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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
A Christmas Story
Posted by Bakster on Friday, December 24, 2021 1:38 PM

Rather than my usual gifting ideas, I decided to bless a good friend of mine with something more personal using learned hobby skills. She has encouraged me along my hobby journey, and I thought it fitting that I create something that she might enjoy in her apartment.

  

The Project

Until she had become more seriously ill, it was a tradition of ours that each Christmas season we watch the movie, A Christmas Story. We both enjoy the movie.

I didn't set out to build something from this movie, it evolved. All I knew was that I wanted to create a Christmas display that she can have on her end table. I just didn't know of what. With Christmas themed model figures not being plentiful, I decided to find a premade figure, and build around that. Ultimately, the solution presented itself on a trip to a local Hallmark store. At seeing the ornament, I knew that this is it.

 

The Figure

1. As seen above the figure comes with a small snow base. I decided that that had to go. I proceeded to carefully cut that away. What remained with the figure are some posts molded into the feet of the characters. 

2. The hook on Ralphies hat had to go. I pulled that out, filled the hole with CA, sanded, and repainted with craft paint.

3. Using thinned Vallejo white, I dry brushed Randys snowsuit to mimic snow from him having just fallen.

 

The Base


1. I purchased the base and glass dome from a place called, Collecting Warehouse.

https://www.collectingwarehouse.com/Doll-Display-Cases-Stands

2. I positioned the figure on the base creating a guide using tape. 

3. I then drilled holes into the base for where the posts will fit.

4. I mixed a batch of Apoxie Sculpt and fashioned a new snow layer. 

5. The figure positioned into the post holes, Apoxie Sculpt was pressed against the characters feet. The Apoxie Sculpt doing its job to secure the figure as well. I also created troughs to simulate areas where they had walked.

6. Once cured, the snow sculpt was painted with Vallejo white. This took several coats for coverage.

 

 

The Sign

1. I constructed the sign using balsa wood.

2. For the graphic I captured the image, printed it on plain paper, and then applied it using Modge Podge.

3. Using light brown craft paint, thinned, I dry brushed the sign and graphic giving it an aged appearance. 

4. A hole was drilled in the sculpt, then the sign set with two-part epoxy.

 

Final Finish


1. I ordered a product called diamond dust. It is basically finely crushed glass. This will give the snow sparkle.

2. In testing I determined that the glass was not fine enough. So, I bagged it, and I crushed it until it was smaller.

3. I coated the snow base with Modge Podge, then using a paint filter, sifted the diamond dust onto the snow base. Using the filter provided me a more consistent size to the grain, giving it a more realistic look. 

And I think that is that.

Merry Christmas Folks.

 

pmlph

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, December 24, 2021 2:44 PM

Brilliant! A+++++++++++++++

One of my favorite Christmas movies, along with the original Grinch and Rudolph.  When we saw Christmas Story in the theater, we were practically crying with laughter, especially the Santa scene!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, December 24, 2021 3:36 PM

Brilliant, indeed.

That is really awesome, Steve. YesYesYes

Merry Christmas!

-Greg

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, December 24, 2021 4:35 PM

Well done!  I'm sure she'll really appreciate that.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, December 24, 2021 6:18 PM

Thanks Guys! I appreciate the feedback! I think she will like it as well. She loved to collect Hallmark ornaments too. So, she is getting something special.

 

Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beetloaf. I hate meatloaf.”

 

Lol. 

 

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Friday, December 24, 2021 6:43 PM

That is fabuelus. I bet she will love it.

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, December 24, 2021 6:46 PM

Very cool! Nice job!

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Friday, December 24, 2021 7:12 PM

Awesome job! It looks outstanding and I'm sure that it will mean a lot to your friend. We are setting here watching the end of that classic as I type this.

Merry Christmas.

Gil

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, December 24, 2021 7:51 PM

"...Deck the haws with bora hory, fa-ra-ra-ra-ra, ra-ra-ra-ra!"  Stick out tongue

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, December 24, 2021 9:20 PM

Excellent project!  "Fra-gee-lay. Must be Italian...""

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, December 24, 2021 10:59 PM

Very good on that peoject.  I have never seen the movie but I used to listen to Mr. Sheppard each night on W.O.R. out of New York.  He wrote a book called In God We Trust, all others pay cash.  I used to have a signed copy from when he did a show in our H.S. in Jersey but it disappeared along with so many other things while I was over seas the first time. I have since picked up another copy.

One night he was telling acout when he saw a DC-3 flying toward the airport and took a shot at it with his Red Rider BB gun.  The next day there was a report of a plane crash and he was scared that he was going ot be arrested for shooting it down.

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, December 25, 2021 8:15 AM

Thanks again to everyone that responded and to your comments. Much appreciated...

 

 

“Adults loved to say things like that but kids knew better. We knew darn well it was always better not to get caught.”

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, December 25, 2021 8:47 AM

That's awesome Bakster! Love how you took a mass-produced Christmas ornament and turned it into something unique!

A very merry Christmas to you and the family Bakster!!!

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, December 25, 2021 9:43 AM

Gamera

That's awesome Bakster! Love how you took a mass-produced Christmas ornament and turned it into something unique!

A very merry Christmas to you and the family Bakster!!!

 

Thanks Cliff! Same to you and your family....

  • Member since
    February 2011
Posted by knox on Saturday, December 25, 2021 11:50 AM

This is just too cool, and it shows why modelers are the best. Imagination. 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, December 25, 2021 12:29 PM

Well !

   I gotta say , You certainly created something unique out of an ordinary piece! Oh, Merry Christmas to all the Bakster Clan! 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, December 25, 2021 7:16 PM

Thanks Knox and TB, I appreciate the support. 

Recipient of said gift was pleased. 

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, December 26, 2021 12:45 PM

Wonderful stuff, and you didn't put your eye out!

Happy Christmas (even i it's St Stephen's Day now)

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, December 26, 2021 2:49 PM

Outstanding conversion!!!! Well thought out and accomplished. ToastToastToast

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. 

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, December 26, 2021 4:27 PM

fox

Outstanding conversion!!!! Well thought out and accomplished. ToastToastToast

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. 

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 

Hey Jim, thanks for the nice comment. It is much appreciated. Happy New Year too!

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, December 26, 2021 4:30 PM

CapnMac82

Wonderful stuff, and you didn't put your eye out!

Happy Christmas (even i it's St Stephen's Day now)

 

Hey Capn, thanks, and that's a good one. No new glasses needed here nor an eye patch. Yes And back at ya...

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, December 26, 2021 10:04 PM

Love it Bako, unique, personal and brilliantly executed!

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

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, December 27, 2021 8:03 PM

Dodgy

Love it Bako, unique, personal and brilliantly executed!

 

Thank you, Ferg. Cheers! Beer

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