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Hi Friends on the Forum

I know this is not a toy, but I wanted to share this new diorama of the Bates House and Motel from the movie Psycho.  This is one of three currently under construction for clients, and the reason I have not been making toys for the last couple of weeks.

Let me know what you think, and I hope to be back making toys ASAP.

DSC02246 Whole Front_mini.JPG 
DSC02247 Motel_mini.JPG  DSC02278 House Side_mini.JPG  DSC02309 Hangmans Tree_mini.JPG
Hope you don't mind my sharing this project with you here on the forum.


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Ken brilliant I love it loads of detailed work,thanks for showing.
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Hi Ken,

Wow! This is truly the ultimate toy. I love dioramas and have several books of toy dioramas. I consider all dioramas a type of toy. To me, toys should be objects that spark our imagination and encourage us to engage in fantasy. This surely does that. This is fine art but also a fascinating thing for infants through grandparents. It awakens the child-like curiosity in all of us. 

I feel that one of the most important aspects of creative design like this is the ability to craft something that the viewer can relate to and that moves the viewer emotionally. The subject matter here does this and I admire your natural ability to draw us in and inspire us.

Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks everyone for the nice words about the Bated Mansion Diorama.

The first one was a labor of love for me, now people keep wanting to buy the things.  Every project is different even when I build two side by side.  

My biggest challenge lately is putting lights in the Mansion, Motel, and on the Sign.  People have started requesting that I light this project, and as I am not an electron this makes for a new challenge.

I really value my Toymakingplans.com friend’s opinions, because I have seen how much talent there is here.

Again Thanks.


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that looks great ken how long to make one the detail is great i have to say i do like that film.  i'm not sure if you can get it in the us but here you can buy a a roll of whats looks like clear sticky tape about 10mm wide  but it has 2 copper wires in it and you can just stick were you want then solder wires on were you like for lights and things a lot of folks use it to add lights to there doll house's i will see if i can find out what it is called and let you know.
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Thanks Gary for the idea.  I know we have it here used for doll houses, I just had not thought about using it.  I build the diorama on peg board because it is light and has all the holes so where ever I need to run the wiring from I can. I now solder the small light bulbs to very thin wires and run them under the diorama to a connection bar under the mansion where everything hooks up. The Soldering of the very small wires is hard for my stubby fat fingers.
Again thanks.

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Ken there is Optic Fiber where you add as many optic fibers as you need to make the area as light or as dim as you need it that way you don't have to wire the scene you only need to rout the Optic Fibers .... I think that Micro Mark carry's these other than that there is Rice & Wheat lights but that requires running wires. - Don

Ken: Page 29 in the early Spring Catalog is what I am talking about. Bottom Left hand corner.
Part# 84422 Fiber Optics              $17.25
Part# 82477 Hard Wire Cutter      $17.45
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Thank you my friend Sdaupanner
I have never tried Optic Fibers inside a building because the light is so concentrated as a point of light, and did not think it would defuse enough for room lighting.
I should try it sometime just to see what it looks like.
Again thanks for the idea.


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Hi Ken Martin,
Simply astonishing! I loved it.
I have made some doll houses with furniture and bathroom details, everything in wood, but very simple. It takes me many hours and more or less hard work to complete the project, so, I can evaluate your dedication to make this wonderful diorama with tons of detalis. You are really a magnificent artist.
Congratulations!
PS: which is the scale you have used? 



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Joepeto
Thank you for the overly kind words about the Bates Diorama.
The scale is HO.  Years ago when I got really sick my dad converted a bedroom in to a train room and we built a HO scale railroad set.  I loved doing the buildings and scenery so much more than building the RR, so I started building dioramas.
Keeps me out of trouble.
Now I would rather build toys for children because it is so much quicker, and I love to see their smiles, and I have the patience of a 5 month puppy.
Again thanks for the nice words.

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Hi Ken Martin,
Interesting history. thanks for the answer. Joepeto
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Ken, that is an amazing set of pics. Great attention to detail, too. Well done [thumb]
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