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Beach diorama
Posted by JerB on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 8:47 PM

Hi guys

i have a question for you guys who have built beach Dioramas, what products did you use for sand? I find searching the site here difficult on my iPad. I want to put together a little 1/35 scale Normandy diorama with some figures and beach obstacles. Thanks for any help you can offer and send me in the right direction

thanks

Jeremy 

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:09 AM

Hey JerB;

In response to your inquiry; a fellow modeler friend of mine did a small vignette of the Normandy beach area. For his groundwork/sand he used Epoxy wood filler. According to him it gives you time to sculpt or move the epoxy around to your desired look but once it dries, it dries hard to sand or shape. This is how it initially looked. Good luck.

 

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Posted by dpty_dawg_ca on Thursday, February 3, 2022 7:51 AM

I use  sand blasting sand to represent sand on dioramas. I usually make a slurry of sand , white glue and water. Trowel it on the base and contour.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, February 3, 2022 11:13 AM

JerB
I find searching the site here difficult on my iPad

It's not just you iPad--this site is flat difficult to search.

Diorama scale matters here.  As does the nature of the "beach."

At 1/72 and smaller, you can use just smooth plaster for most beach sand.

the beaches at Normandy are a fine shingle, a rocky "sand."  At 1/35, using "sanded grout" as a top layer probably does the texture best.

Grout mix can render "sand" nicely.

But, not all "beach sand" is the same.  It can e cobbles up to 12" (30cm) in size, ir fine as talcum powder, and from pur white to pure black in color.

Experimenting at smaller scale is well worth the effort.

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, February 3, 2022 11:36 AM

CapnMac82

 

 
JerB
I find searching the site here difficult on my iPad

 

It's not just you iPad--this site is flat difficult to search.


Ditto, on any platform.

Much better results using Google (or probably any other search engine) and simply adding 'finescale' to the tags/parameters.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, February 4, 2022 1:18 PM

gregbale

 

 
CapnMac82

 

 
JerB
I find searching the site here difficult on my iPad

 

It's not just you iPad--this site is flat difficult to search.

 

 

Ditto, on any platform.

Much better results using Google (or probably any other search engine) and simply adding 'finescale' to the tags/parameters.

 

 

certainly

better

 

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Posted by JerB on Saturday, February 12, 2022 7:11 PM

thanks guys, yeah it's just going to be a small scene with a few soldiers behind some obstacles. I'm also trying to figure out what I want to use for water.

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Posted by JerB on Saturday, February 12, 2022 7:14 PM

TigerII

Hey JerB;

In response to your inquiry; a fellow modeler friend of mine did a small vignette of the Normandy beach area. For his groundwork/sand he used Epoxy wood filler. According to him it gives you time to sculpt or move the epoxy around to your desired look but once it dries, it dries hard to sand or shape. This is how it initially looked. Good luck.

 For some reason I can't see the pic

 

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