Koktebel diorama blog

Triming underside the diorama

Then i had to trim the whole underside of the diorama so that the whole look of the scene+base may appear the flatest possible.
You notice here the underside of the sea is actually quite transparent..

Cleaning the ground cover

THE thing i hated with the dio -the borders and the way the ground cover seemed to stop at half an inch from the actual framing.
So i did a little operation and added a new fern near the border and used some plaster to get the framing right again...

Dust and scratches

of course A month in the garden shed didn't do much good to the dio -plenty of dust here and there, fingerprints on the resin when I trimmed the bottom etc. i will have to need at least one day of work to get it back together..
And then I started a new diorama too!

Rise and Shine!

that's one of those good moments in a year when i start a new diorama! Well, to be honest the previous one is not really finished as I still have some issues with the framing, but then I spent a bit of time coding *2* different WIP -if you want the Kotkebel one, you can still get it by activating the kink above :)

Sorry for the silence

Much to do here.. And then I have been spending 3 weeks failing miserably at doing some... *HOMEMADE PHOTOETCHING* Indeed the big Canet gun i have been building was standing on some holed floor, some circular piece of metal holed everywhere -something i would have no chance realizing by hand. Even a great modeler I know who holed his floor with a Dremel tool failed at doing something perfect, so think about me with my 2 left hands.. anyhow, here's the story of my miserable failures (in several says and steps) hoping you won't do the same...

New website, new content

As you may have notice the website changed dramatically. Actually I built the CMS all by myself, but with the amount of stuff growing it became unstable as well as buggy -so much that I didn't had any pleasure at all to work on it.

So I have been transferring everything on Drupal with -halas- a few things missing which means here all the old step by step I have been filling through the past 4 years.

I still have the files and might transform those in downloadable pdfs here on this very website.

To make for this change, I have been adding a new video page and already started to upload on Youtube the 2 first parts of a Galilée SBS video. The completed movie should run around 80mn once I edited it.

I also removed the Spacemen 3 diorama which I consider being a failure and added that very old Helium diorama in the gallery page

Helium diorama from 1993

1/35 Herons

I have been spending an evening looking at pictures of the Dniepr on Google Earth, fascinating tool and place..

Anyway, after albatross and seagulls I had a try at herons, the tip of the wings are done of CA glue coated paper, while the wings and body are in Green Stuff and Magic Sculp. The grey shades are Mr Surfacer.


1/35 herons

a T-26..

NO?!!!! yes.

I am actually building a *tank*. Just to know how it's done you know, I am very bad at tanks.

It's not that i don't like them it's more that I have only a couple of tank related ideas while when it comes to sea and boats I have 3 lifetimes worth of ideas and dioramas to do.

Anyway, I choosed a dog of a tank, the Russian T-26. Indeed I don't think all tanks can look well in a diorama, the eye slips on those that are too low methinks.

T-26 is quite high and not very gbig which suits my needs. if I am lucky with the model, it will end up in a diorama whose setting lies confortable inside my head.

a T-26 from Zvezda

So well how's Zvezda's kit? errrr,

Tet's start with the wheels, they are all done, it took me a week worth of evenings to trim, add some Grandt Line bolts a few photoetch bits left from the king Child to do those

T-26 wheels

T-26 wheels