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#1 loosesalute

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 01:58 PM

Wondering if any of you lot use die-casts as scenery on your layouts?
I don`t use any on my vintage Scaley layout. Yet I do on my 1/40 scale Jouef layout.
Don`t know why, but I think die-casts look so much better on 1/40 or 1/43 layouts.
Would be nice to see other folks die-casts.
Cheers,
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#2 The Original Tileguy

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 02:14 PM

The difficulty with die casts is finding them in proper scale...........There are only so many areas you can do the forced perspective thing and use a 1/43rd scale Die cast on a 1/32 scale race track.....Finding 1/32 die casts is difficult..Not impossible mind you, but far from Easy...

When you do find a good piece that will be used in a scenic capacity only, consider weathering with chalks and maybe adding a few extra's...for example, That michelin van is just screaming to have an Awning Added..........Maybe with a little checkered flag bordering along the top edge of the awning smile.gif

#3 Black3sr

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:23 PM

I use quite a few 1/32nd







and to create some depth I use some small ones at the back


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#4 loosesalute

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:37 PM

Very nice Black!
Good idea about the awning Tileguy...but that Corgi Bedford tanker was boxed & set me back nearly 200, so I wouldn`t recommend weathering vintage diecasts! ph34r.gif
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 07:58 PM

This is on my 1/32 layout





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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:15 AM

The good thing about the Die-Cast cars is they are considerably cheaper than Scaley cars so are perfect for scenary, here's a 1/32 Pontiac Firebird and Escort Mk1 parked up on my track plus a few cheap bikes.



Also have a couple of New Ray WWI fighter kits, at 6 these are excellent value and are ready painted and require about 10 minutes to assemble. They even come with a handy screwdriver which is perfect for slot car screws.


#7 John Cahill

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 12:30 PM

not sure if this counts...but I use an HO car in the "sort of pushed-perspective corner diaramas" on my 1/32 routed track.


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Posted 29 July 2011 - 01:47 PM

I converted this die-cast Chevy COE from a tractor-trailer to a stake-bed for my (1/43) track I plan on having a few more scattered about.



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#9 loosesalute

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 03:53 PM

Superb work Datto!
Cheers,
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#10 Rob J

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 05:37 AM

Great displays, Kev and others. As TO Tileguy said, 1/32 diecasts are harder to find. I have a few Polistil late '60s GP diecasts but the wheels are awful and need changing before parading them. A lot of Matchbox Yesteryears (not all) are about 1/35 or 36, and make reasonable background pieces.
Many of us have plastic statics, but mine are all just more racing cars of one sort or another, so they don't add the spectator and team atmosphere.
With so much military stuff around, there must be some WWII army trucks that would work into early 1950s racing scenes (if the wheels aren't river-crossers).
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 06:10 AM

There are a few companies doing 1:32 scale diecasts and they turn up in the strangest places.


The Ford truck in the background was found at the local newsagent. A bit of sandblasting and some dry pastel weathering and it fits in on the track as a farm vehicle.


The dirt bikes are New Ray. Picked them up for A$6 each at the local toy shop. The riders are Britains picked up for a small sum on ebay.

Bburago do diecasts in 1:32. As do Hongwell and a couple of other Chinese companies.



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#12 The Original Tileguy

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 01:13 PM

Even vintage diecasts can be weathered with bragdon weathering powders....it will wash off with simple dish soap smile.gif

Its a Nice vintage piece I grant you that.. smile.gif

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 02:41 PM

I use some Matchbox on my HO layout. Some are much more "scale looking" than others. The key is to mist the car lightly 3 or 4 times with dullcoat. This removes a lot of the "toy" apperance. Think about it, the shine is way to intense to be scale otherwise.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:25 PM

Several 1:32 diecast Vespas have found a home on my track, too.....great addition!
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:56 PM

I just got this lovely Peugeot Kodak film van off Dave Wisdom today.
Adds a lovely splash of colour!
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