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  1. Today
  2. Two LRDG dio's in one day. Great finish all round. John.
  3. ....and so you should be. It turned out really well. John.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Hi Major, I do like a bit of humour in my dios, if I can squeeze it in. In my 'Villers Bocage' diorama, I strung a pair of boots over a telegraph wire... very few people have noticed them hanging there. (I copied the idea from present day kids who throw their trainers over lines on their housing estates) And in my 'Lost in France' dio, there's a bucket hanging on the back of a Churchill tank that has something rude painted on it. I have a few ideas for a bit of humour for this dio as well. I do have an idea involving a bucket of paint already, so watch this space! Rearguards, Badder
  6. One funny idea for you regarding the roof, @Badder! It is from real life, but might some stupid? One house not far from here was shined up. It was given new tiles and paint. One day i passed it I saw that they had overturned the bucket with paint while being up on the roof. The black tiles had a nice green strip with paint down the tiles. This funny stripe was there for more than 20 years. It was removed when the house got red tiles. I guess it will be harder for you to "build a copy of this". (The hardest work will be to convince everybody that it is correct with a stripe of paint down the roof, but... A ladder might become better...) 8-)
  7. Thanks Clive, i'm relatively new to dioramas so i'm pleased with the result.
  8. That's a brilliant diorama, Dave, the figures really bring it to life. Great work on the vehicles too! Definitely some inspiration for mine when I get round to it.
  9. I've given the roof a coat of brick red to see how the rows of tiles look prior to carving the vertical joints between them. This has highlighted slight depressions (which are actually visible in the photo above as well as below) But I'm okay with this as it can be explained away as slight 'sagging' of the roof. It's nowhere near as bad as previously, Furthermore, the bead of CA has completely gone. There will be no tiles with ridges of CA bisecting them. So, barring catastrophes when carving the tiles, 'job done'. Just one thing I'd like to add.... some of you may query why it is that throughout my construction of both buildings, I've gone ahead and painted them, only to then 'ruin' the paint effect by carrying out further work on them. Not just once, but several times. Well, firstly, painting them helps to see what I'm doing, rather than be blinded by white plaster. Secondly, and more importantly in my opinion, by doing things this way, I am gradually building up multiple layers of colours, achieving variation in tones and shades which would otherwise take a great deal of time and patience to replicate at the 'final stage'. Nothing gets 'weathered' in an instant. It gets weathered over a long time... just like my buildings, and indeed, AFVs. TFL Badder
  10. Problems with the roof continue.... I carved down into the naff area so that there would be enough depth to accept a skim of plaster. Too shallow and there was a risk of the plaster merely flaking off the surface when sanded. As it turned out, the problem was the drying time of the plaster. Despite making a very wet mix, the stuff was drying almost instantly it was applied. This meant that I could not spread it about evenly with a spatula or level it off. (For 'spatula' read Magnum Ice Cream Stick) The plaster 'skim' then, ended up being rather thicker than I had anticipated and required rather a lot of sanding to get it down to near base level. Then I'd use my flat diamond file to get the rows of tiles defined. Unfortunately my flat diamond file proved a bit too destructive for the job, and I ended up taking off rather too much plaster in places, creating a depression or sag in the roof. Whilst this isn't a disaster (old roofs do sag) it was slightly too much of a sag for my liking. So, to skim again. Only this time I used Green Putty. This proved to remain workable for several minutes and so a better result was obtained than if I had stuck with using plaster. Using the 'spatula' I was able to spread, level and smooth the putty to my liking. A sanding stick (for 'sanding stick' read Disposable Nail File) is now being used to get the putty ready for carving the indivudual tiles. TFL Badder
  11. Hello all, Here is a recently completed project involving Tamiya's 1/35 SAS jeep and LRDG Chevrolet 'Command Car'. All completely OOB, save for some extras I added from the spares and scratch built myself. The cap badges are from my personal collection. I'm relatively new when it comes to figures, so they're not my strong point. I enjoyed adding some 'captured' German kit to each vehicle. Build thread is here Thanks for looking. Dave
  12. Thanks Major, Glad you are enjoying it. As you can see, I don't mind showing my errors, failed attempts at saves, and complete !!!! Often I see a WIP and think.... hang on, there's something that's been skipped here! I'd prefer to see their mess-ups and saves as well! And on that note, the work on the roof repair is progressing, but I don't think it's going to be completely unnoticeable when finished. I'm wondering if I can maybe have a bloke up there on a ladder and scaffolding carrying out 'Post Liberation Repairs' ? That would certainly add a bit of extra interest to the dio! Rearguards, Badder
  13. Last week
  14. Got some work to do on the HAS before getting it out again if I am going to mark out the floor spaces for the relevant equipment. Itching to get the dominie posed there though. Have a couple of kits poised for further down the road though. Not quite in the recent jet can though. Anyone seen any 1/48 buckets? Time for a Google.
  15. Amazing, @Badder! And perfect work! Wonderful to follow! 8-D
  16. I'm currently working on re-carving the stonework patterns in the walls and window surrounds, and the tile pattern where the extra width has been added. The roof tiles are proving rather troublesome as the CA has formed a tough line down the slope of the roof and this is resistant to all but heavy sanding. The bead of CA runs straight down the roof tiles, alternately running down the join between two adjacent tiles (where it is no problem) but bisecting the alternate tiles (where it is!). It is proving difficult to remove the ridge of CA without affecting the bisected tiles. I will post pics to explain the problem more clearly. (they will appear here in this post as an edit) I have considered cutting these tiles out completely and replacing them with plasticard tiles. I have also considered scraping the tiles back quite deeply, skimming over with plaster, and then re-carving. Whilst I originally preferred the first option, (it requiring less work) I am now leaning towards the second option as it SHOULD give a better uniform finish. So here's the messy joint where I had to add a section of tiles to extend the roof. (The plaster cast shrank during drying and so didn't match the length of the building.) I had tried sanding and scraping the tiles to tidy everything up, but wasn't successful. Here, I've repainted the tiles so as to show the point I'd reached before deciding to try something else. And here's where I've scraped the problem area back in readiness for skimming over with plaster. TFL Badder
  17. Hi, Macki. I've just arrived at this thread and have to congratulate you on not only your modelling skills but also your photography. Well done sir.
  18. Thanks Stix, i thought I'd make a start, I've got a bit of casting to do during the build. Panther now in the RFI section, hope you have a great weekend to.
  19. Hi Vince, Whilst I do admire Stix's vignettes and dioramas and rate his brush skills as amongst the very best, I think I might drive him up the wall if we were to collaborate on making a dio. I can say that with confidence because I drive myself up the wall. Since returning to model-making I've leant that I am incapable of planning the content and layout of a diorama and sticking to it! Hence the title of this thread. Thanks for the thumbs up! Rearguards, Badder Hi Stix, Thanks for the 'bigging me up', but I think you're underestimating your own skills when it comes to building dios/vignettes. Btw, I managed to crack the wall in half while carving some more stonework, but it's fixed now and strengthened! I hope u and Mrs Stix have a great weekend too. Rearguards, Badder
  20. Hi Vince. Thank you for the thought but Badder has far more skills and talent with regards diorama's and vignettes than I do - plus a great imagination for creating the scenes. I'd be there as a make-weight rather than anything useful! Kind regards, Stix
  21. Lovely work on the doorway Badder - I certainly can't see any evidence of it from my side of the screen. Hope you have a great weekend! Kind regards, Stix
  22. Hi Ozzy. Hope you are well. Good to see some progress on the farmhouse and I'm looking forward to the RFI photos of your Zimmeritted Panther! Hope you have a great weekend. Kind regards, Stix
  23. Nope, not yet. I didn't have time to finish it.
  24. I can just imagine you and Badder doing a dio together Stix,per eccellenza...Lovely job Badder ....
  25. Here's the wall section with the doorway blocked in with a stonework insert. The obvious outline is caused by CA which dries with a dark glassy appearance when in contact with plaster of Paris. Also visible are some repaired cracks, some chipping and a couple of holes caused by air bubbles in the casts. Some filling may or may not be carried out. I've now given the wall section a coat of brown and then dusted over with plaster dust, bringing out the stonework to see how well I've hidden where the doorway was. I think I've done a pretty good job. I also gave the roof a rough going over with brick red to see how well the added width of tiles has been blended in. As feared, the join is fairly obvious and so it will require some more work. And finally, I extended the floors and the partition wall on the upper floor so that they reach the rear wall of the building. Again, I used balsa wood. It's light in weight, splits in nice straight lines and bonds well with medium CA, so it's great stuff to use I haven't been too fussy with the partition wall. It's really only there to prevent light shining straight through the building from one side to the other. I gave the entire side wall a coat of brown. As you can see, I've not yet carved the stonework pattern where the plaster section of wall meets the plastic wall. However, you can see that by scraping back the 'joint' and filling it with plaster, the area is nice and flat so the join should be invisible. The joint at the opposite end of the building hasn't been scraped back or filled yet. I also have to re-carve the brickwork around most of the windows. TFL Badder
  26. Thanks, Gimmie Shelter and Vince 1159 Glad you liked the model. Just in case you are trying to get to my website I had to make some updates with my link. New weblink: Please disregard anything with I'll explain later. Mark
  27. Very nice work - any completed pics yet?
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