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Other Projects That I Have Created That I May Introduce In The Future

I have also made the following;

Indoor car showrooms completely enclosed in acrylic with sliding roofs to access the displays, I also made the counters, juke box, TV, radio, etc.

Diorama Show Room-01

Hanging wall cabinets in different sizes with a sliding glass front panel for accessing the cabinet, I made them to highlight different scale vehicles (one cabinet is for displaying nothing but engines including Harley engines). I went to a scale vehicle show to sell some excess inventory & the vendor right next to us talked me into selling him my display cabinet before the show had even opened.

Diorama Show Room-02

Various scene displays on a multi shelf display, I like to create different scenes when displaying my scale vehicles anything from a car show in the park on the grass, to fall colors with the multi color leaves, to a winter scene with snowmobiles & an ice skating rink, to a garage scene repairing vehicles including a vehicle on a lift getting an oil change.

Diorama Display Case - Gas Pump-01

I have also scratch build 50’s style gas pump cabinets which have lighting inside & a lighted vintage style globe on the top with mirrors inside & on the bottom to highlight the scale vehicles. These cabinets also have real gas pump handles & hoses along with the old style cranks that use to be for resetting the display numbers.

Diorama Display Case - Gas Pump-02

I customized an old Timex watch cabinet that carousels at the push of a button & has a vintage style lighted globe on the top along with lights inside to highlight the scale vehicles.

Diorama Diecast Corvette Lamp-01

I make or customize everything because I can not find it on the market or the quality is so poor that I wouldn’t use it for fire wood.

Diorama Diecast COE with VW Lamp-01

I have made desk lamps out of diecast vehicles, engines, gas pumps, motorcycles, oil cans, etc. The engines & pickup trucks double as business card holders.

Diorama Diecast Engine Lamp-01

I also customize scale vehicles, everything from stretching frames on semi’s & adding a 3rd or 4th axle, to COE’s made into a fifth wheeler with a sleeper. Custom school buses, real wood flooring or beds, swapping cabs, suspension upgrades to swapping parts to improve the looks of a scale vehicle. I may even customize a vehicle to fit a certain era for a diorama scene or just change the wheels & tires to fit into that time period I am trying to highlight.

Diorama Accessory Boxes

I create boxes for supplies, parts, food, etc. to go with the dioramas, print them on different color and texture papers so they look like they did back in the day. Everything from AC Spark Plugs to Zoomie exhaust, pizza and donut boxes, antifreeze, and even replacement car parts.

Coleman cooler, magazine & repair manuals, fan belt sleeves, signage for free standing and walls, clocks, calendars, juke boxes, TV’s and radios. If I think of something that will enhance my diorama scene I create it, remember it’s all in the details.

I created these characters called Lil’ Locals that I may introduce to you in the future. Actually Joey & Christina are in some of the diorama picture scenery. Joey is the kid in a red sweatshirt on the cell phone & Christina is the girl in the pink bikini. I didn’t create these for diorama scenes I created them as a collectable & conversation piece. They are actually kind of caricatures of people you may know or are in your own family with their own unique look and personality.

In the future I may get into some of these other areas but for now lets learn everything we can about building dioramas & have some fun doing it.


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Lil’ Locals are caricatures/miniatures of people you know, or have met sometime in your life. They live locally, down the street, next-door, the neighborhoods you drive through or maybe in your own home, a relative or family member, or they may be you or your best friend. Each one has his/her own distinct personality, and [...]

With Halloween right around the corner I thought it would be a perfect time to make a coffin trailer and why not put the AFLAC duck to rest once and for all. Of course the trailer has to be pulled by something and what better than a 1929 Ford Model A. (Click the images to [...]

Pickups started as utility vehicles since then they have come a long way. Current pickups now come with features only found on luxury cars in the past. Pickups are great additions for your diorama, they are versatile, you can load them for a construction diorama or a trip to the hardware store, you can haul [...]

These 6 different pictures are just different views & angles with the diorama building sitting on different materials and with different vehicles to change the look of the building and or setting. In this first view the building is sitting on sandy color pieces of scrapbook paper to make it stand out & be noticed. [...]

Dioramas, displays, model car, kits, etc. all need accessories to enhance your scale cars and trucks when displaying them. You have to have accessories or it doesn’t look real, look at any shop, garage, building, etc. they all have stuff in them and/or around them. I get most of my accessories from Collectable Diecast .com [...]

Diorama Accessory Ideas Welcome to How To Make A Diorama .com The items that you are viewing on this video are all available over at How To Make A Diorama .com to help you enhance your dioramas. So when you are done with the video head on over their and get your accessory items now. [...]

I have received many e-mails about my How To Make A Diorama Shopping Cart being down and they could not buy the items. The site was in the process of being switched to a different service provider and I had no idea the shopping cart would be down or for so long. The shopping cart [...]

Dioramas, displays, model car, kits, etc. all need people or figures to enhance them when you display. Many people ask where they can get people/figures for their displays. They see them in my diorama builds and comment on them often along with many other items. One of my favorite companies is Collectable Diecast .com the [...]

Petroleum, dioramas, diecast, model cars, scale replicas, etc. all go together. This video will give you ideas for your diorama builds, no garage is complete without petroleum accessories. Northwoods Petroleum Museum located in Three Lakes, Wisconsin has a great collection of petroleum items, it’s also free to view the items and donations are greatly appreciated. [...]

Inside the roof of the finished diorama building you can see how nice & straight the roof trusses line up from this front view. Another view of the inside of the roof showing off the truss work, it really shows up with the natural color of the trusses against the natural color of the hardboard [...]

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