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#701986 - Sat Jan 06 2018 08:15 PM Garage Diorama
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I'm working on a 1/24 scale body shop auto repair garage. Haven't built a model since I was a kid, but it's coming back to me. Got the walls together and building pieces and parts. Got the Chief EZ Liner frame rack just about ready. Hired a tiny frame guy. wink
Next comes a Curbside Dioramics 1/24 air compressor kit that I've had for almost 20 years.


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Description: Chief EZ Liner frame rack 1/24 scale


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#701993 - Sat Jan 06 2018 10:16 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
MATT ALVAREZ Offline
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Registered: Sat Sep 23 2006
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That is cool. Did you build the frame rack or is it a kit? I miss using a Chief. The shop I am currently at has a Car-O-Liner.
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#701995 - Sat Jan 06 2018 10:43 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Thanks, Matt. I fixed a lot of cars on an EZ Liner. Enjoyed working with it.

I found a guy who builds stuff from scratch. Got it from him ready to paint.
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#701998 - Sun Jan 07 2018 02:15 AM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Sat Feb 08 2014
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That looks great Jim! If you would have said you were in a garage and took this cool picture, I don't think I would have noticed it was a model.

Is the mechanic going to hang some tiny porcelain signs on the wall?

Nice work,
Steve
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#701999 - Sun Jan 07 2018 05:56 AM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
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Very cool!! I look forward to this sort of thing when/if I retire some day! I used to build a lot of models as a kid.
Nice job Jim. Have fun with it!! And yes, I hope to see some signs on the wall and a pump or two in there!
BTW, with a hammer that big, who needs a frame rack!! grin
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#702004 - Sun Jan 07 2018 07:10 AM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Steven C.]
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Originally Posted By Steven C.
BTW, with a hammer that big, who needs a frame rack!! grin

Yes, we always used to kid around that we could fix anything with a big enough hammer and a torch. wink

I am definitely going to print scale-sized photos of individual signs from my collection and put them in the diorama. The graphics on the edge of the frame rack and the tool board on the other side of the rack came from scans of old Chief EZ Liner literature in my collection.

Best part is that this doesn't have to be done by Friday at quitting time like so many of the cars I worked on in the shop.
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#702005 - Sun Jan 07 2018 07:21 AM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
ironheadtom Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 12 2011
Loc: San Bernardino , Cal. USA
There's a lot of detail in that frame rack. The guy even captured the radius on what would be the heavier wall box tubing. Unless my old eyes are deceiving me


Edited by ironheadtom (Sun Jan 07 2018 07:22 AM)

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#702012 - Sun Jan 07 2018 08:46 AM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
BrianH Offline
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Registered: Sun May 01 2016
Loc: Midland, Michigan
Hi Jim,
I'm a fellow model builder myself, though I mostly build WWII aircraft. I have built the occasional car model though. Here is a model I built for my dad back in 2015 before he got cancer. It's an exact replica of the '78 Chevy El Camino that was his daily driver for 33 years. I even painted it with real automotive paint of the same color code as the full-size car. I had to combine parts from 3 diferent releases of '78 El Camino kits to get everything just right. It was worth it though - he loved it as you can tell from the look on his face.










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#702035 - Sun Jan 07 2018 01:39 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Tue Jan 31 2012
Loc: Western, WI.
Great job Jim, I have 2 of those Chief's in my shop!
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#702038 - Sun Jan 07 2018 02:21 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Looks great so far, but would like more pictures.

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#702043 - Sun Jan 07 2018 04:02 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Tue Jul 25 2000
Loc: South of St. Louis, MO USA
Brian,
The El Camino looks very real. Nice job on detail. Love the idea of building it for your Dad.

I'll take more pics as I go. It will be a while before I make a properly finished display base.

Here is a shot of Bubba, with a rack of used bumpers and grilles outside the shop.


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Description: A well equipped shop always has some lightly used parts in stock.


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#702048 - Sun Jan 07 2018 05:01 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Sun May 01 2016
Loc: Midland, Michigan
My arms would look like that too if I was curling small-blocks all day!

My back though, I'm not so sure....

BrianH

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#702061 - Sun Jan 07 2018 05:29 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Thats cool Jim.
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#702062 - Sun Jan 07 2018 05:46 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Tue May 17 2005
Loc: Illinois
Very nice Jim.
You should hook a spray gun & hose up to one of that cars cylinders and have him painting the car. smile
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#702070 - Sun Jan 07 2018 07:42 PM Re: Garage Diorama [Re: Oldgas]
MATT ALVAREZ Offline
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Registered: Sat Sep 23 2006
Loc: Cameron Park,Ca.
The parts rack looks great. I can`t wait to see the completed project. I never done a diorama but have built a lot of cars and trucks. Some where custom and most where stock and detailed like the El Camino above. Here is one I did about 7 years ago. It started as a 55 Chevy 1/2 ton short bed. I made it into a 57 GMC 1 ton pickup with a 9 1/2 foot bed and Napco 4 wheel drive.







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