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  1. Last year at a model competition I bought an old (very old) Tamiya Lancaster Bomber kit (1975), with the hope of building it into a diorama. I've been searching for years for a person who would have some sort of computer kit that would initiate the engine sequence in a realistic way. Anyway this year I found a source that supplies the computer and other hardware, I just had to source a soundtrack + extras to make it look cool. So what started out as a simple build has turned into a monster task, which I'm happy to say I'm still just on top of. The build is still in progress, but the progress has been positive thus far. Anyway here's some pics of the build to date. Currently the wings are in the paintshop. Enjoy the pics and vids. Lancaster Bomber Diorama Project - Part 1 Lancaster Bomber Diorama Project - Part 4
  2. I am SOOOO close to done on my Kinetic EA-6B. During the build I decided I would make a diorama. I used the skunk model Nimitz deck kit and have it looking pretty sharp. I would upload pics but can't with the size constraints... that and my work is nowhere near everyone else's on here. However, I am happy with the results. I have one issue though, the launch bar is in the up position. In fact, there was never an option to put it "down". Now the aircraft is 90% built and painted. Any suggestions on how to go about lowering it? Should I take an exacto and somehow cut it as close to the main landing gear as possible? (Again, model is all built and painted. I don't want to really screw it up) I have the shooter in the crouched pointing position, so to have it on the shuttle but have the launch bar up makes no sense, but I don't want to butcher my work. Anyone have suggestions? And, I would totally upload pics if I knew how, and if you all promised not to be too harsh with your critiques. So any advice there would be welcomed on the uploading as well! Thanks all. JRD
  3. After a long hiatus, I decided to get back into model building. I have just started a Tankbuster Stuka (I think a G Model). Revell S5270. My painting has always been lacking but we'll see how I do. Down the road I would like to make a diorama of a crew performing maintenance on an aircraft, I was thinking a BOB (Battle of Britain) theme with a Mk I Spitfire or Hurricane or even a BF 109E. Any kits you all recommend for a cutaway to the engine? How do you do those types of cutaways? I assume after market resins of the engines and some serious custom work? Any advice on kits, resins pieces/aftermarket pieces, and tips/hints/websites would be greatly appreciated. The goal would to eventually make a diorama on the ground at some British Airfield... painting such little details such as wiring on the engine for the sparkplugs will be tough... again, any advice would be appreciated! Oh and I prefer larger scale: 1/48 or 1/32 (or are planes in 1/35?)/ Thanks all! Jim (NYC)
  4. I wish to start a thread for a WIP for a bridge diorama. It is to be a display for a maritime museum. It does have a model boat, and some to scale cars, but the project is more of a civil based than anything else. I am hoping the ARC forum mod or admin will direct me to which sub-forum to start this WIP diorama thread.
  5. Hello! Happy to announce the following new releases, only from RESIN2detail, a maker of premium aftermarket resin aircraft accessories, detail sets and conversions. Purchase each set for only $4.99 each! 48137 Set of five (5) U.S. Jerry Cans for your Airfield Diorama – intricately detailed For the beginner through advanced modeler. Not for modelers under the age of 13. Made in USA. Click HERE to purchase! 48138 Set of six (6) assorted USAAF/RAF “Flimsies” for your Airfield Diorama – intricately detailed For the beginner through advanced modeler. Not for modelers under the age of 13. Made in USA. Click HERE to purchase!
  6. If my armor modeling has a grand strategy, it's to build like the classic Shepard Paine scenes so many of us enjoyed seeing years ago. In my earliest diorama efforts I discovered that slathering plaster, cat litter, and model railroad turf onto a hastily cut plywood base didn't make very convincing groundwork in 1/35th scale. And in the past several years, I've focused on the confrontation between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in Europe. Germany is green in mind, body, and spirit, so I'd better learn to build trees. Here's some experiments I've done lately. In all cases, the major trunk-and-branch system is twisted wire armature coated with Vallejo's mud paste. Variations on this method can be found scattered throughout the modelmaking internet. (The tallest tree has some epoxy putty in it, too, but I'm not sure I'll bother with that next time.) In each case, I'm using products really sold for smaller-scale model railroading, so the question is whether in 1/35 scale it's persuasive for smaller leaves. Let's see: This shrub's foliage consists of the finer branches or twigs done with Woodland Scenics' polyfiber, stretched around the bigger branches and then snipped with scissors, per Andy's (He of Hobby Headquarters) tutorial on YouTube. I then added leaves from Noch. Looks good, if somewhat dense, but I suspect the leaves can be thinned by simply sprinkling them on less heavily. This small tree has polyfiber for the smaller branches, but I used Scenic Express' "superleaves." Very similar to Noch; it may be my imagination, but the leaves might be slightly larger. If so, it's not obvious. Scenic Express sells this stuff in a shaker bottle, as well as these "Eco" bags. The bag is better, I think, because the shaker is tedious and slower than simply using my fingers to scatter the leaves on the tree. I think this looks pretty good, and I'm going to try scaling this up. I don't think this looks like a European tree. On my largest armature, I used Noch static grass (5mm) instead of cut up polyfiber. I think that's the mistake. The static grass didn't give the leaves (also Noch) a sprawling branch network to lay on, that the polyfiber would have provided. I think I've seen trees that look like this in other parts of the world, though, so it's worth filing away. I'm looking for sources of larger leaves right now, and have at least two ideas in mind. But I'm pleasantly surprised that the smaller scale leaves I tried out both look reasonably good for smaller leaves in 1/35 scale.
  7. I am looking for pilots and crew to go in my 1/32 and 1/48 Lynx's but cant seem to find any. Does anyone know of any good ones out there? Also are there any good after market decals for 1/32 Lynx?
  8. Just having a bit of fun with an old model (Italeri Gripen 1/48), a spare picture frame and a printed display base from 4FX Dioramics. cheers Lawrence
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