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Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« on: April 08, 2018, 05:36:46 PM »
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Ages ago I bought this Oxford Diecast coach, and had a go at putting a driver and passengers in it. Although they probably would not be seen in real life on the layout, I thought that photographs would show it to be empty, and it would look wrong.



It was a nightmare getting the people in, as the coach was riveted together, and really difficult to get into.  :worried:

This made me wary of trying to get people into even smaller cars, so I avoided it by having cars parked, or people standing outside them , like this  :D ......



However, after taking photos like this next one, I thought I would have a go as you can clearly see the car is magically driving itself  :confused1:



The cars are so easy to disassemble, as they are held together by just one single screw. When unscrewed with a tiny cross head screwdriver, these are the parts you get. The glazing and body stay together as one.



The figures I used are seated figures, from China via Ebay, and very cheap (as they are really nasty  ;) )



There are two main types. Fat ones (like the brown one) and thin ones (like the red one). The thin ones fit better, especially if you are going to have driver and passenger. Also, the bright colours are an advantage, as they can be seen better. Once you have chosen the people, they are then cut in half at waist level.

This is how the car fits back together, so when the cut figures are glued onto the chassis, make sure they are clear of the area outlined in yellow. This is where the "stem" of the glazing bit goes when you screw it all back together.



This is where it is an advantage to use thinner people .....



Then all is put back together ....... Easy Peasy  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:



Here a couple of brighter ones are used. One thing to watch is not to make the figures sit too high, or you will not get the body on ......



As you can see, the brighter colours can be seen easier ....



Here is a fleet of cars, all fitted with drivers  :claphappy:....



What you do with all the leftover legs is up to you  :hmmm:



Maybe feed them to the Zombies lurking in your tunnels  :o  :o  :goggleeyes:  :o  :o



Hope some of you find this useful,

With kind regards
Kevin

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« Last Edit: April 08, 2018, 05:38:53 PM by Phoenix »

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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 06:40:35 PM »
Thanks for that tutorial Kevin.
I may well have a go at that as I have lots of driverless vehicles.
Love the zombies too :o
« Last Edit: April 08, 2018, 09:47:29 PM by port perran »
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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 09:27:20 PM »
Ah. So that's how you do it. Thanks very much for that, Kevin.
On Bletchford a couple of locals spent far too much time in the local and pranged their car, resulting in some work for the local constabulary and ambulance service.....







All very well until you see the vehicles held by the WPC are unoccupied but now I know how to deal with that.

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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 10:42:19 PM »
Hi,

Fitting the people was a lot easier than I thought, so well worth having a go.

Love that scene Mick, captured really well, even down to the tyre marks on the road. The horse box may be tricky to open, if it is riveted like my bus, but the cars should be fine.

Kind regards
Kevin

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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 11:01:47 PM »
This is a really good tutorial article on something that really doesn’t get tackled or looked at that much. Populating layouts always seems low on people’s layout agendas even more so with vehicles (somewhat due to difficulty)

Thanks for sharing and I really liked the walking dead Zombies at the end! :o


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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2018, 11:49:22 PM »
Thanks Owl,

I really enjoy creating little cameo scenes on my "Windmill Hill" layout. The zombies was a bit of fun I did for Halloween..... so glad you liked them.  :thumbsup:

Adding people brings a lot of life to a layout, but car drivers seem to be missed. I certainly avoided it, but getting down to it this weekend, I found it a lot easier than I thought.  :D

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018, 08:47:31 PM »
What you do with all the leftover legs is up to you  :hmmm:


What do the French do with the leftover bits of frogs after eating the legs ?

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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018, 11:07:32 PM »
it's all the frogs on crutches begging outside French restaurants that upset me!

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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2018, 11:13:50 PM »
Great tutorial. Thanks for posting!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2018, 12:54:32 AM »
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Just a couple of photos to show the difference in looks between a driven and driverless car on the layout.





Also, looking at these photos show how useful a camera can be in picking up things that need fixing. You can see I had the static grass out, and there are strands on the rocks and in the bushes that need hovering up pretty sharpish before any photos are spoilt.

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2018, 05:22:09 AM »
Just ordered 200 people from one of the Chinese providers on that well-known auction site. I wonder what the fashion sense of these mini people will be! Their colour choices are usually a bit  :goggleeyes:
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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 06:09:08 AM »
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I remember on my first trip to China in 1981 coming across 'half fried frogs' on a menu. Trouble was they were the front halves! B
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 08:28:04 AM »
Somehow my apology for prolonging this OT fell off my message. More apologies. B
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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2018, 06:19:48 PM »
Nice work, Kevin, as always!  :thumbsup:

I did a similar thing for a more modern coach on Lofthole; I found it a satisfying bit of modelling. 

Cheers Jon  :)
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Re: Adding people to Oxford Diecast vehicles.
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2018, 11:40:30 PM »
The "legs" could be used in a garage - fit them under the vehicles being worked on! :laugh3:
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