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Weapon X Laboratory Diorama Custom Diorama / Playset

 
 
Custom #:33969  
Name:Weapon X Laboratory Diorama
Custom Type:Diorama / Playset
Toy Series:Diorama
Creator:CaptainRon  
Date Added:October 29, 2011
Base Figure:Various
Height:16.00 inches
Been working on this guy for a while now. I am calling it my Weapon X lab for a lack of anything better to call it. I intend to use it pictures and I think it will pass for a lot of different settings. I do need to start by giving credit to DBOCustoms for the idea that sparked my interest in making this puppy. His Weapon X tank sent me running over to Hobby Lobby to find the glass container.

My work started with the tank. I wanted to try to create a "submerged" effect that would permit me to insert different figures. It took some serious digging to find a clear tube that would fit inside glass container. I went from WAAAAAAY too expensive glass and plexiglass options. I landed with a super cheap option. A 99 cent t-shirt mailer. I chopped it down to the right length and placed it inside the container. I then used clear resin to fill the space between t-shirt tube and the container. The end effect is hollowed out compartment that anything you place in it looks like its underwater.

The second key ingredient was the grates that I picked up from LASERAMA. These things are sweet. I combined them with some styrene I-beams, tubes, and other assorted shapes to make the metal walkway. I used the left over parts to make the metal generator looking thing just right of the tank.

The structure for the diorama was made from some 1/8" boarding I picked up at Home Depot. The ribbed boarding on the bottom came from an old compact disc holder. I took a reciprocating saw to chop the puppy up. DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THAT AGAIN. All fingers are intact! The wall panels are made from sheets of styrene with rivets rolled into the plastic. Finally, I am starting to get the hang of my airbrush. Pretty pumped about paint job on the walls. Gives me hope for being able to use the dang thing on figures eventually.

The most fun I had came in making all the tanks. I used a little bit of EVERYTHING on those. There are a couple contact lens cleaning solution bottles. A couple Tylenol containers. You name it. I did some recycling bin dumpster diving and found what I thought would work best. There is a ton of random fodder glued onto the tanks. Maybe you recognize a few things? I tried to use a lot of different paints to get different effects. Some gloss paints to look like oily wet spots. Used lots of dry brushing to get a dirty rusty look.

The final piece was the desk and monitor board. It was a little tricky to get the styrene to hold the angles. I downloaded a lot of random images to put on the screens. Here's where I had to dance the fine line of a Weapon X diorama versus a mad scientists lab. Again, my goal is to have a multifunctional scene to take different pics.

All in all, this was a lot of work but a lot of fun. Hope you guys like it. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for taking the time to read my rambling.

-Ron


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User Comments
TOYKRAZY - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
THAT IT GREAT. HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANYTHING BIGGER, I AM WORKING ON AN AVENGERS TOWER AND HAVE IT ABOUT HALF DONE. I AM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO SWAP IDEALS WITH.
AGAIN GREAT JOB!!
CaptainRon - Monday, October 31, 2011
Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement. They are appreciated!
chienmalade - Monday, October 31, 2011
Really awesome work!Maybe one of my favorite dio on the realm, nice tips!
A good example of what can be done with few things and lot of ideas!Keep up the good work!
bobtheodd - Sunday, October 30, 2011
That sir, is pure awesome!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Sunday, October 30, 2011
love it this is so over the top awesome. your use of parts and execution is epic. keep up the amazing work and hope to see more dioramas.
dbocustoms - Saturday, October 29, 2011
thanks for mentioning me good sir,man I hope no one looks at mine after this,cause you blew it out the water on so many levels!!! the whole thing is so sweet,what an awesome display,the attention to detail on it all is amazing,every detail looks great and I think any wolverine fan would want this,excellent jop on it all!! and hobby lobby has some awesome stuff in it for any art person,love that store,we should all buy stock in it!
ole jade jaw - Saturday, October 29, 2011
So awesome!
Avid_Dabbler_Cadabra - Saturday, October 29, 2011
Very nice - sheer art
Monkeyman411 - Saturday, October 29, 2011
Agreed...so very cool. Amazing detail
boskoes - Saturday, October 29, 2011
super cool, great painting
JonnyVu - Saturday, October 29, 2011
ohhh coool! it looks awesome. Make the room where cap turns into a super solider!!!
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