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Badder last won the day on October 30 2017

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About Badder

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  • Birthday 28/03/1965

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  1. Yose75, did it need to be so high? See what I did there? Only just found this thread. Great stuff. Superb Chieftain. Only the second one I've seen with this camo. Personally, I'd use paster for the paving slabs, and as for the wall sections, you should have made latex moulds of them so you could make plaster casts of those in the future. You've found some great figures and street furniture there BTW, Looking forward to seeing this progress. Rearguards Badder
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    I would third that. Although a cautionary note re taking the shine off the sun: mind you don't get burnt - do it at night, you'll be ok Now I want to see the film 'Sunshine' by Danny Boyle. Great film. That's REAL sunburn that is.
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    Hi Simon. I second what @robw_uk said. Winsor and Newton Galeria varnish is great stuff, especially the matt, which would take the shine off the sun if you could get close enough. Make sure you give it a good shake before use. Oh and the gloss might need two or three coats. The Jiminez vids are well worth a watch aren't they? Not sure how much you've 'copied' his techiques, but I suspect a lot is natural talent on your part. Your T34 is looking beautiful, and right up there with the very best. Rearguards, Badder
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    I've never bought Russian armour kits, but this golden oldie from Tamiya is one of those 'one day I will get myself one of those' kits. And you're sure makingsalivate! Sadly, other projects are going to last me a few years, so I suspect I'll never get around to it. Love the super-detailing and the painting techniques. Lovely greens/geen-yellows. Rearguards, Badder
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    Sherman Firefly Vc - Unimodel 1/72

    What a difference a coat of paint makes! Looking all neat and tidy now, Ian. I don't envy you having to cope with all that mad micro-detailing. Rearguards, Badder
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    Marine Mitchell

    Hi Dennis, YES, I do pop into the 'wingy things' area now and then! It was the word Mitchell that caught my eye. I've always liked the look of them and that's why I had a look. (I didn't note who'd built it until after seeing the photos) Well, that's a fine looking Mitchell, especially with that camo, and well worth the decades of waiting for the paint and glue to dry properly! Excuse my numptiness, but what's the bulging thing on the starboard wing tip? Radar? Rearguards Badder
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    Hi Stix, I'm fairly okay health wise but having issues with a manager at work, who I feel is victimising and harrassing me, and I fear I may have to raise a grievance! Not the best atmosphere to work in! But that aside, thanks for your comments. As you know, I rearranged and added to the stowage. Ammo and fuel is all very well, but I felt the crew might appreciate some food especially. And then there's the oil drum and a couple of other bits and pieces. It's very tempting to add more, but I did that with my last Sherman and looking back on it now it got a bit silly. I had a careful think, playing around with the arrangement, making sure that the engine covers weren't buried under tonnes of stowage. Only the two jerry cans need be moved to gain access to the engine compartment. Tying everything down was a bit of a chore, again, having to work out what looks plausible. A tarpaulin would have hidden everything - not what I wanted to do. A cargo net would have been nice, but I couldn't find a suitable material. Progress is slow... I've lost 3 steel helmets! But I'm getting there. Rearguards, Badder
  8. Good stuff. When you say the figures are 'a bit thick' are we talking IQ levels here, or thick in girth? The figures have good poses, if you ask me, and fit the StuG well. Manufacturers of 1/35th figures, take note! Rearguards Badder
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    Faun SLT 50-3 Elefant

    Yep, sorted. I can see it now. That was certainly not 'starting out on the easy stuff!' Not bad though. Not everyone would go for heavy mud and weathering on their first attempt, so hats off to you for that. The mud is pretty good. It's certainly been through some sludge. I'm not one for smaller scales, far too fiddly for my nerve damaged fingers. Have you thought about 1/35th scale? They are a bit more accomodating when it comes to getting the weathering looking realistic, using washes, dry-brushing, etc and also for making different textures, like gritty mud, and patches of rust etc. Reargaurds, Badder
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    Silent Running Drones

    Excellent work. Very evocative. A great film which was made more poignant by the choice of music. I look forward to seeing the 1/6th scale bio-dome and these guys doing some gardening! Your next mission, should you choose to accept it, is the existentially challenged 'Bomb' from Darkstar. Rearguards, Badder
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    Faun SLT 50-3 Elefant

    Hmmmm.... methinks u need to read 'how do i post pictures' thread. Click on Browse, click on Forums. It's in Site help and support, FAQs Rearguards, Badder
  12. Interesting project. I always look forward to seeing a wingy thing in the dioramas forum, but unusually yours will entail heavy weathering, mud and possibly even moss and mold! I edited 'rust' out of that list because I suspect the thing is predominently aluminium! Rearguards, Badder
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    I must confess that I stripped the engine oil drum,.50cal ammunition box, and two crates of K rations from my Sherman 105mm. In fact, I stripped ALL of the stowage off that other Sherman and will be using it in the forthcoming diorama. Everything here is tied down for real, none of it glued (except the knots in the ropes) I'm toying with the idea of adding this rope: This end of the tow cable needs re-grinding and tidying up. There's a couple of little things I want to add to the stowage here, but that's for another day. Currently I am working on the crew's metal helmets which will be hung on the rail above the pistol port. TFL Badder
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    Now to that pesky tow cable, which I finally made using bicycle brake cable. The 'threads' are too thin really, and there's too many of them, making the cable look too tight knit and smooth, but it's the best I've managed. The eyelets were made with fuse wire. I ground the inner edges of the 'legs' of the eyelets so that they could be pinched closer together and slide inside of the copper sleeves. The copper sleeves were just crimped in place at first, but once the eyelets were inserted I fixed everything with thin CA. And after a tidy up with a grindstone: TOP TIP: Cutting brake cable to length..... The threads of brake cable will unwind and splay apart if cut with a saw or pliers. Instead, apply thin CA to the area you wish to 'cut' then use a Dremel type tool fitted with a grindstone and grind the cable to length instead. The tow cable has to be whitewashed and weathered but will fit as per the archive photograph, tucked through the lifting ring front centre of the added armour plate. Next, that stowage at the rear.... TFL Badder
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    Bed rolls made from Hobbycraft Super Lightweight Clay. Not so much clay as squidgy stuff that dries like a rubbery foam. Like the buckets, these were just painted with Antelope Brown Acrylic Ink. I rubbed the ink back in places, using a damp brush. The glossy texture looks good for a waterproofed coat, while the rubbed back areas are more matt and look worn. And tied to the turret rails: TFL Badder