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Sergio Leone Movie Set Diorama

Messagepar JohnReid » 22 août 2010 22:26

Hi guys! My name is JohnReid and I have been going to the movies to see westerns for over 60 years now.My favorite director is Sergio Leone and my favorite movie of all time is "Once Upon A time In The West".I am an artist doing museum diorama models and my latest project is a tribute to the director himself.I am doing the opening scene from the movie in 1/24 scale complete with the train and station.No figures only an empty directors chair with Sergio written on the back. Cheers! John. :beer1:

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Messagepar Django, le retour » 22 août 2010 23:12

Hi JohnReid :beer1:

My english is poor. :( But I have unterstood what you said.
You're right : Sergio Leone is one of the best director in the world. And Once upon a time in the west one the wonderful westerns. My favourite one is The good, the bad and the ugly.

You have a great hobby. You can join the photos of your diorama model. I'm impatient to see it ! :D

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Messagepar Vixare » 23 août 2010 12:07

hello John, it would be wonderful to see what you made :wink:
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Messagepar Daniel » 23 août 2010 20:43

Where do you come from JohnReid ? Where do you live ?

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Messagepar JohnReid » 24 août 2010 14:54

Well I have changed my plans again,I will build a sound stage.This will give me the freedom to really do what I want.
The story is that for one reason or another a sound stage had to be built. this may or may not have have happened but....in my world it did.Maybe Sergio wasn't happy with a scene involving the locomotive and the station.Rather than go back and re-shoot it it would be much simpler to create a sound stage with a fake train and station.He was a perfectionist so this may have happened in this or another movie of his but it does show the lengths that he would go to to make it right.It makes a statement about his personality which I happen to share.
This will be a story of artistic license in the extreme and how movies are really made.
I plan to cut down the scale of the diorama to just the locomotive and the half passenger car /shack.I think that this is quite enough to tell the story but with the option of adding more modules later on,although this may not be at all necessary.
My locomotive will be a complete fake actually probably only half a locomotive made from wood and tin of whatever.Basically all I need from the kit is the shape and something to weather.
This is definitely a work in progress !

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Messagepar Cole Armin » 24 août 2010 19:22

Welcome John ! Good luck for your project and we're looking forward to see the photos of your model..
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Messagepar JohnReid » 24 août 2010 22:10

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Messagepar JohnReid » 24 août 2010 22:14

This is an HO scale mockup of what I am planning in 1/24scale which will make for a piece of 36" diameter

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Messagepar JohnReid » 24 août 2010 23:15

In the first of the 2 pics above, the first one gives you an idea of the closest I come with this piece to a front or primary viewing angle.The second pic of the locomotives side will actually will actually be a fake locomotive built for the sound stage.I plan to built only half of the locomotive with the half facing outwards showing the built up structure with all the wooden braces and scaffolding etc...Where you see the piece of tape will be approximately where the empty directors chair will be placed.
The boxcar will actually be the luxury coach belonging to the robber baron Morton, where a lot of the action takes place.On the outside of this car I plan to put a screen about half the cars length long with a phony backdrop of monument valley.
The caboose will actually be where the opening scene takes place and will consist of a passenger car cut in two with a shack built on one end.I also plan cutaways facing outwards, of the insides of the passenger cars.From the inside view everything will look normal as in a real sound stage.
There will be no tender as I want to maintain a good view of the cab with all that interesting stuff in there.

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Messagepar JohnReid » 24 août 2010 23:27

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Messagepar JohnReid » 25 août 2010 12:39

The tender is back in ! Like I said this is still an evolving piece.
I figure that it will fit nicely within the 3 foot circle and I can expose the locomotives cab by simply leaving the outside sidewall off.
Remember that this piece is a model of a sound stage with everything on the perimeter showing a behind the scenes look at these models as representations of props used in the making of a film.From the inside where the directors chair is everything appears normal and ready for the actors to walk on stage.

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Messagepar JohnReid » 25 août 2010 16:11

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Messagepar JohnReid » 25 août 2010 16:25

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Messagepar JohnReid » 25 août 2010 16:31

Daniel a écrit :Where do you come from JohnReid ? Where do you live ?


Hi Daniel ! I am from Ontario but presently living in Quebec Canada,Montreal to be exact.My wife is French Canadian so if you would prefer to write me in French,go ahead. :sm57: Cheers! John.

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Messagepar JohnReid » 25 août 2010 17:05

This is the instruction booklet from the 30 year old used kit that I will be building in G or 1/24 scale (officially 1/25).I will be using only one side of the model and improvising the rest to look like a movie set sound stage prop.The previous owner had it hanging around and offered it to me for the postage plus a small handling free.An offer I couldn't refuse! It looks like an early version of this kit ,so the detail is strong.As far as I know all the parts are there but I don't mind scratch building if I have to.At least it is a good starting point.The G scale passenger cars I should have by the end of the week ,they to are kits by Bachmann.I plan to do a lot of modifying on the cars and finish them inside and out.Like the locomotive they also will be props,with one side open to viewing.Here is where access to doll house parts and pieces will come in real handy for furniture and a Victorian type setting.I will be taking lots of pics from my DVD of the movie for reference,it can't get any better than that.
The 3 foot circular design is a nice size to work with and my wife is very happy to hear that once the four aircraft museum pieces are gone she can have a lot of our house back again.This old back of mine will also be relived to know that it is the end of the really big ones !



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