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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.


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

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)

10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels


Road Trip – 5310 miles and an uncountable number of toy stops

I went on a 3 1/2 week road trip across America. We started here in California, went the northern route across Montana and North Dakota. We ended up in Wisconsin to see some friends before turning back and going across Nebraska and Iowa to see some friends in Colorado. From there it was a hard push home back to California. In all is was 5310 miles towing a travel trailer. There were lots of breaks along the way, mostly at Walmarts. Most of them were bust, but when I hit it big, It was really worth the stop.

In Star Wars, I was able to find the much desired Ashoka Tano. Along with her, I found the new Luke, Jango, and Kanan Jarrus.

In Colorado, there were clearance Halo 5 figures I didn’t yet have at Target. Looks like Target is clearing out most of their toy departments here at summer.

Marvel Legends proved to be very good. I first only found Iron Man for the Giant Man series. Then I hit it big time and found the rest of the wave. I also found Agent Venom at a Walgreens. I went in looking for the new figure, Namor, but came away with a super figure. It was also on sale, listed as Ant-Man, so that was an extra bonus.

In Transformers, I found the first wave of Legends figures in the Titan’s Return. Later I found the First wave of the Deluxe figures. They are so sweet looking. I also found a couple of Robots in Disguise figures. Quillfire was the first figure I found on the trip, early on just a few days in.

In Power Rangers, I found some great stuff, including Titano Charge Megazord, and the Archelon Zord. I found the missing charger I needed to complete the numbered part of the charges, and I found yellow ranger from Super Megaforce.

Then there were the randoms. Planes – Tractor Buck, TMNT – Dire Beaver, a couple of Hot Wheels, and two packs of MiniMates that were exclusive to Walgreens.

It was a great 3 1/2 weeks of travel. And getting to stop often to stretch the legs and look for good stuff in random states made some of the boring driving better.  I left in the middle of reviewing the Marvel Legends Absorbing Man series, and had more in Transformers I was ready to look at.   Not to mention some of the Japanese figures I have gotten my hands on right before I left.   There is a lot of stuff I was ready to tackle, and now the pile is huge.   Glad I have a few more weeks before school starts up again, and my life is sucked up with teaching.

Hot Wheels – Iron Man and Hulkbuster Iron Man

These two make a great combination. First off, the metallic dark red is a beautiful color. Match it with lots of gold chrome, and it looks amazing.

The Iron Man car (#1) looks like something that Tony would concoct to get a suit to him quickly. I could see this drive down the road and transform to go onto his body. It has jet engines in the back, and a bit of clear blue plastic here and there for a great additional touch.

The Hulkbuster Iron Man (#19) is even more amazing. Now this one, I could see driving suits around waiting to be called into action. It has the matching metallic red and gold chrome.

Of course the Hulkbuster suit was not much without Iron Man inside to control it. Fear not, this version of the Hulkbuster also fits the Iron Man car into the back. Iron Man fits in there nice and tight. There are some indents in the floor of the truck bed that allows the Iron Man car to stay in place very well.

This is a fantastic vehicle for car collectors, comic collectors, and the kids who just want to play. I would be very sad to see this paint job get ruined by rough play, but then it will be a “Battle Damaged” version, right?

Hot Wheels 2016 Collection is hitting shelves…

The 2016 Hot Wheels have started to hit the shelves.  Once again we are not done with 2015, but like real cars, we have to move on before the year the model is released.  This time around, they are doing away with the overarching themes and going a bit more personal with smaller collections.  They have badges to go with each set of cars.  Some of them are going to be pretty good sets, while others will be total passes for me.  I will point out a few of the sets I am looking forward to, and then there will be a list of all badges at the bottom.

Mild to Wild – This one should be a lot of fun.  Find the car in a street version, and then look for the muscled up version.


Then and Now – One of my favorite sets from the past… as long as I can find both the “Then” and the “Now.”


Muscle Mania – Can’t go wrong here.  Muscle cars are the best!  4 New Models!


HW Showroom – Usually a great list of classics.  6 out of 10 are New Models!

HW Exotics – Porsche, Lamb0, McLaren – This is the line to find all of your super fast street cars… though no Ferraris this time around.

Night Burnerz – I always look forward to the Night Burnerz, usually Japanese type cars.  This time around 6 out of 10 are going to be New Models!

Speed Graphics – We usually get some pretty good paint schemes with racing decos on these guys.

Hot Wheels Race Team – Can’t go wrong here.  There are some good race cars coming out. Corvette C7.R and the SRT Viper GTS-R.  There will be a few HW designs in there that I will skip.

Super Chromes – I will wait and see on this one.  They could be pretty good looking all chromed out.


The rest of the list.   Not a lot new going on in the rest of the series.   We do get the Batman V. Superman Batmobile that will be pretty fun.  The rest of the Batman line is repaints, and probably some dumb paints at that.  How many Classic TV Series Batmobiles do we really need?  There is a 1973 BMW that will go with the 100th Birthday line of 5 cars.  Flames is a complete repaint team with flames painted on it.  The X-Racers are back with clear bodies. Then there are some of the most dreaded.  Street Beasts…ugh!  More cars that look like animals.   There are some Dino Riders that are also animal themed.  Then there are the cars that have tools attached to them.

We follow those up with fairly vanilla offerings.  Video Game cars, Solar/Electric vehicles, and a smattering of real-world vehicles in Emergency and City Works.  Once again we get to see some airplanes squished down in size to fit on a card.  We have snow racers and trucks, daredevil vehicles, and cars painted to look like art.  Let’s not forget the new found love for attaching Minifigs to our Hot Wheels in the Ride-Ons set, though some will be excited about a new Minecraft car.  We finish off with Glow Wheels that will be pretty fun to watch go around the track in the dark.

We follow those up with fairly vanilla offerings.  Video Game cars, Solar/Electric vehicles, and a smattering of real-world vehicles in Emergency and City Works.  Once again we get to see some airplanes squished down in size to fit on a card.  We have snow racers and trucks, daredevil vehicles, and cars painted to look like art.  Let’s not forget the new found love for attaching Minifigs to our Hot Wheels in the Ride-Ons set, though some will be excited about a new Minecraft car.  We finish off with Glow Wheels that will be pretty fun to watch go around the track in the dark.



New Year, New Display

I built this display out of necessity. The need for shelf space taken up by Hot Wheels. I figured if I could make something on the wall, I could save a ton of flat space.

This is made with 3 pieces of the foam core board. Black on black (meaning black foam in the middle. I used two inch strips to make the shelves, spaced 2 inches apart. That leaves one space double-tall at one part. I had enough left over for a second display on top that is made 7 inches tall with a 2 inch shelf half way.

The shelving his held together with sewing pins in the back and on the sides. That makes it really strong, and at some point I could foreseeable take it apart again, and make it into something else, but I probably won’t.

So, I ended up with room for 80 Hot Wheels, 31 Legion Class Transformers, and my Big Hero 6 collection on top. Of course, you can always set the sizes differently for whatever you want to display.

It was really easy to make, little to no mess. Definitely no glue mess. And it helped clear up a lot of room around the shelving in other places.

Hot Wheels New Model – Let’s Go – #165

This year we see the continuation of the Mini Figure trend in Hot Wheels.  The 2014 version is called Let’s Go.  I think this is a very thin take on Lego.  Last year we saw our first Mini Fig car with the Fig Rig.  It was a Hot Wheels scale truck with a lot of extra posts and handles added on.   This time around, it is a Mini Fig scale go-cart.

It is clear that more design went into this one, toward the idea of it fitting into the scale of the mini figs.  There is an actual seating area for the figure in the Let’s Go.  The Let’s Go also has a few more places to hold on than the Fig Rig, and they are integrated a little better too.

Hang off the back in an insane attempt to hold back your competition.

Better yet, hang upside down off the front as a wind screen for the driver, or for showing off at the circus.

In addition, there is a post on the top of the engine for a one leg balancing act, two handles on either side of the engine, and it looks like the exhaust port is the right size for a Lego post.  It looks like this car is a lot more interactive than the Fig Rig.   It is a fun car to play with, and for kids, it is crossing toy lines, so that makes for even more fun.   What do you collectors think?  Wanna see more of these cross-industry vehicles?

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