MAKING A SCENE: How to model a scrap yard

Every town once had a scrap yard full of hidden treasures. DAN EVASON recreates a typical 1970s scheme in 4mm:1ft scale.

Times were very different in the 1970s and if you travelled through any industrial parts of town you would often happen across a scrap metal merchant where you could dispose of your car for cash or perhaps even find a spare part you had spent much time searching for – after all, this was pre-internet!

These yards would store and collect scrap metal until the value was at a premium. These would then be collected and taken to foundries for melting and recycling.

Modelling a scrap yard in OO gauge.

With this diorama I have attempted to create my own take on a scrap merchants that could very easily be placed on an urban style ‘OO’ gauge layout, populated with Oxford Diecast 1:76 scale vehicles and a selection of Scale Model Scenery’s 4mm scale products.


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