board drop to the inclined casing
letting the turntable jut out of the floor as an elevated platform.

cut out a rectangle from the glossy cartolina
and scour the surface with your desired floor pattern.
there is the traditional square grid tile pattern
but you may always go beyond the norm.

use any graphics software to design your walls.
scour groovelines using a ballpoint pen. make sure that
the lines matches that on the floor pattern.

in this exercise, i did the groovelines on the board
then glued on the printed graphics and rubbed
hard with a flat board hoping that the groovelines will
appear. they did but not as obvious as i wanted
them to be.
so i placed a piece of paper on top and did the groovelines
again and the desired depth was achieved.
spray 2 coats of any acrylic/lacquer clear aerosol
and let dry under a lamp

glue the gloss cartolina on the floor board
and press hard using books or in my case,
the heavy mattress of the double decker in my room,
and leave for 15 minutes.
cut out the hole using an X-Acto knife and with a
permanent black marker, color the rim so the white
board won't be obvious once you settle the board on
the turntable casing lip incline.
by the way, use the white surfacer on the plastic
frames from the train segments. it dries faster
than regular primer although the effect is the same.
spray over the tamiya grey lacquer after and dry
for at least 30 minutes.

as you notice, on the second post with pictures,
the thickness of the base of the frames is too massive.
cut holes from the floor board and insert the base
until you reach the first top plate(shown in pic)

notice the rectangular hole at the bottom of the
circular one? that's for light to pass through the board
reaching the solar cells to power up the turntable.
cover the hole with a smoked plastic sheet.

do not fix the diorama on the frame for turntable maintenance.

more pics

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Auto/EisenBahn-H0 Scale Diorama

bear with me as i get us through the construction of this diorama.

The Base

you will need the following materials for this one.
1 40 cm x 17 cm wood frame with plywood backing.
1 8mm corkboard9get the one with small speckles)
1 air-dried white clay
coarse pebbles
dried grass
"water" sheet
Elmer's GLue
UHU transparent Glue
thin strip of illustration board
paper clip
paint and thinner
some trees
and an H0 scale train set. this one i bougth for just 23 HKD.
it's battery operated and made of plastic.

cut a rectangle from the corkboard based from the internal dimensions of the wood frame.
apply glue on the plywood backing and place the board on and place some heavy books on it.

since the train tracks are made of plastic and all black, use the a silver colored paint and apply on the rails.
mix red yellow and black and a bit of white to get the color of wood.
apply on the wood part of the track.
apply elmer's glue on the gap of the wood

fill up with the coarse brown pebbles and shake off the excess.

stick the rail on the corkboard with super glue and apply elmer's glue alog the track and pour in some more pebbles.

shake off the excess after 5 minutes

apply glue alongside the pebbles and pour in the greenery

place the "water" sheet over the base and mark the edge of the pebbles

cut with a pair of scissors

mix blue and yellow and black and white and you'll get greyish green.
apply on the water corner

add lots of black and a bit white for the road paint

stick the water cutout using transparent UHU glue

get a lump of air dried clay and mold a mound over the water corner

use a stick to mold the clay

do another mound on the road corner

paint the road break lines using white paint and a very small brush

apply some glue over the mounds and pour in the dried grass bits.
after 10 minutes apply some glue over that and pour in the greenery bits

cut a strip of illustration board and stick on a yellow/black stripe paper.
glue on bits of metal roads cut from a paper clip(around 1 cm in length)
and pierce these onto the corkboard.

be patient with the above and you will end up with this