For years now I have been wanting to do a large canal crossing scene,I already have many details but I was just lacking to space to do it,I have a room that is almost 12X12 which I had planned on using but it was full of building left overs from the installation and reconfiguring of two trailers,I had one small connector hallway to finish before I could get rid of the leftovers,once the temps started to drop I finally finished the hallway and cleared out the room!
There is a cabinet shop up the road that gives away some beautiful pallets,they include in each pallet,1 sheet of 1/2 particle board 44 inches wide and 6 foot 7 long,2-2X4s 6 foot 7",2-1X4 6'7",4 2X4's 44 inches long and 4 1X4's 44 inches long,a lot of material! And to top it all off it's all held together with sinker screws,so you just unscrew everything and you can reuse the screws!
The diorama table top is going to about 7 foot square,the room is almost 12X12 but I wanted to be able to have access all the way around,the table will be stout enough to climb on but it's a better presentation if people can walk all the way around to see details.
The canal is only 24 inches wide so it will be 12 foot wide in 1/6th,more of a secondary canal rather then one of the big national canals,some detail I want to work into it is the crane I built a couple years ago on a small loading dock and a blown bridge which the GI's will be working to rebuild,I would love to do a single span Bailey bridge but I'm pretty limited to materials in my area so they may just be laying down some big timbers for now.
Here is where I am right now,I have it all framed up and anchored to the floor ready for particle board.
One thing I have been contemplating is using real water in the canal! Line the whole thing with chicken wire then lay in fiberglass,we'll see when I get there.