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Re: Diorama Advice/Help Thread

Postby Creature22 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:27 pm

Destorogoji wrote:I'm working on my city diorama, but I still have no clue on how can I make the streets, Should I print them?, Or maybe just paint them?


I think painting them looks infinitely better then printing, if you want to make it or choose the easily affordable option. When I made my animated film a few years back I used a few sets that I had made and used over the years, including some old wooden slates that were spray-painted green and had printed out streets glued onto them, but they didn't look that good. Painted roads look a lot better and don't peel off or look out of place, plus they're pretty easy to make, so I did a new layout with some roads and added fake grass and moss for realism.

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Postby Destorogoji » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:56 am

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Destorogoji wrote:I'm working on my city diorama, but I still have no clue on how can I make the streets, Should I print them?, Or maybe just paint them?


I think painting them looks infinitely better then printing, if you want to make it or choose the easily affordable option. When I made my animated film a few years back I used a few sets that I had made and used over the years, including some old wooden slates that were spray-painted green and had printed out streets glued onto them, but they didn't look that good. Painted roads look a lot better and don't peel off or look out of place, plus they're pretty easy to make, so I did a new layout with some roads and added fake grass and moss for realism.

Thank you! I will put that in practice!
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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:10 am

What the best scale for XPLUS or Neca Pacific Rim figures? I don't want the buildings to be too small but I don't want them too big either. I'm not looking for exact scaling just a broad range. I don't want anything that's too out of scale but it don't need to be 100% accurate either.
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Postby goji89 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:13 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:What the best scale for XPLUS or Neca Pacific Rim figures? I don't want the buildings to be too small but I don't want them too big either. I'm not looking for exact scaling just a broad range. I don't want anything that's too out of scale but it don't need to be 100% accurate either.


For X plus I'd go with N scale buildings.

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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:23 am

I was looking at some N scale on Ebay earlier. Thanks.
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Postby TheRadness » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:03 pm

I found a printable cityscape floor, that I believe had something to do with ultra act possibly? It's not the papercraft style building they released. It was literally just a city floor, like streets and blank plots for buildings.

Anyone have any clue what I'm talking about? haha Would love to print it out.

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Postby Birdman » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:36 pm

What scale of buildings would fit well next to the SHF Ultraman stuff?
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Postby Destorogoji » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:19 am

Birdman wrote:What scale of buildings would fit well next to the SHF Ultraman stuff?

Hi, sorry for the date.
Probably Z Scale, that would put them between 30-40 meters.

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After a long time of printing and reusing the same papercraft buildings, I've been thinking about making my own printable designs.
My question is: Does anyone knows about a good software to design my own buildings and get the scale right?
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Postby cmdmstudios » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:27 am

Destorogoji wrote:
Birdman wrote:What scale of buildings would fit well next to the SHF Ultraman stuff?

Hi, sorry for the date.
Probably Z Scale, that would put them between 30-40 meters.

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After a long time of printing and reusing the same papercraft buildings, I've been thinking about making my own printable designs.
My question is: Does anyone knows about a good software to design my own buildings and get the scale right?


Sketchup is a free 3D modeling software made specifically for architecture. I'm sure it could help greatly in making plans for paper buildings.
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Postby godzilla1541 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:09 am

Bandai is putting out buildings !! A true blessing from the collector gods https://instagram.com/p/Bh6t4KzAs0e/
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Postby goji89 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:04 pm

godzilla1541 wrote:Bandai is putting out buildings !! A true blessing from the collector gods https://instagram.com/p/Bh6t4KzAs0e/


:shock: ......About damn time.

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Postby morbidmovies » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:40 pm

Apparently the Bandai buildings are capsule toys. Guessing that's going to increase the cost and difficulty of finding them.
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Postby goji89 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:53 pm

morbidmovies wrote:Apparently the Bandi buildings are capsule toys. Guessing that's going to increase the cost and difficulty of finding them.


That sucks, but its true. I searched for these and they are hard to find, having to use middleman services.....*sigh, oh well*

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Postby Dramorg » Tue May 01, 2018 3:43 am

goji89 wrote:
morbidmovies wrote:Apparently the Bandi buildings are capsule toys. Guessing that's going to increase the cost and difficulty of finding them.


That sucks, but its true. I searched for these and they are hard to find, having to use middleman services.....*sigh, oh well*


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Postby morbidmovies » Wed May 02, 2018 10:30 am

Dramorg wrote:
goji89 wrote:
morbidmovies wrote:Apparently the Bandi buildings are capsule toys. Guessing that's going to increase the cost and difficulty of finding them.


That sucks, but its true. I searched for these and they are hard to find, having to use middleman services.....*sigh, oh well*


CSToys offers them for 3,66$ each.
https://www.cstoysjapan.com/collections ... fect-parts


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Postby goji89 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:33 am

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Can anyone help a brother out? I need to know how people create this smoke effect.....any tutorial or if you happen to know how I appreciate it thanks.

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Postby Zarm » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:41 am

I know absolutely nothing about anything- but it kind of looks like spray-foam (the kind used for insulation), carved and then flocked, somehow, to give it those fuzzy edges?

Alternatively, it could be cotton of some sort over a rigid carved core beneath; it's hard to tell.

Like I said, I have never built anything like this, and am just offering my novice impression of what I'm seeing in the photo.
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Postby goji89 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:58 am

Zarm wrote:I know absolutely nothing about anything- but it kind of looks like spray-foam (the kind used for insulation), carved and then flocked, somehow, to give it those fuzzy edges?

Alternatively, it could be cotton of some sort over a rigid carved core beneath; it's hard to tell.

Like I said, I have never built anything like this, and am just offering my novice impression of what I'm seeing in the photo.


Ah yes, Ive thought and tried those methods and it doesnt look that good. Maybe with practice but I've looked for tutorials and hell, it seems like its a big secret kept close to the chest.

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Re: Diorama Advice/Help Thread

Postby canofhumdingers » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:12 pm

Well, someone posted some videos in the other thread but it’s no secret. Just the right materials and lots of practice. Some people use cotton balls, others use various forms of stuffing for pillows, cushions, stuffed animals, etc.

The basic idea is you create a base structure, glue the material on and stretch it into the appropriate shape and paint it. For getting such a specific shape (specifically the billowy smoke effect at the back) he probably used some sort of spray adhesive to help hold it in place. For the stretched out fast moving rocket exhaust he probably glued it to a wire (he’s got to have a wire or post holding the missies) as he stretched it out thin. It’s also quite possible that he gently trimmed the stuffing/cotton as he pulled it into shape to help refine the look.


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