Category Archives: Cars

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.


Jackson Storm – Cars 3

I was not expecting it to be so difficult to get my hands on Jackson Storm when the Cars 3 vehicles first came out. But then I saw the $44 8 pack at Target, and knew he would be in a holding pattern along with the gold foil wrapped Lightning McQueen. Get the people to buy the expensive set first. Nope, I can wait. And then they hit at WalMart, and I was swimming in Storms.

There are a lot of cars that do have updates from the previous movies. All of Lightning’s friends look to be the same. At least enough of the same for me to not need to get them. But there are some newer Next-Gen Piston Cup cars that are out that are pretty neat looking.

Jackson Storm is all dark grey and blue. He is clearly the bad guy, or at least the antagonist of the film. He is like Chick Hicks from the first film, but an actual threat to Lightning.

I am happy with what I see in the previews so far. I think this is what Cars 2 should have been. The world trotting with spies and all of that was fine, but it didn’t have what gave the first movie heart. I think we will be back to that in this installment, and I cannot wait. I know if I go see it by myself, my wife would kill me, or at least disown me. Neither of which sound like good options. But we were on our camping road trip, and didn’t get a chance to see it when it came out June 16. So now I am behind and ready to go!


Road Trip Finds

I was gone on a 21 day road trip with my wife and dog. We got a travel trailer and took it out on the maiden voyage. 21 days, 11 states, 4200 miles. Along the way I was able to stop in a plethora of WalMarts, Targets, a few Toys R Us’ and a couple of Walgreens. I even made it to a Fred Meyer in Oregon, which is owned by Krogers, so they had lots of Hot Wheels.

The tally of finds was:

Marvel Legends:
6 of the 7 Spider-Man Homecoming
The Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
The Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

The Jim Lee Cyclops figure from the Warlock Series

Transformers:
Blitzwing (Voyager Class)
Octane (Voyager Class)
Bumblebee (Deluxe Movie)
Barricade (Deluxe Movie)
Berserker (Deluxe Movie)

Star Wars:
Tusken Raider (Sand People) (40th Anniversary Black Series)

Diecast:
10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels

 


Tennessee State Trooper Volkswagen Beetle (Greenlight – Hot Pursuit)

When I saw this little Beetle sitting on the peg at Toys R Us, I knew it had to be in my collection. I love Beetles, but they are not the end all vehicle for me. What I love more, are unique vehicles. And to have a Tennessee State Trooper Beetle was too cool to pass up.

On further investigation (who wouldn’t want to know more about this car), the 1:1 version is known as the “Litter Bug.” They take it around to shows and parades and speak out about littering on the highways.

The original car was seized in a drug bust. What a great way to honor this Bug, by giving it a new life in the line of duty. There are other “new” Beetles being used by police forces, but it takes a classic Beetle to be something special.


Majorette 3 and 5 pack found at Marshalls

Here I was minding my own business. I went into Marshall’s for a look around for some action figures or something of the sort. And then I saw these boxes.

I have been watching a bunch of the British guys on here talking about the Majorette cars. I have not had really seen them around a whole lot. That is probably because my brain was wired to look for Hot Wheels and Matchbox. Well, yesterday my brain zeroed in on that very fine Majorette logo, and I found 8 cars to quickly add to my collection. There were 2 packs, a 3 pack and a 5 pack. My eyes first found the black Golf GTI with the red and silver stripes. Then I saw the rest of the pack of 5 cars with their fairly unique look. An Audi A5 Coupe. That is not one common for the US brands, much less any Audis, except for the R8 which I have at least one if not two. A Porsche Cayenne? Nope, that is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. With a hatchback no less.

Then I saw the 3 pack with the Renault Twingo III, Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, and Jaguar F Type. I needed these to be added to my ever growing collection of diecast, and yes, my eyes are open to the world of Majorette. Something to keep my eyes open for. And more pictures when I have time to set them free. I can see the wheels on these are pretty great already.


Roadburn (Chase) – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

“I will get you out of that stasis pod! Ki-yah!!”

Roadburn is the second part of wave 4 of the Legends Class of Titans Return along with Brawn. The wave in this series is small here at the end, with only 2 figures in each wave.

“Maybe we need someone bigger to lend a hand, Brawn.” “No Bee! We can do it!!!”

Roadburn is supposed to be the Throttlebot, Chase. I read that up until very close to release, he was actually going to be Chase. But there is a Chase in Rescue Bots, and Hasbro didn’t want to confuse the kids. Oh well, Roadburn is a good name too. I was really surprised that they went with Roadburn (Chase) instead of going with everyone’s favorite second to Bumblebee, Cliffjumper. It seems that when we get a Bee, a CJ is not far behind. I do see where they were going with this idea though. The time frame of the Throttlebots more closely aligns with the Headmasters of the G1 time frame. But funny enough, Bumblebee wasn’t Bumblebee in the Throttlebots, he was Goldbug.

We only have to go back one wave to see his twin, Bumblebee. The same body design is used again for Roadburn. That is a good thing. This is a great little car, and he comes with a bit more detail in the paint department to make his look different enough.

Poor Brawn is a third wheel in this hatchback duo.

We still have a little ways to go with the Titans Returns line. This is such a fun set of figures we have seen in all of the different scales. I think Hasbro has really hit it’s stride here with the Generations line. Combiner Wars was great, the Titans Return line is better. What will we get next? Can’t wait… but first, there are more of these figures to get. Yay!


Smell Swell Lightning McQueen

Well, the stuff is coming out in droves to the store for the upcoming Cars 3 movie. The $3.99 price tag for the basic cars is way too steep for me. I was at WalMart, and they had single boxes like the old Matchbox cars. All 6 are different versions of Lightning. And all of them had come out before. I did not have the privilege of finding the Smell Swell Lightning McQueen before, so I grabbed him.

These are the same great vehicles that come in the standard packs, but they are just boxed specially. If you collect all 6 boxes, there is art that connects them. I don’t care to collect doubles, just so I can build some art.

Now, for those who don’t know Smell Swell Deodorizers is the first sponsor Lightning ever had. You can tell this is pretty early in his career. He only has the one sponsor. There are no little stickers either. Just the main Smell Swell sponsor and his light stickers. Pretty plain.

Even his “95” is a very plain font, with the lightning bolt running through it. What I like is that as he became better and got more cocky, his lightning became bigger.

This is a fun car to add to my ever growing Lightning collection. There are lots of great cars coming out, and I would not mind grabbing all of them. There is going to have to be a killer sale or price drop before I start collecting all of these though.


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