Thursday, April 19, 2018


Did a mock up today and tested the placement of the different parts of the diorama.

I think that the telephone booth shall be moved a little forward, not letting it sit that close to the wall. 

Also, I have so far been thinking about this scene as showing a part of a town square or similar, but now I think maybe it should be a wide sidewalk instead, with the gutter and part of the street visible along the front. That may help break it all up the some, adding additional visual interest.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Work on the electrical box

Work has continued on the electrical box. Well actually, there are several of them but only one will end up on the diorama. See this post for a description of the real-world prototype and the 3D-printed model.

Since the 3D-print was not made to the full depth of the box I attached a few layers of styrene at the back of each box. The boxes where then painted gray. Here they are mounted on toothpicks for easier handling.

The next, and final step was to add the warning stick. As you can see, only one of the sticks has yet got its black-and-yellow marking.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The telephone booth is finished

Today the telephone booth was finally brought to the finish line, with some last paint touch up and the non-stop talking young lady inside.

Time to move on to the rest of the diorama.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A figure

A person actually doing something in a scene, tends to make the scene in question more interesting. Since the main feature of my diorama would be the telephone booth, a person making a phone call seemed to me to be the most logical choice.

In order to get a few figures to choose from I ordered a bunch of unpainted Preiser figures, namely their set #63000. It looks like this.

On the Preiser web page this set is listed under the scale 1:32-35, which is is just what I wanted. However, once I had the set in my hands I soon discovered that the figures are more towards the 1:32 scale than 1:35. Compared to my 1:35 telephone booth the gentlemen all looked like 2 meter giants! So the choice of which figure to put in the booth was made easier. It had to be the one of the smaller ladies.

I selected the young woman who stands as the 5:th person from the right in the picture above.

Since I wanted her to actually use the phone I started by doing some surgery on her. I cut and bent her left arm so that she would hold the telephone receiver in a natural way. Next I painted her, as shown below. I think she can pass as a young woman from the 1960's.

You have to excuse her starring eyes. My fault 😃

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


I wanted to be able to display the diorama as a night scene, and not only as a daylight scene, so I added lighting to the telephone booth. A small SMD LED is sitting in the ceiling. It is driven by two AAA batteries which I eventually intend to hide in the base of the diorama, reachable from the underside.

Monday, April 2, 2018


Finally the glazing is done, including the boards with the text "Telefon". The booth needs some paint touch up but I'm postponing that until later.

As can be seen, I have also added the floor planking.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

An electrical box

As I mentioned in the previous post, the diorama I'm working on shall also contain an electrical box as then used by the Stockholm Electrical Works ("Elverket"). This is a picture of such a box:

The box itself would not be that hard to model. It should be fairly easy to shape from a piece of wood or plastic.The tricky part would be the relief lettering, especially considering that in the 1:35 scale the letters would only be a couple of millimeters tall. And I wanted the lettering to be in relief since that was a key characteristic of these boxes. I could not come up with any good solution until it struck me that this could be a golden opportunity to try some 3D-printing!

I happened to know that Shapeways (at offers a 3D-printing services. After having looked at some tutorial videos on their site I downloaded the TinkerCAD tool and managed to create a 3D model of something that in my eyes looked very much like the actual box. I uploaded the 3D model file to Shapeways and ordered a print. I choose it to be printed in a plastic material they call Frosted Extreme Detail (FXD).

And today I got the resulting 3D print delivered by UPS:

It is not a perfect replica of the real box, but I think it is good enough. Some painting, weathering and what-not, and I think it will do the trick.