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  • Member since
    February 2014
  • From: Cincinnati, OH
B-52H Diorama
Posted by Valkyrie on Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:05 AM

In beginning to build my 1/72 scale B-52H, I’ve been thinking about how I want to display it.  Originally, because of its size, I was going to hang it from the ceiling.  But an idea has been swirling about in my mind for a few weeks, a diorama like none that I’ve ever seen before.  Picture this scene in your mind:  a B-52H shortly after rotation, landing gear partly retracted, nose very slightly raised, wings bending slightly upward, flaps extended, one spoiler slightly raised, the runway still below with thick black rubber deposits, and the exhaust – dirty brown smoke, heat ripples and turbulence mixing together to form a major visual distortion behind the bomber and down onto the runway.  My problem: I don’t know how to make that exhaust/heat/turbulence behind the bomber look real and yet be sturdy enough to support the aircraft above the runway.  So I’m soliciting your ideas on what materials I might be able to use and how I might form them into that “area of distortion.”

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:42 AM

Hmm you don't live lazy, do you?

In no particular order, some thoughts.

A single point of view, because you are going to have your hands full with special effects that even a photoshop wiz would be challenged by. To me that means shadow box.

I'd seriously consider a mirror model. Half the aircraft on a good flat high quality mirror. It really works in that the mind expects everything in a scene like that to be pretty symmetrical, and it's a good way to do it perfectly. It will also solve the aircraft support problem, and turn a 48" x 48" diorama into something manageable.

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Not my business but these things look really good.

Make the runway a blur. There's a number of ways to do that, like sliding your art on a copier during the print, or photoshop.

I'd love to see this.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by Valkyrie on Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:05 PM

Mr. Morrison, I never even considered something half a bomber with a mirror!!  I appreciate your response and the creativity of your thoughts.  LOL, about living lazy, I've never been accused of being lazy, but sometimes thinking too big for reality maybe.  I know this will stretch my imagination and abilities, but if I could pull it off it would really be something to see.  As you mentioned, I am concerned about the size and as I think my way through this half a bomber and a mirror may very well be a necessary alternative to make it doable.  Thanks again for the input and link.  I'd appreciate any further thoughts you have on this, too.

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    February 2014
  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by Valkyrie on Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:46 PM

This is photo that's inspiring my diorama idea: i1317.photobucket.com/.../B-52G14_zpscf098242.jpg

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    February 2013
Posted by Rmanaseri on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:53 AM

I am doing the exact same dio with Revell's 144 scale. the only thing i have not been able to figure out is the exhaust.  i assume your using the AMT 72 scale you mentioned in your wing warp post, so there will be some considerable weight there.  but i was looking at using 1/8 inch clear acrylic rod mounted into the engine exhausts to support mine. spray them with some tamiya smoke. i know it doesnt give the cone shape like what is normally seen in photos.  another thought was the halloween spider web decoration to simulate the smoke. that would require a clear acrylic support under the aircaft.

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    February 2014
  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by Valkyrie on Saturday, March 8, 2014 11:56 PM

Hi, Rmanaserl.  In the April '14 issue of FSM there's an article beginning on page 20 about a sunken Sherman tank.  The tank is only partly under water.  A product called "Plastruct Clear Choppy Water" is used for the surface of the water.  I wonder if it might be usable to simulate the heat turbulence affect that you and I both need to deal with in our B-52 dioramas?  Have you heard of it before?  I think I'm going to try to order some to check it out.  BTW, I think your idea about using clear acrylic rods might be necessary for me too.

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 9, 2014 5:42 AM

Hello!

On our forums there already was a thread about putting the aircraft on the mirror. Here is the one showing finished dio:

cs.finescale.com/.../1264000.aspx

There was also another one, with the WIP (work in progress).

As for the exhaust, once there was a photo in the FSM showing an F14 suspended on a tinted clear plastic rods coming straight out of the engine nozzles - that looked good, might be worth a try. Good luck with your project, have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • Member since
    February 2014
  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by Valkyrie on Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:24 PM

Thanks. Pawel!!  That was a magnificent dio!!!!!!!  I'm totally impressed with the workmanship!!!  I know the F-14 you mentioned, too.  It was extremely impressive also.  Actually, I'm thinking about both approaches and haven't decided on which to try.  Size is an issue and the mirror approach dramatically improves that.  It also might make it possible to make two dio's, a takeoff and a landing.

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