Day 11+ / Final of the diorama making. Day 10 is here, and I got the instructions here. This post series is pretty much documenting the creation of my diorama. It took me about 2 days to finish, but it easily should of been 1 day.

If you have been following along, you’d remember that I actually started the yellow lane markers while still finishing up the white lane markers. So these pics will be back-tracking a little bit.

Ok, perfectionist time. Each yellow lane marker is 10’ long, 4” wide, and 30’ apart in 1:1 scale. In 1:64 scale, that is 1.88” long, 0.06” wide, and 5.63” apart. I’ll be honest, I’m not very good at measuring when it comes to decimal points and what not, so I did plan B. 10’ + 30’ = 40’, which is 480” in 1:1 scale. In 1:64, it comes out to 7.5”. So I measured out 7.5” from the right side, marked the tape (like in the pic above if you can see it), then repeated the process until I ran out of room. I managed to get three yellow lane markers, which is more than one of two so that’s good.

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Also, for the love of cheese and crackers, if you do any calculations, do it in 1:1 scale, DO NOT do it in the scale you are converting to. The conversion calculator that I used rounds the decimal point. Experimenting with it, I got different results with calculations in 1:1 versus 1:64. Just a heads up.

I placed painter’s tape perpendicular to the tape that was across the width to mark the beginning of the lane marker, then measured/estimated where it ended (again, ~1.88”). Double check your work too, as I originally made the lines too short.

It should be mentioned that you should measure random spots on the yellow line to the white line, to make sure the distance is at least mostly consistent. It would look really weird if it wasn’t.

These rest of this post is why I decided to make these posts; to create a guide for people, and to identify problems that I would have never considered. Yellow, a magical color used for lane markers and school buses, is what I’d identify as a ‘weak’ color. The best way to explain it would be that you can see the color underneath it; in this case dark gray. Three layers of yellow didn’t seem to make a difference.

In fact, after the third layer, I decided the fourth layer would be white and yellow mixed together, since white seems to be a strong color (hey, three layers and the side lane markers look great). Two layers of mixed colors, and it looks better, but the dark gray still bled in a bit.

I was trying to steer away from using just white (because I’d be starting from scratch with yellow), but when someone on the last post suggested to use white, I finally gave in. One layer of white seemed to be enough. So in hindsight, two layers of white before the yellow should theoretically do the job.

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I did the white layer Friday afternoon, and between Friday and Saturday applied about...umm...7-8 more layers of yellow to get the nice, pure, solid yellow look.

Writing this post, I realized I forgot to mention something in the last post, my painting technique. It’s nothing too crazy, I just apply paint between the four pieces of tape. But after I applied a new layer, I took some cardboard, painted/wiped excess paint off onto it, then ran the brush across the lane marker. What this is suppose to do is remove any excess paint off the base, so the lane marker would seem flat on/with the road.

The final product. After removing the painters tape, I discovered two things. 1) there was a ‘ghost’ yellow line under the middle marker, that actually looked pretty cool. 2). Applying multiple layers of yellow raised the marker. If you run your finger across it, you’d definitely feel it.

Anyways, I think it looks great, but looks better with the real estate occupied with buildings and cars.

With buildings. I did discover that I lost some real estate behind the gas station. Before I was able to fit two vehicles, now just one and a half. That’s really my bad though.

With cars, in a celebration of the diorama being completed. I want to note the road looks really nice with the random weather patterns. I might of screwed up the weathering, applying too thick at times, but I feel it genuinely looks like cars were racing across the road.

I really like the parking lot in front of the fire station as well. It looks very used, like heavy fire trucks were consistently using it. Or guys/gals messing around with their cars, :).

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So, boys and girls, this project took me roughly 11 to 12 days to complete, and I’m only counting the days I worked on it. The hardest part, I feel, was probably the weathering. But only because I’m not used to keeping my hand so steady and patiently dry brushing. I think anyone could do it, and you can easily casually get it done like I did.

The final cost of the project? It’s hard to say. The base is leftover wood from another project in the past. The drywall spackle was about $8-$9. Drywall knifes, I got disposable ones from Walmart at <$4. The paint was $.99 for each color (black, white, yellow) at Joanns, but you can get them at Walmart $.50. Both paintbrushes we already had, we also had the 150 sandpaper (Internet says ~$3) . So the total cost for supplies is >=$18, which isn’t too bad. Also, I later discovered that Apple Barrel has pavement colored paint, so you don’t have to mix colors. I recently picked up a bottle to use on the next project.

Hope you guys enjoyed these posts! I’m off to brainstorm the next project!