Sokol diorama blog

Sokol's air intakes #4

When the plastic begins to change shape and to lower, press it under the shape. Okay, this is how it looks like, notice the stretched holes, that's actually an accident, because the plastic was too close to the light, but notice how this could be used quite efficiently to create a really rusty air intake!

Sokol's air intakes #6

here is the final air intake, okay, the shape is not *that* round, but I promise it won't be seeing too much in the final diorama :) I added a bit of plastic on the bottom to end up the shape as well as some D shaped evergreen sheet to circle the 2 openings of the round parts..

Sokol's bells

So only 1 picture for such an extensive job.. anyway, here you have some thermoformed plastic for the bell, bent brass tubing for the various intakes and plasticard

Sokol's bits of things

I have been designing a few extra details like this wheels and also various smaller details for the diorama. but i will make a small pause with the boat and will get on with the GROUNDCOVER, now that's going to be fun :)


here are all the ingredients to create some reeds -well except 2 of the main ones! So the trick is to coat a small sheet of paper with superglue -it then takes a weird plastic texture and gets a lot stronger and very well cutable. Then cut all the leaves one by one! Then do some tubing with Duro so that one end is thinner than the other one.

Reeds 2

So well, that was the theory. duro you see stays very plastic when it dries -i used it so that it would'nt broke when i would glue the leaves on it. It sure works, but then the stuff stays too elastic at those thin-ness rates i am working on! So i did only 4 of them that way. Then yesterday night I did 17 using some thin piano chord -it worked but then they all have the same thickness which is also a bit of a problem... So tonight i will try with stretched platsic sprue under a flame and we will see! I need at least 30-40 of those plenty of work still....

Reeds #2

What i have been doing all week whenever I got a few time? that's right, reeds, reeds and reeds. I have 48 of them, I don't know how many I will be abble to use.. This week will be water lillies!