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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 01:27 am
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Hi all,

Thought I'd upload some of my other work here as well.  This is a diorama I built, featuring "Thurogoods Transfer & Warehousing Company", which was the first laser cut kit released by Outback Model Company (John Hunter & Laurie Green).  Being good mates with both of these guys, they said see how much you can do to the kit, without modifying it too much from outside the realms of how the kit is meant to look (it was basically a test build).  Construction wise, it was pretty much to plan, but the finish to the structure and how I composed the diorama was entirely up to me.

So here it is.  I did a fairly extensive building thread for the process over on another forum, and then a fellow modelling mate, Mario Rapinett, compiled the thread down and featured it on his website, as a condensed Step-by Step of the diorama construction (thanks to Mario for doing such a good job of editing the thread down to basically all my details).  Here's a link to the construction diary on Mario's website, which features a heap of my modelling techniques, as well as a selection of the final shots of the completed diorama.

http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_dan_pickard.html
































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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 12:09 pm
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Dan - lovely job and thoroughly enjoyed the Modvid based thread. I've got a couple of those trucks (I think mine are Loys Toys non pull back versions) stripped down to the bare essentials prior to having a go at weathering so your photos and description  are a great help. Whose figures did you use to populate your diorama?

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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 01:59 pm
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shingle colours are just so right.......love the blue.  First time i built a diorama using that blue...was a garage ( boondocks garage ), i got a lot of comments on it.   The board and batton looks great with the clapboards and the paint is nicely weathered without killing the building look.

very nice

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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 08:28 pm
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Thanks Doug,

Those trucks for about $10 a great starting points.  I 've also seen the pull back ones you refer too, and I think the cab is the same, but just means the rear frame needs a bit of further scratchbuilding to improve them.  After a bit of a repaint and some weathering, I think they are equal of many other more expensive white metal kits.

The figures are a mix of phoenix and model company.  They are 1:43, but certainly usable in a 1:48 model...just be careful placing them near things like doors, which can make them appear too big.

Thanks Mike,

I liked the blue too.  I found it worked well as a nice contrast colour as far a s the final appearance of the diorama comes across, and it photographs well too.

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Dan Pickard

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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 11:04 pm
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Dan - thanks for the info and advice. Very useful warning about the relationship of figures to doors etc. My trucks are the non-pullback version (I guess like yours) so the back axle and suspension are already reasonably modelled. I agree they can be made into a very comparable, even superior, option than many white metal kits at a fraction of the price and that's even allowing for shipping costs to UK! As they can be fairly easily dismantled down to better than "kit" status, they should be as convenient to work on too. Your thread was a timely reminder of the hairspray etc method for distressing the model. Thanks.

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Dan:-

That's a very nice build. I agree the blue colour is a winner.

I have seen a couple of builds of this kit and they have all looked good.

Laser cutting makes the cutting of all the fiddley bits so much easier and they all end up the same size.

Well done

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Dan, this is just awesome!! You did a nice job on it!! :thumb:



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Marvelous. Wish it was on my layout ;)



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Hi Dan - nice build! I really like the siding - it looks great - nice variations in edges - is it board on board? If not, you did a super job detailing the sheets. Also, those fancy gables and rafter ends look nice - not too fussy, but really attractive -
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Hi Dan

Fantastic build !

I have seen Laurie & Mario's work also...
...very nice...
...say hello !

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

Cheers

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