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  1. This will be my first 'diorama' base since way back in the last century--1988! Eventually I want to create a series of bases I can use for RFI images on the Forum with different basic looks: snow, greenish grass, desert sand, etc...nothing too crazy yet. So I am starting small. This will be a simple dry dirt road with some grass on the side, etc...you get it, right? In the old days we use Plaster of Paris or that stuff for train sets that was mostly vermiculite. You had to put down a mesh screen first so it would stick. I am hoping this acrylic mix will work without the mesh. I mixed a few spoonfuls with a very small amount of tap water and now I have this. I will let it set up a bit and sculpt the road running through it, then when it is dry I am hoping to be able to sand it some and so forth. It looks like MacArthur's Park, i.e. someone left the cake out in the rain... Wish me luck! --John
  2. EGNT Newcastle Airport Main Terminal Pier 1/144 Firstly I must say I'm not sure if this project belongs in the diorama or civil aviation thread but I'd thought I'd appeal to the small number of airliner fans as I'm going to need some expertise on the way. Some of the aircraft I'm going to make are going to be conversions and from some dodgy kits (minicraft). Newcastle Airport is a very small airport and it's only terminal is served by a pier surrounded by a handful of aircraft. Despite the expansion of the airport itself the pier has looked the same for the last 30 or so years which has hosted a few eras of civil aviation and numerous different types of aircraft. This give me an idea of building the whole pier which would give me a choice of what era I want to exhibit. Some include:- late 1980s - Wardair 747-100/200s, Britannia & BA 737-200s early 1990s - Britannia 767/757s, Caledonian L1011s or DC10s, BA 757 & a320s (landor) early 2000s - Flying Colours & JMC 757s, Monarch a330s, Air2000 a320s 2010 to now - this is the era I'm going with, there will be a few discrepancies for sure but this diorama is going to coincide with the outgoing Thomas Cook 757s in the old livery and when easyjet introduced the bandana livery and I'm toying with the idea of at least one easyjet in the old livery. This may be too early to introduce the easyjet a320neo but I've got the kit so what the hell. here's a rough look at the set up.... Stand 3 - this is always reserved for BA and is only 1 of 3 air bridges. This stand can accommodate the whole a320 family but I'm going for a bog standard a321 by Zvezda Stand 4 - This side of the pier is mainly for domestic routes but can change depending on availability. Stand 4 will accommodate a Easyjet a319 in the old or new livery. I haven't been able to get a Revell A319 kit yet so I'm going to take apart an old a320 kit. Stand 5 - Easyjet a320neo by Zvezda Stand 6 - Easyjet a319 (need to find a cheap Revell) Stand 7- The airport is now dominated by Jet2 the 737-800 is now the most common jet. The zvezda 737-800 is the obvious choice. (red and silver livery not that jet2holidays horror show) Stand 8 - Another 737-800. With the sight of old TCX 757s it will be Thomson and not TUI. Stand 9 - also stand 30 depending on the size of the aircraft. This is always the Emirates 777 spot and the A330 before that. However its also common to find the TUI dreamliner here or before that First choice or Thomson 767. I've got an old zvezda 767 I'm busy tearing apart so I thought I'd go for the latter. Also for the sake of a balanced diorama I thought the Emirates would be too big! This will have an airbridge. Stand 10/11 - Stand 10 and 11 are primarily for slightly larger narrow body sized aircraft so the 757 is a good fit. I haven't decided if these are going to be TCX or Jet2 or a combination of both. The kits I have bought is the well criticized Minicraft C32 kit of hell (I'm going to need some advice with these). If I go with Jet2 I'm going for scratch built winglets and the red and silver livery. The TCX will be the sunny heart blue livery. Stand 10 has an air bridge. Stand 12 - KLM 737-900 or AF a318. To be honest I fancy making both but I'm leaning more toward the 737-900 as I may be sick of airbus by the time I've done BA and 3 EZYs. I believe no kit exists for the 737-900 apart from Authentic Airliners which is not available but I'm up for doing a conversion. I've also been given some advice to avoid the Eastern Express A318 kit and do a A319 conversion instead. Although this stand is often reserved for KLM/AF, I'm going to have to check that this stand can accommodate and aircraft the size of the 737-900. Most often you'll see the 737-700 or the Cityjet RJ85 parked up. in this example the furthest Easyjet on the left is in the wrong place. This is where the BA A321 shuttle will be Stands 1 and 2 exist but will likely be out the picture unless I decide to make the whole terminal! more content to follow...........
  3. No Fishing- Pripyat Marshes Near Chernobyl 1942 This is a fictional diorama of what might have taken place, its set outside the town of Chernobyl in Vyshhorod Raion of northern Kyiv Oblast. There are three characters in this diorama. Hans, Misha and zhadnyye kishki (greedy guts). Today is Hans birthday, he turned 21 today and his commander has given Hans 24hrs off work to celebrate, what does a fishing mad German from Wittenberg do in the middle of Russia on their birthday? Spend it fishing of course! Its not like there was much else to do really. Hans was part of the 213th Division that provides local security for convoys of supplies going east. Hans found some line, fashioned his own rod and used some of the flies that he brought from home. He found the little jetty with a sign that one of the villagers told him said No Fishing in Russian. Such a sign was an affront to any fisherman and Hans duly took care of the sign, besides he thought this area is under new management. Hans hopes to land a good sized catch but he is about to land something he didn’t expect, a rotting old Russian boot! Misha the cat, observed the human walking down to the jetty and in her experience humans tended to be a good source of food, particularly scraps of tasty fish, this human seemed friendly not like the other one the commissar, a nasty kick in the ribs from a boot taught Misha not to get caught anywhere near that one, although she hadn’t seen much of him recently not since the terrible thunder came and went. Now if Misha can just convince this human to part with something nice… zhadnyye kishki (greedy guts) was a wylie fish, as he had grown many had tried to snare him, but it was like he could sense when something wasn’t right, when a fly was just to tempting, it was this and this alone that had saved greedy guts from the many dangers that these waters held for a Carp. Greedy guts quietly loitered under the reeds and lillies of the marshes as he sought out his next meal. The Build I used ICMs 1/35 scale German Armoured Vehicle Crew, and I mixed and matched the set to get the figure sitting with the right pose. This is my first foray into figures and I was lucky enough to get a master class in figure painting from a good mate, Don (Cheers mate!) I think I definitely need more practice with figures right enough The diorama was built with a photoframe, turned upside down , epoxyed in and sealed with bathroom sealer, next I used foamboard to build up the terrain and then used tile grout plus brown paint to form the terrain, I added some gravel ballast from the garden to give me the boulders. I used a scribe to create the three plastic side for the diorama then cut the fibreboard that was the photoframe back for the fourth side , painted it to match the frame. For the pier I gathered some twigs from woods, and I had some 1mm jute twine, I used the twigs to form the pier used a hot glue gun to stick it together and used the twine as rope. I took my first foray into oil paints and used some to paint the pier. The grass is a mix of 2 and 6mm static spring grass. The reeds were a pain in the bottom, I tried a few things, I used the bristles from a cheap paint brush, as in one for your walls, I put some painted brown grout on baking paper, soaked the bristles in green paint and when dry stuck them in the grout, I let the grout start to dry out as well and that seemed to work better than when I tried initially, when the grout was “wet” the bristles would fall over. The little tufts were done slightly differently the were painted then I took a small bunch and glued them with a hot glue gun and I dipped them in water to solidify the glue, they were then stuck in the semi dry grout. The lillies are Fimo clay, rolled some flat, then used some metal rods as a cookie cutter and then further thinned the disk of clay, cut a notch in them , baked them and painted them (BTW I tried Fimmo’s green clay and that was a bust, it seemed wetter than the white and seemed stickier so the lillies ripped , not sure if it was me or the clay is different? ) Greedy guts the fish was just a lot of experimenting until I got the right shape for a fish, then baked and painted roughly like a carp. The boot and fishing line (black thread) was set on the base and the resin poured adding in Tamiya smoke to make the water murky. Three issues with the resin that I need to try and improve on, 1 bubbles, I managed to get most of them, however the area that was a right T$%t was around the reeds , I tried to get my mini blow torch in there to get the bubble and only succeed is setting fire to some of the reeds, so I needed to live with the bubbles, second I was pouring the resin in layers and I managed to get get a drop of water on the wet resin, there was a horrible reaction where it formed a whitish skin on the surface and when it dried I had several holes in the resin, I tried to fix them but it didn’t work all that well, I will just need to live with them and be very aware of that in the future, lastly I managed to get resin on the Perspex sides and scratched it trying to remove it, I think next time I use perspex I will leave the film on as long as possible. All in all a longer build but I enjoyed it , and I enjoyed creating the story to the diorama, I wanted to build something that was military related but like not a battle or war scene , kinda of military downtime type thing. Any tips or advice welcome Making The Lillies First pour and Greed Guts In And the finished results Thanks for reading this far Mark
  4. Hi all, I just finished my build of the Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275s on 1/24 scale in a diorama. It cost me more than 300 hours to complete this! I hope you like it and for those interested in how I built this, a comprehensive how to is shown on my video channel. All the best! Rob
  5. Dear Fellow Modelers, For the realization of a diorama, showing the Fairy Gannet on the aft elevator of a British Large Aircraft Carrier, I am desperately searching for some detailed pictures of the elevator area and if possible, some pics with the Gannet on the elevator. Important are dimensions of the elevator in connection with the Gannet. A gentlemen, that had worked with 849 Flight told me, that Gannets were only brought down or up from the flight deck on the forward lift. If so, can some specialist explain to me what was the reason for this sequence. To me, the aft elevator looks larger than the front one. As for pictures: I did search the internet and even a fellow modeler came by to bring his 4+ Publication. Hundreds of beautiful pictures, but none of them on the elevator. Any comments are most welcome. Highest Regards, Orion The Netherlands.
  6. Manufacturer: Mister X (SHADO Mobile) and S.H.E.D Models (Gerry Anderson’s UFO) Aftermarket: Pressed cardboard cake base from Hobbycraft, Air drying clay, Car body filler (Bondo), Woodland Scenics olive green bushes, Woodland Scenics light green clump foliage, Woodland Scenics buff coarse gravel and Woodland Scenics C1289 / spray or brush adhesive. Paints: Mr Hobby Surfacer 1500 Black, Mr Hobby Aquarius H89, Tamiya XF-18, Tamiya XF-16, Tamiya X-2, Molotow Liquid Chrome and Americana Burnt Umber. Weathering: Flory Models Dirt Pigments. Link to build thread 1: Work in progress of the SHADO Mobile Link to build thread 2: Work in progress of the Gerry Anderson's UFO Hi folks, I am calling this classic 70's TV Series diorama done. I bought the vac formed / white metal kit about 6 years ago and I always wanted to build it in a forest diorama with a SHADO mobile in pursuit, however finding a suitable scale sized model was proving difficult at that time. Fortunately, I spotted this little resin kit of the mobile on eBay from a local seller close to me and the build plan was put into action at long last. I had a trip down memory lane with this build and I am pleased with how it turned out. As luck would have it, I picked up a second UFO kit from the same now long gone manufacturer a few years back, so I have future plans to build it into a moonscape diorama. I might even have the ship spinning as in the series, but hopefully without the wobbles! Bye for now and happy modelling.
  7. As promised and inspired by @Model Mate scratch built Pierce-arrow aa truck I thought I'd have a crack as something far more basic and manageable (as first venture/attempt). I wanted to use brass but chickened out, as I don't have right tools for this. Instead I used Evergreen abs, a bit of a paper clip, bits of spare sprue, some string and stretched sprue and some off cuts from a brass PE section (ie- a load of old tat I had laying around!) Voila, here it is a ML-3 inch mortar. This will eventually feature in my next diorama, which will appear in the RFI diorama section, in the new year. It'll be call 'Rounds Complete' and be set in Arnhem with a single figure. It'll have many more scratch built items such as: Vintage pictures, a rocking horse, tables, chairs, ammo boxes, maybe a guitar/violin case, tarps, stowage, gas lamp, books etc etc. I might add a few pics here as things progress. Its a bit rough around the edges, far from perfect but I'm reasonably happy with it. Before paint: After a bit of additions and paint: Thanks for taking a look Paul
  8. Wooden Crates with Fruit (35628) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd Fruit gets sold in boxes quite often, and you can choose which pieces you want from the box, pop them in a bag or place them on some scales and then pay for them by weight. It has been this way for as long as fruit has been sold, and although modern supermarkets would have you buying your produce in superfluous plastic bags or cartons that end up on the rubbish tip, the old ways are best in this instance, and they can’t hide rotten or bruised pieces from your view. This is why my SO doesn’t let me go shopping with her. The set arrives in a shrink-wrapped end-opening figure box, and inside are nine sprues in grey styrene. As is common with this type of set, the instructions and painting guide are on the rear of the box, showing what’s included and giving painting instructions linked to a colour chart at the bottom, giving colour swatches, Vallejo, Mr Color, AK RealColor, Mission Models, AMMO, Tamiya and colour names. Close-up of the 'nanas and melons Double height boxes are included for displaying the fruit that is included in the set, and there are a total of sixteen on the four sprues. The instructions also show what fruit is which and how to make the boxes up, starting with the moulded layers that fill up the bottom of the boxes. In addition, there are a substantial number of single pieces of fruit to add to the boxes to give them some individuality, and both types of melon are supplied in halves, with the interior moulded into them in case you wanted to show any of them cut in half for display, or for eating (by model figures, not humans!). You also get advice on which colours to use, just in case you’re not familiar with the colour of any of them. Here’s a list of all the boxes of produce you’ll find on the sprues: 2 x Pears 2 x Lemons 2 x Green Apples 1 x Oranges 2 x Kiwi Fruit 2 x Red Apples 1 x Pomegranate 2 x Peaches 4 x Individual Melon Halves 4 x Individual Watermelon Halves 10 x Double Bunches of Bananas 2 x Empty Boxes Conclusion There’s not a lot to say other than if you’re in the market (pun!) for some fruit in handsome wood-effect boxes, you need look no further. This set has boxes of fruit that shouldn’t give you the pip. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Hi guys I’m new to this group I wanted to ask if anyone has built this Air Force hanger 1/72 or 1/144 scale? I wanted to ask how sturdy it is and if you have a video or more detailed instructions on how to build. I don’t mind what scale your hanger is but as long as it is the one in the link below because they have the same instructions but are not much detailed. Thank you. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274228779760
  10. (Yes, this one’s the 1/72 model too! ) Here's my attempt at ZA560, a late-model GR.4 in the special livery of 41 Sqn. Not up to the incredible standard of some builds on here, but looks convincing enough from a distance. (Especially in that first diorama shot, where it's partially in shadow!). Kit: Revell 1/72 GR.1 Tornado Paint: Hataka Red Line acrylics, mostly airbrushed but some brush painted bits. Mr Color gloss clear, then oil weathered, decals added, and a coat of Winsor & Newton matt varnish to seal. Decals: Xtradecal Tornado GR4 specials (plus some from the kit and some from Eduard's Tornado stencil sheet) Aftermarket mods: plenty! Wings with dropped flaps, wing gloves, replacement nose, Paveway IVs, BOL rails and the "Aircraft armed" sign decal all from Air-Graphic models. Aires resin cockpit set. The Sky Shadow, BOZ and Litening pods were Eduard Brassin. Eduard "Remove before flight" tags. Landing lights were some crystal gem-type decorative kids things from Hobbycraft, only because I dropped one of the kit ones on the carpet and never found it! These are a little bigger and better-looking anyway. Scratchbuilt various antenna from plasticard, and those intake covers from tissue paper and PVA glue - not perfect but they're removable! Thanks for looking.
  11. Vignettes MUD Acrylic Textured Pastes Light Earth (A.MIG-2152), Sand (A.MIG-2156) & Vietnam Earth (A.MIG-2159) AMMO of Mig Jiménez Creation of ground works have been revolutionised by the introduction of pre-prepared pastes from various manufacturers, and now we have this range of texturing products from AMMO in smaller 100ml pots with a white screw-down lid. Each pot provides a different colour and texture of paste to be used in specific circumstances, as per the name on the front of the label. The pots are pre-sealed by thin tear-off covers that come off when first opened, revealing the glutinous mass beneath, and here you need to be careful, as shaking the pots can introduce bubbles that aren’t easily dispersed in the thick liquid. If you put the pot down firmly, you may end up with a big “plop!” and small quantities of paste spattering you and your workplace. I can testify to this, as I have had to clean a little of the sand coloured paste off my keyboard and jacket in such circumstances just the other day. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that it is acrylic paste, which made it easier to get off my black jacket before it dried, using a wet-wipe and some kitchen roll. In order to get a feel for these pastes, I ladled out a quantity onto small plastic cards, spreading it reasonably thin and smooth on each one, then introducing a little texture to the layer either on purpose or by happy accident. Whether the shapes were retained by the drying material indicated that the slump of the paste was low, which should allow the modeller to create ruts and other shapes in the layer with confidence that it will remain in the dried paste. I used an artist’s palette-knife to apply the layers, cleaning it between colours, although you may wish to mix your own colours and textures if you’re making a diorama where that would be appropriate. I left the cards to dry overnight, as they were still a little soft by the end of the session. The next day they were all touch dry, but a little softness remained in the thicker areas, and that softness remained the following day or two, although slightly reduced each day. After taking the photographs for the review I flexed the cards to see if I could dislodge the paste, and it stayed in place tenaciously, despite having been applied to an unprepared and shiny plastic surface, although a few cracks did appear, which is only to be expected due to how much I flexed it. Larger clumps can be picked or scraped off with a suitable blade or tool, so corrections or flat-spots can be made later without needing to resort to tactical nukes to dislodge the paste. Incidentally, the paste dries with a slightly glossy or satin aspect, and although it’s likely you will lay some paint over the base coat to vary the tone, it will create a good base upon which to build, thereby saving some paint and time. It also gives an impression of wet ground thanks to its shiny surface, and the larger grained earth pots appear as if they were damp ground where the soils are reaching saturation point before water starts to pool on the surface. Conclusion Application was easy with the correct tools, and the palette knife is definitely the right tool for the job, as it would ruin any paint brush you used, and as to blowing it through an airbrush? Don’t be silly!!!! Allow plenty of time for the paste to dry, and you should end up with realistic base on which to build your diorama or vignette. Highly recommended. Light Earth Ground (A.MIG-2152) Sand Ground (A.MIG-2156) Vietnam Earth (A.MIG-2159) Review sample courtesy of
  12. Street Accessories with Lamps & Clocks (35639) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd Until the post-war age, much of the western world’s street furniture was made from cast or wrought iron, as it was relatively cheap, long-lasting and strong. A lot of this metal was hoovered up in service of the war effort, particularly in the UK where it was more of a propaganda exercise so that the people would feel like they were contributing in some way. Street lamps, bollards, the frames of benches, and fencing were constructed in this way, and because watches were still luxury items to an extent, clocks were sometimes mounted prominently on brackets or posts for all to see. This set contains a selection of these type of items, and arrives in a small top-opening box which holds nine sprues in grey styrene, six in clear, a small decal sheet and a black & white instruction sheet with colour code chart at the bottom of the back page. From these sprues you can build three posts, one with three lamps on angle brackets, one with a solitary lamp, and another with a clock mounted at its top. Each post has ladder-rest arms at the top of a fluted stem, and a wider base that is made from two halves. The lamp enclosures are made from two clear halves with a styrene top and separate ferrule at its apex. There is also a bracket and floor at the bottom into which the clear bulb is placed for added realism. There are parts for four clocks, two of which can be made double-sided by gluing two faces back-to-back, with decals for all the faces, separate hands for them all, and large domed clear lenses to be fitted over the faces. A clock or a lamp can be mounted to a fancy right-angle bracket, so you can customise the appearance of the assemblies as you wish. Additional parts can be used to make up six large circular man-holes with separate lids that have waffle-textured surfaces, six rectangular grids with separate slatted covers, three benches with iron end-frames and two identical sets of slats for the seat and back. There are also six bollards made from two halves bearing a passing resemblance to a pawn from a chess set, plus six lengths of fancy iron fencing, which are linked together by two-part iron posts with either one or two lengths of fencing between each post. Markings The decals are printed by DecoGraph for MiniArt to their usual high standard, and there are six clock faces in three styles available for your use. The instructions have colour call-outs throughout, and these numbers refer to the chart on the back page that gives you codes for Vallejo, Mr Color (enamel C-range), AK RealColor, Mission Models, AMMO, Tamiya, plus colour names, which should allow most modellers to track down some suitable colours. Conclusion A great set of accessories for your next diorama. Detail is excellent, and the clear parts are just what’s needed to give your model extra realism – a lamp with an LED hidden inside maybe? Add some every day grime and weathering to the painting as appropriate to the situation, and your model will be all the better for it. Highly recommended. This set is out of stock at time of writing, but should be back in stock soon Review sample courtesy of
  13. Another new diorama for me, although to be honest I have already almost finished it before getting round to doing a WIP for it. I wanted to do a diorama where you can't see everything that is going on in one glance, and have to look round the whole thing to see everyone and everything. The plan for this one was to have a narrow street approaching Arnhem (fictitious street not in any way related to an actual location), with high walls on both sides and a building, behind which a group(s) of German soldiers would be waiting to ambush the Para recce team on their way to the bridge. I started off using a 12" x 12" wooden panel from Hobbycraft that I have used before and make great bases. However I was unable to find a cobbled street base that fitted what I wanted, so decided (foolishly perhaps) to mould my own individual cobbles and lay the street out myself. Here is the base with some 5mm foam board on top and the start of the road way:. The crater at the end was done by drilling a hole in the base then building the crater up with foam board and modelling paste from W&N Galeria. The cobbles were moulded using plaster with varying amounts of grey ink added and some weathering powder sprinkled into the mould for contrasts. They were then individually fixed in place using white PVA wood glue. This is the base with the main basic road way finished: Once the first road was done it was a case of fitting in various walls to make the scene as restrictive looking and narrow as possible. The first wall was left over Tamiya wall pieces with a scratch built gate made from plasticard. The crater was built up more using modelling paste with some bricks thrown in for good measure. There are two broken sewer pipes in the bottom of the crater but these ended up barely visible unfortunately. Once all this was set I ordered some resin parts from Diodump in Holland, plus some grass matting and wooden floorboard. These arrived in good time but I got stung for VAT twice unfortunately (another hidden benefit of Brexit?) To be continued....................................
  14. Hi all, I picked this kit up off eBay last year at a good price, I will be building a diorama as a follow up to my previous build a few years back. This is a huge kit; shortly after buying it I found a pair of resin replacement heads, which look far more accurate than the kit offerings. I hope to have this build completed by the autumn. Included are some photos of my previous build and I have a video of it on my YouTube channel (Skyray Models) for anyone interested.
  15. Air Conditioners & Satellite Dishes (35638) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd Even the best neighbourhoods have satellite dishes these days, and air-conditioning units are becoming more common too, thanks to global warming, whilst also contributing to the problem too, ironically. This set contains parts for you to create some of these must-have accessories for your next diorama. Inside the shrink-wrapped figure-sized box are three sprues, a Photo-Etch (PE) sheet in a card envelope, and a small decal sheet. From the box you can build two air-conditioning units with electric junction-boxes, plus two satellite dishes of different sizes. You’ll have to provide the wiring though, but a length of fly-tying lead wire from your local fishing shop will do that job. The instructions are on the rear of the box, and have you creating the satellite dishes from the wall bracket, either size of dish and the LNB on support arm, which can be installed with up to two extra LNBs on the same arm, using PE brackets to join them together. The two aircon units are well-detailed, having interior ribbing and three-bladed fan, plus two styles of PE vents on the front and side to differentiate and for enhanced realism. The two brackets attach to the wall to finish the unit off, and there is one large junction box and three smaller ones, one of which has three corrugated lengths of conduit leading from the ground up. Incidentally, my example was supplied with two satellite dish sprues and one air conditioner sprue, which is back to front according to the sprue map on the back of the box. Check yours before you start cutting parts off the sprue. Markings The small decal sheet has two lots of family friendly graffiti, one saying “Danger” in black, the other in two parts saying “Stay Wild” in red, white and green, giving it a rather Italian pizza feeling. The rest of the decals incorporate two Cooper & Hunter logos (they make Aircon units), a Viacom and Hisense satellite dish logo, plus ten electricity danger triangles, and another five with skull & crossbones. Decals are by MiniArt’s usual partners Decograph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion The devil is in the detail when it comes to dioramas, and MiniArt have a large and growing range of this kind of sets to help you bring extra detail to your dioramas. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Hi all, This one was a long time in the finishing, but I got there in the end! In 2018 I had the idea to pair the Eduard Mig_15bis with the Zil-157 fuel tanker/bowser from Omega. Some of the diorama inspiration came from the tanker box art (Link here). Since that time, other projects and two house moves bumped this build down the priority list. I picked up a very small bit of shaped MDF from Telford one year with this project in mind (the edges took a lot of sanding/varnish to make them smooth). The Eduard MiG-15bis kit was a straightforward build with nice details (including colour PE for the cockpit). The 'oversprayed' Korean war markings did not come out well, so I added them back in by hand in oils, which looked OK. The only aftermarket was the Eduard Brassin resin wheels. I opened up an engine access panel on the side of the aircraft and added some very basic internal detail. The tanker kit had nice details but poor fit, especially around the clear parts which took some coaxing to sit right. I posed the aircraft and tanker on printed hexagonal airfield texture from Scale Model Scenery. I bought some (expensive) scenic snow kit from Deluxe, mainly to support my local hobby shop, but the product was disappointing and the snowflakes would only suit 1/35 or larger scales. I ended up adding some good old baking powder to the base which looked better as wind-blown fine snow. I added PE ladders, maintenance gantry, chocks and intake and engine covers from Eduard Res-IM. I made a 'tarp' from foil, tissue and PVA, and added one mechanic figure with spanner in hand fiddling with the open access panel, and another figure climbing the fuel bowser. The figures were 'Frankenfigures' cobbled together from Preiser and Revell U-boat sets, and a fair bit of 'green stuff'! Additional PE tools and tool box came from Brengun. Hope you like the pics.
  17. Several years ago while airfix had enterd their discount to oblivion price war with them selfs i managed to bag their 1/24 Mosquito for around £40.00 and a few of their Bf 109e-4/e-1 kits for a little over £3.00 each from Airfixes own online shop. I probably got 4 of them to get to a free postage point but not sure . Rather than just building one of these kits with a whole lot of after market stuff to make it something different and have the remaining 3 kits sit on the shelf forever more ,i have decided to do a production line and build all four together and set them in a diorama . inspiration for the diorama comes from this picture I hope to get the 4 aircraft in various stages of take off . The first will have its main wheels still on the ground like this the second aircraft will have just left the ground The 3rd and 4th aircraft will be starting their climb 3rd aircraft with wheels starting to retract The 4th will have the wheels fully retracted . I have made a mock up to experiment with Obligatory pictures of unstarted lkits and contents . Only photographed one box content as they are all the same .(promise) Nice to find that Airfix have provided reasonable moulded pilots so that will keep costs down . I have orderd some decals With 4 schemes i will do them all . Thanks for looking Alastair
  18. Hi all, here are the final pictures for my Fantastic Voyage Proteus Diorama build. I wanted to depict the part of the movie where the sub had entered into the inner ear and the intake vents had got blocked up with as Donald Pleasence called them "particular fibres". This meant scratch building the 3 leg supports that were shown in the movie and I attached a diver to the front intake, who is attempting to remove the fibres. The guy with the laser rifle is a bit of artistic licence as that scene came later in the movie. The base was an old plastic sweet box [Quality Street or Candy for our US folks], which I sprayed black and added a 12v power socket and various coloured flashing LED lights. I covered that with some bubble wrap to give the impression of cell structures, bearing in mind that the sub has been miniaturised to the size of an atom. For the fibres I used a Tack cloth washed in lacquer thinners to remove the wax impregnated in it. Then I attached the shredded cloth to the sub with UV clear resin which I airbrushed clear blue, red and black smoke Tamiya paints over them. Many thanks to everyone for all the great comments and feedback for this build thread. I would like to build another Proteus kit in the future, but to keep it clean looking and sitting on the miniaturisation table. I hope you enjoy the 60's psychedelic dive into the human body!
  19. Hi all, calling this done, I added some scratch built high voltage capacitors with some colour changing SMD lighting. Maybe this will bring a bit of a spark to the monster's bride! Happy modelling! Just for fun I've uploaded a cheesy video!
  20. Hello all. This is the work in progress towards part 2 of my 'Grand old duke of York' diorama in 1/72 scale. I welcome all comments and feedback, please bear in mind this is my second dio. The idea for this piece is that its connected to the first diorama, of the same name, as a sort of before and after project. The Part 1 is in the RFI section: Part 1 is set during early autumn 1944 and the battle along the Tannenburg line ,in Estonia, is raging. The 3rd Germanic Panzer Corp, consisting of the 11th Nordland division and 11th infantry division, amongst others is fighting to defend against an entire soviet army. In reality the battle was at its height at the end of July and ended with German withdrawal in September. Part 2- is set on the same battlefield but the battle is now over, its early winter and the 2nd soviet shock army is clearing out the area, including engineers sweeping for mines, removing barbed wire, tanks pulling out obstacles and used almost as tractors hauling the wreckage away. Their are dead, wounded and surrendering troops scattered across the scene. The remaining Estonian SS are a hand full of stragglers, fighting more for their own country than for the Nazis. This is the idea where the title came from as Estonia was occupied first by the soviets and then by the nazis and then retaken by the soviets. On to the build itself: I have some left over parts from my first diorama which I will be using in this-First to start with is the large block of kingspan insulation, I savaged from a bit of waste land I was running past: Sorry for the blur! Then I drew out the outlines with a sharpie. I carved the block up into the shape I wanted. I then plastered the whole thing in my ground soloution: Polyfiller/pva/sand and paint: I used sandpaper for the road and rocks from the garden for guess what...Rocks! I have a bit of a mission on for this one as I have to try and replicate the original size and shape. After the initial covering I sanded it down and applied more of the same. I then made some of the items to go into the dio- the blue tac sand bags. I shape them, paint black, then a nasty yellow colour, This is a sort of shading. I then apply middlestone with a touch of brown. At this stage the colours don't really matter as all will be covered with snow. Below is are the cured vegetation from my garden, I wanted a alpine tree so used some of a shrub and hairspray to lacquer, for three days, hoping to keep some of it bright green colour. Next I started to paint, on mass, the tooth picks, carved pencils, skewers and cut up lollipop sticks which form my trench walls/fire step and anti tank obstacles: This is the result: I broke some of the trees on purpose and stuck them into place. I also crushed up brick and masonry from my yard to look like the remains of the farm house from the original which was burning down. I enjoyed busting out the trench wall and placing broken trench boards in places where it had been hit by a shell. Basically to be lazy and save time I put shell rounds into the areas I didn't want to have to replicate in their totality.... it is a battlefield after all. I chose the left over tufts of grass which were too garishly bright for the autumn scene to use in this one because it'll all be covered in snow and I still would like some colour to peek through from the foliage below. An IS-2 tank with riders and a Russian flag will run over the rubble section and a T34/85 will be burnt out and abandoned in the massive icy shell hole in the centre of the battlefield. From the opposite side another t34/85 will have a chain attached to pull out one of the anti tank obstacles. You'll see I used brown, grey and black on the ground for some harsh contrast of colour with the shell holes and recessesd areas. I have also added graves to this scene to tell part of the story, I will cover these up during the 'snow' process as want them to look freshly dug and not buried by snow flurry's. I have also got some left over airfix infantry from the original scene and will cut the helmets off them and place on top of the wooden match sticks to mark the graves. I may have some soviet solders standing/sitting on top of a grave, to show their contempt and hatred of the enemy. I'll see when I get that far. In the pic below you'll see the crater which I will try to portray as a denotation which the Germans left to blow up the road to slow the progress of the advance. They have left a few futile sand bags in this area, I will place a replica of the original half track burnt out and on its side in front of this crater as a barricade. From this area the 'stragglers' will be trying to protect their surrendering comrades (will make more sense once finished I hope).
  21. Hi, I've seen some really spot on title plinths/plaques (call them what you will) on here and was hoping some of you guys might have places of recommend for these? Many thanks, Paul
  22. Hi all, in 1966 this was the most expensive Sci-Fi film ever produced, costing 6 million dollars. The special effects cost 3 million dollars and were incredibly difficult to produce, but they looked amazing in the day when you consider they used no computer aided effects, it was all photo chemical film, every set had to be built and filmed through a camera. Today's CGI would give the director total control over the images, which makes it all the more remarkable how this film got made, a true 60's Sci-Fi classic. For this build I will be adding some lighting and all of the crew figures, which will be added into the diorama later in the build.
  23. Small Carts Collection (35621) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models MiniArt’s range of diorama accessories in 1:35 are legion, and it keeps getting more legion-y by the month. This set contains a variety of wheeled carts, and arrives in a shrink-wrapped figure box with five sprues in grey styrene, one for each of the items shown on the box top. The instructions on the back give a brief run-down of construction, and are accompanied by painting suggestions that relate to a table that gives small swatches, paint codes from Vallejo, Mr.Color, AK Real Color, Mission Models, AMMO, Tamiya, and the colour names in English. As these are just guides, the world is your oyster, and if you want to paint your cart in different colours then no-one* is going to stop you. * I do however advise you that someone is bound to be an expert on carts, so if they’re not well-adjusted socially and you’re unlucky enough to come across them, at least I warned you. From the box you can build what I refer to as a sack truck, often seen on the railways in the 50s and earlier being pushed around by Porters, with two small wheels and a metal bracket to take the weight of the object. A traditional open-sided wooden wheel-barrow with single wheel, wooden frame and load bed, plus another with a sloping, pressed steel load area are also included. A four-wheeled wooden trolley with an open framework load area and long pull-handle is really the first true cart, and the last is another wooden cart with large carriage-style wheels and two legs to enable the user to keep the load-bed flat, and two handles for the barrow-man to lift and push/pull his load. This one is typically used by street vendors to sell groceries, flowers and the like. Conclusion Detail is excellent throughout as we’ve come to expect from MiniArt, and moulding is crisp and clean, showing off the wooden texture where appropriate, plus the slight irregularity that is inherent with ageing wooden equipment and lends itself perfectly to some paint weathering and chipping, as shown on the box art. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hi guys, I've finally finished my LOTR diorama and it's ready for inspection :) Also this time I've made a video tutorial on yt how to build such diorama. You can check it here. Also if you like this video and want to see more like these, please consider to support my new channel by subscribing to it, thank you. Finally here is one of the photos if someone won't see the full video ;)
  25. Whilst waiting on paints to arrive for my Chinook build, i started on the Hobby Boss Land Rover, which due to how easy it was to put together, it didn’t take long! Which meant i could get on with the diorama setting. Having seen these vehicles in Afghanistan for myself (though not with ATGM’s) i really wanted a patrol meeting scene. Also in this build was a 1/35 scale Modern UK Infantrymen, present day by Masterbox, and they make up all the figures of the scene. Even though i have finished this build, having a bit more experiance with paints ect. I will go over the vehicle and figures in a Matt Varnish to take off the shine from them. So this one being my 3rd build, i am extremely happy with how it turned out. Though thinking back on it, it would have looked a bit better with fabric rolled up on the front light grills(for blackout) and some kind of lash down for the spare Milan Rocket.....maybe ill look into it in the future.
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