Reports from the Workbench

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Heavy Freight Part 1

I am slightly modifying a 1/35 German kitchen trailer from MiniArt.  I’m dumping the kitchen equipment and replacing it with a balsa wood trailer.  You’ll find out what’s going on it soon enough! I’m using XPS foam for the base.  It will house the horse and cart on a muddy trail.  To get a nice,Continue reading “Heavy Freight Part 1”

Completed – The Dogan

The Dogan was a place of some sinister quality.  Whatever purpose it had once served was lost to the men that occupied this time.  Strange noises emanated from it on occasion, accompanied by strange smells of ozone and heat.  It was a squat octagon of concrete that seemed to belie a larger warren.  Like aContinue reading “Completed – The Dogan”

The Dogan Part 1

This project is a work in progress, tying together 3D printing, a model kit, and base building.  It is a dark future that takes place in this world or one not too terribly far along the beam as this one.  There are relics of a world gone by strewn across the landscape and not allContinue reading “The Dogan Part 1”

The M113 Part 3

I’m waiting on the Ukrainian postal service to send me the figures that will complete this project.  As a result, this will be the last post for awhile concerning the M113.  I’ll rustle something else up to keep me busy until then.  I’d just gotten the chipping done last you saw the vehicle.  At thisContinue reading “The M113 Part 3”

A Scale of a Tale

Nothing ruins a diorama faster than an out of scale item (except a turpentine spill!).  The immersion is spoiled, and the out of sorts item becomes the focus of the scene.  So, save the poor size estimation for closing time and try this technique for scratch-built scale.  Specifically, I’ll show you how I scaled someContinue reading “A Scale of a Tale”

The M113 Part 2

When we last left, our hot dog-fingered protagonist was trying to super glue tiny metal shavings onto a hunk of plastic.  Did he succeed? What is he doing now?  What’s the next step?  Stay tuned to find out! Most of the photo etch in place, I gave everything a coat of primer through the airbrush. Continue reading “The M113 Part 2”

Wood Grain Techniques

Scaled wood grain is a solid way to impart realism into a model or diorama.  You can create convincing wood using a few different materials; not the least of which is real wood.  For this demonstration, I used XPS foam, styrene sheeting, balsa wood, and a molded styrene piece from a kit.  The subject andContinue reading “Wood Grain Techniques”

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