Making an amazing beach diorama like this is much easier than it looks... Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee as I take you through each step of the process building this hyper-realistic diorama
Building large dioramas with such big water features can be a bit of a daunting challenge which is why I decided to film this tutorial, when it's broken down in to easy manageable steps the entire process is not as difficult as it first seems.
There was a number of different specialist tools I used in creating the scene however the main feature which is the ocean water and the wave required no special tools. Although the resin can get a bit costly! All up I used about 1.2 liters of resin which will set you back approximately $60.
If there was one tool I can 100% recommend for anyone getting into the hobby or even if you've been in the hobby for a while and want to take it to the next level you'll definitely want to grab a static grass applicator... They definitely make the biggest difference in getting scenes to look realistic. There are a number of different manufacturers like Woodland Scenics and Noch who sell applicators or you can even try making your own home made version.
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In this tutorial I'll step you through the exact process I use to build these extremely realistic utility poles!
Utility poles like this are found just about everywhere on the planet however more often than not when I see a great looking scene of a model railroad town it is missing these common details.
Utility poles tend to blend in with the environment and go mostly un-noticed which is why they are often forgotten about when creating our layouts but when you do add these details to the scene you'll be very surprised at just how big a difference it truly makes!
There are a number of 3D printed details included in this build and I understand that a lot of you will not have the ability to 3D print your own details... but that shouldn't stop you from being able to recreate these awesome utility poles, I have included an area on my website with extra information that will show you a company called shapeways where you can upload 3D files and they will print and post the printed objects right to your door.
Additionally on that page you'll also find all the 3D printer files as well as specific measurements, templates and materials.
One of the details that makes the biggest difference with these utility poles apart from the 3D printed details are the actual electrical lines. Getting them looking just right can sometimes be a bit of a challenge however as I'll show in the video it's not as difficult as it seems.
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Trees are a vital part to building a realistic diorama and there are good trees but there are also bad trees! Let’s focus on making the good trees!
This tree is a small clip from an upcoming diorama of a countryside scene with a train passing by. There will be a number of these trees that will populate the front of the diorama.
In the video above has been condensed down from approximately 1 hour of building into just under 1 minute, a tree like this on average will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to build. The only reason it took over a hour in the video was so that I could film the stop motion sequence at the same time.
Below is another shorter video showing the tree at each stage.
There are a couple of techniques used on this tree:
This style of tree is quite time consuming but the end result is fantastic, having a few of these trees at the front of the layout where they will be seen more readily is ideal and you can fill up the background with cheaper less time consuming trees.
One of my favorite features to add in any model scene is water. Whenever I see a layout that has a water feature I'm always drawn towards it and from what I've observed on not only my YouTube channel but many others as well is that water effect tutorial videos tend to be much more popular than most others.
For the next tutorial video I'll be building a small river scene.
As part of the scene I've been doing a few test printing a small boat to include, so far the results have been fantastic and with a small amount of paint and a figure I think the scene will come out just how I'm planning.
With the boat loosely placed on one of my older dioramas and a figure near by you can get an idea of how the boat will create a much more dynamic look and feel to the scene.
The boat is a model downloaded online from thingiverse and is surprisingly detailed, the model is separated into 35 printable parts however I printed it as an assembled model.
By importing the parts into TinkerCad I was able to position the components to build the 3D model and export the completed boat. Doing it this way enabled me to assemble and print the main boat as one piece and then assemble and print the motor and paddles as separate pieces.
The model is printed on the Anycubic Photon, I usually prefer using the Anycubic Clear Green resin however for this model I tried using the Monocure Grey resin which worked well. I improved the resolution by lowering the layer height to 0.03mm and set the exposure time to 12 seconds which seemed to work well.
With the green resin I could probably lower the exposure time to about 8 seconds which would improve print times!
And if building a diorama for this boat seems like too much hard work you'll be happy to know the boat actually floats!
As I progress with the upcoming diorama I'll post updates here so be sure to check back.
In most of my previous videos I've always been striving to create scenes that might be seen in every day life and as realistic as I can get it... However in this next video I'm still using the same techniques to create realistic scenery but the main difference is I'll be creating a scene/diorama that sits atop a pillar of earth with visible sewerage pipes and a subway underneath that overall shows a scene that would be more likely to be in a fantasy or sci-fi type scene.
Overall the scene will encompass a house situated on a pillar of earth with the edges appearing to be breaking away and details typically hidden by soil will be exposed.
The entire scene will be detailed including lighting effects and interior house details.
Interior house details will also be included, for the most part the interior details will be hidden however if someone decides to take a closer look at the model they will be presently surprised that the interior includes tables, chairs and even a TV.
The 3D printer I use to create the tiny HO scale details including this HO scale garage which will sit beside the house is the Anycubic Photon Resin 3D printer which I have shown in previous videos. I have been using this printer for the past 6 months and every time I take a model off the printer I'm always impressed with the amazing detail it resolves.
Stay tuned for updates, this upcoming tutorial will be full of new tips and tricks!