Please visit my new website

I have a new website at www.distant-shores.com its aim is to gather all the nature centered websites I have been doing those past few months, 

This is a bit lame, but I need to change the server of this site which is so slooow, and also to reactivate cdiorama.com





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Scuplting and smoothing plaster

More plaster modeling, basically, i workand work the plaster until it is set -in the end I smooth it will water so thati can save a bit of sand paper!

Here is the canopy and the front fuselage -everything except the radome. Of course no way i would buy the Trumpeter kit. I read it was not that accurate,the problem is, will my own  version be *more* accurate than the trumpeter one? hmm, i doubt that

Gluing and filling

 

So that's still the boring part of the SBS, Gluing all the cross-sections of the fuselage together as well as preparingplaster for filling the shape

So let's fill the fuselage with plaster! 

More cutting and about vietnam dios

Though i don’t want to hurt anybody, I have to say it’s been 25 years i didn’t see a diorama  about the Vietnam war that I actually liked.

All the usual clichés are shown in dioramas, but all the ones I saw miss their point, the most important I think, the *whole spirit*.

Ah, if I say “25 years”, it’s because I saw one great one once on a French mag. Technically it was just okay, it showed a couple of M 113s, big puddles and a couple of yanks in one cornerwith Coke bottles. Why did I liked it? Because of the whole color scheme whichwas very orange-red and those big out of balance  puddles. I have been reading countless stuff on Vietnam War when I was younger, all of them tell about thered dust and the big puddles, but what I see in dioramas is well, some anonymous bits of jungle and no light.
Back to the diorama. More cutting on the way, here all thepieces cut, and me starting to do some sort of canopy out of various thickness bits.
ah, did anybody found what plane I am using? Hint: half of all the number built ended up in flames, one of the great success of the Eisenhower’s Military Industrial Complex I suppose.

Where to begin..

I have no idea how to introduce that new diorama of mine.

It’s going to be slightly smaller than Tsushima II, will be probably turn a few stomachs by the completion.

Oh well, let’s start as usual with some shapes printed on paper , cut out and glued on some plastic. What lookslike cross-sections will be glued on 1mm thick plastic, 2mm for the “support”.

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Products heads up

Most of the mail I get from this site is about techniques and materials, so I thought it could be nice if I would both show and explain the stuff I use

Various techniques for the Firebird diorama

I have less time now to do SBS in forums or my own site like I used to, but yet i thought I could share some of "my" techniques that i used for the Firebird diorama. product placement? for the most part, say this to my bloody wallet!!    

Pebeo's outliner (Cernes relief)

I was sent that Pebeo Cernes Relief product some time agio and liked it straight away. Its fine tip allows me to make joints between the stuff i embbed in water and the stuff itself like my graves here.

It dries just like regular glossy Acrylic gel that you can find in art shops or Valejo's Water Effect (which is exactly the same stuff)

Flex Pad on horse sculpting

The reason I use those flex-pad instead of other solutions is seen here: I have been owning the same since 4 years and even though mine are in bad shape they still work alright. I love the "blade tip" which allows to sand in the crevices

Metalic pigments from Uschi van der Rosten

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.

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