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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Street scene W.I.P.

Nothing overly exciting to report on the DD front. My brother's condition is stable and we even got some relatively good news in its regard, but the situation is still not very conducive to raucous adventure. So, besides still working on my daughter's place, I am working on another diorama for my son: a NYC 'street scene':

Humble foam origins and reference material.

The first round of paint.

More paint, some windows, interiors, and a sidewalk.

Second story window frames installed along with magnets so the store signs can be easily switched out to turn each property into different businesses as the need arises.

Even more paint, a scale fire hydrant I made from dowels, and some other touches.

And as of a few minutes ago the finished......except for some rust and weathering.....fire escape.

At this point there is a bit more to go but I'm sort of in the 'home stretch'. There will be a street, signs for the businesses, props for their windows, and other tidbits (like signs and poles) to make the scene more realistic. 

And though not pictured, each storefront has various styles of security grates for their doors and windows to allow for after hours scenes. All of the shops have shallow interiors where a figure or two could be added for realism, but the corner pizzeria has a full interior complete with working door, table & chairs,  and a counter.

The weather here has finally warmed up sufficiently for me to begin wok in the garden. I've cleaned it up a bit, and will be heading out shortly to continue.



18 comments:

  1. that's beautiful! I'm lousy with art and craft and anything remotely creativity based, so this is amazing!

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    1. Thanks, dear.

      (You definitely have more sex though. ;-) LOL)

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    2. Same here. I have no artistic talent whatsoever, so I have so much admiration for something like this.

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  2. I really admire your talent and attention to detail KD. Looking forward to seeing the final product. I'm glad your brother is doing better.

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    1. Thanks, Glen. Hopefully I'll be finishing this in a couple of weeks. As for my brother, it's not so much that he's doing better (the cancer has no cure) but he was diagnosed with a form that is more responsive to chemo.....which was a 1 in 4 chance. So good news there.

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  3. I admire your extreme attention to detail, outstanding! What scale are you using?

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    1. Thank you, Lurker. It's 1:12.................which is a bit of a bitch because, while there is some 1:12 material out there, the majority that comes close is 1:16. It makes for a lot of judgement calls on when something is 'close enough' or needs to be custom made.

      My biggest disappointment in this internet age where you would think you'd be able to find anything is that there is no company out there making 1:12 scale checker cab taxis. The only 1:12 scale taxi available is a 1938 model.

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  4. Wow! That is incredible detail, I wish I could see the real thing.
    Very impressive.

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    1. Thank you, Bill. I will try to post the final shots and maybe even post some of my son's superhero scenes.

      (Strange hobby for two adults! LOL)

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  5. LOVE it! And I have a few questions only if you don't mind.

    Are things like the bricks done from pre-printed materials or do you literally draw them from scratch? Also with the fire escapes..done from scratch?

    It's absolutely a treat to see your shared work-in-progress.

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    1. Thank you, Tomy. Good questions.

      While scale brick sheets are available from places like Plastruct, they tend to be expensive. I've used them in the past but these last times I just etched the bricks into the foam and painted them.

      Things like diamond plate patterns (the delivery hatches in the sidewalk) or the corrugated doors however are nearly impossible to make from scratch so those are sheets from Plastruct. I also use a lot of leftover plastic materials from construction stuff, poster frames, and old toys.

      The fire escape was completely made from scratch using balsa wood, toothpicks, coat hanger wire, and mesh for gutters.

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    2. I hope your work is shown in venues for public viewing. It's soo good and would delight anyone.

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    3. Tomy, will try to post a link to my son's Instagram page where his photos (some using these dioramas ) are on display.

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    4. I can't stop thinking about your Street Scene. I love stuff like that. It's one of the things I look forward to when there is a model train show. The fire escapes are off-the-hook.

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    5. Thank you, kid sir. Maybe you should give it a try? It's not that difficult.....just time-consuming. And there are loads of how-to books out there. Maybe a nice period piece HO train set-up would make for a gratifying hobby?

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  6. KD fantastic work so realistic it's incredible. Having spent a lot of time in NYC I can really see it. Thanks for sharing. As for your brother I wish him all the best.

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    1. Thank you, Joe. For authenticity I did use reference photos I Googled and even took some shots myself when I was in NYC.

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