It’s been a while since I posted a dio build, and have yet to on the new and improved site. I’ve been working on vehicles for some time now, but recently decided that a dio was in order. This build started as a 1/20 scale Penske PC4, which is a racecar.
All was going just fine until, at the very end, a big flake of painted chipped off!! in a very obvious place.
As I went about repairing this, decided instead of fixing it, that it might be better to build a dio, of race cars in a shop! I know, off topic, so I won’t go on and on, but thought you might enjoy seeing some of it:
Like a few of my other builds, this one is an old industrial building, repurposed. As it’s sort of an odd scale for dios, I scratch built the mill, tool lockers, and whatnot.
The quality of the few figures I could find is pretty nice - more about Mr Grumpy here later.
Outside we go:
I want the openings to be big enough to see inside, but not so big that they look ridiculous. The windows are left over from other projects - and this is all dry fit, with plenty more to do.
And finally, back to Mr Grumpy - I decided to post this build because I thought about Jerry Rutman and Romain as I went about my business of, well, making him look a bit happier, if not a bit relieved .
In addition to having enjoyed their comments, help, and input on several project, I continue to learn a lot from Jerry’s work (yes, I lurk!) and always look back to Romain and his work with fond memory!
So, on we go:
Yes - tips from Jerry and Romain stuck in my mind as I went about cutting the head off of an expensive resin figure, then adapting him to a new, and hopefully convincing “outlook” and of course, the generous use of lead foil (he has pockets in the back, belt loops etc) - the latter being among the top ten best things I’ve learned as a model builder - I use it for everything, which is a direct influence of Jerry.
A few of the other figures received similar “corrective surgeries”. Eventually they’ll get some paint - the really tough part - and yes, I will be trying to remember Jerry and Romain’s suggestions as that begins!