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Badder last won the day on October 7 2018

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  • Birthday 03/28/1965

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  1. Hi everyone, I took a bit of a break from posting pics, but did continue work on the tree, adding more foliage. Knowing that I still had some more to add at the top, I thought it best to 'get in there', and spray the interior with matt varnish in preparation to adding the final effects to the boughs and branches. And I also thought it would be a good time to spray the canopy with greens. I am now adding the last of the foliage at the top of the tree. Once that has been sprayed with greens I will no doubt mess around with the positioning of the twigs, literally 'combing' through them to straighten up some of the more tangled twigs, then I'll give everything a heavy spray with varnish to fix it all. That will leave me with just one more job, to sort the base of the trunk out. I've decided, in my wisdom, to make this tree removable. It will sit nicely in this dio but when I eventually make a deciduous tree, I will be able to swap them over. This tree could then be placed in my Pit Stop dio, although, again, would remain removable as I'm going to make some pine trees to swap in and out as well. BTW, the foliage looks quite dense in these photos due to the fact that the interior got sprayed with greens and the spot lighting ventured in, illuminating it and making the foliage look more solid. In actual fact there's a lot of openess to the canopy, with the internal branch and bough structure evident in ambient lighting and even more so with back-lighting. I will post pics of the tree in both circumstances later.. TFL Badder
  2. Awesome is a word I hate, but I've run outofsuperaltives and am left with no choice other than to use it. AWESOME! Love the Jurassic Park sign! Always great to see a bit of humour! You've given me the idea to place a wheelie bin in my WWII dio. lol. Congrats on a magnificent(ah-ha, I found another superaltive) piece of art. Rearguards, Badder
  3. Getting there. By the end of this evening, I MAY have the rest of the foliage added. With lots of 'bits' of foliage to add, It's a bit like making a jigsaw puzzle without having the cover picture: this bit doesn't go here, or here, but it might go here.....nope, here's the best place. TFL Badder
  4. Personally, I'd put down a layer of dust/brick-dust on the road/pavement, tops of walls/flat surfaces first, as that'll be spread about by shockwaves, or just the wind, and settle everywhere, even if those areas weren't themselves 'blown up'. But yeah, after that what you plan sounds good, and then some more wind-blown dust just to finish it off. I've only completed one street diorama, but I just HAD to add some wind-blown pages from a newspaper, oh an a pair of boots, tied together by the laces and thrown up over an electricity cable , the WWII equivalet of a pair of trainers. lol Rearguards, Badder
  5. Joking aside, dust is a huge issue with my dio since it's been sitting around for a few years..... er... gathering dust. It's absolutely covered in it. Unfortunately the 'seafoam' trees/bushes are going to have to be replaced as trying to clean them up will have to involve a high pressure jet spray lol. The static grass isn't looking too good either, but that's easier to sort out. Everything else is fine though and once I've got my indestructible/vacuumable/washable tree done I'll get around to finishing the dio. And then I'll have to make the AFVs to go on it! lol
  6. Oh poo! I missed the voting deadline! Sorry all, but life's a bit topsy turvy at the moment and weeks are passing me by like minutes! Some truly superb pieces of art and extremely difficult to pick out 'the best'. For me it was a toss up between 5 and oddly enough I WOULD have voted for one which hasn't got many votes! And wouldn't you know it I was packing some of my stash away and found a StuG IV AND a PzIII kit I bought over a year ago, especially for this GB! GRRRRRRRRRRR! Anyway, congrats to all whether you made the deadline or not, and to the hosts of course. Rearguards, Badder
  7. The only model I've ever built that had wings is the Space Shuttle.............. oh hang on............. and Schumacher's 2001 ferrari. lol. But I do occasionally pop in to see your work and noticed the 60k mark coming up. I think it's worthy of a mention, if not a certificate/medal beside your avatar. lol. Rearguards, Badder
  8. I'm about half way up the tree now, although because the tree is wider at the bottom that means I've probably added 2/3rds of the foliage. There's just a few more branch and twig assemblies to add on the reverse side. Once that's done, the last 1/4 of the foliage will be added as bundles of 'twigs' (line) rather than 'twig and branch' assemblies. That should make things a bit easier as I won't have to thread twig-branche assemblies into the tree and attach them to suitable er..... branches. If I leave the trunk as it is, the tree will be about 2 inches taller than the original, 4 or 5 inches taller if I extend the trunk. TFL Badder
  9. It'll be the easier option, if we were in a hurry. Luckily we have some time. A lot of farm conversions/cottages that were being rented out are being sold though, probably due to the pandemic and money shortages for the owners? Dunno. It's all a bit xxxx. Still, I can take my mind off things in the meantime by labouriously sticking twigs on a tree lol.
  10. Congrats on reaching 60K Rearguards, Badder
  11. Superb. Period photos are essential for ideas, it's not always easy to think of the smaller details and photos really help get the brain in gear Love the 3D lettering as well, something I shall have to have a look at for future dios. I'm really looking forward to seeing how you handle the debris. Personally I find it the most enjoyable part of the project. Reaguards, Badder
  12. No photo update but.......... Some very bad news came our way this week in that our landlady is going to be selling the house. Sob! We love it here, out in the sticks, with the fields and woods on our doorstep. We can't imagine living back in a town and the 3 cats won't like it either! The good news is that we've been given plenty of time to find somewhere else to live before the house is put on the market. Whatever, there will be a major upheaval and an obvious disruption to my model-making. So, I'm probably not going to get much more done this year, other than finishing this tree. With that my lone goal I'm going to spend more time on it, doing the very best job I can. So, the foliage IS going on, slowly and surely. I'm about 1/3rd of the way up. TFL Badder
  13. Hi, Fantastic progress. Fiddling/altering things is all part of the fun and nearly always for the better. Your building is/was obviously quite 'modern' for the time, so won't be overly decrepit. Moss is very slow-growing so if your building is relatively new, say built in 1900, or renovated in the early 1920s I wouldn't put any more moss on. However, I can offer a tip for some extra 'growth' on roof tiles that you might find interesting, and that's to apply a water and plaster-dust wash with some green acrylic ink/paint and a bit of washing-up liquid mixed in. Stipple it on with a brush and leave to dry. When the bubbles pop they deposit the plaster dust and pigment around the circumferences, leaving patches of tiny green circles, as well as the usual green wash effects. I do have a video showing the technique and the results, To find the channel and vid, click on the link at the bottom of this post. But to whet your appetite, here's a couple of photos from my Pit Stop dio, in this forum. There are tiny circles in this photo, but you need to zoom in. The 2nd photo shows a more extreme version, which was just a test run. And back to a less-pronounced affect on a wall...... Hppe that helps. Rearguards, Badder
  14. To quote Sous-Chef de cuisine (Sergeant) B Baloney, Vietnam, 1970, 'I love the smell of coriander in the morning.' I'd already glued the tree to the empty spool of fishing line to provide a stable base, and also as something I could use to pick up the tree without touching it. The tree was taken outside and sprayed with diluted PVA, roughly 60:40 water and glue. I tried to keep the spray as 'misty' as I could, but sometimes the pump-action dispenser (a window-cleaner) got a bit clogged and squirted a jet rather than a mist. So, the tree was given a shake before being stood on a sheet of A1 paper. Coriander was then sprinkled over the tree from above, with jar being 'spiralled' around and down the tree to get the herbs on the lower branches and deeper within the canopy. The tree was then left to dry in the muggy afternoon air. Once touch-dry, the tree was put aside, the paper was folded roughly in half (without creasing it) and the herbs which hadn't stuck to the tree, or the paper, were funnelled back into the jar. I then held the tree upside down and given a second spray with diluted PVA and another shake. This time the herbs were sprinkled over the tree from underneath, with the tree held over the paper to catch the excess herbs for re-use. The tree is now sitting in the garden to dry fully. Whilst it MIGHT pass as a conifer right now, it is a bit too sparse in the foliage department. This will be remedied with the addition of more new foliage, and 2nd hand foliage from the original tree. Then new and 2nd hand foliage will be poked into and threaded in between what's there now. The very top of the tree............. an area which some might find difficult with regards to realism. The secret, people, is to have lots of vertical branches/twigs in the centre, near-vertical branches around those, and then have them lean further outwards at the edges of the tree. And don't forget, that despite popular belief, most species of 'pine tree' branches angle upwards from the trunk, not downwards. TFL Badder
  15. Calling this section 'Marginal' might get you lynched, mate. LOL But thanks. 70k is incredible really, considering I've not done much work on it for a couple of years other than mess around with the tree and do a bit of adding moss around the building. I am close to finishing the tree though, with just the main bulk of the foliage to be added. Once that's done I'll return to my Pit Stop dio and leave this one to sit for a while. The diorama base is terribly dusty though. I may pop back and do a 'guide to vacuuming and cleaning a dust-covered diorama!' lol. Keep safe my friend, Rearguards, Badder
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