Bill Newcomer Chris. Yes I am they were less than $13 each with free shipping. I now have something to start a diorama. I plan on making a rich guy's muscle car collector garage instead of the usual service station.
5. June 2019, 01:20
Bob Hall The Leno Car Collection ! LOL !!! In 1/24 scale 1 HAAAAAA !!!!!!!!!!
Bill Newcomer With now 3 lifts and all the other stuff I'm going to need a bigger garage.
13. June 2019, 05:19
Chris Greathouse I don't know if you've chosen colors but Black with Yellow secondary colors would look pretty cool. I was look at jacks/lifts and I liked this combo. Yes I know they're nothing alike... I'm just talking the colors. [img1]
Chris Greathouse You're going to have a pimped out garage aren't you!? And yeah, Ian Google says it's 1:22.5
18. June 2019, 00:22
Bill Newcomer Chris and Ian, Good to know. I will be watchful when selecting items so they don't seem odd.
18. June 2019, 03:35
Ian Oostelbos Close enough. I put HO(1/87) with 1/72 & OO(1/76). Google makes my 30year library of useful books redundant grrr. Last resort as a matter of pride. Lol even my kids laugh at the Britannica.
18. June 2019, 08:06
Christian W That is quite interessting. Will peek here from time to time
Bill Newcomer Bob and Chris, thanks for the offers. What I need is the actual garage. I think I am going to get some 1/4" foamboard from Hobby Lobby. I think I will go for 4 bays as I have 3 lifts. But I am getting ahead of myself. I have 4 Chevelles, a Lowboy and an unstarted Freightliner to finish first.
30. June 2019, 07:26
Bob Hall You going for the home gearhead garage or a full service hot rod garage dio ?
30. June 2019, 08:01
Bill Newcomer A well equipped home hobby garage. It has to fit in my display case and be open enough to be photo studio. One thing I would need is a "Garage refrigerator" to put speed parts stickers (decals).
30. June 2019, 14:07
Bill Newcomer I finally found the refrigerator for my future diorama. Bonus...the door even opens.
27. October 2019, 06:38
Bob Hall Better have the doughnuts if you expect to have one of my police cars tuned up in your garage ! LOL !
27. October 2019, 07:01
Bill Newcomer Well it is official. I have started working on my diorama. I did as much painting as I could today. I ran out of clips on sticks. Since most of it is enamel I shouldn't touch anything until tomorrow. I also likely have more inventory that I can fit into a 4 bay shop. I have started a bin of bits to trade off.
Bill Newcomer Had the day off due to a sore back from overworking it on Saturday. Broke down and masked the 3D printed 4 post lifts for painting. I want all 3 lifts to be the same color so I am priming all the pieces white. They will eventually all be dark blue with some portions safety yellow. I also painted a few items that needed to be white. Unfortunately my pre-painted refrigerator did not go well so it is in the purple lake. I hope it survives.
13. April, 23:20
Bill Newcomer Now that my Freightliner lowboy is done, time to put it to work delivering items for my next project.
23. April, 01:11
Bob Hall That load doesn't look secure, I'm gonna need to see your CDL and Log Book !
Bill Newcomer I have been plugging away at painting and assembling my diorama items. I needed decals for them so, after many hours of searching for and manipulating files, I got them printed on decal paper.
2. May, 06:11
Bill Newcomer Could not clear coat my decals because it is too humid. I did succeed in laying huge pieces of BMF without any wrinkles on the work benches though.
3. May, 07:02
Bill Newcomer I have been away from my bench for over a week, Had to build my wife an elevated garden bed and build myself a subwoofer box for my work van. I managed to finish up my two long work benches today.
Bill Newcomer Thanks guys. I got to apply a few kit decals to some parts. I missed the opportunity to spray clear on the decals I printed. (The humidity is too high again.)
13. May, 06:17
Treehugger Any tips for working with this self adhesive metal foil? (I have this foil too and want to use it soon).
13. May, 06:17
Bill Newcomer Yep, 1) Only use "Bare Metal Foil brand some other brands have way too thick adhesive. 2) Use a BRAND NEW blade to cut it. 3) Cut a bigger piece than you need. 4) Use a cotton swap to gently press it down from the center and work your way outward. 5) Use a round toothpick at an acute angle to work it into grooves. 6) Burnish/polish it with a cotton swab. 7) Brush Future clear over it (and your decals) to keep the edges down permanently.
Bob Hall FYI - I looked in your stash, I have the same 1963 Ford Galaxie kit. It comes with an option to have a spindle and rotor to simulate a removed wheel, would look good getting worked on in your garage.
4. June, 05:18
Bill Newcomer Oh really? I do plan on building some more Fords. My cabinet is a bit GM and Mopar heavy.
4. June, 07:04
Bob Hall Yeah, it's on one of the chrome trees, I checked my kit earlier to make sure.
4. June, 07:11
Bill Newcomer Added some tools to the tool boxes and decals on the flammables locker.
Chaz Gordon Oh, so it's going to be a science fiction scene then
6. June, 11:24
Bill Newcomer Chris, Thanks. Chaz, no science, just fiction. Though Jay Leno's shop seems pretty clean.
6. June, 21:55
Chris Greathouse Jay Leno's head bobbles so much, he might run into something if he didn't keep a clean garage
All these trinkets and garage bits are awesome, it's going to be a cool Diorama!
7. June, 04:22
Bill Newcomer Thanks Chris, I have done a rough mock up with most of the major pieces. It will be full and colorful.
7. June, 05:04
Bill Newcomer I wanted to have some license plates to decorate the walls. I have been saving up some generic license plate decals (I usually make custom license plates for my builds). The other day I was in my garage and found some shiny, aluminum duct. I thought it would be great to combine them and make real aluminum plates in scale. I even rounded all the corners. If only I had a laser to make the holes...
Nigel Chapman Have you got a floor plan you can share or is it built as you go along ? Working ramps would look cool !!
8. June, 22:15
Chaz Gordon A 0.3mm drill would give scale holes, or the tip of a new sharpie lightly applied would simulate the standard black bolt heads on those licence plates, you'd need to take a tape measure to your own car to get the standard locations.
Bill Newcomer Nigel, I do have a basic floor plan. I am just keeping everyone in suspense. Chaz, too much effort for something going to be in the background. Tom, Prison/jail never and not likely. And I wanted to make more, but ran out of decals. I kind of think I may not have enough. It is going to depend on how many traffic signs I place once my order for them arrives. I also have to figure out how to make a shop banner that looks like big plastic ones for sporting events.
9. June, 03:21
Nigel Chapman Banner idea - painting/decals on vinyl ? Something like the wraps used for vehicles.
9. June, 08:31
Günther Debiscop Cool to see that you included Belgian license plates... (PN-4273)
Chris Greathouse Wow! More and more parts, every time I come by, and Like Zach said, I love the details!! and all in shiny new condition love it.
12. June, 04:26
Bill Newcomer Thank you Zach and Chris, I am coming to the end of the trinkets. I am working on the floor and walls. I had to fabricate right angle joints to hold the walls to the floor. I even designed them to present a 1/25 scale cove base at the bottom of the wall. The 2nd coat of black was sprayed this evening. I hope to have some pics of the structure this weekend.
12. June, 06:59
Bill Newcomer I bought a sheet of reflective traffic signs printed on a sheet of aluminum. I cut out the ones I plan on using. It had some generic street signs too but I think I will make my own of famous streets like Woodward Avenue and Mulholland Drive.
Bill Newcomer I am finally starting on the backdrop of my garage. I cut out the basic walls from 1/4" foamboard. I used a glue stick to apply the imitation white brick (paper) to the walls. The windows are 3D printed items from ebay that will get glazed. The floor will be multilayered: Clear plastic sheet from a $10 Walmart poster frame, checkerboard paper from Hobby Lobby, galvanized sheetmetal from Lowes and cardboard from the back of poster frame. After building most all of the trinkets in the previous pics I noticed that many of the items are very light and prone to fall over. I figured I could glue some mini magnets to the bottom of the items and use the metal floor for them to stick to. Now I can rearrange my items in the garage whenever I want because they aren't glued. As you can see by the 1/25 semi, It is decent sized. I am presently decoration the walls with signs and license plates.
16. June, 05:33
Dominik Weitzer Bill, on the 2nd / 3rd Picture is only one set from the Garage& tool shop to see. Thats why i thought, that with all stuf you build the space could be too small.
With your last update, you answered my Question
16. June, 14:30
Chaz Gordon Yup, that's plenty big for all the gear you have. Are you going to put a side door in there? It's going to look great.
16. June, 21:18
Bill Newcomer Dominik, I see where you were coming from. You were correct. WAY too much stuff for that little space. It would look more like a storage unit lol.
17. June, 02:32
Bill Newcomer Chaz, I am not likely to have a side door. The long red work benches pretty much cover up the full length of both side walls. Thank you for your idea though. If I ever build a front for it, It will have a man door in that.
Chaz Gordon Would be pretty cool to have a working inspection light with an LED in it, plugged into the wall
17. June, 11:06
Bozzer Don't forget a phone, and a laptop! All shops have those! Or pre-date to a desktop? There's always a clock on the wall too! And a washroom? Just giving you some insight Bill.
17. June, 16:17
Chaz Gordon There are a range of 1/24 Glamour poster Decals available too..... Just Sayin.
Also looking forward to seeing a 1/24 chip buttie half eaten
17. June, 17:24
Bill Newcomer Nigel, lighting yes. I have 10 scale lighting fixtures and a roll of warm white SMD LED strips. Chaz, I like the idea of a drop light. I already have the materials on hand to build many drop lights. Bozzer, I have a phone and I have been eyeing a scale laptop on ebay. Just haven't pulled the trigger. I like the clock idea. Washroom not likely as I do not have the real estate to give up for one. Chaz, posters probably not but maybe a calendar. Food maybe but I will need some people first. Thanks everyone for the input.
18. June, 03:15
Chaz Gordon Bill, we're building Vicariously through you
18. June, 08:20
Bill Newcomer Added pic of lifts and benches in a quicky mock up. There is a realistic amount of space between the cars.
Bill Newcomer Detailed up a few more items. Added an argon tank to the Miller TIG welder and attached hoses to it. Fabricated some colored hoses and attached them to the oxy-acetylene regulators. I didn't like how the flammables locker sat directly on the floor so I gave it a cove base. I also attached the spare argon tank with removable safety chain.
Bill Newcomer Thanks Chris. The decals were fun. Getting the tubing to stay put was quite a challenge.
4. July, 07:12
Bill Newcomer After a severe case of mission creep, I finally got the back wall done. I gave it the works. White brick walls, windows with glass and a scenic background. I started with just license plates, but then added road signs, street signs, auto manufacturer signs (all of which are on sheet aluminum) and finally a shop name. Comments are welcome.
Bill Newcomer Christian, I plan on doing a mostly transparent ceiling. I will have 8-10 working light fixtures when I get to that part. Unfortunately, I do not presently have the space for an additional shop sign. I built the whole thing to maximize the space of one shelf in my display case.
Chaz Gordon Bill, the cheap battery powered analogy wrist watches are really simply put together. You'd just need to pop the back off, remove the adjuster knob, or dremel out a slot in the case for it to slide out of, then carefully pull the hands off with tweezers. Make your faceplate with a hole in the middle, then push the hands back on. Alternatively, find one in a market with a face that would work as a wall clock, and grind off the strap brackets, bit of filler and paint - wall clock.
20. July, 00:48
Bill Newcomer Finally got around to attaching mini magnets to the tip over prone items. With the hidden metal floor the work great! The two post lift is much more stable and the towers stand up straighter too.
Bill Newcomer Bob, No I do not. That one is nice. Unfortunately my limited display space means only inside shop items at this time. I did paint and mount the hood you sent me last night. I'll try to post pics later this evening.
29. July, 23:58
Bob Hall Sweet ! I save that seller, he has mad crazy cool stuff at reasonable prices and free shipping on most stuff ! Looking forward to your "Grand Opening" !
30. July, 01:59
Bill Newcomer Thanks Bob. I bought my 4 post lifts from him early on in the project. Just took a pic of the left side wall with the Mustang hood.
30. July, 05:26
Tom ... Bill, she's looking amazing! Absolute top notch work!!
30. July, 07:33
Nigel Chapman Bill, is the blue hood on the wall from a Camaro? as I have the same for my Subaru build
30. July, 23:18
Munkyslut Yeah Nigel, looks like a 67-68 RS/SS hood to me mate
30. July, 23:28
Bozzer Bill, I don't want to kick you in the spuds, but I've noticed a flaw in your amazing work. There's no power points! Normally, in a shop environment like that, they'd come down the walls in a galvanized tube, about an inch diameter. You'd have to check height yourself, because our Brit regulations are different from yours. And you might want to add an emergency stop button too? Other than that, amazing details buddy
31. July, 13:57
Chaz Gordon Bozzer, there's three double US outlets on the back of the workbench.
31. July, 19:27
Bill Newcomer Bozzer, I agree. But I have invested enough time into it already. Chaz has noted the outlets on the back wall of the bench. Anyway, I am itching to get back to building cars and trucks. PS my compressor and 3 airbrushes came today.
1. August, 03:31
Bill Newcomer Got the right side wall decorated this evening. The yellow Chevelle hood is just a placeholder until I paint up a permanent replacement. Should be able to assemble and set up everything for pics tomorrow. I still have to do the LED lighting but I am no rush.
1. August, 03:39
Nigel Chapman Bill I've just noticed the row of product boxes on the bench. they look brilliant.
1. August, 18:56
Tom ... I'm blown away with how clean and crisp everything is!!
1. August, 21:41
Bill Newcomer Tom and Nigel Thanks. I was shooting for shiny and new.
1. August, 23:03
Bill Newcomer Added some magnets to the flam locker and RC machine. Added sheet metal to tire rack so the gas cans and oil pails stay put. I still have a laptop to detail and a bench grinder to fabricate. Some day I'll work on the lighting.
Bill Newcomer My friend Tim (who has a LOT of dioramas) came today bearing gifts. He gave me a super nice SnapOn tool box and a tool cart to add to my diorama. I had him come over so we could both learn how to airbrush for the first time.
23. August, 00:57
Chaz Gordon Looking real good. I did get to thinking though, someone with a workshop that well equipped is going to have a lot of Buddies hanging out, they're going to need somewhere to sit while they have a beer with you. Think a Bench Seat couch is in order. I'll bet you have a body shell or two in your spares box that you could make a front or rear end couch out of.
23. August, 01:05
Bill Newcomer Chaz, I agree with you. My problem is I have more contents than space now. I have even gone from 4 bays to just 3. I have also given away some of my extra items. I would not mind growing it if I had more display space, but I do not (yet).
23. August, 01:43
Nigel Chapman How about an upper story as a man cave ? You could have car derived furniture, TV etc....
23. August, 06:15
Bill Newcomer Nigel, I thought of that but again no display space and also moving away from my original intent which was a nice backdrop for photographing recently completed builds.
23. August, 07:07
Chaz Gordon Its really simple bill, you need to move house so you can appease the vicarious build desires of your mates.
Munkyslut I want to live in a warehouse just like Dan Tanna & fill it full of mechanical man shit & old toys
25. August, 08:38
Chaz Gordon Munky, the warehouse apartment is a great idea in the USA, particularly in southern California. It is a frightening idea in the UK, You'd have to be a multi-millionaire just to be able to pay the heating bill
25. August, 09:43
Nigel Chapman Do it on the cheap Munky and move into your garage.
25. August, 21:06
Munkyslut Haha! Funnily enough mate I just crawled out of the garage after a day tearing down the motor out of my Challenger.......... if I had a bed in there I might have stayed put
25. August, 21:40
Munkyslut That dio is looking better every day Bill
That's the beauty of a dio........ constant detail changes, it just keeps on giving
25. August, 21:43
Spanjaard amazing build you are doing! great idea to use the magnets.
25. August, 22:43
Bill Newcomer Thank you all. The magnets work great. I can pick up the whole thing and transport it outdoors and back in with only a few items moving about. It will greatly save setup time if I ever get to go to a model show again.