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need help!
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 27, 2002 9:02 AM
Im an armor guy .im new at building dioramas. how can i simulate snow and how can i make those realistic trees? plus the ground works. Evil [}:)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 27, 2002 9:21 AM
Try this site. Smile [:)]
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Posted by jcarlberg on Friday, December 27, 2002 9:22 AM
There have been a lot of articles in FSM over the years on this subject. Many modelers use cornstarch for snow, but other things may work as well. Anything edible may attract critters if not sealed. Also, if there is a railroad model shop in your area, many railroad scenery supplies are useful. For a base, inexpensive wood bases are available as plaques at craft stores and some lumber supply stores. If you're really wanting cheap and flexible, try particleboard or MDF.
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Posted by upnorth on Friday, December 27, 2002 5:02 PM
For snow, you might want to try perlite.

Its readily available as white pellets from any well stocked gardening shop. Its easily crushed down to the consistency of baking soda and painted, or clear coated in its natural white color.

Its almost totally neutral in the chemical sense, so reactions with paints, glues or solvents are extremely unlikely.

I had a friend who tried it to simulate hoarfrost on trees at 1/35 scale, the results were great.

Hope that helps, good luck
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 28, 2002 7:39 AM
Hudson and Allen Studio's has a great product for snow and it looks very real. For trees you can use roots from saplings. Hudson and Allen also sells leaves that you can glue to the roots. For ground work you can try to use Celluclay with static grass sprinkled over it. You can then give it a wash and dry brush it once it has dried. The result looks really good.
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Posted by ILuv3ggs on Saturday, December 28, 2002 9:56 PM

If you have Decembers FSM, there is an article on page 50 about making realistic trees.

As for your ground cover, i made a small diorama for a school project. I moulded my base out of Plaster, left it to dry enough so that the top was hard, sprayed glue over the base, and poured over the static grass. the next day i tipped the excess of onto some newpaper. I had a bit of dirt as well - i got that from my backyard. But make sure the dirt you get from your backyard is small, sometimes it can look out of porportion if you use alot of it.

Anyway, i think i have confused myself and everyone else enuff, later days

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 12:21 AM
You might want to take a look at the Woodland Scenics website. They have some amazing products!

In regards to snow, I saw this stuff at HobbyTown a couple of days ago and remembered your question.

Woodland Scenics:
SN140 - Soft Flake Snow
Woodland Scenics New Soft Flake Snow is realistic, easy to use, and works with any scale. Create anything from light snow falls to heavy snow drifts!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 19, 2003 4:59 PM
Came across this post which you might find interesting. Awesome picture too. Smile [:)]
Making Snow

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