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The Old Barn Diorama – Finished project!

October 29, 2011

by Seb Perez

Here it is! It took lots of work, but we finally did it! Finishing this project has been a new milestone for me. The barn find is one of the greatest dreams for any classic car fanatic like us. I always thought, an Old Barn model is a MUST-HAVE.

I think I prefer to let the pictures talk for themselves. Here it goes…



A few details…


Every profile of the wall cover is hand cut from a bigger piece of wood giving the wooden wall cover a more realistic looking. Believe me, it took me days and days to cover only 2 1/2 walls.

I decided to let the other sides open by now. It’s also better for taking pictures and the barn gets a more mysterious look, like an abandoned barn.




This is an older picture, before making the gate


Here you see a few night shoots.




This is the best interior picture. Notice the blueish light coming from the car parked outside.



Here you see the model on a white background. It’s funny, it looks almost like a computer animation, but it isn’t.



Here I am during the outdoor photo shooting.


My brother and I also developed a Tutorial for those of you wanting to build a nice old barn for your model cars. The tutorial was at least as much work as the model itself. It includes blueprints for scratch building your barn in all the most common scales such as 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/12, 1/16, 1/18, 1/25, 1/32, 1/43, 1/64 and 1/87. It also includes a 3D step-by-step tutorial and scratch model building tips in HD-video.

You can have a look at the book here.


We are also offering a “Barn Find Package” including all 3 tutorials for a limited period of time. Check it out.

Doug Wilson October 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Exclent work!

Just got my old barn book. I’ve only skimmed through it but the amount of information is incredible. anyone into modleing buildings, this is a must have. even if you don’t build the barn, all the detail work can be applied to all kinds of projects.

thanks for keeping us big scale 1:10 modelers in on the action.

Seb October 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hi Doug,

Thank you very much for your feedback! I can’t wait to see our barn built on 1/10 scale on your website! Our barn is “only” 1/25.
1/10 it’s a huge scale and together with the cars I’m sure it will look terrific!
Please keep us posted. If you want we can write a a post about your project when finished!


Max Slangen May 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

lol, i live in the netherlands! where is the rear of that blue car

Seb May 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm
john isaak January 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

has anyone done the calculations for parts list in 1/64 scale for the old barn?

Tim April 19, 2013 at 2:54 am

Wow. Your work is amazing. I’m considering attempting this is a 1:10 scale with some modifications. Could you tell me if any special tools are required? Approximately how much would materials cost? Thank you!!

Iggy April 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hey Tim,
I don’t know how much materials cost where you are… but you will surely need sa few dozens of wooden profiles. You can use a rotary tool to cut the pieces, or you can just cut them with a simple saw. Our ebook, “Old Barn”, explains all the steps and has blue prints in different scales available (also 1:10). You can check it out here:



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