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1961 Porsche 356 b Junkyard / barn find Diorama

THIS PORSCHE DIORAMA was a blast to create! I had spent a considerable amount of time deciding the tone of the diorama...a barn...backyard...junkyard...woods...swamp...all of these came to mind. Needless to say I will be pursuing all of these environments in the near future, but I settled on a combination junkyard/swamp environment. The sagebrush tree was a superb accent for the backdrop and the handmade cattails really add that extra something. I also decided to remove the tires and put the car on blocks. I finished the scene off with a healthy dosage of handmade barbed wire, maple leaves and a gloss top coat around the cattails for a wet look.

Once all body finishing was complete I moved on to the details that add character to the model:

  • Faded hints of its Desert Tan paint give clues as to its magnificent factory origins. Also, this is one of the very the first models I'm offering with a base process that has taken several months to develop. By combining my own balanced combination of complex reactive mineral components specially ordered from Croatia, I'm able to produce the impression of natural rust with organic color variations. These components are meticulously applied to panel locations where the original finish would be vulnerable to decay. The process provides for unmatched beauty and an authentic appearance of which I am very proud of.
  • There are nine enamel colors used, each with up to ten different shades to produce the realistic effects you see on this model. The rust streaks were strategically and precariously placed with five different applications of masking to provide just the right amount of rot you would expect to see on a prototypical vehicle that's been sitting in a junkyard for 50 years.
  • The diorama base is very heavy as it is actual gravel. It has been carefully constructed to bring about the most authentic appearance possible. 
  • A piece of rough sawn red oak is cut to scale and is used as a broken fence post that is attached to a handmade line of barbed wire. The barbed wire is attached to the dead maple tree on the other end. I carefully predrilled into the core so it may be screwed to the base without stress fractures. 
  • One of my favorite accents; painstakingly precision-cut maple leaves, authentic in scale, are found scattered all over the diorama base. Cut from real leaves, with roughly half dyed red and yellow for an autumn feel, these leaves feature natural "veins" and texture for a true-to-life appearance. 
  • Strands of hay cover the vehicle all over to add that fine extra accent. 
  • Vintage signage from a vast library of vintage material was used to create a 1961 Georgia license plate found on the dash and several magazines. Most signage relates directly to the year of manufacturing of the model and as you'll find here that is true; 1961. 
  • The magazines you see here are placed into a handmade cardboard box and are authentic publications printed to scale including micro print on the inside of two sheets of thick photo paper. Included here you'll find two Life's, an Esquire and a Ciné with beautiful Claudia Cardinale. You'll also find a twisted rope in the box as well.
  • The front and rear windows were removed and shattered glass can be found in place of it as well as shards of shattered glass all over the hood and trunk. Take note of the scaled flowers growing out of the windshield and headlamp for that added barnyard touch!
  • The tires have been removed and are loosely stacked at the rear and are appropriately weathered. The model rims show how gravity would pool rain water into the base of the rims which is where you'll find that light hint of green algae coating.
  • The car is sitting on blocks that are secured to the organic base. The car can be turned facing in either direction.
  • The engine block is coated with gummy oil as is undercarriage. You can almost breathe in and smell that engine grime! 
  • One long rusty chain like the one you'd expect to be used to pull the prototypical vehicle from the barn is shown loosely wrapped around the tree branch.
  • Cattails are growing in the corner where it would be moist at a lower elevation. This area is also coated with a gloss acrylic to show the slight water keeping them healthy.


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