CDWs' Hummer 1025

geegad

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superb work buddy...love the engine detail
 

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thanks mate. the engine took a bit of thinking and planning. luckily I save all the spare bits off the sprues that I don't use.

the pipes are the insulation off of electrical cable and bits of solder wire. the main bulk is balsa bits.
 

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So then ... i thought i'd break it :smiling3:

Well ... i've snapped the front wheels so i can position them as if they were turned in full lock to look better in the dio.

One done.

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Thought i'd include a simple step by step on a basic diorama ...so ....

Start off with a picture frame. take out the glass and remove hooks and stand from the backing board. i've put a bit of polystyrene tile on top and glued the back board tight against the poly for strength.

I use a mini blow-torch to texture the surface of the poly and make tyre track divets etc.

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I paint the surface with acrylics in the colour of whats going to be added... this give me an idea on the eventual look and the paint will show throught some of the scenic stuff and add a bit of body to the dio.

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Next i'll add the gravel, stones, mud as this will be under any grass or scrub that is included. this is scattered over PVA glue

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Then i add the grass, this time i'm using static grass through a sieve thats been charged with a hair comb, again scattered over PVA. (added a few close ups)

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Made a tree out of twisted wire, which is covered in PVA and then bi-carb is sprinkled on. this is repeated untill it looks like bark and the twists from the wire have dissapeared. the bicard is then coloured with thinned paint, the bicarb soaks it up readily and you use slightly different shades to achieve a graduated/varied look for the bark. the foliage is scattter just sprinkled on the branched over a coat of PVA, again this is repeated untill it looks how you want it.

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Added the tree to the dio by squishing it into some silicon sealant, th surface of the sealant has some grass scattered over it to blend it in to the grass already on the dio .. the roots are scraped clear of grass to give a little realism.

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Next i'll be adding some bushes and ground scrub with some dried pampass grass scattered here and there .... but thats tomorrows task.

Hope you find some of this helpful ... or at least interesting :smiling3: :smiling3: :smiling3:

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I haven't seen this for a few days. Cracking paintwork and detail Colin.

Nice simple dio. to set it off too....looking good.

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Fantastic step by step on the dio!! It's simple and genial, looking very good.

Polux
 

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Great looking base Colin ,its going to look tight when done!
 

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Thanks chaps.

todays offering is the bushes, I think it was Aaron that enquired about them in my last build ...

Start off with some wire, i use telephone cable wire as it's quite stiff and maleable, strip off the insulation .. you can keep this for pipework on model engines etc.

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Fols in half and secure the bent end to the table, then secure one loose end to the table stretching the wire straight

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Cut some short lengths of garden twine, i find the brown gives the impression of small branches and twigs under the foliage.

Then tease out the individual strands of twine

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Smear some glueof your choice on the wire and lay the twine on the wire in clumps along the length.

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When done lay the other end of the wire over the top of the twine and attach the two loose ends to a dremmel or similar.

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Twist the wire using the dremmel keep the twine off the table as it'll end up flat against the wire. when done cut into required lengths and tease the twine out with a comb.

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Use spray adhesive to cover the twine then sprinkle whatever foliage effect you want on the twine and thats it. I did these six in about an hour (including stopping to take photos)

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Thats how i do bushes, there other methods but i find this the easiest (if more messy:smiling3:)

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its going ti be epic when this is done cant wait to see the finished dio
 

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Not sure if we're posting finished builds in a seperate "completed" thread as per usual, appologies if i've messed up.

Well i hope Polux, our SIG guest host, approves of my attempt at his "theme" :smiling3: :smiling3: :smiling3:

Calling it "abandoned !!"

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For information, the bull-rush type plants are made from a single bristle from a wallpaper brush, with a small amount of plasticene for the tip (painted brown) this is set in some garden twine to simulate the wispy grass.

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Great work colin some excellent scratch building and a brilliant base as made this into one stunning 5 star ( thats all i can give ) build
 

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Nice job Colin, came out fantastic 5 stars from me also.

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fantastic colin,the colours the scene the grass and bullrush`s are magnificent mate,the scratch built engine is amazing totally love it 5*s from me also

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Spot on build start to finish.....Supreme scratch building on the vehicle..

Big 5* for sure. Nice one Colin.

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Thanks for those comments guys, much appreciated.

I was going to have a few figures in the scene but decided against it as they might have taken the emphasis off the main subject.

Could always add them later i suppose.
 
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Hi Colin!!! Sorry, I'm late!!!

(Well i hope Polux, our SIG guest host, approves of my attempt at his "theme")

Are you joking???

It's fantastic Colin. Great scratch build Job on the Hummer. The little dio is superb too.

Five stars sure mate!!

And thank you very much to join this SIG!

Polux
 

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Wow Colin that really came out great! Engine detailing really paid off as does the added stowage inside! 5 well earned stars from me,very nicely done Sir!!!!
 
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Hi Colin,

This looks really nice, love all the small details and also, thank you for including the 'how to' bit with the bushes...

5***** from me also...

Andy...
 

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Well done Colin, that is one excellent build. Love the detail you've added, the engine especially.

Quality stuff and a definite 5*

Cheers, Paul
 
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