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Sturmgeschutz III
Posted by JohnMatt on Monday, June 05, 2017 9:28 PM

I'm ready to call this one done.  This is my third model and my first diorama base.

 

Twice around the unit at different elevations.  In some pics, the colors on the tank are more washed out than others, not sure why that is.

 

I have a kit of German infantry I may build and place walking alongside the unit someday should I decide to enter it into a diorama contest.  But for now, I'm ready to move on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, June 05, 2017 9:45 PM

Holy smokes John Third model? That's excelent! The base is great as well and some figures would really look good on it. Yes

ON THE BENCH

1/35 Italeri Carro Armato M13/40
1/48 Italeri Hurricane Mk.1 Trop

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1/24 Monogram 1930 Packard Bobtail Speedster
1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air

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  • From: Amarillo, TX.
Posted by captfue on Monday, June 05, 2017 10:33 PM

Fantastic ground work, the muddy water is great, could use some figures just to bring it to life>

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, June 05, 2017 10:56 PM

Both the tank and the diorama look nice!  Great effort with great results.

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Eduard Fokker Dr.1

On deck: Tamiya 1/35 Panzer III Ausf. L

In the hole: Probably something in 1/35 scale!

 

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Posted by cabrown1 on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 7:49 AM

That is great work. In a couple of those pics, you can't tell that's not the real thing.

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Posted by Griffin25 on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 9:59 AM

That looks great. Awesome ground work and the Stug is superb. That base is too big. It demands some figures or a cart or something.

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Posted by JohnMatt on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 9:33 PM

Thanks for the kind words, guys!

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  • From: Park City, Utah
Posted by Frankenpanzer on Thursday, June 08, 2017 12:32 AM

Everything is just superb!

The scene does indeed beg for something else. A figure(s) would be my first choice. 

One nit pick, the vehicle is technically a "Sturmhaubitze", an assault howitzer.

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, June 08, 2017 12:45 AM

Nice build, i really like the base, especially the water. Great job on the vehicle and really nice weathering effects. Which kit is this.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 08, 2017 7:46 AM

Oh wow that is nice! The Stug looks great but I love the base esp. The foliage looks good and I love the mud! 

If I may nitpick as Griffin and FP said the base is a little big with a lot of open space. The figures you mentioned would help a lot or a small vehicle like a Kubelwagen or motorcycle. 

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Posted by JohnMatt on Thursday, June 08, 2017 9:43 PM

Bish
Which kit is this.

It's an old 1995 Tamiya kit, 35197.

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Posted by German Armour on Friday, June 09, 2017 10:08 AM
How did you make the mud? It looks very realistic!
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Posted by JohnMatt on Friday, June 09, 2017 1:04 PM

German Armour
How did you make the mud? It looks very realistic!
 

 

The short answer:

2 oz Mod Podge Gloss
.5 oz water
2 oz black top soil (baked at 325 for 10+ minutes depending on volume)
2 oz espresso grout / clay earth 50:50

The water effect is Magic Water.  The mud was made to look wet with Wilder's Muddy Water Effect.

 

That was after several evenings of experimentation (re-posted from another board):

Did some more experimenting today and I think I've got it.  The base glue is Mod Podge Gloss; unlike the matte, it has a bit of shine to it which makes the mud look a little wet.

Pigments tried:  a brown pastel shaved with a blade, raw umber acrylic, burnt umber acrylic paint.

Mixture elements:  I bought a bag of topsoil from Lowes, nice and dark... but too moist.  I baked in an oven at 325 for ten minutes and it dried nicely, if less dark.  Still kinda chunky, I ground it with a pestle and sifted through a strainer.  Now I had something that looked promising.

Others: Lowes cement sand and Dave's dirt.

I played with many combinations of these (more than seen here) but I think I have a winner.

I started the afternoon out with a time test to see how long I should wait before imprinting the glue with the tread marks.  Hours.  It has to be nearly fully cured or it will just mash through the tread and just look like a mess.

However, my mud concoction cures in minutes.  The formula:  Mod Podge Gloss, grout/Dave-dirt mixture, and the oven dried topsoil, ground and sifted.  Sets up in minutes (that's the grout, I guess) and really takes the tread mark quite nicely.

 

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  • From: Ice coated north 40 saskatchewan
Posted by German Armour on Friday, June 09, 2017 4:35 PM
Nice!
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Posted by Bucksco on Friday, June 09, 2017 6:35 PM

Great job! You should add a few figures to fill it out Maybe tell a story.

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:34 PM

That looks fantastic!   You definitely need to add the figures to it to give it a bit of life...

 

As for the washed out look in the pictures, that is from the automatic exposure in the camera,  the only way to correct that would be to switch to a manual exposure mode...

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, June 18, 2017 7:54 AM

Thanks for the walk-though! I too was thinking that was some of the best looking mud I've ever seen in a diorama. 

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Posted by JohnMatt on Monday, June 19, 2017 9:48 AM

Justinryan215
As for the washed out look in the pictures, that is from the automatic exposure in the camera,  the only way to correct that would be to switch to a manual exposure mode...

 

Yeah, I'll have to experiment with that.  I also think the stark white background is perhaps making it difficult for the camera to balance the light load.  I have two 105w daylight bulbs overhead and one 45w from each side.

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