I’m making progress building the details of my gas station diorama, this time the office furniture and an old oil rack.
All pieces seem more complicated than they really are. It took me only a few hours to complete all pieces (3 chairs, one table, one oil rack). The most difficult part is bending the wire perfectly, without leaving traces of the tools used and with each bending looking prefect at the end. You might want to practice first, maybe using different kinds of wire. Check on your hardware store, there are from very soft to very hard wires. The softer, the easier to bend but at the same time the easier to leave marks on it with your tools.
All other flat parts are made from styrene.
BLUEPRINTS [free download]
Here you can download the blueprints and graphics that I used. This blueprints, among others, are included in our book “Gas Station”, but here you have the FOR FREE:
Among the graphics you’ll find oil can labels in order to make enough cans for the oil rack. You’ll find a small circle and a rectangle in the blueprints (close to the bigger oil rack). That’s the scaled size of the oil cans. You can use a plastic or wood stick matching the right diameter and cut as many pieces as you need to right length. You’ll also find vintage texaco road maps (as seen on the desk)
I recommend you print the jpg file on glossy or semi-glossy photo paper on an ink-jet printer. Laser printers are in most cases not as good as ink jet printers when printing high resolution images.
I’ll be building the bigger oil rack in the near future, so stay tuned!
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Watch the videos to see the entire process and enjoy! Remember, it’s not about making stuff that looks perfect, but relaxing while making models that you enjoy! I’ve been building models for more than 20 years now, I had enough time to improve skills, and also lots of frustration while learning stuff. Why do I say this? I can imagine that for some of you this crazy tiny details might be very difficult to make, may be even frustrating. This is no contest, there is no price to win here. It’s about enjoying the process, isn’t it? So, as I always say…