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Random Diorama Ideas
« on: April 26, 2015, 04:34:47 AM »
Hi folks,

A thread for those images or ideas you have that might inspire a diorama.

To begin with, here is one I stumbled across:



I have this image of a island resort with the Mitsubishi F1Ms ("Pete"s) being used as tourist planes in some bright colour schemes.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2015, 05:24:51 AM »
Had this idea whilst looking at the fancies and glitters in Hobbycraft. Probably never get around to it though.

A biplane floatplane is sitting on the water next to a beach. The plane has a radically modified sci-fi engine complete with glowing green crystals, and it's prop is semi-melted. The beach is literally jewels and glitter, which extend below the water, and at the back of the beach are cartoon-like trees in impossible primary colours. A Preiser mermaid is sitting on one float of the plane, waving at the back-seater, while a Preiser fairy is sitting on the top wing, causing the pilot to drag his leather flying helmet off in amazement. There's a title card on the base that reads:

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2015, 08:30:20 AM »
It's all about that base, 'bout that base!

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2015, 08:54:25 AM »
It's all about that base, 'bout that base!
It's all about that base, 'bout that base! No Testors!  :o
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2015, 09:28:14 AM »
unfinished dio by Mirko Bayerl ... (not as it will be finished).


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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2015, 07:59:26 AM »
this would make a nice dio -- interesting museum display of an early Caproni monoplane ... anyone know where it is & the story behind the plane ?  Looks like it may have been found intact in the desert ?

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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2015, 03:47:10 AM »
One that saves you building the complete kit...

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2015, 03:55:06 AM »
this would make a nice dio -- interesting museum display of an early Caproni monoplane ... anyone know where it is & the story behind the plane ?  Looks like it may have been found intact in the desert ?


That is the Caproni Ca.20, one of the first purpose built fighter aircraft.  Built in 1914, only a single example was ever built.  The prototype was stored in a barn on Giovanni Battista Caproni's property for 85 years, before being sold to the Museum of Flight in Seattle in 1999 which is where that was taken.  It is displayed in almost its entirely original condition. Here is another photo:



Note the machine gun mounted to fire above the propellor:


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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2015, 05:26:02 AM »
I forgot to mention above that one can get a model kit of this aircraft too:

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2015, 09:44:45 AM »
Take some futuristic spacecraft or other vehicle and have it being restored in a museum when it's so old it's "quaint". I have it in mind to do this with an Angel Interceptor one day, with a little old lady dressed all in white saying "I used to fly one just like that" to her bored grandkids....
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Re: Random Diorama Ideas
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2017, 04:14:21 AM »
Another random idea:

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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2017, 08:55:06 AM »
^ Cool!  ;D

Take some futuristic spacecraft or other vehicle and have it being restored in a museum when it's so old it's "quaint". I have it in mind to do this with an Angel Interceptor one day, with a little old lady dressed all in white saying "I used to fly one just like that" to her bored grandkids....

Neat idea!  :)
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2017, 05:26:32 AM »
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2017, 05:46:08 AM »
It's weird to see an Abrams without the bore evacuator.

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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2017, 04:43:32 AM »
This could be a poignant one:

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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2017, 04:19:20 AM »
How about a tank in a field of flowers:

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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 12:01:04 PM »
The Honda Point incident, which supposedly inspired Lovecraft's The Shadow over Innsmouth

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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 12:20:29 PM »
Thanks for posting.
Decades since seen that Honda Point picture.  Had forgot location.  Fits category of "career stifling event"  :(

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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2018, 01:30:25 AM »
File under "just because the Squadron commander sails into a cliff doesn't mean you have to / always pays to do your own navigation updates".

Considering recent USN incidents, looks like that learning curve needs to be scaled again.

The Revell Campbelltown kits seem to have dried up.
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2018, 06:24:27 AM »
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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2019, 11:13:36 PM »
Forced perspective in a shadow box?


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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2020, 02:48:47 AM »
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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2020, 02:41:11 AM »
Classic! :smiley:
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2020, 11:38:38 PM »
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« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2020, 01:52:24 PM »
Another random idea:



What is in your opinion the plane?

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« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2020, 02:45:12 AM »
If you were to go by the shape of the cockpit windows, the 737 is probably closest:



I don't think it really matters though.
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« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2020, 03:42:37 AM »
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« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2020, 10:27:33 PM »
Another shadow box forced perspective potential - 1/35th PBR and 1/144th B52 tail.

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« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2020, 04:30:23 AM »
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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2020, 05:20:12 AM »
I thought ^THAT^ image was already a diorama or photoshop, but it dates from 2015 when the Russian army went to Shumshu island, the most northern of the Kuril Islands. They were looking for the remains of Russian and Japanese soldiers from WWII. Lots of rusty old war remains

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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2020, 09:08:33 AM »
Might be.
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« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2020, 10:31:17 PM »
<...> Shumshu island <...> Lots of rusty old war remains

The image search for Shumshu looks like one giant "random diorama ideas" gallery.  :icon_surprised:

Rusty tank + whale skeleton in one dio? Would have people guessing. Could either be real world, with the two things unrelated and just by coincidence in the same area. Could be a fantasy setting with people having fought giant monsters. Recently saw a build in a modelling magazine ("Damaged", issue ??? 5? 6?) that had a small excavator in 1/32 with the skeleton of a "giant" (actually 1/6 human skeleton).

EDIT: It was issue 6 of "Damaged Magazine".

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« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2020, 03:08:19 AM »


I've actually got a clear plastic vacuum formed parasol from a hot rod car kit floating around....

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« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2020, 03:11:47 AM »
Could be a fantasy setting with people having fought giant monsters. 


Ever hear of Socotra, an island in the Indian Ocean?  http://socotra.info/%D1%82-34-on-socotra.html#.XqHoVshKjIW

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I've actually got a clear plastic vacuum formed parasol from a hot rod car kit floating around....

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« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2020, 05:44:13 AM »
You know you're in a rough neighbourhood when they nick the tracks off your tank and put it on bricks.  C:-)

Could be a fantasy setting with people having fought giant monsters. 


Ever hear of Socotra, an island in the Indian Ocean?  http://socotra.info/%D1%82-34-on-socotra.html#.XqHoVshKjIW


I have, actually. I remember a programme on TV about this island off the Horn of Africa that has this totally weird, almost alien fauna. Bleeding tress and stuff like that. They must have skipped the part about the T-34s and the monsters, though.  ;D
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« Reply #38 on: April 24, 2020, 05:59:40 AM »
I have, actually. I remember a programme on TV about this island off the Horn of Africa that has this totally weird, almost alien fauna. Bleeding tress and stuff like that. They must have skipped the part about the T-34s and the monsters, though.  ;D
Sure that was not Madagascar?  There are a lot of strange looking flora and fauna on that island.
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« Reply #39 on: April 24, 2020, 06:49:56 AM »
Nope. Not only does Socotra have a tree that bleeds, it bleeds dragon blood

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« Reply #40 on: April 24, 2020, 06:51:40 AM »
Sure that was not Madagascar? <...>
Pretty sure, yes, because they also said the island now belonged to Yemen, while actually closer to Somalia.

The German wikipedia article on Socotra (LINK!) claims the Soviets based "two squadrons of Sukhoi fighter-bombers" there in the 1980s. Source is a DER SPIEGEL article, which talks about "Suchoi-28" bombers. Su-28 is assigned to an unarmed version of the Su-25 Frogfoot fighter-bomber.

Obscure islands with strange fauna, abandoned military hardware, people fighting giant monsters..... shades of King Kong and The Land That Time Forgot, huh?  8)
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« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2020, 02:18:01 AM »
You know you're in a rough neighbourhood when they nick the tracks off your tank and put it on bricks.  C:-)


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« Reply #42 on: April 25, 2020, 09:48:50 AM »
You know you're in a rough neighbourhood when they nick the tracks off your tank and put it on bricks.  C:-)

Hmm, sounds like parts of South-Central LA and neighboring areas.

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« Reply #43 on: April 25, 2020, 11:13:59 PM »

Obscure islands with strange fauna, abandoned military hardware, people fighting giant monsters..... shades of King Kong and The Land That Time Forgot, huh?  8)

Or places on this Earth where the onion skin of the multi-verse is worn threadbare. 

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« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2020, 03:16:13 AM »
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« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2020, 04:00:53 AM »
Another pair of Stuka ideas:





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« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2020, 04:33:12 AM »
This one would take some effort but would look cool if done well:

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« Reply #48 on: May 31, 2020, 02:01:58 AM »
A couple that could be used to inspire a diorama:





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« Reply #49 on: May 31, 2020, 02:10:21 AM »
A U.S. Coast Guardsman, clad in a silk kimono and twirling a parasol, looks down the sights of a Japanese Type-92 heavy machine gun, Saipan, 1944.

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« Reply #50 on: May 31, 2020, 02:15:40 AM »
 :smiley:
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« Reply #51 on: June 02, 2020, 03:10:32 AM »
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« Reply #52 on: June 02, 2020, 08:43:02 AM »
Oooo ... Airfix or Trumpeter 1/24 Mk.I fiddled to match the Mk IIc?
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