"Last man to leave turns off the lights"

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"Last man to leave turns off the lights"

Joined: November 26th, 2008, 8:36 pm

July 7th, 2012, 11:15 pm #1

This diorama was based on our "Italian Street Scene" kit but I just wanted to see how easy it would be to use this same structure to represent a scene anywhere in Europe w/ a few small detail changes.

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I always liked this kit because the base is cast on an incline, which sort of breaks it up a bit. THe kit is available here;

http://www.dioramasplus.com/site/?p=389

Special offer for forum members. I'll include a set of our brick sidewalks (a $25 value) and a sample of our laser cut shattered glass w/the next five of these I sell. Cheers!

Randy Pepprock
Dioramas Plus
www.dioramasplus.com
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 3:09 pm

August 20th, 2012, 6:21 pm #2

Hi Randy,

I like the look of your products and I think they would offer a great time saving to someone wanting a good backdrop to their model or a basis for an involved diorama.

I checked out your website and I liked the layouts you have on offer but as an engineer one thing did really stand out to me with the representation of brickwork - as far as i can see the brick walls in your products are represented in a way that none of the walls look bonded.

What I mean is in traditional walls (ie not cavity walls - which yours arent (based on the damaged portions not displaying a cavity) they are generally 2 bricks deep (which yours are) but to maintain strength the front "slab" of bricks must be tied to the rear one with header bricks (bricks placed perpendicular [header bricks] to the standard ones [stretcher bricks]).

Many bonds exist which create a type of pattern as well as maintaining the strength of the construction, try looking up the common ones - Scottish, English and Flemish bonds to name but a few.

I know this may seem like nitpicking, but in doing what I do it jumps out to me as a bit of a flaw in your design I guess in a similar way to someone putting an M4A2 engine deck on a Jumbo Sherman would to some folks.

As I said I do think your products have great potential - the walls are nice and thick (which many modellers seem to forget when constructing dioramas!) but I thought I'd offer some contructive critisicm maybe for your future designs.

John
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