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Z-Scale Shorty Micro Diorama


ZandT

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I want to share my first attempt of creating a Japan-inspired micro diorama layout with the Rokuhan z-scale shorties. This 7.5" x 6" layout is a compilation of scenes that I enjoy in Japan, no specific region or place in mind. It took me around 1 month of time (of any time that I have available). I weathered the buildings, scratch-built several parts (vending machine, bridge, railing, planters, and torii). I've attached some process photos too, as I know it helped me when I was modeling my layout to see how things were created. I loved working with DAS air drying clay for the brick ground and stone wall and it was my first time building with styrene which I really enjoyed. The most time consuming were the mountains, I wasn't too happy with the color of the mountains so I painted it over 3-4 times. So much was learned, trial and error, but it was a fun to make. I have plans on making a micro/cutout diorama for my n-scale B-Train shorties...

 

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JR 500系

That is very nice indeed! Thanks for sharing the making process! Esp. love 'The chopper' hahaha ~ The folliage and grass on the rock face is very realistic! 

 

May i suggest installing some figures? I feel that figures really makes the layout comes 'alive' ~~ 

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Thanks @JR 500系! I agree about the figures, I have 2 so far but I can add more. My eyes only tolerated hand painting 2 figures I’ll slowly chip at it or find some prepainted ones.

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maihama eki

Very nice. I especially like how you created the stone surfaces.

 

Everyone who looks at this needs to measure out 6 x 7.5 inches to remind them how small that is!

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Martijn Meerts

If you told me this was H0, I'd readily believe it, and still think it's a great diorama.

 

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cteno4

Yeah I thought it was n until I finally noticed the title, doh! Really nice job! Kudos.

 

jeff

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Here's a photo of the relative size compared to my two other diorama layouts - z-scale (left) and t-scale (right). The bottom layouts are approximately 13" x 17.5".

 

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@RMB Here's some closeup shots of the layout I had created. The other is a Noch pre-formed layout so I hadn't done much on it besides from plopping accessories on top of it. The T-gauge set was created in 2012, but I've added several things to it within the last couple years.

 

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I was happy to be able to carve out some time this week to paint a couple more figures. Added to the diorama to create more "story" to the layout.

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cteno4

Really fun znt, love the back scene! Kudos

 

jeff

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gavino200

Beautiful work. Do you use magnification when painting the figures? How did you make that grass? It looks perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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3 hours ago, gavino200 said:

Beautiful work. Do you use magnification when painting the figures? How did you make that grass? It looks perfect. Thanks for sharing!

 

Thanks! Luckily my eyes are still ok and I work without a magnifier. What really helps for me is a bright light source (with a desk lamp) and a fine hobby paint brush, I use the Tamiya 87154 Modeling Brush (though I had just placed an order for the 87153 which is one notch finer, for future figure painting).

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10249766?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=shopping&utm_content=10249766en

 

Around/inbetween the rails, I used Woodland Scenics 2mm static grass (with a cheesy $20 applicator):

https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/item/SGLG

 

On the mountains I use WS Fine Turf. I have 3 different shades of green and sometimes I mix the colors so there's variety in color to add interest.

https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/FineTurf

 

For the bigger bushes I use WS Bushes. If the pieces are too big, I break them apart into smaller chunks.

https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/GCBushes

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