Merry Christmas! My family has been stuck at home for the whole week with strep throat, and it’s been one of the most difficult weeks of my life. Seeing the boys feeling so badly, monitoring them through the night to keep their really high fevers under control, and just dealing with the whole disappointment of feeling like crap during the Christmas holidays! Of course, I’ve got it now too, but on the bright side my wife doesn’t! Still, this is one of the best times of the year as it marks such an important occasion in the history of the world. So Merry Christmas to you!
Now, on to the diorama.
I just completed my third diorama! This one is self-contained in a bell jar (or cloche). I made it for my Dad to accommodate a couple of cars from his 1/87 collection. He started buying them this year and he has quite a nice variety. Everything from classic Ferraris and Porsches to some Dakar trucks and modern GT cars. Currently he’s got them displayed in a little shelf case, so I thought he could use something a little more picturesque. Also, he enjoyed model railroading a number of decades ago, so I think this will really appeal to him.
He loves to take drives up on the Blue Ridge Parkway as often as he can. Both for the drive and the views. There are a number of spots up there where the road gives a great view on one side with a sheer cliff climbing up on the other. I couldn’t very well encapsulate the view in a small diorama, so I went for the setting he loves.
It’s a straightforward piece, and if you have any questions about how I made it, just ask. I didn’t really take many process photos, sorry! It’s all sculpted from pink foam I got a long time ago at the hardware store. No coating but paint and glue on this one. Then static grass and talus (small rocks), and a few little bushes.
The realism is in the paint, in my opinion. I love how the road surface came out too! It was a little tenuous when I first painted those lines, but after appropriate weathering and wear, they look great.
I really appreciate you all here at LaLD. It’s great to have such a diverse group representing so many places and interests all drawn together by our love of little cars. Keep having fun and being creative guys! Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas to all!