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thorfinn

MUSEUM display base 1-32nd scale

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I love to photograph my models against photo backdrops; so when my recent Hobbycraft 1/32 SPAD XIII was completed, I went looking for suitable 'aerodrome' backgounds to use. The best ones I found---no surprise---were authentic period photos in b&w. "They'd make great background murals for a museum display...," I thought to myself.
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I already had a pre-made Imex case of a suitable size, and lots of foamboard for the main construction. The internet provided the mural photos, as well as posters, signs and an aged-looking 48-star flag. Finishing-touch extras were more online textures for the period-looking 'barn slat' panels under the murals, the 'terrain' under the display space itself...and the floor tiles. With the latter printed out on glossy photo-paper, it looks like the attentive museum staff just finished waxing and buffing the floors! Sign fixtures and posts were the only styrene used.


The fire extinguisher is another photo-image; recessed behind clear acetate 'glass,' it looks eerily three-dimensional in scale.


The skylight was an add-on to give a little depth and interest to the scene. Having studied photo after photo of the NASM SPAD 'Smith IV' in what appears (in the photos, at least) to be a rather dark little corner, I decided to give my corner a bit of additional illumination.


A fun little project which only took a couple days' work, mostly in assembling and sizing the images. Hope you enjoy the photos.

 

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Great idea with lovely execution.

 

Have to complain that by photographing it you disobeyed the sign saying no flash photography. You will get modellers a bad name. 😁

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8 hours ago, JohnT said:

Great idea with lovely execution.

 

Have to complain that by photographing it you disobeyed the sign saying no flash photography. You will get modellers a bad name. 😁

Guilty as charged.

Though I work and play well with others, I have occasional difficulties with written expressions of authority. (I also invariably open 'easy open' packets from the wrong side.) :penguin:

I appreciate the reply.

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What a fantastic idea.

 

steve.

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In looking through the pictures I was thinking that the display looked a LOT like something you would see at the Air and Space Museum in DC, so, when I checked and saw you are in Towson, I was not at all surprised.  

 

Rally nice work and certainly evocative of one of my favorite places.

 

Matt

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Very nice.

I notice some museums have drip trays under the engines sometimes.

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14 hours ago, Matt Parvis said:

In looking through the pictures I was thinking that the display looked a LOT like something you would see at the Air and Space Museum in DC, so, when I checked and saw you are in Towson, I was not at all surprised.  

 

Rally nice work and certainly evocative of one of my favorite places.

 

Matt

True enough! NASM is one of my all-time favorite haunts...and I've actually been 'visiting' their SPAD since it was a frayed and tattered pre-restoration hulk at Silver Hill back in the day.

Their many fine displays were a major inspiration for this base.

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