Building a Diorama from Scratch

I’ve been building dioramas for several years. I started with rudimentary bases and minor backdrops made to imply some level of scale, period, and setting for models I built. I enjoyed painting armor and figures and later began photographing them. A favorite sideline aspect of the hobby was to create scenes so real that I could take a photo and then have friends guess if the picture was real or from my dioramas. Thus the madness set in. I was hooked.
With each passing attempt at a diorama, I learned more tricks and techniques. Back then, I typically worked only with prefabricated retail kits from Verlinden, Custom Dio, and other similar products. As I became more confident in my skills, I began to branch out into the world of scratch building. I often needed particular items that couldn’t be found commercially, or wouldn’t fit my particular plans. As I began increasing the size and complexity of my projects, this became more and more common.

One day a client came in, explaining he collected WWII 1:35 scale armor. He wanted a background “stage” of a generic 1940’s European town street, on which he could place and photograph his models. He wanted something big enough to provide multiple views without looking redundant, but only wanted one scene – not several. Thus, another scratch-built project was born.

About the Author

About Keith Magee (KFMagee)

After a hiatus of several years following the sale of my hobby shop (Hobby Annex in Dallas, TX), I am ready to build again... I love dioramas, with a focus on WW2 and tend to spend a lot of time documenting my work... any questions, just let me know! - Keith


now is already summer, so i assume the book is ready. Mr. Keith, pls update us..tq
JUN 13, 2005 - 08:51 PM
I've loved the theme from the first time I saw it at Armorama, not being a member yet! Now that I am, I'm even more interested on it! I hope it comes out soon! Oh, and I prefer the book to the other formats too! Cheers and happy modelling! Prato
JUN 13, 2005 - 09:56 PM
Has this been released or what?
SEP 17, 2005 - 10:14 AM
why can i only go to page 4? it wont let me pick more pages to see
MAY 20, 2006 - 08:33 AM
Take a look again. I added some page breaks that might fix the issue for you. Jim
MAY 20, 2006 - 09:52 AM
Couple of questions: Is this ebook still available? Are the above electronic contact details still valid? Is the price still the same? Is there a payment channel those of us who don't have PayPal access can follow? Rudi
MAY 20, 2006 - 10:56 AM
I really am not sure if the book came out in its original format (as noted in this thread)..... I did a review of one of Keiths eBooks a while back and there is contact and pricing in the feature itself... eBook Best thing to do is go to Keiths site and contact him directly for more current information.
MAY 20, 2006 - 03:34 PM
How can I get this book?
OCT 15, 2010 - 03:24 PM
how can I get a copy of this book?
FEB 14, 2016 - 08:28 PM
Have you tried emailing Keith at the address from one of the original posts? [email protected] THe address may still be valid.
FEB 14, 2016 - 09:12 PM