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Diorama for WWII aircraft

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    December 2014
Diorama for WWII aircraft
Posted by Ffowcs on Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:14 PM
Dear Members

I am fairly new to modelling and have just completed a 1/48th scale Douglas Invader made by Monogram. Having put more care and effort into this project than what i did with my previous models, as well as it being my first forage into 1/48th scale (previous were 1/72nd), I wish to complete the project by setting the Invader (the one nicknamed 'Stinky' with sharks teeth painted on the nose) in a diorama. What i have in mind is to have the aircraft parked on an airfield in France in April 1945, the time and place as stated on the instruction sheets. I don't wish to do anything to elaborate due to time constraint. This is where you might be able to come in and help if you could suggest how might I be able to model a runway. I would be glad to hear from you please regarding ideas on which materials and techniques to use.
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:47 PM
Hey Haydn,
This my sound funny but I use "Mother Nature's" dirt to make the runways.
I will work at the dirt till its a "fine" course(sand like). I do this by grinding the dirt w/ a solid block.
Then when it is time to apply the dirt, I mix water and white glue(Elmers glue) together(ratio of water to white glue is up to you).
After that is done I'll use an ol brush to apply the mix to the areas that I want then I will put on the dirt. I'll keep doing this till I'm satisfied w/ the results.
This is one of a million(LOL)ways to make a runway.
Flaps up,Mike

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  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: Fall River, MA
Posted by klem on Thursday, May 8, 2003 2:08 AM
Flocking from Realistic Sceanery works well. It's usually made for model train set-ups. I think thats the name anyway...
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Posted by Ffowcs on Thursday, May 8, 2003 12:56 PM
Thank you guys for replying. I shall look into your useful tips.

If my memory serves me right (And it does n't always do that) I think I recall reading an article in this April's edition of FSM about creating a model of a concrete runway. I definately saw this article but whether it was in FSM I can't be apsolutely sure. Yup, don't tell me, I know I should have bought the magazine. Now that it is May the April edition of FSM is no longer on the store shelf. However, if it was in FSM then i'm sure that you guys who bought it will recognise the article I'm refering to, where the author describes his use of glue, talcam powder and spray paint to create a concrete effect. As I only browsed quickly through the magazine in the store that's all I can remember. If you have April's edition in hand or if you know of this type of technique for modelling runways I wonder if you could be so kind as to pass on to me a few more details please.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 9:21 AM
You can also check on the web for modeling a tarmac ... I know I have run into several ... but did not book mark them as i am not doing a paved runway but a grass one.... but they are there!
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 9:50 AM
I have heard several people refer to the use of a sheet of fine sandpaper used as a tarmac, with pencil used to simulate seams in th concrete. I haven't tried it yet, but it may be worth a shot. You can also purchase "pre-made" tarmacs online from Verlinden or Custom Dioramics. A bit more expensive than sandpaper, but they look good without all the work.



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