Richard - thanks. Good idea as fast running out of time
Steve - I shall see what I can find
Ian - thanks, needs a lot of work still
Jim / John - Celluclay does just mix with water although I add Gorilla wood glue to the mix to help bind it together. Shrinkage seems to have varied - from what I have experienced it appears that the more water you add the more shrinkage occurs as it dries out. On this and the previous base I just gradually added water until I had a mixed but thick consistency, no slop - it really does look and mix like Ready Brek
Shep Paine used it for all his dio bases - I read about it years ago in his books but could never get hold of it due, as John says, it only being available in the US. These days it is imported to the UK - I got it from buysend.com
not an awful lot to show - been making some bits for the base
made a tool to make some corrugated sheeting then made some sandbags from Duro and created some bits of collapsed/destroyed trenching
Also made some barbed wire - tried many methods but this was the only one that worked. Not brilliant but it will do
It is definitely spikey!
At the moment it is just thrown on - it will be placed later when the soil goes on
a couple of ammo boxes (which I shall probably cast copies from) more sheeting and some wooden planks/stakes to chuck in the collapsed trench
more barbed wire and the duckboards
just about ready to start on the soil top layer - the Celluclay is drying and has cracked in a few places but hopefully the soil will disguise that
I reckon the Celluclay with the powder paint could prove a winner. I imagine that it makes for a very light weight base - compared to plaster for example.
Odds and ends of details look good and will add to the overall chaos of the front. How did you make the barbed wire in the end?
Yet again my dear friend Jim has beaten me to it !
Yes Simon the barbed wire , it looks better than the ones I seen premade ..
Just finished my sheets as well , vast improvement in thickness scale wise.That base is looking good, if you left it like that it would pass
Personally I much prefer the Celluclay
Light and easy to work - I pushed some of it around with a stiff paintbrush on this base when making the holes.
Can shrink considerably if mixed too wet and does crack slightly when drying out on thick areas - not too much of a problem though if applying a top layer of sand, soil etc.
Can be a bit messy when mixing as it is powder - I ended up grey when my Gorilla glue got an airlock and suddenly shot a burst of air into the mixing pot and showered me with the contents!
I have tried Das Pronto (grey) once - it went in the bin
Plaster can be ok but heavy, chips easily and sets rapidly
For small areas I like Wilko brown wood filler - premixed stuff in a tub. Works better than ready mixed stone type fillers
Barbed wire - I made it from aluminium diamond mesh sheet like you buy to fix holes in car bodywork
It is a little large for 1/72 really (should be really tiny) but it should still look the part once painted. Probably better suited to 35th but the sheets tend to be about 250-300mm so the continuous length that you can make is limited
Basically you slice down each side of one of the 'bars' of the mesh leaving little pointy stumps - easy as that
Make sure you cut the right way though or you end up with a collection of aluminium X's - guess how I found that out A bit of trial and lots of error
Hi Jim - I'd spent a good few hours with some really thin wires trying to tie evenly spaced knots in it without success when I saw the mesh and it just hit me that it might work
had a go at scratch building a Lee Enfield .303 last night
needs a bit of tidying up and some bits adding but generally just about passable - this is version three. One was too thin, two snapped in half
At one time I would have had a working bolt and removable magazine - it is rubbish getting old
Ah Simon, the magic continues. That barbed wire tip is great, thanks.
Now as to the air lock in the glue, do youhave photos of this occurance, I'm sure the rabble would love to see the aftermath !
Looking fwd to seeing the results of the casting.