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  2. Stunning job! The natural lighting and background really brings it to life. We're these land fill compactors used for road work?
  3. Hello Nick, that is truly a magnificent diorama. You mention the figures from your friend but could you give us more of an insight into those and to the buildings? I like to attempt dioramas but I end up with very stilted figures and my buildings come from kits, each looking too toy like. I would appreciate learning more on your technique on the buildings and those Afghan figures please. Also, what size footprint does that diorama cover? Best Wishes, Mike
  4. Yesterday
  5. Excellent work, and a great story. Keith 😁
  6. That is very good! An unusual story, it shows the more 'human' side of the conflict restoring roads. Great backstory, detail and presentation. Keith 😁
  7. Hello dio builders, This is a project I built ten years ago. It includes a scratch built sheepsfoot roller, a heavily kitbashed M1083 to represent an armored dump, a detailed MATV, several figures, and of course the dio, which is intended to represent a rural Afghan village. The idea came because I had an acquaintance who was an engineer serving in Afghanistan in the early to mid 2000's, where he operated heavy equipment, and provided plenty of insight and help. This project holds sentimental value for me, as a fellow model builder (Romain Baulesch), who was truly a master model builder, who contributed some figures to the effort and provided greatly appreciated critique along the way. He has since passed, which is a loss for everyone who knew him. While I treasure the figures he sent, I value his friendship, mentorship, and patience even more. He was quite direct with comments and criticism - but with the obvious intent of helping us to improve - someone I greatly appreciate having had the privilege to have known. When I finished the project I was pleased with the build, but the photos were awful - that is, the pictures were fine, but, I like taking outdoor pictures of the finished build, but, as I live in an urban area, it is difficult to get images without visually overpowering backgrounds. Within the last few years, I have figured out how to crop out the unwanted background images (ie vastly out of scale everything), and how to impose what I want of the photo over a context appropriate image. This is a lot less high tech than it may sound, but, I like the results. Happily, I still have my original photos, so didn't need to to take the project out for new photos, which was good, as it was cold and rainy today! Ok, on we go: The idea behind the dio is an engineering team in a rural village working on the roads, along with locals offering their thoughts on all of it - the two guys not dressed in BDUs/ACUs or local clothing could be contract engineers. Well gents, this was fun to take some time to revisit, and I hope you enjoy seeing it, and thanks for having a look - Cheers, Nick
  8. Last week
  9. Hmm... interesting. The photos are still not matching with what I think I'm seeing. It's either my phone or me! Never mind, the important thing is that I'm happy with it. The next step is going to be some fine splattering. I think quite a bit of practice on scrap pieces is called for. I believe that strips 30' wide either side of the peri-track were flattened, graded, turfed and regularly mown to provide suitable areas for parking and maintaining aircraft without clogging up the hard standing, while the grass further away was left longer between cuts. If that is true I certainly have enough space to model it, I just haven't decided how! That's probably it until Tuesday or Wednesday. Onwards and Upwards!
  10. Definitely an improvement. This is much more like the dirty concrete effect that I was aiming for. I wetted each slab with water from my brush rinsing jar, randomly dabbed on IDF Sand Grey from the Vallejo Air range, which I had ordered by mistake, and then evened it out with a very wet brush. I did this for each individual slab in a fairly random pattern until they were all done. The colour is more yellow-brown than in the photo. I might try to get a better shot in natural light in the morning. Thanks for looking! Murray
  11. Thank you Peter, a genuinely interesting read. A lot of tips and tricks there. Plenty to read there along with the rest of his works. RIP longshanks.
  12. There's a (sadly) uncompleted diorama by the late Longshanks in the maritime section that may help with some tips
  13. Hi all, A simple question which has been annoying me for the past fortnight now, just how do you paint realistic stones cast from plaster? I'm tired of all the warfare in modelling, so am starting some vignettes of stone circles, dolmens etc. Starting with this standing stone, the question is how to make it look real? So far I've primed it, sprayed it with various tamiya acrylics and given it a few coats of matt varnish. I also cast a practice piece which has been treated the same as the real piece, that has been subjected to clay, enamel and oil washes and actual attempts with plain oil paints. I haven't found anything I'm happy with yet. Unfortunately, all the guides I've found don't really show much for the stone shades I'm trying to paint. (yellow rocks on railroad layouts) These are the sort of stones I'm taking inspiration from. I already have plenty of ideas on how to tackle the lichen and moss etc, its just the basic "rock" toning that I can't figure out at all. To those who paint stones for dioramas and vignettes, how do you do it? Thanks, James.
  14. We would occasionally get visiting helicopters like this Gazelle
  15. Thanks for this. I've looked at these but they include far more parts than I want, this time. I think it's back to scratch-build, which is fine by me - all good practice.
  16. It's my first evening back at the bench for a while and I've been experimenting with getting some colour onto the peri-track without the use of an airbrush. This is a very thin, and deliberately patchy, wash of Vallejo Dark Sand with random hints of Brown Sand. If I was doing a desert, or Pacific island, scene with sand blowing across the concrete I'd be chuffed to bits, but for East Anglia in winter it's a work in progress. You can see where I started in the bottom right hand corner with far too much Brown Sand in the wash, but I think it will be fixable. Life is complicated, so this might be my only post this week. We shall have to see. Thanks for looking anyway!
  17. Made a start on some flightline fire extinguishers. I need to make 3 of these, One for each pan.
  18. Thanks Jim. The good old days, eh? Thanks a lot.
  19. The new Airfix kit includes the rear boarding steps kept in the aircraft, Eduard and Airwaves etch sets for the DC-3/C-47 also include these steps.
  20. Hello folks, I'm having trouble sourcing a suitable boarding ladder in 1/72 scale for a British paratroop Dakota Mk.III diorama that I'm working on. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  21. Great detailing on the figures and this Dio.A sad outcome for these brave men.Nice to know they are remembered and immortalised on such fine work. Cheers Jim
  22. Little things yes but on a grand scale 👍 so life like.The STP. Sticker brought back memories l had one on the back window of my car. Jim
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