Diorama #1, Part 2

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The next thing to do is add bushes and shrubs to the scene.

For this I use ready coloured lichen, this can easily be obtained from most model shops or on Ebay and comes in many colours.

I fix this using a bead or dot of PVA, you can use Bostik or a similar clear glue but I prefer this way and it dries clear.

Once the bushes are done then it’s time to turn my attention to the trees.

You can buy these ready made but again I prefer to make my own, some people use wire to make their tree trunks and branches but I use real twigs for this.

Making trees

A few things to bare in mind when doing it this way, firstly the shape of the tree will be whatever shape your twigs are just as in real life, only use woody stems or twigs as anything green will wither and die after it’s cut.

My first tree is a tall thin tree, I stand my tree in the vice and glue lichen to it with Bostik clear glue letting it dry before adding more, once your happy with the shape and density you can trim the lichen with scissors.

I drilled a suitable hole in the base board and fix into place.

The smaller tree on the right is done the same way with a different coloured lichen and shaped the twig differently.

With just a few details left to do such as  adding doors to the barn and wiring the lights I can start adding cars, people and things like oil drums.

After painting the petrol pumps, I couldn’t resist setting up a few themed scenes and taking pictures.

General repair garage
Tractor repair and sales centre
Luxury car sales

Can also be used as a backdrop for larger scale cars and trucks.

Or for single vehicle photographs.

Anyway back to the work, I finally figured out how I am going to wire the yard lights and found some electrical glue on the internet, soldering the earth lead could melt the wire running down the centre of the lamp standard and don’t really want to take them apart.

Back in Part 1 of this article, I mounted the lights by drilling right through the base board and fixed the lights with about 1mm sticking out of the bottom

The light standards are made of copper so clean off any paint and applied some of the wire glue around the tube base.

Next a bright metal washer was placed over the tube and other coat of glue applied.

This glue can take a while to set so I glued the wire to the washer and taped it into place.

The second wire running up the tube was hot soldered as normal.

The wire under the base were taped down flat using duct tape and a hole drilled so the ends were above the board, now if I had decided to do light before I started this project, I could of cut grooves on the bottom but this board evolved as I went along rather than fully planned, notice also the stick on cork feet to keep the board up off the wires.

Finally the connections are brought together under one of the buildings, I have used an ordinary connector block as later I will be lighting the buildings with LED lights.

That’s about it, I put it all back together, added a few cars and turned out the lights for the night shot below.

I hope this inspires you to have a go yourself even if it’s a simple scene or diorama.

For more pictures done with this diorama Click Here


  1. Simon says:

    Would love to make something like this but takes so much time, looks awesome hope to see more.


  2. Peter says:

    Hi again Simon, really if I put together, all the time I spent on this, it would only add up to about 4 hours, it’s 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there, because of drying times, the buildings were straight out of a box and finished and that takes time if building from scratch, the longest job on this one was making the trees and took me about 25 minutes and that includes searching for the twigs :)

  3. Simon says:

    Thanks for the quick reply peter, what are the buildings you used?

  4. Peter says:

    The Barn and Nissan hut are Hornby, and the Garage/workshop is Scenix EM6018 Garage.

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