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Diorama Ideas

Post by Jager » Tue May 07, 2019 8:46 pm

Every once in a while I come across a cool historic photo that make me think to myself “that would make a great diorama”. This thread is to share those picture.

I thought I’d start with this one.

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Post by LUW » Tue May 07, 2019 8:57 pm

Kind of expensive to model that ship in 1:43rd.
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Post by Serafa » Tue May 07, 2019 9:27 pm

Jager wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 8:46 pm
I thought I’d start with this one.
Great idea for a topic and great photo as well!

I like the idea of having the below in a diorama as part of a race paddock ambience from the 70's:

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Post by Tom » Wed May 08, 2019 2:13 am

The van above is a Bedford CF. I think it's been modelled in the Opel Collection PW.

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Post by jag1954 » Wed May 08, 2019 7:29 am

Some time ago I used the HW 1/43rd Ferraris to make a series of vignettes which I subsequently sold to collectors. They were easy to work on. I used DENIZEN white metal figures that I converted and painted in oils and acrylics. I've been thinking about doing them again. I'm glad this thread has been started.

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Post by oldirish33 » Thu May 09, 2019 4:11 pm

Very nice John!

I recently built this diorama to replicate as close as possible this picture of the Healey SR Climax in the pits at Le Mans in 1970.

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Post by jag1954 » Fri May 10, 2019 8:12 am

Very well done!

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Post by oldirish33 » Fri May 10, 2019 9:04 pm

jag1954 wrote:
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Very well done!
Thanks John!
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Post by oldirish33 » Fri May 10, 2019 9:13 pm

On my short list of dioramas to do is this scene from Daytona in 1971:

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And this one from Sebring in 1963:

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Post by Jager » Tue May 14, 2019 9:51 am

Here's another one for you Jerry:

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Post by LM24HRS » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:25 pm

I like this thread Ian. Your "ship" in the first shot reminds me of other large transport such as aircraft. Here in the UK back in the 50's and early 60's many a car was transported over the channel in various cargo planes.

Even to this day we see current F1 and WEC cars being packaged away into planes. Will have to keep my eye out for refer pics for this thread.
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Post by Jager » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:24 pm

Here's an interesting one if you wanted to have a bit of fun with some cheap Cararama VW's:

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Post by Tom » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:04 am

I guess Swedish viaducts are a little low... :)

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Post by LUW » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:56 am

That's a sharp viaduct.
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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:22 am

Jager wrote:
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Here's another one for you Jerry:

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Ian, I have tracked down the owner of the Jaguar and Lola for more information. It belongs to Barrie Smith who raced in the 60's and 70's. They did graduate to a proper transporter later on. It is on the list of things to make.
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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:24 pm

So I received a reply from Barrie Smith and it has definitely compelled me to make a diorama of the Jaguar Mk2 pulling the Lola. Here is his story:

Hi Jerry,
A short story about the picture of the 3.8 Mk2 Jaguar and the Lola on the trailer.
I was coming back from Biarritz with our AEC transporter coach and just out side of Bordeaux a front tyre burst and the steering wheel spun round on full right hand lock and the coach rolled into a vineyard ! I had delivered a Chevron Racing car to the Porsche dealer, so the coach was empty. However we were due to race in Jarama near Madrid and so I had to take the Jaguar down to tow the Lola. That is why we had the Lola loaded behind my Dad's Jaguar.
That's the story.
Barrie.


Having owned Mk2's, I know they would have the power, but to drive one pulling a race car to Spain from the UK I can only imagine. Obviously they made it there and back, but what a drive that must have been!

For those interested, Barrie has a great blog and website http://www.frenchpix.com/racingtimes/
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Great back story!

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Post by JSB33 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:58 am

Cool stuff!
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Post by LM24HRS » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:34 am

Jerry that is a great story. Unfortunately its stories like these that never get published in books with the potential of being lost for ever when people pass on. So to get the details behind this picture gives it such provenance. Nice.

Having managed to drive down to northern Spain and back last year in a modern day car I get some appreciation but goodness knows what it was like towing a sports car plus the wind resistance of a brick wall on the roof of the Jaguar! The days when men were men!
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Post by Jager » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:50 am

Since quite few of us have the Premium Classixxs Porsche transporters, how about a diorama reproducing this scene of the Porsche works at Weissach:

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Post by Jager » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:05 am

Here's an interesting picture I'd not seen before. It's the 1976 F1 grid at Heathrow airport on their way to being air freighted to the USA Grand Prix.

If you had a few sets of spare 1970's style F1 wheels lying around, you could replicate the scene with the Brabham BT45's and their unusual red fibre-glass covers quite easily.

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Post by Tom » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:57 pm

Now that is a cool scene!

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Post by Serafa » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:21 pm

I would like to contribute with more background info if you allow me to. :D

In 1976 there were two USA GP's, the West USA GP held in Long Beach and the East USA GP held in Watkins Glen.

By the looks of some of the cars, like the Tyrrell's (first car on the right), they are clearly being shipped to the West GP, that occurred at the beginning of the season, just before the teams were headed to the European races.

It was very common for the teams to use an updated version of the previous year model in the first races of the season outside Europe (Brazil, South Africa and USA West). Tyrrell used the 007 model in the first 3 races, before the debut of the 6-wheeler Project-34 in the first race held in Europe that year.

First row: Tyrrell 007 + 3x Brabham BT45ers
Second row: March 761, Tyrrell 007, 2x McLaren M23's, Williams FW05, Lotus 77
Third row: I could only identify the last one being a Shadow DN5B
Fourth row: the first one on the right is probably a Surtees TS19, the others I'm not sure by looking at them from my cellphone.

Other teams had their headquarters outside Great Britain at the time, probably the cars were shipped to their home countries after the South African Grand Prix and then headed to the US straight from their home countries, like Copersucar from Brazil, Ligier from France, and Ferrari from Italy.
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