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  1. Beautiful work Rob. As others have said, it just draws you in. The setting is perfect as well. All in all, amazing. Matt
  2. Ahh, the joys of incorrect scale. Even with body size difference, when figures are far enough off in scale, you can see it. Not as big of a deal in more popular scales with all of the options available, but, with less populated scales figure wise it can be quite frustrating. Matt
  3. Beautiful work. That paint scheme is no joke and you have pulled it off perfectly. The struts for the landing gear are particularly impressive. Matt
  4. Looking good. It may not be a perfect replica, as you say, but, it is immediately obvious what it is. For the base of the stand, most craft stores have simple pine boards with a routed edge. A little sanding, some stain and varnish, drill a hole for the support rod and done and dusted. Matt
  5. Really coming along now Dan. The additional layers have really integrated everything together. I need to try and be more patient with my own figures and let the color build up slowly as you have done. Matt
  6. Dan, as a struggling figure painter myself, I feel your pain. While I don't have any answers there are a couple of things that might be the trouble. To me, it looks like your shadows have gone a bit more brown then they maybe should be? Like you said, it may be that they are too big as well? I wonder if the combination of those two factors is what makes the coat look more dirty then shadowed? What water are you using to thin the paint? If you are using tap water that might be what is causing the chalkiness. The flesh tones, by the way, look fantastic and I fully intend
  7. To me, it matters more how a scene looks then if the scales are different. I suspect, but don't know, that some of Aitor Azkue's dioramas mix scales and you wouldn't know it. Even items of the supposed same scale don't always work together. Try putting a 1/48 Tamiya figure next to a 1/48 ICM figure and it is pretty obvious something is off. Matt
  8. Not sure if you are looking for more references, but, if you are, there is a little bit (By "a little bit" I mean 453 pages worth) that should be relatively reliable as it was published by NASA in October 1963 located here. Matt
  9. Really nice work Rob and quick to finish up. There is probably a lesson there for me with my many stalled projects... I wonder if I'll learn it... probably not. Anyway, the whole scene is really nice. The camo painting is effective and the horses look good, not to overdone with contrast as they often seem to my eye to be. The groundwork is particularly effective, I'd say you've nailed the look of a spring thaw perfectly. Matt
  10. Got more horses planned? For the reins, one thing I have taken to doing for rifle slings, so very similar to reins, is to lay lead wire on the bench and roll over it to flatten it out. It can be a little fragile, but, it has no spring so stays exactly where you put it. Matt
  11. Very late to this thread as well, but, the best piece of advice I can give for learning about building a diorama is Sheperd Paine's book, "How to Build Dioramas". Some of the techniques are a little dated, but, as a source to help you avoid the various pitfalls and give you a good foundation of knowledge, it is tough to beat. Matt
  12. Rob, how about some unraveled speaker wire. Like so: Matt
  13. Looking good Rob. The tails look a little fuzzy to me. I wonder if some PVA thinned with water and brushed over them might knock down some of the fuzz? Matt
  14. I remember this project! Looking forward to seeing it progress once more. Matt
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