Build an Awesome River Diorama – Realistic Scenery Vol.22


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Have you ever wondered what a Bob Ross painting would look like in 3D… the kind of 3D you can put your hand through! Then this tutorial is for YOU.

I’ve watched lots of Bob Ross painting videos and I’ve seen countless others attempt their versions of ‘The Joy of Painting’ episodes and I guess now it’s my turn. For this tutorial I’ve decided to model a painting Bob Ross did in season 12, episode 8. It depicts a grassy field with distant trees and a stream running towards the front of the frame with a small waterfall.

I chose this particular episode because of its scale, a lot of Bob Ross painting depict very distant hills and large bodies of water however I wanted to try and stick to building a scene that was 1:87th scale so I was going to need a scene a little more compact. 1:87th scale aka HO scale is the scale I typically work in and it is the most popular scale among model railroaders.

So come along on this journey as I take you through all the steps involved in creating an awesome diorama that will amaze anyone who is lucky enough to see it in person!

All of the techniques I use to create this diorama scene are standard techniques used for model railroading, the products I used can mostly be found at good model railroad hobby shops. I tend to use a lot of Woodland Scenics mainly because they are easy for me to find and purchase locally.

Extra Files:

Additional content that will help you recreate and follow along with the build, some of the 3D printer files are still experimental and may require some tinkering in order to get them to print successfully. Also, nearly all of the 3D printer files are designed for resin 3D printers, trying to print them using a filament 3D printer may not be possible!

But in any case, I hope you enjoy the extra content.


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