Thanks Håkan, I believe you're right. I remember the first thing I did when I bought my real Spitfire was to put some larger tires on it. I finished the piece (see "finished") but I can always change the tires/wheels when I find something more suitable.
Ah, I think I know which rims will be best (if you are looking for prototypical accuracy; it was pretty hard to even find a picture of a Spitfire on original wheels). They are on the Herpa VW Caravelle T4:
Håkan, I have a lot of good shots of the Spitfire on prototypical rims. I owned one and the fastback GT6 too. I had knock off spokes on the GT6 that I thought were very nice. The Spitfire came throung with a steel wheel painted with about a 6" center cover that had a slight pointed dome. I replaced them with a custom wheel so I could put very wide tires on it (on a Spitfire? you ask) I had turbo charged the original Spitfire block and installed headers and a high performance cam. The heads remained the same but had new lifters and springs. OK enough of the gear head talk, I know something will come along. The model isn't going anywhere as fast as my real one did.
My latest has kept me very busy. I am doing a diorama of a harbor I stumbled on in Nova Scotia many years ago. This will be a late 40's early 50's (?) era display of a working harbor. I am using much near where I live for prototype information and to match the weathering. I plan to walk you through much of this step by step so bear with me as it is a big dio. The link will take you to the folder and I will simply start you with number 1 photo and you can click on "next" to get to the next photo (duh). pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/stryper50/album?.dir=4ce5&.src=ph #1. This is the base prepared with 1/4" ply, 1" board styrofoam and a product called Durabond which is used for drywall joints. #2. The road and placement of some of the structures. The large green building at this point will be a cannery. #3 &4 the main wharf facility. #5 &6. This is the way I make a standing seam tin roof by scoring thin brass from the under side. #7. The gravel yard, granite retaining wall (actually soapstone) and water area. The harbor water has been painted and several coats of latex urethane are already on. The water will have a final layer of Woodland Scenics Realistic Water. The power plant and winch are still up in the air. I may do a shed roof over them with a lattice boom crane. #8. Opposite the cannery will be a boat storage shed. This is one of three bents that will make up this half lap joinery building. #9 & 10. The boat storage shed with exterior walls. Fishermen store everything from lobster pots and warp(rope) to old cars and even a boat now and then. I would like to put a Model T pickup in a state of decay in one of the bays. This gets more interesting as it goes along and in fact I will be posting more pictures tonight. Thanks for looking and if anyone has any good suggestions, please feel free to contribute.
#11. Here's where I'm going with the old sand drying shed, it is now a bait shack. The cantilevered joist will have a deck and from it a ramp and float. The tides here are about 10 ft. but there in N.S. exceed 15 ft. Ramps are hinged to go up and down so one can have a dock (float) at water level at all times. #12. Detail of the granite block wall not yet weathered. There is a breakwater wall like this only 1/4 mile from my home here that I have copied. I pick mussels at the base of this wall. #13. Shot from the mainland side of things. Some foliage in place. Lots of room for vehicles!
Again your comments/questions/suggestions are much appreciated.
Post by DavidJohnson on Oct 11, 2005 2:45:15 GMT 1
Chester, This is going to be really impressive and should be a lot of fun detailing. Is the area about 24x24"? I especially like the granite wall and the tin roof; the latter has much more character than one built of styrene. I can almost hear the sea gulls.
Maybe I'm speaking out of school here not knowing your prototype area- should there be some elevation changes between buildings?
Actually Dave there were drastically different elevations in the place I visited in Nova Scotia but there's so much I want to do with this, I didn't want to spend forever just building the base. The little harbor at the bottom of the hill from me was built on spoilage from dredging and is pretty flat like what you see so I went with that. But thanks, that's just the kind of input I'm looking for.
You bring up a good subject Dave. Trees have always been a sore spot for me in the scale. I have the Heki firs that are good for creating forests with many trees but individually they look awful in a photo. I have a few Pola hardwoods but they are prohibitively expensive. I would like a grand old oak or two. And, of course anything to make Bill happy.
Chester, There are some really great looking trees being made by cottage industies including oaks. Back in the SMCC days, we found a person who I think used the name Oaky Doaky Oaks who was up somewhere in central California. He did some fantastic oak and birch trees. So good that we carried his line. Ask Bob Johnson or Chip if they know of him or someone who might. I'm very sorry that I did not retain his name and address.
You might also want to look at the Bluejacket line of products. They make some interesting marine pieces.
Thanks all for your input. Lee, I'll do some searching for the "tree guy", my own attempts at making the wire trees with oregano leaves have been dismal. I do know the Bluejacket stuff, they are actually less than an hour away from me and I have a lobster boat I may use. I also have a beautiful shrimp trawler from Artitec I thought about using but it is a big project in itself. I will be anxious to hear back from you Sylvain and Dave to see if you come up with the easy way to plant my dio. And Dave, I find this diorama stuff to be excellent therapy. Really I'm having a ball doing it. Thanks again everyone, this is a great place to come for help and encouragement.