Daily Archives: July 13, 2017

1/64 scale diorama complete

A long time in the making. I have 2 dioramas for 6 inch figures, and one more for Transformers. What I was missing was something in the 1/64 scale range to take proper pictures of diecast cars. The work is over. Time for photo fun.

The diorama is set on two walls. The left wall is a receiving dock for a warehouse. The idea behind this was to have a place that looked industrial with lots of concrete. I made to dock wide enough for a standard 1/64 scale vehicle for when a chase scene happens. I added a fence in the front for some texture to the pictures.

The back wall is a large block wall. It is intentionally a different material than the warehouse wall so the two buildings look like they are together but not the same building. I wanted to be able to add different textures to this wall, and a different color scheme.

Down in front of the block wall is a new car dealership. There are skylights on the removable roof, as well as big front windows to display the cars. There is a concrete display in the front to show off the newest delivery. I am planning to add a sign for the dealership. I am working on a way to make the sign changeable, so I can create different looks depending on what cars are on display in the showroom.

Enjoy some behind the scenes looks of the building process, and how it all came to be, from the initial drawing all the way to the final product. There were a few changes from the initial drawing, but much of it has stayed the same.

design drawing with scale for roads.

Trying to figure out the size for the loading dock. I used pink insulation foam for the big walls.

The road was made with plaster of paris to give a used look. There is a new car dealership, but it is in an old industrial part of town.

The road is painted and the sidewalks are being made. I used pressboard for the sidewalks. It was hard to find a material that was tall enough to be a curb.

The warehouse is getting some art deco style design work to make that massive wall more interesting. I used sheets of soft art foam for the details. Once in place, it all got a coat of Modge Podge to make sure it was nice and strong.

Next up were the warehouse doors. I also added windows and a door to the far right side. The back wall has the blocks scribed into the foam.

The back wall is painted. The floor of the car dealership is cut and glued from illustration board, which is what 95% of the finished car dealership was made from. In the foreground, I carved some foam into a small rise to add some height to the scene. It does not interfere with the angles for taking pictures. Road signs have been made and added too.

The walls of the car dealership are drawn and cut to size on illustration board. From there it was adding the million details and paint to get this store ready to open.

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Beetle – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

About a year ago to the month we had a Beetle in a Spider-Man themed series of Marvel Legends. Then it was Janice Lincoln. Now it is Abner Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins here is the original Beetle. He made his debut in Strange Tales #123 back in September of 1964. At the time Beetle was wearing a loose fitting suit, and had suction cups on his fingers. He was not the trim man with sleek suit you see here today, though the mask is still right on. Spider-Man enters the scene a year later in 1965 when he and the Human Torch have to team-up to once again send Jenkins back to prison.

What we get in the figure is the much more sophisticated Mark II version of the suit, where Jenkins decides he has to step up his game to take on the likes of Iron Man. He kept the purple and green color scheme for now.

There are two sets of holes in his back. One set is for the shell, and the other is for the wings.

Beetle can just wear the shell, which looks pretty cool, and then the wings can be attached separately.

The wings, which we have seen a few times now, are a great size. Even though they were used on women figures before, they are large enough to work for this Beetle. He has a nice strong stance, so he can support the extra weight on his back, and stay standing.

Janice Lincoln took on the mantle of Beetle in 2010. Her armor is based on the Mark II armor that we have Jenkins wearing.

It is pretty easy to pin down which version she is wearing, since the earlier Mark I was more like a fabric suit, and the later Mark III was more like Hulk-Buster armor.
Jenkins turned his life around and became MACH-I. Lincoln uses her armor for bad guy stuff.

I like this Beetle. He is fun with all of the functioning wings and the fun paint colors. He stands out on the shelf nicely. And he is a good team-up figure for the new Beetle.


Moon Knight – Marvel Legends Vulture Wave

Moving on to the comic characters of the Vulture Series, we have Moon Knight. There is a LOT of love out there for this guy.

Think of him as Marvel’s answer to Batman. A fairly regular guy that runs around in a suit and beats people up. He has multiple personalities and a lot of cool gadgets. This version of Moon Knight is his more recent attire where he wears more of a shielded armor on his body. He has kept the white cape and the pointed hood. The hood and cape are separate pieces. The cape has a peg that is supposed to connect to the back of Moon Knight to keep it in place. I have found it to fall out of place any time he is moved.

Moon Knight comes with a bunch of accessories. He comes with a staff (same as Daredevil and a few other characters), one big moon weapon, three small moon weapons, and alternate fist hands.

I haven’t found a good way to use the small moon weapons, but he can hold the larger moon as well as the staff.

This is the second Moon Knight we have gotten from Marvel Legends. It was actually in the last series (MODOK series) where ToyBiz had control of the license back in 2006. Flash ahead 11 years, and he has made a return.


The first version had less of a black color to the costume, and more of a gunmetal. At ToyBiz, they loved the articulation, and they made their hands with finger articulation. That was neat in theory, but it made for pretty weak grasping hands, and the fists looked terrible.
He also had a cape that wrapped around him, and looks like it is always trying to give him a hug.

This is new version is an improvement over the first version. ToyBiz did a great job with creating the highly articulated figures we have today, but Hasbro has continued to work on the details, and has continued to make some great costumes.

Relating Moon Knight to Spider-Man goes all the way back to September, 1978 in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 1 22. They meet for the first time in that issue and fight one another until they see that they are fighting for the same thing, and team up in the next issue. Moon Knight and Spider-Man will meet many more times over the years. This Wave Team-Up works for me.


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