Car Magazine Diecast Cover Models

Alpha Whiskey Photography

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I’m sure this has been done before but someone recently asked me if diecast model cars could be convincingly used on magazine covers, with the inevitable saving in cost and time compared to using the real thing. So I took it upon myself to make a little project using images from my archive and placing them onto some made-up car magazine covers.

Arguably this is as much digital art as it is photography but it did require the use of a camera so the latter still sings true. The car shots were re-edited and placed onto a print template in Photoshop, where I proceeded to make up some (admittedly silly) magazine titles and cover text. The use of a barcode added a little authenticity (he says).

There doesn’t appear to be any particular rules on how car magazine covers are designed; most show a single car either in a pose outside or shot and lit in a studio, or in motion on a track in various angles. While I did attempt some static ‘studio’ type shots I mainly opted to make my cover models look as dynamic as possible as this is what appeals to my eye.

I also knocked up a couple of quick retro posters that might be found as a pull-out or inside the magazine.

The model cars were 1/18, 1/24, 1/36, and 1/43 scale.

Now, obviously, this kind of thing can be done with any subject; you can take your favourite landscape or macro pics, for example, and put them on a fake cover with relevant text as a means of showcasing your work. If nothing else it may demonstrate to real magazine editors that your work is worthy of a cover design.

Try it and have some fun. I did.



Background trees and leaves obviously added in post. Car was shot on a surface sprayed with concrete texture paint.
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1/36 Honda model. Spotlit with blue and yellow pen lights and smoke blown under with a vaping device.
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And a couple of retro posters...
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MORE HERE
 
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Great idea and obviously a lot of time and effort went into this - Looks like fun - However I find the
lack of a driver/drivers behind the wheel in the 'action' shots very distracting -
 

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This is neat! :2thumbs:

I bought a die cast Jeep and was thinking of doing this. I did find a few videos by railroad diorama makers who have made some very realistic scenery for the diecast models.

Luke Towan, of BoulderCreekRailroad.com, has a bunch of videos on diorama making. This intro one has a lot of info on making a dirt road for the model. Even growing tall grass blades using some electrical charge device.


I even put a small blue LED on the end of a long black brass tube so I could draw in some headlight beams off the Jeep onto a road using the "Composite Mode" of the Olympus. Now if I ever get around to doing it....
 
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I own a Corvette, and at every opportunity I fold myself into the seat and think, "The 'Vette gets 'em wet."

I'm not quite sure who "'em" is, but I imagine they'll show up sooner or later.

Nice work.
 

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Impressive! I like not only the shots but also the graphic design.

Clearly it was a lot of work and a lot of attention to detail.

Well done!

Cheers, Jock
 

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I’m sure this has been done before but someone recently asked me if diecast model cars could be convincingly used on magazine covers, with the inevitable saving in cost and time compared to using the real thing. So I took it upon myself to make a little project using images from my archive and placing them onto some made-up car magazine covers.

Arguably this is as much digital art as it is photography but it did require the use of a camera so the latter still sings true. The car shots were re-edited and placed onto a print template in Photoshop, where I proceeded to make up some (admittedly silly) magazine titles and cover text. The use of a barcode added a little authenticity (he says).

There doesn’t appear to be any particular rules on how car magazine covers are designed; most show a single car either in a pose outside or shot and lit in a studio, or in motion on a track in various angles. While I did attempt some static ‘studio’ type shots I mainly opted to make my cover models look as dynamic as possible as this is what appeals to my eye.

I also knocked up a couple of quick retro posters that might be found as a pull-out or inside the magazine.

The model cars were 1/18, 1/24, 1/36, and 1/43 scale.

Now, obviously, this kind of thing can be done with any subject; you can take your favourite landscape or macro pics, for example, and put them on a fake cover with relevant text as a means of showcasing your work. If nothing else it may demonstrate to real magazine editors that your work is worthy of a cover design.

Try it and have some fun. I did.



Background trees and leaves obviously added in post. Car was shot on a surface sprayed with concrete texture paint.
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Wow!
Very well done.
Some of them are very close to real.
They sure trick anyone that doesn't know how it was made.
Thank's for sharing!
 

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These are fantastic!!! Did you (or do you) work professionally as a graphic designer?

If you are not already familiar with it, look up "forced perspective" and/or photographing scale model cars on YouTube. There is some crazy good stuff going on out there. Look also for Ken Hendricks and Larry Patchett.
 

Alpha Whiskey Photography

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These are fantastic!!! Did you (or do you) work professionally as a graphic designer?

If you are not already familiar with it, look up "forced perspective" and/or photographing scale model cars on YouTube. There is some crazy good stuff going on out there. Look also for Ken Hendricks and Larry Patchett.
Many thanks. I make custom posters of toys and model figurines for private clients. (Actually I just make the images - they use them to make posters and such :))

I've seen some of the stuff on YouTube. Some of the effort people make is fantastic.
 

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