Custom Micromodels Train Diorama

Discussion in 'Dioramas & Displays' started by Hi-Torque, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Hi-Torque

    Hi-Torque Member

    Hello Friends,

    Here is a (mostly) complete scene I made using many of the Micromodels sets. The base is foamcore and paper.

    I will update with more photos if there is interest.



  2. bulldogowner

    bulldogowner Destroyer of Spam Moderator

    More more more...definately interesting!! Can you put something in the pic for size comparison?
  3. Elliott

    Elliott Senior Member

    Yes, yes, yes!! I wanna know everything about your dioramas. Do you have progress pictures during construction? Post away please. :thumb::thumb::thumb:
  4. allhallowseve

    allhallowseve Member

    Great job on the display !!

    The paper trains you used were did you find them ??
  5. Hi-Torque

    Hi-Torque Member

    @ Bulldogowner and Elliot:

    Thanks for the kind words, I will surely post more pictures soon. I am however, sad to report that I didn't make a build log as such.

    I can put something in so you can judge scale though. Most of the Micromodels trains seem to scale out 1:250 maybe?


    Thank you. I got these several years ago. Some searching around will lead you to reprints and PDF's available for sale. Of course, the original Micromodels are so old actual first run prints for most of the sets are impossible to come by. But often times you can find them on eBay etc.
  6. Hi-Torque

    Hi-Torque Member

    A bit on the construction and completion:

    I used (fresh) coffee grounds to give the landscape texture. The ballast along the track is (fresh) black tea. I then drybrushed acrylic colors on in layers to color and add depth.

    The smaller bushes and shrubs are (fresh) green tea mixed with a bit of glue and paint. The large masses of shrub and woods are cotton batten chopped up and coated with a paint and glue mixture. The individual trees are also cotton batten but dipped in CA and trimmed to a (somewhat) treelike shape.

    I used the tea again to put coal in all the tenders and a scrap of foamcore coated with sand made for a fine load of ore.

    The exposed rocks below the watermill are chipped up foamcore with a dash of dirt from the nearest potted plant. The ladders up the signal towers and the water tower are made from thread coated in glue.

    I scratch built quite a few of the little details and used watercolors and acrylics to touch up everything.

    All in all I guess I've put about 4 months of nights and evenings on this one.

    It still needs one more passenger train, goods in the warehouse, a few more details on the platforms and around the engine shed and.... cows :)
  7. chooch.42

    chooch.42 Member

    Hi-T, beautiful work! While not a paper-craftsman, I visit occasionally from the Train section - and am duly impressed with this display, unlike any I've run across here before. No matter the scale (thought it between HO and N ?), the work on both the paper parts and the base (scenery) is wonderful, and the smaller the scale, the more remarkable the creation of the paper bits becomes. about LIGHTS and MOTORS...maybe DCC? :p Bob C.
  8. Hi-Torque

    Hi-Torque Member

    Heres a picture for scale:
  9. pařan

    pařan New Member

    Nice mini
  10. lillorizzo

    lillorizzo New Member

    Thank you for the idea. I'll buy the micromodels.
  11. munnrah

    munnrah New Member

    Nice and mini!
  12. poroto

    poroto New Member

    very good to incredible, it's all paper?
  13. venom_82

    venom_82 New Member

    very very nice... i'm a lover of trains and dioramas (i know, i have too much modeling intersest :mrgreen::mrgreen: cars, spaceships, mechs, trains etc :D). I like trains dioramas in all way, from lego trains to paper model, and obviously the classic H0 model.

    Really great works, from the trains to the scenery, it's all really good!
  14. bcarter1234

    bcarter1234 New Member

    Great diorama thanks for sharing it.
  15. MAGI

    MAGI Member

    +1 on Great build.

    Thanks for sharing.
  16. OhioMike

    OhioMike Member

    Outstanding work...rivals many working layouts!
  17. gila8gila

    gila8gila New Member

    wow, do tell, how long does it take to make.
  18. uiop

    uiop New Member

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