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Category: Display & Storage


by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Display & Storage, Modelling building
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The word diorama actually means ‘to catch a moment in time’ a bit like a photogragh, they can be well planned built scenery like the picture below or simple creative back scenes.

The idea is to capture the atmosphere of a moment, whether it’s model cars in a garage scene or army figures in the battlefield.

To make something like this or to see how it’s made Click here to see the whole article.

Or go to Diorama #1, Part 1

Taking pictures of diecast models

by Peter
Categories: Display & Storage
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Collecting diecast cars and trucks in any scale is a passion of mine, but taking pictures of them is the ultimate way of displaying them and what better way of doing so than setting the scene as maybe the real vehicle would find itself in.

To see the complete article Click Here or go to pages.

Slot car display

by Peter
Categories: Display & Storage, Scalextric, Slot car Racing
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Latest news

As some of the readers here know, one of the things I do is make display bases and plinths as well and base boards for dioramas etc, and have sold many of the solid oak display bases

There is now a new product, so new it’s not even on the website yet and so pleased with the result.

This is a display base for Scalextric and other slot cars based on a piece of real Scalextric classic track and has a solid oak surround with an MDF core.

To our knowledge, we are the only workshop making these unique and original bases

The one below is the first one so isn’t yet coated with the satin finish or the green baize on the bottom.

Below shown with my own Scalextric Subaru in pride of place.

For more information on my bases contact me

At the moment these are special order only and details will be on the website soon :)

Matchbox display

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Display & Storage, Matchbox
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I am lucky enough to have an entire room for my collections and mainly on shelving of some sort so when a replica Matchbox display came up on Ebay I had to have one, although they cost £10 each, I am more than pleased with it and may well order more but have changed the assembly of the one I have.

If you look at the picture above the front flap should be the first step but this makes the display area quite narrow and as I intend mounting this on a timber board I think it will be fine, it will take 25 Matchbox models this way and going by the size of my collection may need many more, these are great for small displays or in my case for the stand at the toy fairs.

The cars and trucks displayed above are as follows;

From left to right starting on the top row;

No56, Fiat 1500

No33, Ford Zephyr 6

No66, Citroen DS19

No53, Ford Zodiac Mk4

No45, Vauxhall Victor

No33, Ford Zodiac

No60, Morris J2 pickup

No34, Volkswagen van

No40, Bedford 7 ton tipper

No20, ERF lorry

No69, Commer 30cwt van

No44, Rolls Royce silver cloud

No50, Commer pickup

No42, Bedford evening news van

No38, Karrier refuse collector

No40, Royal Tiger coach

No2, Muir Hill dumper

No56, Drott excavator

No57, Landrover fire truck

No59, Ford Fairlane fire chiefs car

To see a larger picture Click Here