So when I made the first three Dioramas, my phone, email and facebook page blew up. It actually made me realize how many Back To The Future Fans there were that were just as crazy as me. Back when I made the first one, Lyon Estates 1955, I accidentally ordered 2 Vitesse Deloreans. The other one has sat on my shelf in my workshop untouched. So I asked my facebook fans what diorama I should make with it. As most of you know I like original ideas, scenes that maybe not everyone would make. And one of my fans suggested the scene where we first ever saw the Delorean. Backing out of Doc Browns Van covered in a pillow of smoke.
The first step will be to do what I did with my 3 other Deloreans. Take them apart, clean them, repaint all the details to make it movie accurate. Though these models are great, they are still massed produced and lack tons of detail, especially on the interiors.
So I will take you on this journey with me while I create this next one. I wont say final one because I know myself, I may do many more back To The Future Dioramas.
I usually start my research by "What will be the hardest to make or find". Based on this I will see if its even possible. By far the hardest part was to find a 1980's style Delivery Step Van like the one Doc uses in the movie. The first issue i encountered was scale! All the 1:43rd scale vans that I found were too small to fin the Delorean in the back. I had to find a scale just a touch larger, but not so large that it would look strange. Ebay to the rescue. After a long, long night of surfing ebay I found a 1970 coin bank made of die-cast metal. I emailed the seller as the scale was not mentioned. Specifically I asked the width of the back of the truck. Perfect fit! The details in the metal were more then enough for what I needed, I could do the rest myself and with some paint once I strip it.
Next issue; the smoke. I'm all about realism and even though I've seen tons of tutorials on how to make cotton look real, it just doesn't fly with me. I might stuff the front end of the van with some cotton to make the smoke look thicker if you were to look inside, but thats about it. Thats when I found this beauty. This is a smoker for model trains. But it can be hooked up to a 9V battery and just one drop of smoke oil form the hobby shop will keep this baby smoking for a while. I'm hoping to have this one done by the time I have my Miniature Expo in November, stay tuned!