The Green Hell . A diorama of one of the world's most notorious racing circuits: the Nürburgring. . Hello again citizens of MOCpages! I know I've been fairly inactive for a while, but with good reason: for the last two months I have slowly been working on an entry for ShannY's Vig/orama Contest. Pretty grand, huh? So I wanted to push myself and build the best thing I possibly could with my current skills and parts. My diorama depicts a segment of the famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany (and more specifically, the Döttinger Höhe straight at km 17) during an average mid-seventies 24 Hours of Nordschleife race. Anyway, for those of you need some background info on the Nürburgring or just a little refesh, I wrote up this little paragraph:
Nürburgring: A Brief History
The Nürburgring , known simply as "The Ring" by enthusiasts, is a circuit finished in 1927 around the town of Nürburg. Nürburgring's Norshleife layout as of the 1970's was 22.8 km (14.2 mi), the configuration of which this diorama is based upon. It proved to be one of the most challenging racetracks in the world, and was nicknamed "The Green Hell" by driver Jackie Stewart. To this day, the Nürburgring remains as the ultimate circuit that pushes motorists from all around the globe beyond their limits. (more)
NOTE: This build is just a representation of an era in motorsports. Everything might not piece together or be historically correct (i.e. I don't know if Datsun 510s ever competed in 24 Hours of Nordschleife). Just try to enjoy the creation for what it is.
So, with that said, on with the show!
Front angle of the diorama, showing most of the action.
Back view. None of these pictures have been photoshopped, except for a patch-job on one of them, and of course, the last shot.
Top view. As you can see, one side of the track is way busier than the other. The left side is on the outside of the circuit, and the right side is the inside.
The first car is a '68 Datsun 510 racing for Pirelli tires. It features a rare widebody, a lowered suspension, and the classic capped-off headlights.
The second car is a heavily modified '73 Porsche 911 Carrera RS driving for Brumos Racing. Gigantic air scoops were installed onto the sides of the car. Notice the standard Brumos Racing paint job: blue and red hood with orange lining.
The main grandstand.
Alternate angle of the grandstand.
Close up of the crowd. Choosing and posing them was probably the most fun part of this project. Some are standing and waving flags, while others are just sitting in the top row enjoying a drink :D
Fans and paparazzi alike form a crowd around the crashed car.
A medical technician jumps the fence and rushes to the crash site.
My SNOT-embedded skid marks.
A film crew covers the crash
Alternate view of the film crew. I'm really pleased with how the wire is being fed to the camera.
Two hard-core enthusiasts were able to make to the interior of the track.
A track marshall waves the yellow flag, cautioning oncoming cars.
This poor woman has appeared to have dropped her camera over the fence!
I added your typical under-the-bleachers stuff: overgrowth and trash.
My double-layered racing fence. I tried to make the color of it switch between light grey and day grey for a more random appearance.
The cars turned out so nice that I couldn't let them go without a few individual shots. On the right is the Datsun 510 and on the left is the Porsche.
The Datsun is hands-down my favorite of the two. Maybe it's the cute yet aggressive styling, maybe it's because I built after the Porsche, I don't know... It just has that sassy personality like the old "Hot Candy" tuner I built a long time ago...
Rear angle. Notice the little exhaust pipe sticking out the back: minifig hand. Old trick of mine ;)
Interior includes a headrest, fire extinguisher, and shiftstick.
...And here's the Porsche. A little rough, but still decent. It's definitely a more difficult shape to capture than that box-of-a-Datsun :)
Rear view. Notice that the rear tires are larger than the front ones.
Interior has your standard headrest, fire extinguisher, stick, and — Ooh, some controls! Nice!
Television just keeps going downhill!