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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, September 27, 2021 9:33 AM
Looks like a photo of the real thing

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Posted by disastermaster on Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:06 PM

Pawel
1:35 AFV Clum M42A1 Duster by Pawel

       

 :wow:

       https://forum.largescalemodeller.com/uploads/emoticons/default_respect.gif!

That's awesome!

https://i.imgur.com/Gcc59Dk.png

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Posted by disastermaster on Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:06 PM

Just the way I like it, instead of clean cut and toy-like.

'ya got talent.

Mighty, mighty fine.......

https://i.imgur.com/Gcc59Dk.png

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    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:11 PM

Might try a Molotow chrome pen in the light buckets then glue the lenses in with a clear drying glue like Testors or Pacer.

The pens are available at stationary stores or Hobby Lobby. 

Also works for trim on cars, it just doesn't like to be handled after applying.

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:09 PM

Might try a Molotow chrome pen in the light buckets then glue the lenses in with a clear drying glue like Testors or Pacer.

The pens are available at stationary stores or Hobby Lobby.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:59 PM

It looks really good, Mac. Nice work.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:04 PM

Oh that's very cool!!! Love the oozy gooey look of the mud!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Mac Fixx on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 7:38 PM

To Pawel,

I humbly crawl and grovel before you, bowing, and worshiping daring to squeak the word, "Incredible" at your skill on that tank build.

 

Mac 

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 3:13 PM

Hello Mac!

I think I have a good pointer for the headlights for you. I found out that mixing silver and white works well here. To be specific, on a silver area you try to put on a white spot too look like light reflection. Some people get even better results trying to paint the reflection of the horizon in the lense... Anyhow, here's an example of what I managed to do with headlights that were solid styrene:

1:35 AFV Clum M42A1 Duster by Pawel

Hope it helps, have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 1:02 PM

Mac, I'm certainly not a car modler, but I have seen a few guys (Uncle Night Shift, Plasmo ETC.) attach a piece of clear plastic inside the lights for a lens. I must say though even with close ups, your lights look good. The air cleaners look a bit plastic but there's not a lot you can do about that short of scratch building them. I swear I could get in that thing and start it up, push the airbrake knobs and start rolling.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

http://www.spamodeler.com/forum/

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Posted by Mac Fixx on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:22 PM

Thanks for the CONSTRUCTIVE feedback.  It wasn't expected based on what most forums seem to be - rivet counters, trolls, or endless praising stick figures like a Picasso. Selfishly, I'm here to try and get better...not be Mr. Popular or Mr. Jerk. Thank you again. 

The mud turned out surprisingly well. The sawmill this was built for cuts, kiln dries, and finishes high end hardwoods. Peach, cherry, pecan, rose, etc.  The colors in and density of that sawdust blend is incredible.  The ultra fine saw dust removed from the dust bags on their sanders is like baby powder and works great.  I simply mixed it in with Modge Podge and spread it like cake frosting. Acrylics were airbrushed over it, then oils, then heavy clear over the top. (Sort of like Night Shift Modeler on Youtube).  I'm trying this mud/sawdust on some 1/35 tank tracks now.

As for the hacked off trailer,  yeah, it is kind of weird. Overall length was limited to 20" and wanted some of the "raw wood" visible on the top.  The trailer was a bargain basement Lindberg kit. "Planking" is 3  scribed and occasionally sliced/peeled up .010 sheets. Side rails and air lines were added. 

Larger chrome pieces (that obviously weren't painted) were redone in Alclad.  Smaller parts received only a wash in very thinned out black oils.  The interior is pretty well detailed and along with a driver.

For those interested in semi's or "in the duldrums" wanting something decent, easy, and cheap to dink around with, try one of these Revell Peterbilts (they also have a Kenworth) for about $25.  They can be slapped together in a couple of hours with almost no glue. Decent detail and minimal flash, warpage, etc. The only real problem area is the tire/wheel fit.

Last question. 

What can be done to improve kit supplied headlight lenses?  I lightly scuffed the back side, applied a dark wash/filter, then applied heavy dose of "pouring clear"  on the outside. While better, the depth and overall effect still come up short IMO.

Thanks.

Mac

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 10:43 AM

Pawel, I think he sawed off the trailer to shorten the dio.

Like Dadgy said, you get what you put in. If you ask for feedback you will get it, if you show a build and don't want any, just say that. Most folks on here are sensitive to that request. We all know that if you put something out there we are opening ourselves to some advice, most constructive, very few destructive, even if asked for.

Now on to your build. I must say, it looks like I can climb aboad and crank it up. It's one of the best rigs I've seen on any forum. Sure maybe some more mud here and there but the detail you put it is impressive.

This is one of the friendliest forums on the web. A small few are better, most are OK and some are far to clickish and just simply a group of a**holes. I have examples of both extremes if you would like Big Smile. Like most places though, there are some members you don't want to get into a deep discussion with Confused Just sayin.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

http://www.spamodeler.com/forum/

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 9:27 AM

Hello!

I like the dio a lot - the mud is one of the best I've seen on a dio.

I'm not so sure about that sawed off trailer, though - that's a bit confusing to me...

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:52 AM

G'day Mac. I think you will find that this is the kind of website that get exactly what you put into it. The folks here are all very supportive, but if you ask for comment, then you will get it. In my experience it's always been positive, even if sometimes critical.

For my 2 bobs worth, I agree with Goldhammers comments and would add that I would expect to see some mud thrown up under the tray bed. However the 'proof' wording makes it hard to see detail, so you may have done this. A fantastic model and display. Good work mate.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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    August 2021
Posted by Mac Fixx on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10:00 PM

Thank you. 

That's exactly the kind of feedback desired.  Sometimes I can't see the trees because of the forest.  No pun intended.

 

Mac

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    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 9:32 PM

Looks good to me.  Only thing I'd address is some mud under the bed between the drive axles, and and some on the steps into the cab.  Driver and helper (if there was one) would track some there.

Most of the folks here won't flame a build, and they've always offered tips to make something better.  All you need do is ask.

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first posting since joining - "Miller Time"
Posted by Mac Fixx on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 9:11 PM

Been building dioramas for several years and decided to join a forum.  The below link should link to the most recent creation.  It's a Revell "snap" 1/25 Peterbilt slopping thru the mud.  Other than sawing off the sleeper and shortening the frame, it's a box build.  Well, I did add the sun visor and tweaked/added a few other pieces from the junk box.  It was built for a fellow that own's a sawmill.

https://macfixx.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/n-v3snZb/

The base is a chunk of his wood.  The "hills" are "his" treebark.  The mud is "his" fine sawdust mixed in with acrylics with lots of clear on top to make it shine.

Question -  and certainly no offense intended to this site as I simply don't know it and therefore am speaking out of ignorance.

Is there an honest-to-goodness "constructive criticism" website (not social media) available for diorama builders...even if a "members only" kind of thing?  Not judging, all praise, or all trolls? A place where only a few can even "speak" and say "consider trying X on Y next time...here's why and how."  Nothing more...nothing less. 

 

Thanks.

"Mac: 

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