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Any ideas or suggestions ..... basically HELP!

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  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Currently my kitchen
Any ideas or suggestions ..... basically HELP!
Posted by Meriman on Friday, February 10, 2017 11:58 PM


I have just bought a house with the perfect location for a forced perspective diorama, or at least that's what I see in my mind.

There is a window that has to filled in which is about 2 m x 1m by 20cm deep, and I was wondering if a forced perspective diorama couild be built inside the space?

My worry is that it's to shallow to get any real depth to it, failing that if anyone has any ideas of some sort of 3D trompe loi (can't spell that) then I'm all ears.

I love the idea of putting tiny fibre optics or LEDs in it, happy to model landscape, use mural back drops, you name it.

Id like it to have some sort of science fiction or space theme, even cartoon might be fun like the busy opening scene from Futurama?

Basically I'm open to any suggestions you good folk might have.  Even if it's don't be mad, just fill it in with plaster board and hang a picture on it. 

Thanks for your time, I look forward to any thoughts.

  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, February 13, 2017 9:10 PM

20cm is a considerable distance.

Except that the 2m height makes a single point perspective tricky.

You could experiment with this by poking a thumbtack in the back surface as the vanishing point, then using string to extend to the corners.  The angles get very dramatic rather quickly.

Although, what might be cool would be to bend the perspective some.

Say, put the vanishing point near the L/R centerline, and say, about 1.5m up (near eye level). then lay the back out as if it were the ground.  Plenty of room to array 1/144, 1/72, 1/48 a/c over that "ground."

But, in reality, I'd probably split the space in two, hav ethe lower half be just display shelves.  Then, do the forced perspective in the remainder, which would have much simpler angles for being only 100x100x20.

My inclination would be for a hillside or a high-rise cityscape that could be populated with all sorts of things at various scales.

That's my 2¢ at least


  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Currently my kitchen
Posted by Meriman on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:20 AM

Hi Cap,

Thanks very much for the advice.

I'll have a play about as you suggested and see what takes my fancy :)

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:26 AM

Only advice I can give you is to try mocking the thing up before you start it. Use models you already have, even toys if you don't place them where you want them and move them around till you have something like what you like. You can use wood blocks or books for buildings and make anything you don't have with cardboard mock-ups. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Michigan
Posted by tonka on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:15 PM

Maybe look at some of the old Shep Paine shadowboxes. He did a great job of forcing perspective by limiting the view. In your case maybe close in the view smaller with a nice frame but have the dio open up behind it. Hard to describe.

try looking here:



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