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Diorama tricks

This page purpose is to offer you some tricks we usually use in dioramas building. I will mainly show you how to make decors (natural or artificial). A diorama can be a simple improved base or a complete scene including dozens of models. I will not go into hard details but you could find some ideas in these page. If you want te see directly to the dioramas shown on the site, please use the secondary menu just top right on this page. Have a nice time.

The ground base

pots d'enduit

Making the ground of a diorama is quite simple. The plaster comes most easily to mind but it’s most often a bad choice. The plaster is easily breakable and doesn’t stick to anything, especially wood. Besides, the plaster dries very quickly, you have less than 5 minutes to work with. I usually prefer to use filling coat. Of course filling coasts are made of plaster but also adhesives and retarders that give time to work. The lunar ground of the Eagle Transporter has been made this way.

 

 

Diorama structure

structure diorama geonosis

Most of the time, the structure is made of recycled wood, you have to learn how to handle woodworking tools. If you need a volume, you can take whatever you find : polystyrene packaging amterial, rubble, polyurethan foam etc. The support rods are generally put in place at this stage to insure their sturdiness. The picture represents the begining of the ‘Battle of Geonosis‘ diorama you can see by clicking on the link.