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      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.
cambridge

Italeri 1/35 Sherman "world of tank" m4a1(76)

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meanwhile, the work on the base goes on aswell. Actually the base looks like is 90% finished. i'll have to blend in the model with some extra mud applied once i put the tank in around the tracks, i'll add some water puddle, but the details and the snow effect are done. i have to say i think i've actually done a far better job than expected i hope you'll like it aswell. 

 

i have to confess a little sin. I've experimented with soda and i did it for a reason: i have no experience with snowy dioramas at all. But It actually took me so little time to prepare the base that i tought it was expandable for an experiment. So i'll keep the soda under observation over time to see if and how it reacts. But i'm not planning to use it on the actual model, i'm gonna order some Vallejo snow to apply on that and the bike, just to be sure.

 

Here's how i've done it. I've applied some grass with my DIY static grass applicator ( made with an electric mosquito racket, less than 10$ overall cost, very easy to make ), than used some spray glue over it than applied some snow with the soda and a sieve just like if it was actually snowing, and than sealed the snow spraying over some more glue. Everything seem to stay in place and the effect i think is quite good. ( don't mind the cross, i've applied a clothespin to glue it in position ).

 

the little plants are just electric copper wire soaked in tamiya putty and painted. the barbed wire is just electric wire twisted with an electric screwdriver. the mud is just plaster

 

So this is the base:

 

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here some details. Please notice the effect of the snow over the grass, i think it really gives a beautiful touch

 

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and just to give a taste of the final result, i've placed the tank over it

 

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i don't know if it's just me but it's like the camo makes much more sense and feels much more authentic just watching the tank in an actually snowy environment. 

 

 

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It's coming along nicely. The dip base looks the part. Sets off a feeling of a cold winter to a 'Tee'

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still working on the sherman by the way. Added some pigment layers, still work in progress. I've added a snow effect on the motorbike and sparkled it with dead leaves, the diorama is almost complete, i'll have to add some puddle and blend the tank mud when the tank is complete. here how it looks now.

 

i'm definitely pleased with the way the diorma has turned out

 

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painted and added tracks.

Added logs on the side. 

added tow cable. ( logs are tied to tow cable as seen in real pictures ).

decorations on the front should be the one you see there, i'll add some rope to keep them togheter.

I may eventually decide to add some single track links as extra armor in front of driver position. 

 

i still have to add figures,

- mud

- snow patches.

- ropes

- all the turret decorations including backpacks

 

but this should start to give an idea of the final look ( pigments are done on the main hull, i have to add thick mud patches around the lower hull to complete the weathering there ).

 

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I see right the first buggie front wheel is dragged by the track up? I had this in my Sherman and decided to glue the buggies solid.

Interesting diorama.

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11 minutes ago, Kris B said:

I see right the first buggie front wheel is dragged by the track up? I had this in my Sherman and decided to glue the buggies solid.

Interesting diorama.

 

you've definitely a good eye for details. :wink:  i think i'll absolutely do as you suggest before applying mud.

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Either that, or put some kind of obstruction under the track to make it seem as though the road wheel has been displaced.

 

John.

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Workable boogies is good idea for dioramas - John's proposal will work for you. Main unlucky is free standing. 

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another little update: i drilled a hole in the underside of the tank and put a screw trough it, so now the tank is officially stuck to the diorama.

 

i've added decorations to the turret. these are some backpacks i've made using green stuff and a blanket over them to protect them from snow.  i'm still undecided if adding or not two spare tracks on the sides of the turret as extra armor. apart from that i think the decorations are complete, i'm not planning to add anything else ( apart two figures ) 

 

i've started to add thick mud to the tracks. i've mixed some grass to the mud. this is also blending in the tank with the diorama. the mud work is not yet complete but should give an idea of the final result. 

 

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so here you can see the ropes, the backpacks, the bucket ( you can't have a tank without a bucket! ) and on the right the canister is cleverly hanged at the ropes and is used to keep their tension. 

 

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on the front i've added the german gas mask, and a cable reel. in the picutre one track has mud applied the other hasn't. 

 

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and here's the thick mud applied. 

 

so, what's left to do: 

- add figures

- finish thick mud on tracks

- add some lighter mud splash on the sides and back. 

- add some little snow patches similar to the ones on the motorbike

- add water puddle and water streaks of melting snow on the hull.

 

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added more mud and melting snow. I'm gonna let all set and than add some final details but we're almost there.

 

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Very dirty, but very realistic as well. 

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7 hours ago, Kris B said:

Very dirty, but very realistic as well. 

 

tanks are like titties, you want them big and you want them dirty!   B)

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do you think the camo does his job now that you see it almost finished? 

 

i mean i'm the first to admit is not the most eye-candy camo you'll see around, but is different from the usual "all white washed out" you usually see for winter shermans i wanted to do something different and original

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Another update. I've worked on the wooden base this time. Painted and laquered. That is actually something i should have done at the start not at the end but, you do errors you learn things.

Added also a plaque too but that is temporary.

i think this gives it a more classy look compared to the raw wood. 

 

now i just need to add figures, do some little fine tuning here and there but it's almost done. 

 

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