View Full Version : Old Radio Cabinet Dioramas.

03-28-09, 11:18 AM

Don Garrett
03-28-09, 12:21 PM
John, looks like your artsy fartsy side has come out to play, I love it. I've seen a couple of POP art dio's in old TV cabinets......but I can honestly say I've never seen one in a facsimile radio cabinet before. Cool!
Major Applause from the peanut gallery.1thumbup1

03-28-09, 12:22 PM
Back before the days of plastic, radios and TVs were installed in nice wood cabinets,sometimes made of the finest woods available.
I gutted and then refinished one of these old RCA cabinets and plan to use it as a diorama for an old 1940's car that I have in my collection.Why 1940? well it was the year that this old fart was born and my parents happened to be driving a car just like it so I thought that it would make for a nice little piece of family history.
I plan to put mirrors inside to reflect the cars front and rear.I also plan to add lighting and 1940 style music that will be controlled using the knobs.The pictures will be put in a glass frame and added to the outside top of the cabinet.1gramps1

Don Garrett
03-28-09, 12:40 PM
Bravo......art for arts sake.

hot ford coupe
03-28-09, 05:37 PM
When you think about original ideas, it usually gets people a little confused. Confused, that is until you see something like this. John, this is the most original idea that I've seen in a long time. It defines the term original. This is a great idea and a wonderful extention of the old shadow box theme. It puts modeling displays on a higher level that may even be more appealing not only to the modeling community but to a much larger audience. 1clap11clap11clap1

03-29-09, 11:11 AM

03-29-09, 11:53 AM
Thanks guys! I have had a lot of great response to this idea.
For guys of my era when we were kids there was no screen to look at ,so we sat and stared at the speakers and memorized the tuning dial instead.Roy Rodgers,Gene Audrey,The Inner Sanctum etc...etc...Many wonderful hours spent in front of those old radios where the visual images were all in your head.(good training for future dioramists)We had very active imaginations in those days.
The same idea could be used using radios or TV cabinets from the 50's and 60's.Just think of the diorama that could be built into an old jukebox.

Don Garrett
03-29-09, 01:35 PM
John my friend, as usual you are a step ahead on this nostalgia warm memories gig.
I did some design work a while back for a local biz that was changing it's image from vintage rock n' roll to another theme, to shorten the tale I wound up with a couple of vintage whirly gig 45 platter players...both in working order (remember the old 45s?)

I got this image in my mind after reading your radio posts and you can see where I'm going with this for sure. I'll keep one as a working jukebox.....and it if I ever get the time....I'm thinking a working jukebox with a '50s-60s burger joint dio in the case........complete with car hops on roller skates carrying trays of munchies and frosted root beer mugs.
Tunes playing in the background...lights flashing....I think the white jacketed guys are knocking at the door screaming, dude you don't need another project.
Good stuff John....keep it coming, please.
There is no art without inspiration.gringrin

03-29-09, 02:15 PM

a great idea a model to present, pleases me much.

Extremely fitting, I will also times consider myself to make such a thing.

03-30-09, 10:10 AM

03-30-09, 11:01 AM
I plan to keep my car dioramas for my family.Here is an old radio cabinet from the 30's that could be used for display as well as storage.The radio part was long gone when I inherited this cabinet.Originally I thought of keeping it to store booze or as a stereo setup.
A few years ago I refinished it and built in the three levels of showroom type floorboards, thinking that it would be a nice place to store some of my favorite 1/18th diecasts.
The individual shelves/floors would be removable from the back for closer inspection of the cars.On the inside walls and back panel I would put behind non-reflective glass ,original pictures of cars that my family have owned over the years .(Most pictures also contain images of family members as it seems in those days everyone wanted their picture taken next to the family car.)Another option would be to build a complete automobile showroom and hang reduced size pictures on the walls.This idea could also be used for dioramas that you don't want to have on permanent display but want easy access to for viewing in -the-round.
For my purposes ,I think that this would be a nice way to document a bit of family history as well as make for a safe and easily movable display for future generations to enjoy. 1gramps1