Dioramas / Layouts

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Chris Hankin's display for the Vintage Toy and Model Exhibition 2013


An 80 inch by 28 inch Tri-ang Harbour display, show casing both the original 1960's models and the current models, which was put together by Chris Hankin for the Vintage Toy and Model Exhibition held at Hoylake Community Centre on the Wirral over the weekend of 20th & 21st April 2013.

Chris advised that with the exception of Canberra, which has had a few "dings" on the top deck touched up, all the 1960's ship models are in their original condition although quite a few of the masts are replacements from Martin Brown.

The Exhibition was organised by the “Master Mariners Club” North West Branch to help with the funding of a permanent memorial in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral as a tribute to all Merchant Seamen who lost their lives in conflict. The memorial will be dedicated during a “Battle of the Atlantic” Service of Commemoration on 26th May 2013

Chris couldn't resist slipping a few of his favourite non-Triang models into the mix - see if you can spot the IOMSP Steamers and other "interlopers"!

For the answers click here.



Ian Maun's "Porthampton" Diorama

Original Layout 2012

Ian's "Porthampton" Diorama is constructed from custom built wood sections combined with Tri-ang Quay Straights and Breakwaters laid out on a large piece of blue-green material with a moiré ripple effect purchased from a fabric shop in Exeter.

Buildings, cranes and other accessories are from Coastlines, Langton Miniatures, Wirral Miniature Ships, Skytrex (Triton), Cruise Line Models, Mountford Models and Tri-ang re-painted to look "old and rusty".

The circular fortification towards the bottom of photograph 3 (also visible in the bottom left corner of photograph 5) is a model of Toulon Tower from Langton Miniatures set into a beach made of Milliput while the circular fortification on the other side of the harbour entrance, towards the top of photograph 3, is Avalos Tower from Coastlines by Roger Dawson.

This is a draft layout which Ian advises is a work in progress requiring further painting and the re-positioning of some of the elements.



Modified Layout 2012
Panorama 1 Panorama 2 Panorama 3 Avalos Tower (Coastlines) Avalos Tower (Coastlines)
General Cargo Wharf General Cargo Wharf General Cargo Wharf Oil Terminal Oil tanks, barrage balloon and industrial area with Swing Bridge and Naval Admin buildings in the background
Oil tanks, barrage balloon, graving dock and industrial area with with ruined building Industrial area with with ruined building Coaling wharf in the centre with Floating Dry Dock and Industrial Area in the background Industrial area to the left, Naval Admin buildings to the right and HMS Victory in the graving dock Floating Dry Dock and Swing Bridge with portals
Industrial area in the foreground and Naval Admin buildings in the background Swing Bridge with Naval Admin buildngs in the centre and HMS Victory in the graving dock to the right Naval Admin buildings with HMS Victory in the graving dock Naval Admin buildings with HMS Victory in the graving dock Naval Admin buildings with HMS Victory in the graving dock
Naval Admin buildings in the foreground - Castle in front right corner Naval Base with Naval Dockyard in the background Naval Base with Coaling Wharf in the background Naval Base - graving docks & tank farm Naval Base with Coaling Wharf in the background
Coaling Wharf - Birdseye View Coaling Wharf with Naval Base in the background Coaling Wharf with Naval Admin buildings in the background General Wharves with Coaling Wharf in the background Toulon Tower (Langton Miniatures)

Updated photographs of Porthampton in the 1940s after various revisions and additions. Some quays have been moved, the lock has been removed, the coaling wharf enlarged and the swing-bridge (moved) now has its portals.

Additions include many barges and lighterage tugs (as on Port of London Authority DVDs), new warehouses and smaller buildings, buoys, bow-waves and wakes, smoke from chimneys and funnels, plus vehicles, trains and more naval vessels. HMS 'Victory' is in dry dock.



Iain McGeachy's "Eastwaterway" Diorama

Liner Piers & Grain Terminals Container Wharves & Coal Terminal Container Wharves & Coal Terminal Eastwaterway Panorama Liner Piers
Container Terminals Coal & Ore Terminal Coal & Ore Terminal Coal & Ore Terminal Coal & Ore Terminal
Sanko Line discharging at the 'Skytrex' Grain Terminal Sanko Line loading at the Coal Terminal Sanko Line loading at the 'Wirral' Grain Terminal
Custom built grain conveyor system Custom built grain conveyor system Custom built grain conveyor system Custom built coal / ore conveyor system Custom built aggregate conveyor system

Iain's "Eastwaterway" diorama in the planning & development stages with wharfs constucted from wood sections and accessories from Tri-ang, Wirral Miniature Ships and Skytrex (Triton) as well as custom built pieces.

The grain / ore conveyor systems were built from plastic sections with a plastic ladder for the conveyor, the inner seals from toothpaste tubes for the hose turntables, and plastic insulation from electrical wire as the hoses.



Enin by Ian Pidgley - 2010


Ian's Enin Harbour is a work in progress constructed from Tri-ang Quay Straights and Breakwaters with buildings, cranes and other accessories from Wirral Miniature Ships, Skytrex (Triton), Cruise Line Models, Mountford Models and Tri-ang.



Jeff Stevenson's Dioramas & Custom Built Models

Tri-ang Display - 2003

Xmas Quiz 2007 - Identify the ships
Identify the ships Identify the ships Identify the ships

For the answers click here.



Oil Tanker / Bulk Carrier Display 2012
Waiting for the new Oil Tankers! They've arrived - all four Aframax Tankers Plus an old friend - repainted Varicella in the centre All four Capesize Bulk Carriers - excuse the bulkers at the Oil Terminal
Arcadia Hellas ready to discharge her load Viken Shipping ready to sail Hosco Shipping waiting to unload Delta Tankers waiting to load
Close Up of mooring operations Close Up of hand crafted lower hull Close Up of hand crafted lower hull Sanko Lines about to sail

Container Port Display 2012

Jeff Stevenson's Container Port 2008
(with custom built container cranes & trains)

Jeff's Custom Built Models
Container Cranes, Locomotives, Double-Stack Wagons, Reach Stackers, & Tank Cars
Train & Container Block masters made from plasticard Locomotives & Double Stack Cars cast in metal Locomotives & Double Stack Cars cast in metal Finished Tank Cars Finished Train & Container Blocks
Reach Stackers Reach Stackers Reach Stackers Reach Stackers
Coal Piles Coal Piles Coal Piles Coal Piles
Amoco Oil Tanks BP Oil Tanks Esso Oil Tanks Gulf Oil Tanks Shell Oil Tanks

Jeff uses plasticard sheet & rod to build the masters for his models then uses Room Temperature Vulcanising (RTV) silicone rubber from Alec Tiranti &Co of London to create a mould and casts the models in white metal (also from Alec Tiranti & Co) - he cautions that casting in white metal is not for the faint of heart.

To create the 'coal piles' Jeff coated the 'packing cases / sacks' of some old M 837 Crane Units with 5 min epoxy and then pressed model railway 'coal' into shape on the glue. He also made a 'standard size' base unit out of plasticard which fits on the Quay Straight 'dimples' and then created a pile of coal / rock on top of it. The piles of coal / ore were painted with mid-grey paint to kill some of the shine and give some extra texture.

WARNING !

When working with white metal appropriate safety equipment, particularly heat resistant insulated leather gloves and safety goggles, must be worn at all times - the molten metal reaches temperatures in excess of 340°C (645°F) and will cause severe burns.



Nicolas Lebourg's Harbour Diorama


Nicolas' harbour is constructed from a mixture of original (1960's) and current Tri-ang harbour models supplemented with some hand crafted pieces and models from other sources set out on a plywood base measuring approximately 48 inches by 40 inches which is painted blue to represent the sea.

The busy harbour showcases Nicolas' 1:1200 / 1:1250 scale ships including his sizeable collection of both modern and original 1960's Tri-ang Minic Ships models.



Ralph Morton's - Tri-ang Minic 1960's Shop Display



Ralph's 1960's Shop Display is complete with the "White Cliffs of Dover" a model made by the same firm who produced the rubber mouldings for Tri-ang Railways trackside scenery.

Ralph says that his local toy ship in Oxford kept promising him in 1964 that the "Minic Cliffs" would appear in the next catalogue but much to his disappointment they never did and his Dad had to make him a set out of papier mache.

Years later, in the 1980's, Ralph purchased two of the "Minic Cliffs" reproduction sets created by David Vanner, a respected dealer in 1/1250 ship models, which were cast in resin and finished in different colours so they could not be passed off as original models.

There is a reference to this display in "A Guide to 1/1200 and 1/1250 Waterline Model Ships" by Kelvin Holmes - Issue 5C 2009 as follows:

"Over the years a total of six catalogues were printed and a wood/hardboard display case, with the models glued to narrow shelves, was available for use in shops. The case was surmounted by a large Triang Minic sign, with a representation of the white cliffs of Dover along the base. Dimensions excluding the sign were 24” by 27” and the case was painted light blue."

A copy of "A Guide to 1/1200 and 1/1250 Waterline Model Ships" by Kelvin Holmes Issue 5C 2009 can be accessed from this link - please note that the file is 3.4 mb in size and may take some time to download.