If you’ve ever wanted to build a realistic diorama and actually have vehicles and bicycle riders moving along the road then this video is a must see!

In this video I’ll show you every step I took to create this fantastic diorama, including the building, working road with vehicles and bike riders and all the tiny details that fill the scene. It’s all there.

The Magnorail is the main feature of this diorama and this particular starter kit was sent to me from Clyde at Magnorail Oz.

Using the Faller car system is not always the easiest way to get era specific cars running as the size of the car is limited to what battery and motor will fit, the magnorail can work with any vehicle from O scale down to N and possibly Z scale.

The main limitation is vehicles that are too big as weight can be an issue if there are any inclines for big vehicles larger than O scale.
Check out http://www.MagnorailOz.com.au

Some of the details I use have their own dedicated tutorials and I only briefly describe the process in this video, for a more detailed description you can find the additional YouTube tutorials here:

Chain Link Fence:

Photo Etching:

3D printing using the Anycubic Photon:

DIY Static Grass Applicator:

DIY paint shaker:

Hot Wire Foam Cutter:

3D printer files, for those of you interested in printing the files I use in this project you’ll find them on my website, just be aware that I used an Anycubic Photon to print these files which is a very high detail resin printer, trying to print these files with an FDM 3D printer and not a resin 3D printer will very likely give a less than desirable result.

https://www.bouldercreekrailroad.com/downloads.html (if the files for this project are not there yet, check back in a few days as I’m still writing the webpage for that area of the website)

A little story for people who actually read the description… thank you 

On the day I was taking photos it was pouring down with rain, I was waiting all morning for a break in the weather and when it did come I had about 45 minutes to get the shots, in the final shot 2 shots of the video you can see the rain coming over the hills, about 2 minutes after those shots it started pouring down again.

I would have liked to get better photos before finishing this video but due to the tropical cyclone nearby it was making it very difficult. When the weather eventually passes and we get some decent weather I’ll take some extra footage and post it onto the website.

The music used was downloaded from Epidemic sound.

Time Stamps:

Building the Corner Store – 00:30

Corrugated Iron Roof – 03:46

Store Interior Details – 06:50

Large Tissue Paper Sign – 09:00

Detailing the Roof – 11:03

Diorama Base – 13:10

Making the Road with Operating Vehicles – 14:00

Footpath and Gutters Part 1 – 19:30

Footpath and Gutters Part 2 – 22:24

Landforming – 20:36

Painting and Weathering the Road – 25:01

Road Lines and Markings – 26:33

Ground Cover – 28:24

Static Grass and Ground Foams – 32:03

Street Details & Construction Sight – 34:46

Power Poles – 36:45

Setting a Tree on FIRE – 39:04

Adding Water to the Drainage Ditch – 43:06

Power Line Wires – 44:50

End Shots – 45:16

44 Replies to “Build & Animate an ULTRA-REALISTIC Diorama – Realistic Scenery Vol.16”

  1. Anyone else wish they were that size ? And live there alone and away from society. And have him create you more houses and environments? Or is this just me🧐

  2. Just bought “large scale” train for running around Xmas tree and was interested in setting up a village . Found this genius of diorama construction. Amazing builds he’s has done. I picked up some ideas but not doing the caliber of work this guy can do. Throughly enjoy each how to video.

  3. the outside of this building is a masterpiece.. oh wait, theres also printed illusions of 3d things inside.. oh wait, theres also actual 3d things inside.. oh wait, theres also real lights inside.. of wait, thats just one building.. oh wait theres also a whole entire scene..

    how the Fluck can there be so many masterpiece level things all wraped up into one little scenery piece??? My mind is blown at the level of craftsmanship and skill and awesomeness in these things.. Now its 2am and i have to work in the morning.. damnit.. well ill prepare for being exhausted tomorrow because theres no way im missing this… or the next 4 that im sure ill be watching. lol.

  4. Amazing diorama, I actually didn't realize the beginning of the video was a scenery model, even the bike rider threw me off for a second there, simply fantastic!

  5. "For added realism, I decided to add parameciums to the water in the ditch, which i made from the leg hairs of a dust mite using an electron scanning microscope…"

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