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John Race31/10/2017 15:53:34
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Nice start, looking fwd to seeing the trees, so many ways to build Kevin, I loved the twisted wire, covered mine in latex then painted.

Went on to use hairspray and spray adhesive to hold on the leaves on top of moss.



The latex alloys you to move branches about before the final fixing of the leaves. HTH .


John Race31/10/2017 17:40:22
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Mmmm Sorry double post , Andy or another Mod please remove


John, sorted.


Edited By Andy Claesens on 23/11/2017 10:56:01

Kevin Cole 131/10/2017 20:45:21
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Very nice trees!

The scene in question only has a few small trees, but they make a great view block. The hill at one end blocks the viewer from the end of the road, and a few trees at the opposite end of the scene will mask the other end of the road.

It's all about illusion, as I've learned from many years reading model railroading articles. Tricking the viewer into focusing on what you want, not what detracts from the realism.

Hopefully I can pull it off.

Scottie31/10/2017 20:49:39
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very nice trees indeed very natural looking.


Daniel Horvath11/11/2017 07:42:46
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Hi Kevin idea sounds amazing! Looking forward to seeing the completed scene! Good luck with the build! I see you get corrected regarding the panther just like myself! Good thing that on this site is people with more knowledge then us . So we can keep accuracy! Cant wait to see mores pictures of your progress. Regards Danny

Kevin Cole 111/11/2017 17:23:11
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Going has been slow, onset of colder weather has induced complications, and the issue of how to represent what looks like a concrete road surface has still not been resolved. I think just plaster will do if I can get it smooth enough.

I reworked the hillside and widened the road, primed the models, now waiting on some Vallejo paints since the Tamiyas are far too runny for brush work, and I really don't want to go back to the remnants of Testors enamels I have had for eons. My bottle of gunmetal had hardened up, and the Tamiya just basically ran off the surface.

The walls on either side of the road will be cut blocks of soapstone. Rectangular section soapstones are used by welders for marking steel, there are also round section soapstones, but we have a large box of the rectangular ones at work, so they are really cheap. Hopefully they will stick together well enough with a dab of CA between each block.

For a straight run I will just score them to represent individual blocks, but there will have to be two curved walls as well.

I hope they will take primer and paint well enough, or maybe a wash will do.

Edited By Kevin Cole 1 on 11/11/2017 17:24:34

Kevin Cole 115/11/2017 01:53:04
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After a couple more light coats of plaster I carved out a recess for the pillbox on the hill, which will be modeled using a slice of 2" PVC plumbing pipe and a roof molded with silicon. The road is now awaiting a final wet sand, and will likely be scribed to represent poured concrete.

Nothing really to photograph, as it's all white still and looks quite bland.

I don't want to rush it and not be reasonably happy with the results.

The quote about action only taking place when the fear of doing nothing overcomes the fear of doing something very badly is very apt! Hopefully this gets easier the further I get. dont know

Looking forward to getting some color on the plaster and starting some landscaping. Trees and crops should be fun.

Kevin Cole 118/11/2017 22:02:42
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A little progress: now some Vallejo acrylics for brush painting have arrived, I've got on with completing the vehicles.

To the left, the kitties have finally got their wheels on. I suppose you get used to it after a couple of builds, but man, those Tiggers have a lot of wheels!

I'll be using a piece of pvc plumbing pipe as a basis for the pillbox, with a steel frost plug to form the roof. I just have to fix down the roof and blend it all together.

Cutting the apertures will be interesting, to say the least.

Here's the subject:

For discussion purposes only.

Kevin Cole 120/11/2017 01:09:27
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2017-11-19 20.55.54.jpgHere is the pillbox, top attached, apertures carved, and gap puttied.

Bloody finger and thumb attest to how sharp the chisel and how it always finds soft tissue when it slips! embarrassed

Next stop: more putty, sanding and priming.

The pvc is fairly easy to carve once you get through the smooth outer layer (approx 1mm thick). It;s porous, kind of like an Aero bar once you get in there and is pretty easy to work with minimal pressure. I think the stuff is heat treated to make a smooth outer and inner finish.

I managed to stab myself while breaking through the more solid outer layer.

Edited By Kevin Cole 1 on 20/11/2017 01:13:03

Edited By Kevin Cole 1 on 20/11/2017 01:16:29

Edited By Kevin Cole 1 on 20/11/2017 01:16:51

Mike Mortimore20/11/2017 08:59:50
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Hi Kevin,

A bit late but looking at this with great interest. Amazing how us modellers use anything to hand to get our models to look right. If I see anything while out that I could use in modelling then I either collect, or ask where I can get it from. For instants, wooden coffee stirers......I asked in one café and they gave me a box........teeth 2thumbs up.

Hope your eye sight does not give up on painting the figures.,,,,, crook

Your build is coming along great Kevin, also based on an actual event.

Cheers Mike dogdogdogcat

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