Printable Diorama!

As many of you may know, I had the opportunity to go to the Rolex Reunion with Michelin during Monterey Car Week a few years ago. It was a mind-blowing experience with the greatest vintage racecars around.

Well, that trip inspired me to work on creating this diorama. It was a complicated build that took me more than a year to complete satisfactorily. I’ve modeled these pit garages on those found at Laguna Seca. There are some slight changes (like not having the garages on an incline), but overall it’s very faithful.

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The entire thing was modeled in Blender. The background mountain photo is one that I took while I was at the track. The cars in the garage bays are actually photos of some of my diecast that I inserted into the model. I’ve pretty faithfully recreated various teams’ firesuits, and a few of the equipment details you might see hanging around the pits. I created everything in here except for the silhouette-people in the upper boxes.

Everything is accurately scaled to 1/64, and the full image will fill up two 11x17 sheets. Trim off the edges, tape them together, and you suddenly have a shelf-wide pit road backdrop for your models! Including the pavement!!

Here are a few detail crops.

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I rendered the full outside of the building using an orthographic perspective. So you don’t see any of the distortion you would see if you were standing in a spot in front of the building. I did this so that whether you place a car on the left, the middle, or the right, it will look like it belongs. It’s sort of hard to explain.

You’ll notice, though, that I’ve rendered the open garage bays with full regular perspective. The back of the bay appears smaller than the front. If it were in orthographic perspective that back door would appear the same size as the front opening and it would all look very flat.

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Here is a different render showing the dimensionality of the model.

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And a couple of other detail shots!

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Of course, it can easily be trimmed down to whatever size works for your display. It’s fantastic in a display box, as you can see here.

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If you are interested in buying one to print yourself, let me know! I don’t have any plans to print and ship them myself. I’m currently thinking I’ll just sell a pdf to those interested. I know I can’t control it very well that way, but I think I can trust anyone on here not to try reselling them. Not that there’s a large market for this sort of thing! If any of you have any suggestions for how to sell something like this in a way that protects my work, I’m all ears.

Thanks for looking, and please let me know what you think!

Some additional notes: I have also rendered this with all the bays closed. So if you want this without the GT3 cars in the garages, I can do that! And, I could probably do some renders to make this work for 1/43 scale too, if you are interested. That would require a bit of work, but it may be worth it.

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