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    Trumpeter LAV-III 1/35 scale

    Thank you VERY much for the info. Been checking out Youtube kit reviews and all the ones I saw had no interiors.
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    Trumpeter LAV-III 1/35 scale

    Thanks for the link....they do have a drivers compartment for $21 and now hoping for a set for rest of the interior.
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    Post apocalyptic GB

    Been busy building a bunch of things to use in my zombie/apocalypse dioramas. Currently working on building 3 dioramas: The Fountain, Childhood Forgotten and The Alley...at least that's what I'm going to call 'em. Find I keep my modeling mojo up by skipping between these 3. The fountains base was made by using the inside of a large sour cream lid, with the small ones from a smaller sour scream lid. The base for the fountain and the fountains themselves are from a plastic wine glass cut to size, along with some sheet styrene. Used a spray can of Krylon stone fine texture on the main part of the fountain to see how it'd look. Also, had never used canned spray paint before...it's always been my airbrush. Even though not finished being painted, the base looks great...kind of like a flat granite color. Thinking of painting the rest of the fountain steel, then black, then rub some of the black off and add rust streaks to it. In attempting to hollow out the 2nd level of the base, it broke on me twice! Used JB Weld to hold the pieces together and it actually looks better with the cracks as I'll be adding at least 1 tree and some bushes growing from these cracks. Fountain diameter is 6" and 6-7" high. Idea for fountain from photos of one in NYC. Built a 3/4" hexagonal square using styrene and once I have at least 6 castings made from plaster of paris, will make a silicone mold of them as I figure I'll need several dozen to have around the fountain. There will be a woman with her dog, pack and weapon leaning against this empty/over grown fountain. Been checking Ebay for miniature children praying who will be on the 1st level with an angel on the 2nd. Which will be weathered of course. For women, have the Master Box pinup set, but all but one is wearing high heels, so will be attempting to make molds from Miniarts Afrika Korps....using the parts of the legs from the knee down. From what I measured, they should match up with little trouble. At least that's my game plan. The fence in Childhood Lost is made from bug screen and tube styrene. Merry go round from styrene and for the handles, solder. Still haven't finished assembling the monkey bars/ jungle gym and forgot to add dinosaur "horsey" rides when I took the photo. Have what I need to build a static grass applicator, but just haven't gotten to assembling everything. This diorama measures 11x14 inches. Will post The Alley separately as I need to clear off my modeling desk to take a photo of it. Also tape the beginning of the building (foamboard), along with using a sheet of cork which I hope will realistically represent asphalt. I have built a dumpster and grease bin, but none of this stuff is painted. Looking at a 3 story tall building, with 2 set of stairs. I can buy Trumpeters stairs set, but they're $15 each, so going to try making my own as I saw a Japanese modeler do it. There is no lhs and the local gamers store carries a VERY limited amount of styrene, so everything is being bought via the net which slows me down at times. Well, WAS going to post photos of everything I've been talking about, but my files are too big. Now have to figure how to downsize them or post them somewhere online. Only online photo storage I've used is Flicker and don't know yet if they'll post here. Comments/thoughts/suggestions welcomed.
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    VERY early M113, 3AD 1963

    Think the M-577 crew you're looking for is Tamiya's 1:35 Military Miniatures US Command Figures on Ebay. Figures are bent over/standing, checking out maps on a table. As to Milliput, found a Youtube (modifying miniatures for search) video that's really helped me, especially when the figure is bent over like he's ducking/trying to hide or bending down to pick up something. Currently working on the bottom 2 figures and trick I learned was to roll a VERY small (sewing needle diameter) rope of Milliput on edge of the inside of the lower torso. Add a little bit of super glue to the inside of the upper torso and press them together. Milliput oozes out, but super glue keeps the parts together. Then use a sculpting tool/#11 Xacto blade to remove excess Milliput. And DEFINETLY keep your fingers/tools wet.
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    I really dislike Takom

    Know what you mean.....getting back into modeling late last year after 15 years of being away from it and found getting back into modeling started getting expensive as I'm going for zombie/apocalypse dioramas. Wanted a wide variety of figures....Italeri, Trumpeter, Zvezda, my old WW 2 Tamiya figures, etc. which I've just started modifying as civilian figures. With resin civilian figures going from $10 to $30 each and me looking at a dozen, maybe more in some of the dioramas...... Since there's basically no modern day cars/trucks as plastic kits, went the route of diecast in 1/32nd and 1/36th scales which I'll modify to have more accurate interiors, along with being crashed, abandoned, etc. And of course, need military vehicles, some which will represent active duty, abandoned or mil surplus. And accessories....must have 400 or so weapons alone when Squadron had a sale on them earlier this year, along with Trumpeters soda machines, barricades, etc. Let's not forget basic modeling stuff like styrene whether as sheets, tubes, etc. which I'm using to make tool chests, refrigerators, playground equipment, etc. Which is easy enough, but then making molds of the basic shapes so I can add detail to the resin copies for different things. Two part resin & silicone supplies are NOT cheap, but all said and done, wouldn't have it any other way considering the amount of time spent working on various things vs watching tv, surfing the net, etc.
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    VERY early M113, 3AD 1963

    Kit build is looking great. Know what you mean about not being satisfied with figure poses out of the box. Working on a combination of Tamiya, Italeri, Master Box & Trumpeter figures for some dioramas and found out working with Milliput isn't as easy as I thought it would be after watching various Youtube videos on its use.
  7. Getting back into modeling and mentioned I'm going for zombie/apocalypse dioramas. Want to make my dioramas as real as possible and via Googling for images and just plain looking around, there's all sorts of stuff that needs to be built to add realism such as gas pumps, tool chests, lockers, book cases, cabinets, etc. None of course, are available in 1/35th scale. Didn't want to scratch build 6 gas pumps for example, so been making a variety of different sized styrene boxes, then making a mold of them for quick additional resin copies. Plan on using styrene strips to add detail where needed, but what about one of those big Snap On tool chests where the drawers are flush? How do I engrave an outline to simulate them? Or simulate boards on a china cabinet? Think a Dremel even on low speed would have me skipping all over the casting and of course, don't think there's a really tiny engraving/cutting tool for this kind of thing. Would an engraver work with the piece in a small vise and a metal ruler clamped to the resin piece so I don't skip all over the place? Or am I over engineering this? I have 2 different bottles of 2 part resin, one by Micro Mark that's 10+ years old, the other is Aluminite bought earlier this year. I get a lot of bubbles from Micro Marks stuff, but don't know why as I mix/pour it the same as Aluminite's. It also rise above the mold every time except when I don't completely fill the mold with resin. Then of course, it doesn't rise to the top of the mold, but remains at the level I poured it at. Thinking of getting a cheap palm sander (Harbor Freight) with some fine wet/dry sandpaper to sand these Micro Mark parts. Good or bad idea? Will try using a new #11 Xacto blade. Thanks in advance for any help & tips given.
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    1/35 Trees, shrubs, other plant life

    Like Lancer512 said, check out Luke Towan's youtube videos as there's a lot to learn that can be applied to 1/35th scale. As far as leaves go, check out the miniature leaf punch sold on Evilbay. Use miniature leaf punch for your search there. Punch allows you to make 4 different leaves in 1/35th scale. I tried using green paper, looked like hell. Instead, use real leaves. Spray 'em with a Mod Podge matt coating, let dry, then punch away. The "fun" part is separating them, but the result is excellent. Since you're doing Europe, check out dioramadebri series of brick wall molds, curbs, etc. Simon Kemp has a series of Youtube videos using these molds. Title for his videos is 1/35 diorama builds. He's been building a WW 2 house using different dioramadebri molds. Have several copies of the brick wall molds and they're really good, though 2 things about 'em. Took me almost 3 months before I was finally able to buy all the molds I wanted at one time. Guess with his videos, sales have really jumped. The other was trying to get the end caps for the wall pieces to come out in one piece. Simon uses something that's only available in England and Hydrocal & plaster of paris didn't make it when it came to popping these pieces out of the mold. The wall themselves, had no trouble with, the end pieces cracked EVERY time. Tried Perfect Cast (Amazon) which says it's 5 times stronger than plaster of paris and I've had no trouble since then. Because of the price, use Perfect Cast for the end pieces, while the wall gets plaster of paris. The other thing is the brick work detail is only on 5 of 6 sides Europe's got a lot of stone walls/boundaries around farm land and Hirst Arts molds will do the trick for them. Number 701 is your basic field stone mold, so you can make your wall as long/tall as you want. The molds are made for 28mm, but I see no problem using them as you can stack 'em as high as you want, which I'm doing right now for a zombie/apocalypse 1/35th scale diorama. Hope this helps.
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    Hi - Getting Back in After 10-Year Hiatus

    Welcome back. Late last year started getting back into modeling after 15 years or so and things certainly have changed since then. Heard the same about Testors enamel paints in that they're going to discontinue them and going to acrylic only. Squadron doesn't carry them or at least I couldn't find 'em, but Evilbay does. Can't help you on your airbrush---still have my Paasche airbrushes that I hope to be using very soon. One's single, the other double action. Used the heck out of the single action and bought the double action one real cheap on Evilbay. Just checked Evilbay and someone's got one for sell (BRAND NEW) w/case, attachments, etc. with a bid of $20 plus shipping which ends a little over a day from now. Apparently there are different versions of your airbrush, up to a -9 model. Hopes this helps.
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    US Special Forces vehicles

    Google special forces Humvee and you'll get a lot of photos
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    Air Force Special Forces Humvee

    If you're interested, how about a Humvee with a motorcycle rack? Oops, to many bits or what ever to post . After your reply, used Humvee with gas rack as my search and came up with these photos and some others. Hope it helps.
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    VERY early M113, 3AD 1963

    Build started in April.....any more progress? Got a couple of these in my stash bought way back when...as when it was a state of the art kit. Built their mortar M-113 version & the one with the Saladin turret.
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    Blackdog 1/48 Infantry Equipment sets

    Did you ever get what you wanted? EBay's got them.
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    Air Force armor conversion

    Just got 2 of the Hobby Boss M-706 kits. One will be built as a 706, other altered as V-100. Earlier this year, Squadron had a sale on their In Detail books with it showing a lot of photos of the different versions of this vehicle along with close ups. I like the shot of the dog in the hatch... adds a personal touch to the vehicle.
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