Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

So I finished the diorama yesterday, and I wanted to share what it looks like with diecast cars populating it, :). Just a reminder, this shelf is huge, 4' long and 15" from the wall. I made this shelf specifically to display my 1/24 cars in a creative way, instead of something ‘boring’ like a plain shelf.

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The shelf is in my basement, since it was the only wall that was large enough to hold the shelf. Originally, I wanted a 5' long shelf, but I discovered that I only had 4' long pieces of scrap wood. I also wanted to do a paved parking lot, but for monetary reasons I chose a dirt parking lot because most of my driveway is dirt and that’s free material. It took me 4-6 hrs to sift enough dirt for this.

It’s funny, upon reflection I’ve come to realize that I have only purchased four 1/24 diecast cars; the rest were given to me by either my wife, various family members , or lald members (including the trailer). So I wanted to give a shout out to you guys, thank you! :)

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First up is a bunch of Fords. Obviously the ‘67 Mustang is the only one in the pic I haven’t repainted yet.

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This International truck was a gift from my father-in-law. It came with the accessories, and despite being the only car here that is 1/25 scale (it’s a bit smaller that the others), this truck looks fantastic so I had to include it.

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The El Camino is on the trailer, and it’s missing a wheel. I’m currently looking into trying a wheel swap for it.

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Hey look, some sporty cars and a Prowler! For the record, I needed another car to populate the shelf, so I plopped the GTO on some extra tires and placed it there. And yes, those tires are from the S-10 that’s being customized.

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Another view of the fast cars. Also, the corvette is custom painted.

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Now, I know it looks a bit bare right now with just cars, but in the future I’d like to add some people to make it look like a car show. I’m also planning on scratch building some benches once I find some schematics I like (and are easy). This is all restricted by how much extra money I have of course, but they are plans nevertheless.

Anyways, I’m very proud and happy of the final product. It came out better than I anticipated, :).

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