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Due to other modelling projects, it's taken until now to get it on the bench. In December last year, we were about ready to start and were thinking about the layout. We considered it unrealistic to have a Sherman and Tiger that close together, without one being blown into a thousand pieces! So we decided to leave the Tiger I off the diorama and replace it with a Willys MB, which were being sold cheap at Aldi. Yep, that's a good looking tank. Brings back memories of me building tanks, trauck and airplanes. More recent progress. We smashed up some real stones to add more realistic type debris around the model, as the detail on the vac-formed base was too smooth.
Still lots more painting and weathering to go, then build the Jeep, field gun and trailer. What do you do with Daddy at the Weekend? We're well known at the school as a family of whack-a-doodles, so breaking rocks shouldn't come as any surprise!! In early April, we did some weathering of the road and pavement as the broken scattered fragments of stone still looked too clean. To dirty them down and mottle the appearance, we used some of the Airfix starter set black and brown acrylics, painted onto a piece of scrap styrene as a pallet, then applied to the diorama with a sponge and stiff brush, dabbing on the paint in random patterns and different densities.
It worked well to tone down the road, but is only the first Cricklade jeep girl. We also want to reproduce muddy marks and clods of mud from vehicles and tank tracks along the ro. After the dabbing and stippling, the base was put to one side and left to dry.
The whole family was ill for a few weeks, so little happened for a while until recently when we got back to work. As mentioned ly, we've ditched the Tiger from the diorama in favour of a Willys MB. We got the kit at Christmas, in the Aldi sale. There's a lot of tiny parts in the Willys kit. Since she hasn't really done any small fiddly models, mostly aircraft with large parts and just a few small accessories, I suggested we start with the field gun and trailer first. If those got messed up, it wouldn't be a great loss to the overall diorama. A few days ago, I started an experiment with a camo net.
I had one of my daughter's dance class hair nets, damaged a few months ago, to use as the practice net. The net was then stretched over the wood.
Some of the Airfix starter kit acrylics were mixed with some PVA glue to thicken it and allow it to glue to the netting. Starting with the brown, and using a small brush, I painted square spirals onto the netting and tape covered board. I quickly ran into a problem. The hair net is woven out of micro fibres which actually resemble long link chains.
Because of the thickness of the chains and the way they are woven together, the netting wouldn't lay flat on the wood. This made it difficult to form the spiral on the surface of the tape. The mesh was hovering slightly above the surface and so I was having to poke the brush down through the mesh and then let it partially cure before pressing the net down into the tacky surface to bond the mesh to the glue spiral. It was lifted up to see the effect. Due to the problems applying the glue, I didn't closely pack the spirals, but the overall concept seemed to work fairly well.
What I did need was a finer mesh. I raided the scrap fabric box and found some black tights hosiery for American readers which had a fairly fine weave. I piece was cut out, approximately the size of a 20 feet square camo net. This was stretched out a little to open the weave and then taped down to the board. This time, it was much closer to the board and it was much easier to get a smaller, more in scale spiral to stick to the mesh. I started with the brown again, painting on the spirals and square cornered Cricklade jeep girl, leaving spaces for the green.
It does take quite a long time, but appeared to be making a fairly good representation. After the brown was complete, I worked from the dry side, filling in the spaces in green. The brown didn't change colour much when drying, but the green was very light with the white glue mixed in, but darked quite a lot once cured. Once that had dried, the glue would be hard enough to stop the mesh from shrinking back to its pre-stretched size. This allowed me to peel all the tape except the corner pieces. I then glued more patterns around the edge of the mesh. I'm very pleased with the way this is looking.
The netting is balanced on two metal rods over the end of the diorama for this photograph. It will probably be fitted in this location, or this approximate location, supported on some poles and with cotton guy ropes to tension it. The kit radio operator will probably be under here, along with a few other odds and ends. I'm feeling quite pleased with this little experiment, something to keep in mind for future projects.
We had around an hour spare today so had a quick modelling session knowing we'd be having to leave bits to dry anyway. The field gun and trailer were painted first. She didn't want to tackle the wheel hubs in case she got the green on the tyres, so I did those.
I showed her how to build up several layers of dilute paint, allowing capillary action to draw the paint around the hub. A quick force dry in front of the heater, then another coat until a reasonable density was reached. Cutting and trimming the very fragile chassis and transmission parts took her a little while and lots of concentration; as did working out which way to assemble them. The springs, axles, prop shafts and transmission support are all one moulding.
The spring ends didn't all want to sit on their spring hangers, so Cricklade jeep girl bent some thin sheet lead to add a little wieght to hold them in place so she could apply the glue with a fine brush and then leave the whole thing to dry. Still could add it in? Just my thoughts as an Addition to this Fine looking Diorama! We're just going to save the Tiger for another diorama.
With the Sherman, Jeep, trailer and gun, plus figures and accessories, I think it would look over-crowded with an additional tank. My daughter's diorama is into its final stages of assembly now. Here's a few pictures of yesterday's progress. I'm particularly pleased with the camo net, one of my contributions to the project. As a first experiment, it worked pretty well. I'm sure I could refine it, but still happy with this first Cricklade jeep girl.
Yesterday, we got the last of the small details glued down, though there's still a little more work to do. A couple of pulled up road s have been dumped at the roide here. Near the field gun, a shovel and pick have been added, along with some broken house roof timbers.
At the trainer, a pick was laid up against the corrugated iron. A shovel in the trailer, a bike against the rubble and another bike in the house. Roof tiles and timbers were scattered around the house. The tiles were painted the same colour as the roof, but haven't weathered as much, so are a bit bright. I decided it would be easier to weather them once glued down, rather than loose, so they'll be re-weathered once fully dry.
La stly, a couple of general Cricklade jeep girl. Once the last of the weathering is don e, it needs a sprayed matt coat to hide any of the glue spots still showing. All the pieces have had a wash as each sub-assembly was made.
The only thing that needs going over are the loose roof tiles. The images possibly don't show the detail as well as real life. The roof tiles have been toned down now. Once the paint has fully hardened, it's time for a matt coat and final photos. We've been thinking about trying to find a real background for some photos. Looks fantastic. Great to see your Daughter enjoying actually making something. Not a lot of kids want to do that these days. No plans to show the model; I don't go to model shows. It may get sold at some point, like her Spitfire diorama, but no immediate thoughts about it.
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