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dlh
  • Member since
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  • From: Chambersburg, PA
need an easy lunar surface for display
Posted by dlh on Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:28 AM

I'm building the 1/48 Apollo 11 lunar module:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-03701-apollo-11-lunar-module-eagle--1182705

 

I'd like to find an easy lunar surface for display.  I've found the diy on the forum:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/8/t/141188.aspx

I've also found the NASA 3D model files but they are very expensive to have shapeways print them.

Also found a diy styrofoam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=tq2_0tNRqic

I just thought I'd check here to see if anyone had any ideas.  I'd like something quick and easy. (probably not the best attitude in a modelers' forum)

Thanks

Dave

 

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:16 AM

It can be a bit messy, so do this outside. Get a pre-edged decoupage board from Hobby City or Michael's that is big enough for your base, and mask off the edges. Then with a thinned wood glue or clear flat spray paint, coat the surface and sprinkle fine wood ash all over it. Let dry completely and reapply if needed. Remember, the lunar surface has been found, for the most part, to be several inches of light gray dust. You want to convey that 'soft' surface. In that video for a lizard cage base, it looks hard and shiny. The moon ain't like that. You may also want to seal it with a flat sealer for longevity.

Also, NASA tries not to land in spots with a bunch of craters, so you need not have any on your diorama.

I've used this treatment for dio's of sunk ships and motorcycles in the desert, just with different colored fine soils. In the motorcycle case, I also rolled the tires around on it while it was still wet to leave tracks like there would be out in the dirt.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

dlh
  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Chambersburg, PA
Posted by dlh on Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:34 AM

HooYah Deep Sea

It can be a bit messy, so do this outside. Get a pre-edged decoupage board from Hobby City or Michael's that is big enough for your base, and mask off the edges. Then with a thinned wood glue or clear flat spray paint, coat the surface and sprinkle fine wood ash all over it. Let dry completely and reapply if needed.

Remember, NASA does not land in spots with a bunch of craters, so you need not have any on your diorama.

I've used this for dio's of sunk ships and motorcycles in the desert. In the motorcycle case, I rolled the tires around on it while it was still wet to leave tracks like there would be out in the dirt.

 

That's a good idea.  I have lots of charcoal ash from the grill.

Thanks

Dave

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:59 AM

You want to make sure it's clean and dry; and doesn't smell like barbecue !!!

I also added some points to my first response, so you might want to re-read it.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:13 PM

HooYah Deep Sea
You want to make sure it's clean and dry; and doesn't smell like barbecue !!!

And...more inportantly...that it's GREASE free. (Learned the hard way back in the mid-'80s....)

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:02 PM

If no wood ash (and it may vary in color), you might try concrete if someone has a bag lying around.  It looks very similar to moon dust.

Gary

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Posted by Caveman on Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:01 PM

Grey tile grout may be fine enough for what you need.  I have used tan grout for a desert dio and it worked fine.

 

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    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:46 AM

If memory serves, doesn't it come with a base already?

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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    March 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Sunday, August 16, 2020 6:27 PM

This is BBQ grill bricket dust. It's used with the 1/48 scale Space 1999 eagle.

 

 

 

As said, I painted elmers yellow glue on fiberboard and shook the dust on it.

I think it looks good, but as you can see it's flat.

dlh
  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Chambersburg, PA
Posted by dlh on Monday, August 17, 2020 9:23 AM

That looks great!

dlh
  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Chambersburg, PA
Posted by dlh on Monday, August 17, 2020 9:23 AM

No base in this release; it's the 50th anniversary from Revell.  I've seen other models with bases, Monogram, I think.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:10 AM

I had the version that had the base, but I didn't like it, so intend to build a much flatter, smoother on (agree with the statement above that NASA doesn't pick rough landing spots). While model is complete, I have not started the base yet (dropped the model and working on repairs now).

My plan is to use particle board as a cheap substrate, with celluclay on top.  Celluclay allows you to put some detail in- a slight ridge, and a few very small craters.  I planned to sprinkle (and embed a few) pieces of model train ballast, and airbrush a medium gray finish.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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