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MUSEUM display base 1-32nd scale

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  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
MUSEUM display base 1-32nd scale
Posted by gregbale on Friday, November 17, 2017 11:41 AM

I love to photograph my models against photo backdrops; so when my recent Hobbycraft 1/32 SPAD XIII was completed, I went looking for suitable 'aerodrome' backgounds to use. The best ones I found---no surprise---were authentic period photos in b&w. "They'd make great background murals for a museum display...," I thought to myself.

CLANG!

I already had a pre-made Imex case of a suitable size, and lots of foamboard for the main construction. The internet provided the mural photos, as well as posters, signs and an aged-looking 48-star flag. Finishing-touch extras were more online textures for the period-looking 'barn slat' panels under the murals, the 'terrain' under the display space itself...and the floor tiles. With the latter printed out on glossy photo-paper, it looks like the attentive museum staff just finished waxing and buffing the floors! Sign fixtures and posts were the only styrene used.

The fire extinguisher is another photo-image; recessed behind clear acetate 'glass,' it looks eerily three-dimensional in scale.

The skylight was an add-on to give a little depth and interest to the scene. Having studied photo after photo of the NASM SPAD 'Smith IV' in what appears (in the photos, at least) to be a rather dark little corner, I decided to give my corner a bit of additional illumination.

A fun little project which only took a couple days' work, mostly in assembling and sizing the images. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Greg

 

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, November 17, 2017 12:05 PM

That's so cool! Really nice job all around!

-Andy

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Friday, November 17, 2017 8:36 PM

Hi,

That's very clever and it looks great too.  Surprise

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    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 17, 2017 9:41 PM

Outstanding.. great concept and rendition! All the times I've looked at museum displays and photos and never thought of doing one in scale - duh.

Mike

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, December 02, 2017 7:19 PM

Yeah, that's a great idea! Nice work!!!

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, December 02, 2017 11:43 PM

That is a really cool idea. I like what did a lot.

 

 

 

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    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, December 03, 2017 6:23 AM

Thanks, guys, I appreciate the feedback!

One of the great joys of the 'Internet age' is that when an idea like this pops into your head, you can start playing and experimenting with it right away, instead of having to tuck it away in the 'I'll get to it one of these days' pile. The posters and the flag sort of fleshed out the original idea...but touches like the fire extinguisher and the gift shop sign make it fun.

Greg

 

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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