1947 Ford COE Custom
Custom dioramas and custom vehicles go together, check out this customized 1947 Ford COE diecast with wood deck
I have been customizing scale vehicles and building quality dioramas for over 30 years, here is a picture of a 1947 Ford COE that I did a mild customization to just to give it a little change.
I changed the wheels and tires, I like the wide white walls on the black truck. I also put wood on the deck bed, I used wood that was designed for the wood floor of a doll house. I took the chrome runners off the deck bed so the surface was smoother and then glued the floor directly to it and then applied a coat of polyurethane to bring out the wood. It looks really nice in real life and it didn’t take much to add just a little something to make it different than all the others out there. It also has red interior which looks nice with the black and stands out better.
These little details are what I also do on my dioramas to make them a step above the competition. I am always customizing or changing something, here are a couple of pictures of my dioramas. If you want to check out some information about dioramas head on over to HowToMakeADiorama.com it may give you a couple of ideas to enhance your collection.
I have also created some accessories to go with dioramas to give it that completed look like parts and supply boxes, food boxes, fan belts sleeves, etc. There is also a video of a complete build of an old storage building that you may want to check out.
There is also some information about Understanding Scale Replica Vehicle Sizes, some Scale Rulers and a Scale Lumber chart to give you an idea of what is available and on the market.