Zoot Suit Riots

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About the Author

About Bob Tavis (BobTavis)

I came to model making late in life as I spent most of my life as an artist, illustrator, photographer, videographer, producer, musician, composer, writer and not least of all, raising a family. I am fifty-seven years old. I started about six years renewing my childhood interest in miniatures a...


Thanks all for the comments. I got a kick out of the Keystone Cop reference by Shermie. I am not sure how funny getting your head busted with a baseball bat is but who am I to disagree.
MAR 03, 2005 - 02:52 AM
I LOVE the creative minds that pervade this site! WONDERFUL concept, and great execution... so where did ya get all the pieces... and how much was scratchbuilt?
MAR 03, 2005 - 11:47 AM
Except for the car which was converted from a 1/32 diecast model everything was scratchbuilt (building, street, sidewalk, palm tree, figures, trash cans, street lamp, parking meter, etc.)
MAR 03, 2005 - 12:30 PM
Oh man...you make me want to cry, give up the hobby and move to a monastery. Envious doesn't even begin to cover it. Truly in awe
MAR 04, 2005 - 06:07 PM
I know how you feel as I have only been modeling for a few years and when I started I drooled over other's work and felt I could never get to a level I felt comfortable with or that could match theirs. However, through perseverance you can grow and you should think of every project as an opportunity to advance your skill set. Most of all learning new stuff is fun and prevents you from getting into ruts or losing interest. Also, finish everything you start as that discipline is indispensible in the long run.
MAR 05, 2005 - 03:26 AM
Great dio, excellent work. Reminds me of the song "Zoot Suit Riot" by the Cherry Popin Dadies. If you've ever heard the song your dio fits it perfectly!
MAR 05, 2005 - 05:17 PM
I read this diorama won the "SCAHMS 2005 Best of Show Award" !!!! Congratulations Bob !!! A well deserved award for an excellent diorama !
MAR 25, 2005 - 04:54 AM
Thank you. There will be an article on the piece in a forthcoming issue of Historical Miniatures.
MAR 25, 2005 - 06:45 AM
The song "Zoot Suit Riot" by Cherry Poppin Daddies is readily available. A small speaker behind the building with the song on a loop would make this scene perfect. Great job - wonderful mastery of the times, clothings and personalities. PS - The period of the 'Zoot Suit Riots' was not a happy chapter in history. The police were breaking so many batons over the heads of the zoot suiters that the local movie sudios had their carpenters producing replacement out of ash, oak and maple.
MAR 25, 2005 - 08:41 AM
I am absolutely blown away by this. Great idea!
MAR 25, 2005 - 09:31 AM