Scale Race Shop Diorama
page is to help you build a 1/24 (1/25) scale garage or shop of
we get into the various parts, here are some quick links to save
Accessories - That page has accessroies you can add to your
diorama, such as shop tools, road work signs, furniture, etc.
You can make your own accessories, but if you want to just buy
some already made, you can find them there.
Figures - People figures if you want to add some to your
shp / diorama. Some are prepainted, some you can paint yourself.
Some require assembly.
I'm going to list some products that I used, or can be used to
help build a diorama. It could be a barn, garage, shop, gas staton,
whatever you think would be a good building to show off your car
and truck models.
Academy Gas Station Model
- I used this kit as a basis. It isn't always available, but
if you want some basics, such as the front walls, gas pump island,
signs, and some shop tools, it's not a bad deal.
Base - A wood base is probably the best. Wood glue and CA
glue both work well to hold it together and glue items to it.
I ordered some pieces online, but Lowes carries similar wood
pieces already cut. I also cut one of them to add walls to my
shop and make it larger for more car models. The larger the
diorama, the more room you will have for parking car models
on it (remember, it needs to fit through a doorway when you're
finished building it!).
Diamond Plate - This is useful for building shop boxes,
floors, just about anything. If you have a welder in the shop,
chances are there will be steel work benches and other things
made from steel and diamond plate around the garage.
Plastic - For fabricating anything, sheets of plastic are
handy to make whatever you want. They are made in different
thicknesses. The thick sheets are good for making furniture,
boxes, shelves. The thin sheets are good for covering floors
or walls (if you use wood walls in your diorama, the grain can
look out of scale. Covering the wood with plastic sheets will
smotth that out and it will look better).
Sale Signs - These are good for cheap plastic sheeting.
It's not the same quality as Evergereen or Plastruct, or JTT,
but for covering a wall or floor, they're a real cheap alternative.
They also come in sheets that are larger than 8 x 10 if you
have a large area to cover.(you can of course use othe signs,
such Keep Out or Bad Dog. They're all made from the same plastic
- I used stairs to get to the upper deck. Plastuct makes those
in G-scale (basically 1/24 or 1/22) if you build a second floor
on your project.
Glue - To glue different materials together, you need a
CA glue (commonly known sometimes as super glue). I use Zap-A-Gap.
It dries quickly and works very well. Sometimes to well, so
make sure you really want to glue something together before
you do - if you change your mind it can be hard to break the
bond. Take all safety precautions and be careful with this type
- There are dozens of wood glues, Elmers seems to work well.
It's a good way to make sure the wood walls and the wood base
all get joined with a good bond. You can also drill small holes
and use pins, such as cutting down small nails, to add to the
bond. (wood dowels can work if you get some small enough). Rememebr,
you will probably be moving and transporting your diorama, so
you don't want any walls moving around. You want a good foundation
to build on.
Rods and Tubes - These are shapes to make things with. They
are available in different diameters.
Plastic Sheets - I used a Plastruct brick sheet on one wall.
They are available in diffeerent scales, including G (1/24-1/22).
But any scale can work since bricks in real life come in many
shapes and sizes. These are good for walls, fences, planters
- I've used sponges in previous dioramas and buildings, they
are good for plants and hedges. You can see how those work in
my book Scale
Furniture - You don't see these very often, you usually
have to order them directly from Plastruct. They make a great
assortment of 1/24 scale furniture, from bath tubs to refridgerators,
to sofas, sinks, tables and chairs. I used some of them to make
parts for my diorama. Download
their PDF catalog, and go to page 87. See part HLK-24.
That set has 7 pieces all together, some of which I used. The
plastic is real soft, easy to cut and modify. It can be tricky
to get primer or paint to stick to them, but for the price,
they are worth using when you can.
that when building, sometimes you have to think out of the box
some. Anything can be used for constructing objects. I used misc.
model parts, but also items like toothpicks and soda straws. If
it's the right shape, and you can cut or alter it, the CA glue
will usually bond it to whatevere else you need to make something.
- I used spray paint throughout the build, and primer is a must,
especially on the wood. The driveway was painted with enamal house
paint. I bought a quart of flat black, already mixed in the can,
for about $ 9.00 at Lowes. Cheaper than using several cans of
spray paint, and it will cover the wood and primer much better.
of the supplies I used to build my shop diorama were items I collected
over the years. But I still tried to save money and build it as
cheap as I could. So use materials you already have when you can.
Keep an eye out for any free sheet plastics from friends and family,
maybe even from where you work. Watch out for odd plastic shapes
you might be able to use. Parts from broken printers or old phones,
or whatever. Save all those in a box and build up your stash.
to Make a
Scale Gas Station
a Gas Pump