Welcome to Britmodeller.com

Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to contribute to this site by submitting your own content or replying to existing content. You'll be able to customize your profile, receive reputation points as a reward for submitting content, while also communicating with other members via your own private inbox, plus much more! This message will be removed once you have signed in.

This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

  • Announcements

    • Mike

      PhotoBucket are no longer permitting 3rd party hosting   01/07/17

      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Badder last won the day on January 1

Badder had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

2,624 Excellent


About Badder

  • Rank
    Very Obsessed Member
  • Birthday 28/03/65

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    Artist, musician (drummer) writer, fresh water angling, model-making, model-destroying.

Recent Profile Visitors

1,747 profile views
  1. I think making dioramas is the best bit of our hobby. I obviously do enjoy making a good AFV, but dioramas are from the imagination and we have total freedom. There's some spectacular dioramas in here which I may one day be able to equal, but until then all I can ever do is to do my best. And do not regret buying those MiniArt Buildings! Get some latex and make moulds of the walls etc. You can then make casts, cut them up and build completely different structures with them if you wish. I mean, I've built one complete ruin and the entire rear half of a farm building using plaster casts of MiniArt buildings. They've cost me nothing except for the plaster and CA. And then you have all the spare parts too... doors, window frames, lanterns lampposts, etc, and they all come in handy. I look forwards to seeing your bush.... er... bushes and trees. Rearguards, Badder
  2. Hi Rob, Looking good. Not you, the Sherman! Well, as good as an ugly Sherman can be said to be looking good anyway. I prefer the look of the Shermans with the flat upper hulls and all the angles. I also will bookmark. Rearguards, Badder
  3. Nice photos of the T34. Now where's the model? Seriously, that T34 interior is spectacular. The rest aren't bad either! I'm guessing you are going to add mud to the Panzer's wheels at some point? Rearguards, Badder
  4. Good to see this up and running again. I guess you were using Photobucket? I hope you can get a hold of the old photos. I can't get mine. Well, I managed to get some, but the rest are blocked. Grrrrrr. Rearguards, Badder
  5. I added two more branches to the tree, one to fill a relatively open space amongst the others, and a second to do the same at the lowest level of the branches. With that done, I thickened up the trunk and softened some of the branch/trunk joints using Milliput. I used a wooden kebab skewer to gouge bark patterns into the Milliput while it was still soft. Once it has hardened I will use metal tools to add more detail. TFL Badder
  6. Thanks Rich, Photos are showing up now. Rearguards, Badder
  7. Here's the main skeleton of the tree. No more actual wood will be added. All further branches and twigs will be made using wire, fishing line and gardener's twine. Next I'll be getting out the Miliput. TFL Badder
  8. I have trimmed my bush further. The great thing about having a Gorgon's Nest is that it gives you a wide range of options for the tree's silhouette... and hence a greater choice of species. I'd like to make an oak. Or a sycamore, or a beech, but I have no way of making leaves that will be realistic enough to denote the species. So my tree will have to be 'An Tree'. Today I visited another 'Gardener's Fly Tipping' site, and found another heap of hedge trimmings. Again, I'm not sure of the species concerned, but it's possible that it was Privet again. I gathered up a carrier bag full and I'm now going through the twigs looking for some suitable for creating the lowest level of the tree's branches. So far, all of my tree's boughs and branches are vertical, or at least reaching skywards. I need some nearer the ground to reach out on the horizontal. While I'm doing that, here's a photo. I hope you can see it. EDIT... Okay, I selected 3 twigs which fit the bill, er fit the trunk. They had enough curve in them to look natural sticking out from the trunk, just below the first fork. Fixing them in place was an easy job, once I'd decided where to place them First I chamfered the ends of the branches to form good contact areas with the trunk. Next I drilled holes into the trunk, dribbled Medium CA into each and into each inserted short offcuts of paperclip, leaving about 5mm protruding. I then drilled holes into the ends of each of the branches, dribbled Medium CA into them and then pushed each of the branches onto the paperclip 'dowels' and hard up against the trunk. Finally, more Medium CA was dribbled around each of the joints. This is now the main skeleton of the tree. Photo to follow. TFL Badder
  9. Glad you're enjoying it Vince, for some reason I'm not seeing any photos I post. I can see everyone else's okay. Strange. But I shall continue posting them! Rearguards Badder
  10. Superb Matilda, and great that you've done an Aussie one. The weathering is fantastic and I love that stowage! So did the stowage come with the kit or what? BTW, forget those wingy things, it would be very interesting to see this in a New Guinea Diorama. Rearguards, Badder
  11. Hi Hans, welcome to BM. What is it about returning to models after a THIRTY FIVE YEAR GAP? That's exactly how long my absence was, and I know of 2 others that also left it that long! So, you'll probably just remember Tamiya bringing out their first acrylic paints. There were none of these weathering powders, pre-mixed washes/filters, no super thin poly, no one that I knew of used CA, the height of weathering techniques was called 'wet and dry brushing' and no one in their teens could afford an airbrush... maybe if you were lucky you'd get a 'spray gun' for Christmas. And like me, you're still learning about all these new products, and 'modern techniques' And that brings me on to your StuG.... When I joined BM nearly 2 yrs ago, people said 'if that's what you can do after a 35yr gap, I may as well give up' Well, I thought their praise was a bit over the top, because although my first model back was better than anything I'd ever done before, I knew all of its faults and compared to some in here it was rubbish. But I want you to believe me when I say that your StuG is absolutely fantastic, way better than I could do right now. So congratulations on a great job, with all that damage and the heavy weathering, It's a real dirty beast, photographed beautifully. Rearguars, Badder PS, I'm hoping you're the type to venture into diorama-making!
  12. Superb job there. Very realistic aging. And some of those rusty old trucks and cars you see out there are worth a fortune. Rearguards, Badder
  13. Hi, peeps. In the past I've glued crushed herbs to nylon monofilament in a random 'sherbet dib-dab' way, (you young ones probably won't get that, so ask your parents) but I wasn't sure if it was possible to glue individual paper leaves and get them to a) stick, and b) stick where I wanted them. So I carried out a feasibility test. The results can be seen below. The whole structure has dried, and as was the case before, the paper has now taken on a plastic-like quality and the leaves are resilient to anything short of deliberate rough handling. The leaves though are much too close together to be realistically tree-like, so this 'branch' will be going onto the building as 'ivy', probably creeping out onto the rear wall. For a tree, I will have to space the leaves out more, sprouting out from the twigs either in opposing pairs, or alternating left and right. TFL Badder
  14. Fantastic diorama. I can't fault it. I feel sorry for the puppy though. BTW, I wonder if MiniArt know about their lantern and window frame designs being plagiarised? Or were they actually spares from a MiniArt kit? Reargaurds, Badder
  15. Fantastic work all round. What a great looking kit. I love that radiator. I've got nerve damage in my fingers/hands so my manual dexterity suffers, but I look at the wiring on the engine and those bits of scratch brass and I wonder if I'd manage to make them even without my condition. Really, how do you super-detailers make such tiny parts? How do you even hold the wiring and bend it to shape? How do you manage to cut out those tiny bits of brass so neatly? Rearguards, Badder