To try out layout themes, I’ll be constructing some dioramas around a common theme. The size of the dioramas must be no larger than 500 x 500 x 500 high
The bases are constructed from ex Weyford on Sea scenery bases- which were never used- hence the odd sizes
Some are an interpretation of the same scene set in different countries, showing some of the range of prototypes covering my interests
The common theme- Railways, Cross Roads & Gardening
The dioramas I hope to try-
A) 1:87 scale: US trolley line/inter-urban 1940’s –“Bedford Falls” with back yard supplies shop & “victory garden.” (Base 1- 410 x 350 max)
B) 1:76 scale: UK – A 1940’s scene –“If the railway had come to the valley” (If proposed Midhurst to Haslemere had been built) at “Linch & Redford Halt”- change for Hollycombe Estate, railway halt on embankment, cross roads + allotment, war memorial (Base 3- 430 x 500) C) 1:87 scale: France “Halte Terres de moulin” cross roads with level crossing and halt- with petanque game in progress. ( Base 2- 400 x 400) D) 1:45 scale: German “Muhle Land Haltepunkt(Hp)” cross roads/ level crossing & halt alongside Schrebergärten. (allotment) (Base 4- 500 x 500)
The size 500 x 500 represents 22.5 metres square in 1:45 scale (European O scale), 28 metres square in 1:76 scale (OO scale) & 43.5 metres square in 1:87 scale (HO scale)
FIRST – Type B
During construction it has been photographed as a construction guide. When complete it will be used as an illustration on the front of a Christmas card- hopefully for 2016 issued within our village.
SECOND – Type C
A station bar, a level crossing and on the other side of the line a boule (petanque) terrain.
Games are underway and its a nice evening so some of the villagers have come along to watch and have a glass of wine at the station bar.
Very French and all in a 400 mm square.
The plan is drawn- lets see how it goes
Again this will be photographed during construction & used as the basis for a card to be issued on the retirement of the leader of our local U3A Boule Group due in May 2017