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PostSubject: European diorama 1/72nd   Wed 04 Jun 2014, 2:07 pm

going to put these together in a little dio.


the house is resin and is really well detailed, even comes with a set of photoetch frames and plastic windows.



the tank is only minimal surface detailed and usually there's more detail in the flash as i come to expect from airfix, this kit, however, has surprised me and flash is almost non existent.


i'll be going to town on it so will be including wallpaper, skirting board remains, furniture strewn about etc.
the thing that gets me with a lot of ruined buildings dioramas is there's often not the correct amount of rubble for the amount destroyed, when you start adding the right amount it looks like you're going overboard so methinks that's why people skimp a bit. we'll see if this one turns out OK with everything thrown at it.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Wed 04 Jun 2014, 3:56 pm

Colin: Looking forward to this. I enjoy seeing these military dioramas.

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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Wed 04 Jun 2014, 4:46 pm

You got my attention. I am tuned in till the end.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Wed 04 Jun 2014, 6:25 pm

I've thought before about doing a proper braille scale dio Colin, good look with it. I'm watching!!

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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Thu 05 Jun 2014, 11:41 am

Hi Colin,

Loving this already, now seated with popcorn in hand...

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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Thu 05 Jun 2014, 3:06 pm

Thanks for the support and comments chaps.

Got the walls painted and floors stained in side, i dont have to be spot on with the edges as they'll be covered with small pieces of painted balsa to simulate skirting boards and dado rails, obviously some will be hanging off and damaged ...
the brick work has been given a dry brush... this is the best way ive found of doing it as the "cement" in the pointing still shows through. it shouldnt be too even either as there's variation in brick manufacture. a lot of buildings are painted in a brick stock colour, i find this is too dark and orange for 1/72 and when you use any washes it darkens it further making it look a bit odd.



as there's a lot of the roof missing there should be a fair amount of slates/tiles strewn on the ground, this is just grey artists card cut into strips and then a hole punch is used to round the corners off a bit and make them a uniform size. a few will be attached to the roof of beams that i will attach. this is the down side of the model, as it's resin the roof is very thickly cast and so ill use beams and card to simulate the frame work under the slates/tiles and hopefully it'll look a little thinner and realistic


couple of lengths of balsa painted and ready to be cut into beams etc.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Thu 05 Jun 2014, 4:29 pm

Looks a sweet project!
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Thu 05 Jun 2014, 4:46 pm

Nice work. And a cool project.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Thu 05 Jun 2014, 6:01 pm

Great start Colin. Those tiles look like a bitch to do.

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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Fri 06 Jun 2014, 12:54 am

When we see a hand in the foto, the small size of the model and parts are clear. Very good work and I agree about the debris. Loose debris scattered around helps and makes the false one-piece look less noticeable. Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Fri 06 Jun 2014, 2:35 pm

nice comments, thank you

started adding beams, joists, skirting, boarding etc.
the roof boards and beams covers the resin casting thickness.
the tiles are going to be added randomly further down the boarding which will look better.
i gave the beams and boards a once over with a mini bunsen and then some dilute PVA was added in places, bi-carb was sprinkled onto this and when dry i added a black wash to simulate the ash from smoldering wood.


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Those tiles look like a bitch to do.
hmmmm ... try 1/72 individual bricks ....lol
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Fri 06 Jun 2014, 3:51 pm

Wow!!!
This is looking great.
Yer right, a lot of rubble will make this !!!
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Fri 06 Jun 2014, 5:13 pm

Those burn wooden beams look spot on Colin. Nice job.

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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Fri 06 Jun 2014, 5:37 pm

Those wooden beams look perfect. Great work.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Sat 07 Jun 2014, 2:33 am

When you get a chance, place a wash on all the building, to tone down the bright colors a bit, like a bombed out building. You can use acrylic umber or oils, which ever you preference to high light.If I'm be too preumptuous, please forgive me.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Sat 07 Jun 2014, 10:09 am

It's fine Bruce, jump in anytime with any ideas..... I don't mind at all.

I'll be washing and adding soot/embers to the building exterior towards the end of the build when it's in situ on the dio.

First thing is to get the interior done, which will have much the same treatment.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Sun 08 Jun 2014, 5:42 pm

gave the outside a bit of a makeover, similar effect on the rearside.


floorboards to be included in the rubble on the floor were made up of 1mm square balsa (same dimensions as in the model) that was broken and then glued into the structures shown, painted brown and a black wash added, some will be having the burnt effect before adding to the dio.


i needed some brick work so used Plasticine as a simple (reusable) mould for some all purpose filler. i just pressed the Plasticine against the brick work and smeared filler over it, when dry it'll just peel off and i can use it again.


i needed some thin ceiling plaster and so dropped a blob of filler onto a plastic bag, popped another bag on top and then pressed it down till it was wafer thin, when dry it'll just peel off the plastic and i can break it up into pieces for adding to the rubble.
i also just smeared some filler over my glass work-block and this will come off with a Stanley blade, again... to be added to the rubble.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 1:04 am

 
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 12:25 pm

Cool idea on thin plaster. I wonder on damaged brick areas. It's easy to do the "white" mortar along the indentations of the smooth walls. What must be hard are the sides of damaged bricks where the is little or no mortar "edge" to follow. Good luck with a long project, take your time. Many of us have rushed to finish projects to regret it later, I know!
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 12:30 pm

Nice !!!
I like the extra effort you are going thru to make this an outstanding model !
  
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 5:49 pm

Thanks chaps

the brickwork mortar is hardly noticeable at this scale, i'll add a few creamy lines along some of the brick work edges to simulate some and break up the colour a bit though.

got a cork board base and a frame sorted, not going to be too big as i want to fill it with detail rather than be big and bland.


brick work and internal wall pieces ready for rubble


floorboards ready to go


made a couple of doors and have weathered and "burnt" them.


some net curtains ready to be attached (hanging off in a few cases), there's some extra pieces that i've melted and they'll be amongst the rubble


the ceiling plaster is ready to go and i'll stain/weather it when in situ.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 8:28 pm

Jeez Lueez. I blink and this thing moves on a ton.

Great details Colin... I'm loving it all.

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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 10:27 pm

Ditto what Al said.
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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Mon 09 Jun 2014, 11:07 pm

Hi Colin,

WOW Sir, this is coming on great...

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PostSubject: Re: European diorama 1/72nd   Tue 10 Jun 2014, 12:09 am

Flying along! The curtains are an interesting addition. Great wood detailing and weathering too!!!!
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