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Today I've patched up the sand on the lower level, added some scattered smaller stones & rocks so it now looks like this: The lack of surface stones to the left middle ground is to represent the soft sand the LRDG have got bogged down in! I've also had a go at painting and weathering the outcrop in the foreground: it has a bit of a glossy finish so I'm going to see what it looks like after a coat of matte varnish. And lastly for today I've given the Escarpment a base coat. There are a lot of nice nooks and crannies in this feature so this will get a coat of gloss varnish tomorrow ready for some filters and washes. I need to finish the clay seal around the back and to add some more sand topside then I can look at adding the final touches, a little desert vegetation!
Thank you, i'm getting it where I want it! If you want a more compact mud look, maybe the painted clay would be the way to go with mud pigments for ruts and the like? There is a lot of help and advice on YouTube you could refer to!
Nice covering Derek, I saw some fine Ballast when I was in my local model shop. I was tempted to get some, I also saw some Vallejo paste to. I'm after a more compact road/ track look, I did pick up some air drying clay to start the base.
OK, to correct my sand I managed to clean off that applied previously, the PVA wasn't waterproof! So some mild scrubbing with a stiff brush and a wet wipe and voila! Bit messy looking but it will do! I tried using matte varnish as the glue on the right but it came out stripey so I reverted to PVA, that's why the right hand side looks darker, its 2 layers! There are a few bald patches to deal with and some blending in on the right, but generally I'm quite happy! I'm also a little uncertain if the PVA is fully dry to the left so I'll see what it looks like in the morning.
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Hey All, One thing I have noticed about diorama building is how fast things change with the build. I have to report and post about every other day just to keep up with myself, or I'd have a hundred photos to load by weeks end. Cool for you guys to watch tho. I 'm still waiting for my supplies for the Service Tower, and the launch tower is evolving fast. The extension of the main bracing from the top of the tower to the launch pad was not so complicated to build, just fragile. The connection of the top structure and the tower body went well with no hitches. I now have a single unit for the main tower structure. This finished height might be extended even taller, depending on how I decide to pose the display at the end of the build. Off to the tower bracing extension...The frame and the platforms... This is shown temporarily placed... Now I need to get all this secured into place and ready for install to the launch pad. I still have pages of details to add to this structure, but you can see how it will add to the Revell kit. I'll be working on this part of the build for a bit. I expect supplies this weekend, then it's time to start the construction proper of the Service Tower. Thanks for watching.....
billn53 replied to billn53's topic in Ready For Inspection - DioramasThanks for the tip, Selwin. I had assumed the fire extinguisher was appropriate but it’s good to find someone who knows for sure. Fortunately I have a spare bottle so won’t need to disassemble the one I built, it was too much work to let go to waste! I have a couple of other minor things I want to do, so I’m not quite finished with this diorama yet.
Selwyn replied to billn53's topic in Ready For Inspection - DioramasFantastic diorama very atmospheric! One niggle, you need to get rid of the 1980's fire extinguisher! if you lose the wheeled stand and Long extension wand and just have the bottle sat on its own it will look like a proper period piece. Selwyn
Hi Derek. Very impressive progress with your base. I must admit I thought the patchy effect looked very natural. As to Klear - you can get the new version from Pledge. You need the Multi-Surface Wax Version. The one I've got still mentions Klear on the front. If you do get some test it on something not important first. Kind regards, Stix
PlaStix replied to PlaStix's topic in Ready For Inspection - DioramasHi Derek. Thank you very much for your wayyy too kind comments. I see so many models that I think I'll never be able to do that - so I don't try to do everything. Most of the time I know I'll never have the ability or patience! I just enjoy doing what I do and if I can get a little better with a technique each time, I'm happy. I basically enjoy the process of messing about with plastic kits - even down the removal of seam lines! Although some elements can be a bit dull in comparison to others. Kind regards, Stix
Another way to fix the sand is drip Klear over it all. Some may say it's sacrilege but I have loads of it. I then airbrushed matt base colour followed by dusting of ground up pastels (not the oil ones) for colour variation.
Have you tried Matte Medium to fix the sand? It dries matt and is also easier to remove than PVA if you get it wrong. I used it years ago for railway ballast, and if you need to modify or shift the track it just scrapes off - not like PVA!
I have obtained some sand, it's actually designed for a kiddies sandpit, but hey it was cheap! I also bought some railroad ballast in buff both medium and fine (not cheap!) which are both different colours to each other and the sand! With my original darker sand I should be able to mix a nice 'desert sand' with differing colour and texture! Whilst I'm sorting that out, I gave a bit of thought to desert vegetation. I made these grass clumps from a small dollop (Highly technical term for a quantity) of silicone glue, some hairs trimmed from a cheap, yellow bristled paint brush, a sprinkle of sand and a tint of deep brown panel line wash! Very basic method was to apply the small dollop of silicone glue to my glass work mat, cut the bristles and hold them in a 'bunch' with the bottom evened out and then poke them into the silicone glue. The silicone is stiff enough to support the bristles in the vertical (ish) position. Sprinkle sand over the dollop of silicone and let it dry. Scrape off the completed clump of grass (I used a Chisel Modelling blade) and apply the panel wash from base to tip whilst holding it upside down to avoid colouring the now sandy base. Hey presto, job done! What do you reckon? They stand about 15 mm high so at 1/35 they're approx 525 mm.
I have just come across this discussion by chance as I spend most of my time in the maritime part of the forum. I especially like this one though, my colleague has told me a lot about the Australian FFG upgrade project as he was intimately involved in it. However I am a bit more conventional and I have wanted for quite a long time to model a frigate on frigate clash from the American War of 1812, in particular the capture of USS Chesapeake by HMS Shannon. During which Chesapeake's dying captain uttered the order "Don't give up the ship" and thus created a motto for the US Navy. I have even found a source for similar ships at 1:700 scale, all I now need is time and a much smaller stash!
Thanks for the looks guys! Hey All, Building the two towers continues. I'm waiting for more supplies to arrive for the construction of the Service Tower. So in the mean time, it's back to the Launch Tower. I have now finished building the first two initial segments of the Launch Tower. The top of the tower is the part I have been working on for a while now. With all the steps involved in constructing this top level, I have now reached the final assembly of this level. The last parts for this level... I had some small stuff to work with... Test fitting, as always...These parts have a snug tight fit. The ladder cage installed... The state of things to date... The glue tube is 5cm long. The next step in the construction is to join these two segments together. I have measured the height of the two basics together, 23cm, and a mass of detail to add to these. I'll be back with what ever I'm working on next, Later........
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