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    Co. Durham, UK
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    R/C Large Model Aircraft, Military Vehicles, Railroad Modelling, WW2 History, Astronomy

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  1. Last four pictures. We hope you enjoyed the journey as much as we did.
  2. My daughter was eight when she started this model and heading towards eleven now. It is virtually all her own work, but with lots of guidance and advice from me, a little holding of parts where extra hands were needed and I did some of the figure painting detail after she painted the main colours. I also made the camo net over the radio operator, helped with joining the tank tracks and sprayed gloss and matt coats when needed.
  3. The layout seems to work well when viewed from all sides and we tried to make use of figures who seemed less involved in combat but more at readiness. The rubbery plastic figures are of course horrible to work with and only minor work was done by myself to melt away flash etc. Airfix could really do with making a range of styrene figures for diorama builders.
  4. We made the right call to leave the Tiger tank off and replace it with a Jeep. It would have been unrealistic and perhaps toy-like, to have both tanks, unless the Sherman had been a smoking wreck. Without the Jeep might have been a little too empty. Neither the Jeep or Sherman are glued down and moved around a little during the photoshoot.
  5. We're pretty pleased with the overall result. Looking back, skin coloured tights may have worked better for the camo net rather than the black. The barbed wire would have been better with thinner copper wire, but that was all I had kicking around the workshop.
  6. There's quite a few pictures to add, but I may pick a few out for the Display Case section of the forum.
  7. We haven't had the weather yet for an outdoor photoshoot. The way the UK weather is going now, Summer may well be over! I'd still like to try and get out for a real backdrop, but for now, here's a multitude of pictures from an indoor shoot on Monday, taken at both eye level and from above. Some I've turned black and white, while some others have just been desaturated a bit and red increased to try and replicate wartime Kodachrome film.
  8. September 1st, the roof tiles were toned down. Once the paint had fully hardened, it would be time for a matt coat and final photos. We'd been thinking about trying to find a real background for some photos.
  9. Lastly for the August 29th update, a couple of general views. Once the last of the weathering is done, it needs a sprayed matt coat to hide any of the glue spots still showing.
  10. Roof tiles and timbers were scattered around the house. The tiles were painted the same colour as the roof, but haven't weathered as much, so are a bit bright. I decided it would be easier to weather them once glued down, rather than loose, so they'll be re-weathered once fully dry.
  11. Near the field gun, a shovel and pick have been added, along with some broken house roof timbers. At the trainer, a pick was laid up against the corrugated iron. A shovel in the trailer, a bike against the rubble and another bike in the house.
  12. On August 29th, we got the last of the small details glued down, though there's still a little more work to do. A couple of pulled up road signs have been dumped at the roadside here. The other two were abandoned a little further around the diorama. They were placed face down so we didn't need to worry about text on them.
  13. The gun crew are talking about their field of fire and the need to lower the barbed wire a little, just in front of the gun. The Sherman is moving into position to provide more fire support. To finish the August 12th updates, here's a general view from house front. The layout of the figures and weapons is designed to give the diorama interesting viewing angles from all sides, with several small stories going on from where ever you view from.
  14. Barry was busy setting up another barbed wire barricade. Ian was injured in earlier combat, but fortunately not too badly. He's waiting to be evacuated. The two other guys in the house are as yet un-named.
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