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  • Adora-bubble! (Schuco Isetta, 1/64)

    Anyone hoping to see high-detail accurate shots will be sorely disappointed. I like to be a little more artistic. Of all the diminutive cars ever made, the Isetta may be my favourite. I had a little photoshoot with him today. The cutest car in small scale and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise! How can you not fall in love with it instantly? 😍

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    Now I love the 50s American boats, but they just don't have this 'cute' factor!

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    Smart parking...

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    Definitely not your LA Turnpike kind of car.

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    Showing its scale next to my TLV Isuzu Erga bus!

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    Parking - easy!

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    Coochie-coo!

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    Italians have small car style perfected...

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    Some other small cars. What's your favourite?



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    Originally posted by Koatliqua View Post
    Anyone hoping to see high-detail accurate shots will be sorely disappointed. I like to be a little more artistic. Of all the diminutive cars ever made, the Isetta may be my favourite. I had a little photoshoot with him today. The cutest car in small scale and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise! How can you not fall in love with it instantly? 😍


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    Some other small cars. What's your favourite?
    You included the Cinquecento, so all is forgiven!

    The Isetta makes me think of Steve Urkel and "Did I do thaaat???"

    One I see conspicuously missing is the air cooled VW Beetle, preferably with optional off road adjustments.

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    An up and comer, recently covered by Matchbox, is the Polaris Slingshot. I don't have any pics yet.

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    But I do have a Tuk Tuk
    The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    • #3
      The layout pictured in this thread is a wonderful diorama! One of the best layouts I've ever seen on Diecast Garage. What a talent! Congratulations!

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      • #4
        Great Diorama photos. Must have taken a lot of time to get it looking that authentic. ...The only thing that distracted me was noticing the front tire was not on correctly.!
        I felt like Austin Powers ...seeing a mole on someones face.

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        • #5
          Awesome diorama to tour around with the little car! Every time I see these little Isetta's takes me back to the early '60's when my father had a Henkel he brought back from an air force tour of duty in Labrador to his final base assignment before he retired from the military. It was such a fun little car to ride around in - the base commander had a Citroen DS and many other European cars on this particular base.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jt3 View Post

            One I see conspicuously missing is the air cooled VW Beetle, preferably with optional off road adjustments.
            I'm going to tell you the harsh truth here, and that is that I've never been a huge fan of the Beetle - I always found its origin story kind of sinister. That takes away much of the 'cuteness' for me... and now I can't look at a Volkswagen the same way ever again after those horrible monkey experiments. 😔



            Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
            Awesome diorama to tour around with the little car! Every time I see these little Isetta's takes me back to the early '60's when my father had a Henkel he brought back from an air force tour of duty in Labrador to his final base assignment before he retired from the military. It was such a fun little car to ride around in - the base commander had a Citroen DS and many other European cars on this particular base.
            That sounds like so much fun! Near where I live is the Bubble car museum, and while it's fun to laugh at how cute and silly these cars look now, you can just imagine how significant they must have been to a postwar and pre-Mini society starved of any mode of personal transport.




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            • #7
              Originally posted by Koatliqua View Post
              I'm going to tell you the harsh truth here, and that is that I've never been a huge fan of the Beetle - I always found its origin story kind of sinister. That takes away much of the 'cuteness' for me... and now I can't look at a Volkswagen the same way ever again after those horrible monkey experiments.
              My apologies if I stirred unpleasant memories.

              The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

              Thank you for your understanding.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jt3 View Post
                My apologies if I stirred unpleasant memories.
                Haha! No need to apologise. Experimenting on innocent animals is nothing new. VW originally wanted to do it on a human being.

                For those who don't know, long story short: Around 2014, VW wanted to prove how 'clean' its diesel engines were. It would do this by hooking up a modern VW Beetle exhaust to a chamber in which a human being was operating an exercise bike. The diesel emissions would, of course, have been faked by the cheat device, cutting off many of the pollutants from reaching the human. The idea then was to sell the whole world this bogus story in which VW's cars were clean, and not killing our children with nanoparticles, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.

                We know the truth now, of course. And that is that nearly every manufacturer uses 'cheat' devices on diesel cars in Europe to pass emissions laws. While Volkswagen never went through with the human experiment, it did do one with monkeys.

                In a US experiment, ten airtight glass chambers with Macaques in them were fed exhaust fumes first from a VW Beetle, then from a Ford F-250. The fumes from the VW were faked, of course, by the cheat device. The F-250 fumes were not, and the monkeys were fed highly toxic gases containing all the nasties I mentioned above. The monkeys were shown cartoons while they were being poisoned - like something out of a horror film right?

                Funnily enough, the results were not published when the institute carrying out the experiments discovered Volkswagen was fiddling the emissions and so the science was not accurate.

                The reason it was so horrific, because after all, experimenting on animals is not new and many people will defend it, is because the experiments had been in response to the WHO declaring diesel exhaust pollutants hazardous to human health, and VW wanted to prove they were not - by fixing the experiment in their favour - in order to sell more cars. A deeply unsettling and callous defiance of a global effort to preserve human life.

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                • #9
                  Fantastic layout! Totally dig the style, texture, and the full-color palette. Are the buildings all scratch built? The first photo looks like a painting. Kudos! I like the Isetta, and the Fiat, but don't know all the others. I recognize the Mini.
                  - Jeff
                  Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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                  • #10
                    Gotta like the tiny cars. You asked for a favourite and mine is the Suzuki Alto because I owned one(two) once. The other one was for spare parts because finding parts for old Suzuki is difficult.
                    It was a tiny ride. When anyone was sitting on a passenger seat and I changed to the 3rd gear, I'd hit their knee 😅

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                    • #11
                      Very nice pics. And although my favorite small car is the Bug (I owned a 71) I'd say my next fav little car is for sure the Fiat 500 (we are both Italian.....LOL).
                      Scotty "Mustang Mad Man!"

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                      • #12
                        The Suzuki is my favorite.

                        I have this casting, with a true 1/64 Oregon plate in the back, got a single-tone green one on pre-order

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Random View Post
                          Gotta like the tiny cars. You asked for a favourite and mine is the Suzuki Alto because I owned one(two) once. The other one was for spare parts because finding parts for old Suzuki is difficult.
                          It was a tiny ride. When anyone was sitting on a passenger seat and I changed to the 3rd gear, I'd hit their knee 😅
                          One up for the Alto! I love the tiny cars. So fun smashing into the passengers knee. 😂


                          Originally posted by atombaum View Post
                          Fantastic layout! Totally dig the style, texture, and the full-color palette. Are the buildings all scratch built? The first photo looks like a painting. Kudos! ​​ I like the Isetta, and the Fiat, but don't know all the others. I recognize the Mini.
                          Thank you! Playing with texture and colour is my favourite thing when building my dioramas. All the buildings are made and painted from scratch yes - and there's a yellow Suzuki Alto and a green Toyota Starlet in there.


                          Originally posted by WebeStang64 View Post
                          Very nice pics. And although my favorite small car is the Bug (I owned a 71) I'd say my next fav little car is for sure the Fiat 500 (we are both Italian.....LOL).
                          So glad the Fiat is getting some love! It's an amazing little model.

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                          • #14
                            Very nice diorama you made! I like the little cars also.
                            Here are some made by Siku starting with the dark blue 1955 model 250 made from 56-58 and the 1957 model 300 and 600 made from 58-62.


















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                            • #15
                              OK, maybe not adorable, but certainly in the micro car category. There's a dealer just a few blocks up the road from me so I see these on the streets around here from time to time:

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                              Essentially an overgrown and flattened motorcycle...Polaris Slingshot. I'd be tempted if I could sit that low to the ground still.
                              The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                              Thank you for your understanding.

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