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My 1st
Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:57 PM

I just started this for my 1/76th Airfix WWI Female tank. The clay has only been drying for 15 minutes in this pic. I'm planning to put the tank facing the front left corner. Then the rest will be dirt and some grass. My big adventure for this first effort was doing sandbags. Let me know what you think? Thats a 5x7 base btw. I have lots of clay so if theyre bad I can make more (like Doritos).

Can anyone offer ideas of what to use for western european dirt? It looks like a medium brown in the pictures I've looked at so far.


On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, and a 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build.

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Posted by captfue on Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:58 PM

I like the concept, and think it will end up looking great. Can't wait to see the finished work.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, January 27, 2017 7:52 AM

That's some nice work! I guess I'd go with a medium brown too unless you can find a photo that indicates otherwise. 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 29, 2017 9:18 PM

Here is the final rendition! I'm pretty excited about this. Our IPMS club president taught me how to do the weathering on the tank and suggested I try setting up a base for it. Turned out to be a good weekend to just focus on model building. My daughter had a bunch of diorama stuff from Michael's so I used that to put this together.

I did the sandbags from air dry clay. They are primered then covered with mud wash, medium brown wash, then vallejo white and beige dry brushed on for some shadowing and texture, then finished with a mud wash. 

I died the rocks medium brown with the wash. Then scattered rocks and some green turf that seemed to match the pictures I could find of the trenches in WWI. It may still need some more different shades of grass. Possibly too much grass for WWI? Let me know what you think?

Finally I mixed up some water and elmers glue and sprayed it on the diorama to lock down the loose turf and rocks. Should be a solid day drying. This is the first one I've done so if you have any suggestions for me go ahead and shoot them my way Welcome Sign


On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, and a 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build.

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Posted by templar1099 on Monday, January 30, 2017 7:30 AM

I really like it Goose, each component artfully done. I personally would have raised the sandbags a little higher above ground level. Nit-picking.

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Posted by NucMedTech on Monday, January 30, 2017 12:18 PM

Nicely done! I like simple dios like that. Sandbags look nice, much better than what I would have done. Only critique I have is this, even though the sandbags look nice I think they may be to large for the scale of the project.


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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, January 30, 2017 3:48 PM
Stephen I think you're right, I need a bigger tank! On a serious note though they do look big compared to the track width now that i look at it.

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, and a 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build.

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Posted by Griffin25 on Monday, January 30, 2017 4:42 PM

This is your first diorama? I think you did a good job. It's a cool little diorama. If you want to figure out how big stuff should be in 1/76th scale you can multiply the real life size, maybe a sandbag is 20" long, by .013. So a 20" sandbag should be about .26". Lets call it 1/4" long. Hope this helps. 

Edit: I just read that you're a mechanical engineer. You get the concept! LOL. I hope I didn't offend. I deal with ASME construction codes all the time btw. 



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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:39 PM

AhA !

 We had a weak spot on the Levee some years back . Kin we kinda borry you'uns sandbags ? Them looks like they'll do fine .Very nice job on the Whole thing !  T.B.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:27 PM

LOL no offense taken Griffin25! for some reason they kept getting bigger as i made them. I think the first few on the bottom were close to the right width maYbe This was fun to do and added something to the model. Full of firsts as this was the 1st armor ive done too. All of this just from the raffle we had at our club picnic! 

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, and a 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 10:01 PM

This well done. 

You've pulled off one of the fundamentals- the viewer gets what's NOT in the dio, expanding the story beyond the edges of your board.

Also, no visual distractions. Dead guys, abondoned weapons, just the tank.


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