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How to make a diorama

There is something magical about miniature figures and landscapes and I have always had a fascination with them. To the right is a picture of a diorama I am currently working on. It is seven feet in length and contains lighting, sound effects and a working waterfall. I will be motorizing the drawbridge so it opens and closes at the push of a button. It is a rough interpretation of some scenes from my fantasy novel. I call the diorama the battle between good and evil. The caretakers of good are being seiged in the castle. The minions of evil are coming from the bowels of the mountain range on the right. You can see the control panel in the picture. This is the electronic control center where I can switch on and off the various effects in the scene.
This is a diorama I built and enclosed in a box. It adds some mystery. You look inside and can't see anything until you press a button and the inside scene lights up. The black arrow shows the location of the button.
Tutorial on making your own diorama

Lots More Models, Miniatures and Diorama Stuff right here on my website

I have so much material and so many projects on these subjects that I have broke them down into their own big sections:

Dioramas - This is one of the biggest sections of my website and I have tutorials on just about anything you can imagine including WW2 dioramas, fantasy dioramas, small ones, big ones and more. I also have small tutorials on how to make a waterfall, water effects, grass effects, how to make stones and much more. The Diorama tutorials

Miniatures - This is probably one of my favorite hobbies and I have a whole lot of tutorials and videos that show you exactly how to sculpt your own miniatures and how to cast them in rubber molds and make duplicates: Miniatures

Will's seven foot diorama
This diorama is very ambitious; it has a working waterfall, a motorized drawbridge and many lights.You can see more pictures of it
Things to do
I have a complete tutorial that shows you how to make a diorama from start to finish; and how to add lights to it. The wizard to the left is from this project.

Excalibur in a pickle bottle

Dioramas can unleash your imagination. For this diorama I carved a sword out of wood, painted it then inserted it into a plaster stone. It makes a great bottle diorama. I have planted grass around the stone.