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    May 2016
Posted by Xena on Monday, June 13, 2016 1:35 AM

its lovely. I love the summer solstice sunrise shot you made.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, June 10, 2016 11:25 AM

Its been a few years since i have been there, the last time the 306 was still open, thats the road we used to take to the main camp on the army training area. But yes, it has now been closed and is now part of the site.

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  • From: Virginia
Posted by Mike F6F on Friday, June 10, 2016 10:37 AM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

There'll be no druids around on the Solstice and I'll be 4 hours behind Salisbury Plain's sunrise, but I could at least take the model outside and align it for a chuckle or two.

The model's base wasn't wide enough to include the bank, ditch and outlying stones, so there's no Heel Stone to get everything just tickedy-boo.

Bish, I don't know how recently you've been there, but my research shows that the A306 road, visitor parking lot, and tunnel have been removed and grassed over, giving the site a better appearance.

Mike

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:13 PM

I hope you have somthing special planned for this on the Summer solstice this month. Definatly no Druids though. Wink

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Posted by templar1099 on Thursday, June 9, 2016 1:29 PM

Interesting. And, beautifully done.

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Posted by Jim Barton on Thursday, June 9, 2016 1:04 PM

A great model!

Now what time is "flashlightrise" in your area during the summer solstice?Big Smile

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, June 5, 2016 7:06 PM

Wow, that's very cool and different! Wonder if you could find some tiny druids Wink

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, June 5, 2016 5:47 PM

Yikes!

  Now that is awesome . I like the fact of the solstice reference . Considering what I know of the site , you are right about the way the stones were linked .But , you did a grand job .  T.B.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, June 5, 2016 12:56 PM

Now thats somthign differant, i do like that. Having driven past them a number of times, its nice to see how they may have looked.

Thank you for posting.

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Stonehenge Two
Posted by Mike F6F on Sunday, June 5, 2016 12:43 PM

With my appetite whetted by my first attempt showing the Stonehenge monument as it appears today , I thought I’d try the ARS Aedes 1/135 scale kit of the Stonehenge circles as they may have appeared when intact.  These folks make kits of bridges, castles and other historic structures.

 

 

The kit contains a particle board base, white glue, grass and ceramic “stones,” sized as you need them. Each size has more individual sized “stones” than you’ll need.

The kit can be built w/o any carving, but the material is easy enough to carve so you can round off and detail the pieces as you’d like them.

 

Of course, researching a Neolithic stone monument as it may have appeared so as to detail the stones is at best a wild guess.  Today the 5000 year-old stones show damage from the ages, some vandalism, souvenir hunting, concrete patching, etc., but I tried to match a few details.  You glue the site plan of the stones to the base and then mount each stone as needed.

 

 

 

 

Laying down the turf is harder with the stones “in the way,” but it is easy enough to get done.

 

After detailing, the ceramic pieces were primed with Tamiya primer and given a base coat of Autocolor navy haze gray. I washed the pieces with some Autocolor pale gray, dark wash and some stones got some washing with brown.  The small inner stone circles were given a wash of Autocolor ocean gray.  Those stones were originally brought from Wales to the monument site and are a different  type of stone than the larger Sarsen stones that were more local.  (If dragging 40-ton stones for about 25 miles during the Stone Age can be considered Local!)  The Welsh stones are called Bluestones and the ocean gray wash gave them a hint of a bluish-gray cast.  A mixture of USMC green and black was spotted around to give the impression of fungal growth.

 

 

My only complaint about the kit comes from the outer circle’s ceramic Lintels (cross pieces) being too short.  Many Stonehenge experts say that the lintels were all mated to each other with dove-tail style joints.  The pieces didn’t allow for this appearance.

 

 

I thought I’d try a Summer Solstice sunrise shot of the model since most people know of Stonehenge’s relationship to the sunrise and sunsets on the Summer and Winter days.  A flashlight, small vice, and some Photoshop work, produced the image.

 

 

 

Stonehenge research is enjoyable, and quite habit forming!  Having done turf applications twice now I have the confidence for finishing a few WW I aircraft and a Spirit of St. Louis model that I haven’t cased yet.  Plus I’m eyeing one of those ARS Aedes castle kits.

Mike

 

"Grumman on a Navy Airplane is like Sterling on Silver."

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