View Full Version : 1/18 Garage Diorama Models: Who's a Fan or Builder?

02-15-2012, 03:23 PM
In the last year or so I've gotten into these. I guess you could call them high end, real life perception model garages. I was curious who else has previously (i.e. long time) been or recently is a fan of these, as well as who has actually never really seen them, or atleast on this level of craftsmanship.

Future or unfullfiled aspirations can be lived out... in 1/18th scale lol.

I'll post a few pics below from a quick google search, but to turn attention to a really cool example with excellent craftsmanship, take a look at the link below. There's actually a forum for guys who are seriously into these things (because they can get a bit pricey when you get elaborate).


^ I find this guys awesome. The flooring looks great and look at the old Mercedes he built to put in it. He also built models of his actual cars that he puts in the garage in post #11.

There's a guy in the Netherlands who is well renowned for making elaborate ones that he displays or sometimes sells. You can see a very detailed VW themed one here:


Of the pictures, I think the BMW garage looks awesome and will obviously appeal here. The spare S14, or so it looks, on the floor and the two E30 M3 Evo patterend recaros in the corner are such awesome details. The poster on the wall of a E36 really gets me too.. what a cool period enhancing detail.

You can buy almost anything you can think of for these things to customize them as you'd like. Last week on Ebay Germany I saw the blue E30 M3 below which I wish I had bought to maybe someday put in a BMW Diorama of my own lol.

Cool Youtube video of a E30 M3 Diorama with working speakers and lights in the shop lol


02-15-2012, 03:33 PM
Pretty cool stuff,
I'd never have the time to put something like that together or a place to put it but I can definitely appreciate the work and attention to detail

02-15-2012, 05:07 PM
Very cool stuff -- my buddy is into it not at this level though

02-15-2012, 06:23 PM
Amazing. Like doing it, no time or space..

02-15-2012, 06:52 PM
very nice, I would like to do that one day, do they make things for 1:43 scale?, most of my diecast collection is in 1:43 scale, and most are race cars, would like to make something like a race pit with pit crew & equipment.

02-15-2012, 10:59 PM
definitely cool, but if I had the time/interest to do this, i'd fix my real car.

craz azn
02-15-2012, 11:49 PM
I used to be into stuff like this when I was younger. Everything was with 1/24 though, and I made hoists and tireracks and tons of other 'shop equipment' out of wood. I wasn't that intense with the detail though as I was more into fixing up the cars :D

02-15-2012, 11:57 PM
you wanna buy a 328is 1/18 e36 misb from me?

02-16-2012, 03:33 PM
cool stuff! wish i had that much time on my hands though.. One dayy! lol

02-16-2012, 06:00 PM
Very cool!!! That takes talent and a lot of patience :)

02-17-2012, 03:48 AM
I used to be into stuff like this when I was younger... I wasn't that intense with the detail though as I was more into fixing up the cars :D

You see the guy with the S14 on the ground in the BMW garage Diorama? Looks like he is too, he's got the spare out ready to work on lol. Maybe he can get a 1/18 engine scale EVO lower airbox with EVO III intake trumpet lol.
You catch the EVO seats in the corner too? nuts little detail but they look awesome.

I may not have the time for these as well, but that's kind of relative. What's cool is you can take your time building one of these or collecting parts.. maybe it takes you 6 weeks, maybe 6 months, it's just something cool to relax on here and there when you have a few minutes downtime to get lost in your imagination (instead of on-line like so much of the world does now instead lol). But like already said here, the level of craftsmanship on some of these is incredible.

04-13-2012, 07:28 PM
Went to a hobby shop today and only found plastic 1/24 and 1/12... Are the 1/18 ones in this thread die cast?

04-13-2012, 09:36 PM
Nice dollhouses.

04-13-2012, 09:39 PM
It's not BMW but if you like models, this fellow is one of the world's best:


Jaw-dropping. There's youtube video of the engine running.

04-13-2012, 10:28 PM
^^thats nuts

04-15-2012, 12:09 AM
Fujimi has 1:24 garage & tool kits, although you have to modify and paint all of them.. I think those vw and porsche one used some of fujimi tool stuff. Only downside is that 1:24 e30 kits kinda suck..


this is well-built example.