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Badder last won the day on October 7 2018

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  1. Hi Clive, It started well and just got better and better. A fantastic job. As I said, it's a diorama that offers many atmospheric views. Love all the vegetation. TC Rearguards, Badder
  2. That's a very neat and tidy build and some fantastic subtle weathering. The tracks look superb. How do they compare with Friuls for price? Rearguards, Badder
  3. Hi Tigercat, It's always good to have a handy background for photoshoots of your models. Whenever I've made dioramas I, like most people, make them as one-off set pieces, but my latest one will be like yours, a scene which will be a setting for photographing a variety of different models which I have made and will make in the future. With that in mind I'm trying to make my 'ruined farmhouse' to the highest standard that I can, because I don't want to look at it in a few years time and think ''that's rubbish' and have to make another one! That kind of defeats the object! I think your houses look good, but you might want to put some 'backs' on them just to stop the light coming through the windows. The only other tip I can give you is if the 'ground' is vacuformed (I think that yours is) it will be a bit bendy and springy. You can stiffen it by cutting a piece of hardboard to shape and gluing it on the underside of the 'ground', Or you could stuff scrunched up newspaper underneath and soak that with PVA. Hope that helps. Rearguards, Badder
  4. I added more chopped up plaster casts of Tamiya's brick wall set to the top of the supporting wall using medium CA, and filed and cut them so as to match the height and pitch of the wall opposite. In places I deliberately left gaps, holes and rough edges. During all stages of adding the red bricks, I coloured them with red earth acrylic ink, red pastel , red water colour pencils. plaster dust washes, white washes and dirty washes. A fair bit of 'rubbing back' was done as well to impart more variety in the colour of the bricks and or rendering. I have yet to detail the edges of the slopes and detail the damaged areas. That will be my next job. First, a 'mood' shot, with just one side of the wall heightened. The profile of the heightened wall was matched with its opposite using no more than a steel rule and the naked eye. TFL Badder
  5. Pardon? What did I say? I can't speak Spanish. I can make out 'hello colleague/mate and something to do with photos. and the 'regards' and Badder bit.
  6. Hi mate, It doesn't show up so well in the photo but those doors really are 'chipped'. Here's what they look like right now. I was quite happy with how they look, but I have decided to 'rot' them some more, and maybe take a plank or two off while I'm at it. You should know by now that no things I post pictures of will remain the same! I will have a look for your WIP. TC Rearguards, Badder
  7. Brilliant work John, It's a show stopper, a true 'catcher of the eye'. I do like the what I presume are 'breeding colours' or maybe they are male/female differences in colour. Whatever, it's nice to see. There's no palaeontological evidence for 'drab' dinosaurs and with some of them being so large there'd have been no reason for camouflage, so bright colours might have been common. I do worry for the safety of the 'lil uns' though. Probably they behaved like Ostriches with all the young staying together in creches? They'd have all been in a rush to get to the water though. Rearguards, Badder
  8. Hi Francis, I don't know what's happened. Maybe I am looking in the wrong place, but I know I've already commented on your beautiful Chieftain and dio. I've searched the WIP and here, and can't find my long page of praise (well, it was a few paragraphs, at least) So, the short version.... It's brilliant. Up there with the very best. Rearguards, Badder
  9. Masterful works as always, with literally hundreds of fantastic little details! I do agree that some fire extinguishers and a few notices for 'viewing' customers would add some nice dashes of colour to the 'plainer' areas. No-smoking and toilets signs would be believable additions? You don't mention what those crane cables are made from. They LOOK like metal, but I suspect they are fibre/chord/braid. If that's the case you could pull down on the kinked one to straighten it and then apply thin CA to the area which tends to 'kink'. That SHOULD sort the problem out. If they ARE metal you'll probably need to take them off the model, hold the cable tight between two pairs of pliers then hold the kinked section over a candle until glowing red hot, then still stretched tight, dip the cable into cold water. Again, that should do the trick. If you can't remove said cable from the model you could still do similar if you have a helper who can cool the cable quickly with maybe a water-soaked ball of cotton wool? I'd use a cigarette lighter to heat the cable, one of those 'gas-jet' type ones held sideways on. Also, protect the rest of the model from dripping water with a well positioned polythene bag or something. I hope that helps, Rearguards, Badder
  10. Hi Clive, Brilliant stuff. I love it. I look forward to seeing it in the RFI section. TC Rearguards, Badder
  11. In amongst all the usual fiddling about with things I should really leave alone, I have managed to finish off the main construction of the upper front wall, joining it to the supporting wall with more red brick plaster casts. I have to add extra height to that supporting wall and I rather fancy I'm going to raise it with a few coarses of red brick, rather than brownstone blocks. That will make it obvious that this section of the building was converted, getting rid of that problem of a low ceiling height where the roof originally sloped almost down to knee height. I do like the contrast between the roughly-hewn dark brownstone blocks and the brighter red and uniform nature of the bricks. I dry-fitted the doors for no particular reason. I will be working on those some more. I will be cutting chunks of brownstone out from the wall slope and will interlink the red bricks. I should have done that with this triangle of bricks, but I can do it retrospectively and then continue them on up the slope. Meanwhile, the inner face of the brick section has been weathered to the same character as the outer. More weathering will be done to all, with the inner face less so as it is more sheltered. TFL Badder
  12. Hi Francis, Great to hear you're back to making something again. Hopefully it will help to take your mind of things for a few hours a day? I don't know if your are providing us with a WIP, but if you aren't, maybe you should? That would help take your mind off things too. We would surely all appreciate seeing your build progress. Stay safe mate, Rearguards, Badder Hi Clive, Thanks mate, Yeah, it's getting there. I think it'll all be plain sailing from now on. Excuse me while I have a laughing fit Keep up with your excellent work. I'm enjoying watching things progress. Wishing you and yours well, Rearguards, Badder
  13. Hi Chaps, Thanks very much for your best wishes. My wife has been working from home since before the 'lockdown' because I'm high risk. I'm still unfit for work, so the lockdown has been easy for me. The wife's been my only contact with the outside world. We've been self-isolating from each other within the house, not so difficult as it sounds as I am rarely able to sleep at night due to my pains, and only really get bouts of sleep during the day when, she's working from her 'office'. So it was a bit of a surprise when she confessed to having had the virus a few weeks ago, bad enough to go to a 'hot clinic' to see if she would have to be admitted to hospital. She was borderline, so they sent her back with anti-biotics which luckily did the trick of preventing pneumonia and she's made a full recovery. It's possible that I may have caught it too, but if I did the symptoms were very mild. I did have a flare-up of arthritis, and a 24hr dry cough, and a bit of breathlessness, but that might have been due to smoking a lot! We are continuing as if I haven't caught it. This is the stupidity of there not being widespread antibody testing! On the modelling front, progress has been slow but steady. I am now in the process of raising that supporting wall in the upper middle room, so I can put a roof on, or the remains of one. I suspect I'm going to stretch the main living quarters even further and really open that up, so the interior can be seen whilst STILL having a couple of sections of roof left in place. Then it'll be on to the far end of the building, which will be more or less flattened. Stat safe. Thanks again, Rearguards, Badder
  14. I rubbed the brickwork back a bit more and thought it might look better with some 'mood' lighting.... a dark room with a spotlight. I'm not happy with the wall rendering bottom right in the photo below and will probably rework it a bit. TFL Badder
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