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Posted By: Oldgas Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Sun Feb 25 2018 06:26 PM
Grand opening of my 1/24 scale 1969 body shop Zephyr gas station. Some components were built from scratch and some from kits. The present cars were purchased already built. I've enjoyed building it and plan on adding some more details and a small town Buick dealership next door. I was a combination body shop tech for over 30 years and a painter for the last 10 before I retired.

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Posted By: Oldgas Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Sun Feb 25 2018 06:30 PM
More photos of the grand opening of my scale model body shop gas station. I've gathered bits and pieces for nearly 20 years, hoping to find time to do this. Finally hashed it out.

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Posted By: texacokie Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Sun Feb 25 2018 07:27 PM
Wow that is crzy insane the detail you went through. You better not ***** that painter off!
Posted By: bennett_646 Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Sun Feb 25 2018 07:37 PM
That turned out great! You have a lot of patience. I can’t imagine it was easy to do with such small pieces.
Posted By: Oldgas Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Sun Feb 25 2018 08:09 PM
Originally Posted by texacokie
Wow that is crzy insane the detail you went through. You better not ***** that painter off!


The painter is a pussycat. The guy to watch out for is his buddy holding the engine.
Posted By: autoxnut Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Mon Feb 26 2018 12:29 AM
That's an incredible piece of work - suitable for a museum. I would love to know more about which items you fabricated. How did you come up with the realistic looking lighted neon?
Posted By: Nicole Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Mon Feb 26 2018 01:06 AM
Did you make the signs yourself--and is that an outhouse in the last picture? Don't tell me you worked at a place with an outhouse. laugh

I like how you kept the roof off, so everyone can see all the cool stuff inside. Did you say someone made the figurines for you--nice detail there!
Posted By: Oldgas Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Mon Feb 26 2018 05:13 AM
Originally Posted by autoxnut
That's an incredible piece of work - suitable for a museum. I would love to know more about which items you fabricated. How did you come up with the realistic looking lighted neon?


Thanks for the kind words. The neons are just photos I printed on heavy card stock and covered with clear packing tape for gloss. That's the poor boy's lamination method. wink I built the lubester, parts stand (holding the car door), oil can rack and the tire display stand from scratch. The gas globe is two shirt buttons glued together, painted, then photos of globe lenses glued on. Next, I'm making a Milton driveway bell out of a button.

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Posted By: Oldgas Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Mon Feb 26 2018 05:23 AM
Originally Posted by Nicole
Did you make the signs yourself--and is that an outhouse in the last picture? Don't tell me you worked at a place with an outhouse. laugh
I like how you kept the roof off, so everyone can see all the cool stuff inside. Did you say someone made the figurines for you--nice detail there!


Thanks! The signs I printed in a highly reduced size, nearly all from photos I took. The outhouse is not really in the correct time period, but I couldn't resist adding it to the diorama after seeing the kit offered for sale. Fun building it. Lots of figurines are available for "G" scale model railroads. I picked some that looked appropriate and modified a couple of them to be closer to what I wanted.
Posted By: RandyM Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Mon Feb 26 2018 01:05 PM
Great job Jim! You have to pretty proud with the way it all turned out. We greatly appreciate you sharing it with us.

Now, to protect it form collecting dust.
Posted By: Cold Pizza Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Mon Feb 26 2018 02:17 PM
Beautiful work Jim.I'm saving these to my browser for future reference.
Posted By: Novaman Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Tue Feb 27 2018 04:46 AM
Great job Jim! Love the detail
Posted By: buzzy56 Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Tue Feb 27 2018 05:27 PM
Real labor of love . Great detail . Keep it up and your will be putting an extension on your garage to hold the display ! smile
Posted By: Oldgas Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Tue Feb 27 2018 07:17 PM
Originally Posted by autoxnut
That's an incredible piece of work - suitable for a museum. I would love to know more about which items you fabricated. How did you come up with the realistic looking lighted neon?


Here are pics of some of my scratch-built pieces. The lubester is a block of wood with bits of electic wire and a sewing pin. The oil can rack is a photo on thin wood with wire legs. The tire stand is printed on card stock paper and folded with a model car tire. The Milton Bell is a painted button with a photo glued to it. The fan belts are black rubber bands with photos of belt labels glued on. The parts stand is 12 ga wire soldered together with necklace chain.

The neon is just a printed photo with clear packing tape over it. I'm sure I could replicate neon with wire painted with neon color paint. But the precision bending would be the crucial test of skill.

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Posted By: Mike M. Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Tue Feb 27 2018 08:45 PM
Awesome Job Jim, great detail all around!
Posted By: JimT Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Wed Feb 28 2018 12:23 AM
Jim thats really cool. The tire stand and the belt rack are my favorites.
Posted By: Bass Master Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Wed Feb 28 2018 12:52 AM
Very cool Jim, Looks like you have a lot of patience
Brian
Posted By: Speedracer Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Sat Mar 10 2018 07:19 AM
I just ran across this book/website while I was looking up something else. It's for building Gas Station Dioramas. I thought of this thread, so I thought I would share. It looks like a neat book.

http://shop.modeljunkyard.com/product/gas-station-diorama-book/

-Steve
Posted By: eshaver Re: Scale Diorama 1969 Body Shop Gas Station - Sat Mar 10 2018 08:03 PM
Steve , the guy who wrote the diorama book is a member on my Face Book diorama group, Roadside Relic Dioramas . It's an "OPEN " group so you can see what is going on without posting .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/roadsiderelicdioramas/
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