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  1. Yesterday

    HMS Belleisle after the Battle of Trafalgar
  3. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    Experimented with creating water surfaces for the river. Used tissue/toilet paper with PVA-water mixture. Used a long haired bristle brush for dabbing and forming textures and shapes of the paper mache. Trying to work out how to apply this stuff around piers, bridge footings, and ramps. Created a wake, which could be applied for the small boat. May introduce a very mild wake around the bridge pier footings. The only time the water runs fast is during a flood. Made ripples waves that come to shore at times, by rolling the brush across the paper mache (bottom right). Bunched up some mache to form a small ripple (wake) wave, as seen near the shore (bottom left). Discovered that it is not good to redo/add-to the paper mache after it has dried. It does not blend in too well. So, to do this job it will have to be done in a single session. To cover just under two square metres, it will take a while, and lots of PVA-water mix (a few litres). Also, using at least four layers of toilet paper, so I will be needing a few rolls of that too.
  4. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    Thanks Derek. I looked it up on the Milliput home page. Sounds great, just what I need. Also looked to see if it is sold in Australia. Yes it is, and in the process discovered that we also have a Hobby Tools website. They got some great stuff too. Thanks again.
  5. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    Have you tried the 2 part resins like Milliput? I have some but haven't used it yet but from what I've read, modellers sculpt all sorts from it!
  6. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    I enjoyed making the shark, and would make others if I had a better medium than DAS. QUESTION: Is there a medium which can easily stick itself together, and pliable like Plasticine, yet dries like ordinary clay?
  7. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    They are going to need a bigger boat! Another great bit of incidental humour, people are going to love this diorama when it gets home! More great work Pete, glad you've got your mojo back so to speak!
  8. Last week

    I was referring to ... to minimize costs. I am in the same boat. If it costs too much, one looks for alternatives before abandoning the idea.
  10. Going large with a Harrier.......

    Really interesting project! 8-)
  11. Had the day off today so managed to crack on with a few things and experiment with some ideas regarding this build. First though I apologise for the high number of photo`s in this update but felt it necessary to highlight what I`m trying to do and it may also help or inspire someone else who may be in the middle of chopping up a 1/24 Harrier...... So as mentioned in the previous post, drill, drill bit, file and plasticard were put to good use to create the little intake doors around the main intake. (really should find out what they are called....) It`s all a bit rough and ready at the moment, but I`ll tidy up the edges in due course and this is just to give you an idea of how I`m getting it done. Next are a series of pictures showing how I`m getting the tail to bend at a right angle. Luckily this kit comes with a tail unit for the AV-8 variant show I have used this as a test subject. First mark up the cut line and cut the half that`s the direction of the bend, starboard in this case. Then score a line on the port half but don`t cut all the way through. Next trim about 4mm off each of the starboard cut line half`s.......... ....... and then stick everything together so you end up with something like this....... You now have a tail fin that can bend to the required angle and after a bit of filler and a bit of paint, it`s a reasonable representation of what I`m after. Like I said this is all very experimental and done of a budget, so I`m open to suggestions before starting on the real parts. more soon.

    No need to buy a set, wheel sets, track and even wagon kits are all available individually

    Same here,the look on James May and the Hamsters faces when it launched and the rockets fell away was priceless...

    Thats one of my Favorite TG episodes.
  15. Thank you very much Ozzy. With regards the Pz.IV GB - I keep changing my mind as to what I might build at the moment!! Good job it's still a ways off! Kind regards, Stix
  16. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    Very nice Shark .. Ive studied them a little and Bull’s are downright bad. They have the ability to live in fresh water for up to 4 years. They caught one near St. louis missouri many years ago and thats close to 1000 miles inland.
  17. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    Thanks @Gorby for your supporting comments. Thank you @Corsairfoxfouruncle and @stevehnz for your __________________________________________________ Used some DAS modelling clay to make a figurine that requires custom building. I soon discovered that the modelling clay was not as pliable as I hoped. Small parts could not successfully be attached the the main body with wetting. So I made these parts separate, and to be glued onto the main body afterwards. Used a knife, sandpaper and small files to shape these very small parts. Then I immersed them into a PVA-water mix and let dry (again). This will strengthen the clay (less fragile). Then I used PVA to glue the parts together. Used enamel paint the paint the shark. Sorry @Gorby, not squid or crocodile. I wanted to add people swimming in the water, but discovered that nobody swims there. The reason is that there are many Bull Sharks in the area, and they have attacked swimmers in Richmond River. While waiting for parts to dry, I would alternate to altering two figurines.
  18. Hey All, The launch area is still under construction, and proceeding nicely. I have developed a plan for the Service Tower Carrier, and started with the construction. I realized that I had to establish the height of the tower carrier work surface, that has the transfer rails embedded into it, before I could establish the height of the side rails. The photo below shows the height of the side rail and the height of the tower carrier together. I just have to get everything to line up ok. In the photo below you can see the shape of the carrier rail wheels... I felt that the Revell carrier wheels I had to work with, for this location, just were not the correct shape. So working with the kit parts I reshaped these to look more like the photo above. Using the photos above, I started to scratch the carrier. I had several kit parts that helped establish the size and spacing I had to work with. The kit parts are now coming from different kit boxes, as the bashing is in full swing... As I was putting things together, I ran across parts that were shaped in a manor not originally designed. The date on the kit box is 1958, the plastic is hard and not likely to bend without snapping. I cut this piece into a bunch of parts and replicated the areas I needed to. I got a bit involved with construction, but you can see what I came up with to try and match the photos. I'm only about half way building the tower carrier. However, I have now established the work surface height, and now I can move to the tower rails. I have laid down some hand rails so you can see about where the tower rail spacing needs to be placed. So far everything is lining up good. I still have numerous items to place on the carrier, and a bit of fabrication to do, like embed the rails into the work surface, for one. I'll be back with more of this frivolity soon, so don't touch that dial....... BTW, I think I have established my people problem to a satisfactory size... Looks to be about as close as I'm going to find........ Later All.
  19. I've got one on a long term build at the moment, so I'll come along for the ride as well I'm using the Flightpath Detail set, Heritage Aviation resin and a lot of scratchbuilding on mine, as I intend having the engine partially exposed and will be opening many inspection and electronic bays! The build is current but I'm looking for detail pictures of these areas which seem to be very few and far between!
  20. 'Make a Deal' Diorama

    Brilliant. The entire scene fits great.

    I saw the episode of TG earlier when they launched the Reliant Robin Shuttle which arrived on an Eddie Stobart trailer by the launch area,would make a nice dio if someone could scratchbuild the Robin 1/50 scale...

    Don't sell yourself short on your skills mate. I've seen what you can do. The above would be a piece of cake for you. Budget wise, the diorama does not have to have the same aircraft, and the other scrap bits can almost be anything, and it does not have to be from aircraft, as long as it looks as if it comes from aircraft. As my Drill Sargent once said to me, "B.S. baffles brains". The other thing to remember is that small scale plane kits are cheaper. Carriages can be built, but I think you may have to buy a very cheap second hand toy train set to get the carriage wheels and tracks. Well, that's my two bobs worth.

    Although I love aircraft, I'm fascinated when I see crashed or scraped air-frame models/dioramas. My skill and my budget wouldn’t be up to the task, but I think this scene would make a good diorama.
  24. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    That was quick! I thought you'd need longer to rest. Glad your feeling better and very please to see the dio progressing at the usual quality. Love the little boat.
  25. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    I've been planning to have a small fishing boat (dinghy) on the river near the car park and ramp. This boat is to appear as if made from aluminium alloy, with an outboard motor. Last night, and today, spent making it from Masonite, a paddle-pop stick, scrap dowel, and a paper clip.
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