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Old Gas Station Diorama – #5 & #6 – Vintage furniture and Oil Rack – Styrene scratch building [blueprints + video]

February 22, 2013

by Seb Perez

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:

Oil rack and furniture blueprints 1:25 scale – DIN A4 paper format (PDF file)

Oil rack and furniture blueprints 1:25 scale – US-Letter paper format (PDF file)


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…








Marty Cahill February 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Vintage furniture was fantastic, I can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks for the article and the “Texico” labels…

Seb February 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Hi Marty, thanks for the feedback!

Daniel February 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Looks very cool, I like the detail. Can’t wait to build it.

Seb February 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I’m glad you like it! Thanks!

Hervé February 24, 2013 at 1:00 am

Thanks for the blueprints and all this nice ideas you sahred with us !!

Rod February 24, 2013 at 3:03 am

As said above, sure looks cool. Looking forward to making some, or at least trying.

Also, thank you for the continuing newsletters, always enjoy them

Richard February 24, 2013 at 6:47 am

You guys are the greatest. Thanks for all the stuff you share with us.

Claudio Martinez February 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Hy , I will try to do my own chairs and desks, looks handy with the plane,
I also liked the videos.
You are artists

Seb February 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Hi Claudio! I’m glad you like our Stuff! Thanks!

Donnie S. February 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Like you guys, I started out doing the new models mostly NASCAR subjects. After seeing what you guys do you have inspired me to try out the older things. You guys are awesome. Thanx for the great stuff! :)

Seb February 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi Donnie, I’m glad we have inspired you to make old cars. We also got bored of shinny models somehow!

Richard February 27, 2013 at 5:06 am

Hi Seb. How wide do you cut the metal that holds the oil cans? I am going to try my luck with the stand and cans.

Keith March 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I always enjoy watching your builds, Keep them coming,
Can these be made in 1/18 scale too ?

Seb March 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

Yes, of course they can be made in 1/18 scale too!

a April 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

where can i get those blueprints?

Iggy April 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

You can download the blue prints from the links above, in the article.

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