For my 5th Building Project I drew inspiration from one of the great legendary moments in Old West history, The Gunfight at the OK Coral. As much as possible I wanted to be true to the actual events and location but to create a model which worked for me and my limited base space it was necessary to invoke an element of poetic licence.
Diorama in development
Without turning this into a history lesson, the fight (some might say murder) took place in a vacant lot between two buildings. Fly’s photographic Gallery was actually at the back of the lot but is usually depicted at the front, presumably because the building was of greater interest and I have done the same. The righthand building was actually an old wooden house but as I did not have the space and wanted to create the feel of a vacant lot I chose instead to make it a small barn/out building.
The small out building was built from scratch using the same method as Building Project No: 4 – foam board sides clad with coffee stirrers and roof made of cardboard with cardboard shingles. It was then painted using a variety of oil paint washes (for details refer earlier posts).
Fly’s Photograpy Gallery started life as a Sarissa Precission kit. The kit was assembled and then completely clad on the sides with coffee stirrers and on the roof with card board shingles. The doors were also remodelled. After drying it was painted with oil paint washes. Clear plastic was used to glaze the windows and blinds were added, the aim of which was to restrict the view looking into the building as on this occasion I did not plan to fit out the inside.
Signage was made using a downloaded Western font and then printed in black and white using Word. It was then given a thin wash and a bit of weathering.
The figures used were once again all from Dixon Miniatures. Virgil Earp (kneeling) was given a walking cane (a pin) and Morgan Earp (lying down shot) was given a new hand holding a gun.
Images of the final diorama appear below.