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Dioramas: Buildings & Ruins
Ruined buildings and city scenes.
Hosted by Darren Baker
Somewhere North
Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: April 10, 2011
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 04:38 AM GMT+7
This is just mind blowing to me and fun to watch. Too many things going on in my life lately to actually feel like sitting down at the bench. So I am happy modeling vicariously through your excellent work. Drive on brother,I am enjoying the show.
Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: October 10, 2010
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 04:50 AM GMT+7
The T-55 looks fantastic !
Removed by original poster on 12/20/17 - 17:37:48 (GMT).
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: October 15, 2013
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 12:44 PM GMT+7
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Joined: May 31, 2013
KitMaker: 1,191 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 03:52 PM GMT+7
Hi Nick. Great job. Do you have any links to the reference pictures of the BRDM-2 that you based your model on? I am working on a similar project and need more reference pics to the Syrian BRDM-2. Keep up the good work! Cheers!
Dalarnas, Sweden
Joined: May 08, 2002
KitMaker: 2,069 posts
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Posted: Friday, December 22, 2017 - 08:08 AM GMT+7

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Hi guys -

Thanks for having a look, and sorry about the delay in posting.

Work has been a headache.....I just haven't been in the mood to do much...but, since the last post, I've made progress -

Tim - hahaa! either barney rubble or nick the blockhead!!

Hi Charles - - thanks for stopping - by and leaving some comments - about your question, you'll see below each that section of debris is built on little modules (the pic is of the underside) - using scrap material (bass wood etc) for the base. It's fairly light and durable, and easy enough to modify if needed.

Hi Mike and Jerry - yes, random, it's really hard to believe how hard it is to stay random. Jerry, i remember once you summarizing the situation pretty well - expressing that subconsciously, your mind is looking for order - and unless you go out of your way to break the order, you will indeed create a pattern - it's funny - I've seen this - completely unintentionally, objects being placed in the same orientation and equidistant from each other! you know if we (i) tried to do it would be next to impossible - lol - also...on a separate but related note, I've noticed when painting camo on uniforms, or chips on armor, the brush strokes can slip into patterns as well - same length, shape, direction and angle -weird eh?

Ok - enough - please see some updates below - starting with T-55 number two, done:

And there you have it! another T-55 - - I've really enjoyed these builds - so much so, that I'm considering another for this dio! they're fun to build and a challenge to deconstruct and then weather -

And - back to the dio. Charles asked about the base of the modules, please see below:

I've been on a real kick lately to use anything I have laying around before I buy new stuff - even remnants of strip wood. This is the underside of one debris module - as for the top of the debris module:

Above you can see the light colored textured material - it's just uncolored pumice gel.

and above, some paint added - and the dark area, where the burned AFV will be placed.

Above, you'll see a bit more of the street- the pumice gel is painted and another layer of painted but unweathered debris added (along the left side of the street - visually it really pops out!). This "shiny new" debris will first get a wash of grimy dust, and then more and more pigment!

thanks for checking it out - next time...maybe another T-55??!! lol


Masterpiece! Masterpiece! Masterpiece!!! Oh, did I say Masterpiece?!!!!! I love it. BTW, you did use plaster of Paris or wall filler for the ground/road work?
Hawaii, United States
Joined: August 27, 2006
KitMaker: 1,453 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 02:23 PM GMT+7
So far everything about this is awesome. Really top notch work as always.
How did you do the roadway? Is it a relatively flat “asphalt” with blotches of gel/sand/pigment scattered about? Which actual materials did you use?

Thanks, zon
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New York, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 11:28 PM GMT+7
I second Colin's remarks!!!

Simply outstanding progress.
West-Vlaaderen, Belgium
Joined: August 22, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 - 08:30 AM GMT+7
Hi Nick ,

seriously i have to echo all the others , amazing projects time after time ..... great work on the vehicles and T-55 . Fantastic scene ..... Hollywood hase '' The Lion King '' but here on Armorama i call you '' The dio King ''

A lot of respect !

British Columbia, Canada
Joined: January 27, 2017
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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 11:45 AM GMT+7
Could you post a picture of your work beside a small car so we can get a sense of the scale...lol
Amazing work