View from a Bridge diorama completed

13 April, 2014 - 18:23 -- jbandre

Here is the View From a Bridge diorama, based on a picture of a F-8 Crusader that missed the bridge of an Aircraft Carrier.

I call that one not so much affectionnaly the 150€ diorama, because this is roughly what it cost me. The kit, the cockpit detail set, the figure (heavily modfied of course), the resin, the slicon etc etc. And I don't even count the 3 or 4 brushes ruined or the cost of the paint .

I also sort of blame this diorama as being a "Tory diorama", I mean, perhaps too classic, based on an actual picture etc.. Still I am very proud of my sea, and this is the first 1/72 plane kit I build in about 30 years!

View from a Bridge 1/72 diorama

Please see gallery here

AMMO weathering as applied to a F-8 Crusader

12 April, 2014 - 11:02 -- jbandre

Plane model making.. applied for a diorama of course. It is an expensive and very hard hobby..

Anyway, I used AMMO's version of Kursk-like terrain to weather a Academy F-8 Crusader, and yes it certainly does do the trick!

AMMO by Mig weathering on a F-8 Crusader

And here is a close up picture of the completed diorama i am going to post tomorrow around 6PM French time

Preview of the Crusader diorama

 

Metalic pigments from Uschi van der Rosten

12 April, 2014 - 10:47 -- jbandre

That's a hobby sort of posting. I recently bought Uschi van der Rosten's metalic pigments and well, I used to know Alex before he was Uschi you see and this kind of posts can't do him wrong.

So I spent the whole of last week thinking very loudly that plane modeling was the worst hobby on earth. I mean, scribbling the panels back after the Mr Surfacer, building and inserting a Aires cockpit in 1/72...
So what you see is the scratchbuilt underside of a F-8 Crusader wing. First image is after the Alclad work, not tops mainly because the needle is mostly out of service thanks to my usual rough handling of delicate material.

Alclad II on f-8 crusader engine bay

Second pic is me with some oil paints doing some sort of dark shadows -and mixing them with Uschi's metalic pigments (yeah it somehow worked). Then I found out that the pigments themselves were doing some nice shadows (3d pics). I had to take care of the Chrome one which is just too bluish for my tastes (and the current project). I then realized I could mix those pigments with regular AMMO like modeling ones, especially with blacks or greys..

Uschi van der Rosten metalic pigments applied

4th picture is me using Uschi's trick, ie buffering the surface with a q-tip and miracle! it worked, you have a real high shine on a very tiny surface which here was the top of my wire layers, what I needed actually. Now for smaller q-tips.
Uschi van der Rosten metalic pigments bottles
Just fell i was using the stuff at about 20% of its capacities, but it was enjoyable. the real downside I see with this material is that Uschi didn't put out a wider range of colours. I would have loved a copper or gold tint, not to mention a bright silver -even if my buffering the steel pigments coat, I almost got some silver at one point.

fional weathering of the F-8 Crusader with Uschi van der Rosten metalic pigments

Bleaklow

4 January, 2014 - 19:07 -- jbandre

My first British diorama! Bleaklow is located between Sheffield and Manchester. I had no idea the terrain was that great when I spent a few time in Manchester by the mid nineties otherwise I would have pay a visit.Bleaklow diorama

 

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