login   |    register

Scale Modeling Sponsors

See Your Ad Here!

Dioramas
Do you love dioramas & vignettes? We sure do.
A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 05:52 AM GMT+7
Dave
Thanks for the reply.
I'm nowhere near done with this, but I plan on putting the LAV at about a 20 degree angle to the background, I just set everything up on the cork just to see how the people look along side the LAV.
My base is going to be made out of plaster and not cork with some scrub brush and stones. The background is going to be a photo that my friend has, a short foam board stone fence to give some separation between the photo and the model, then the LAV, then the people.
I was just excited about finishing the LAV, and had to see what it looked like.

Here's my original idea (sorry about the primitive Paint)


I'm most likely going to put this on hold until after the Holidays, then go gang busters on this and my Gama Goat dio that I've been chomping at the bit to start.
strongarden
Visit this Community
Florida, United States
Joined: May 14, 2012
KitMaker: 537 posts
Armorama: 438 posts
Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 04:09 PM GMT+7
Mark,
This came out great, especially for your first time!
One suggestion: angle the vehicle slightly in relation to the rear of the base.
Usually dioramas stay away from anything (bldgs, roads, vehicles, etc) too parallel to the edges of the base...IMHO.

Regards
Dave
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 09:55 AM GMT+7
OK, so this is as far as I'm going to go with this until I can find a suitable frame for my base.

I finished weathering the LAV, and I added the rope and bag on the front. I went around the LAV with some black pastels. Next I shaved some more pastels to make desert sand, and did a heavy handed weathering over the whole thing. Since this is my first attempt at armor I'm extremely happy with how it came out. I might be bitten by the armor bug. This was a lot of fun to build and even more fun to weather.

I just couldn't stand how my dog looked, so I repainted her and also took some time to make the puppy and get him painted.

Then I spent a long time arranging and rearranging everything until it looked (to me) natural. I still have to put the mikes on the LAV operators.

So this (I think) is going to be my final layout.






Thanks for looking.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 10:30 AM GMT+7
Today I was able to finish up the LAV. I gave the whole thing a pastel coat, and added the wheels and antennas. Then I decided to see if I still liked my mock up idea, so I placed everything down on the base. I'm very happy with how it all is coming together.
Now I just need to find a good picture to use as a background.



Thanks for looking.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 09:39 AM GMT+7
A quick update.
I got the dull coat put on, and added straps to the packs and cans.
I'll let this dry for a day then I'll work on the pastels.



Thanks for looking.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 09:10 AM GMT+7
Today I did a pin wash on the LAV.


After that took my brown, gold, and white pastels and ground them up for my desert dust. Then I dusted the tires. I'm extremely happy with the way they came out.

YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 02:01 PM GMT+7
My friend Eric wanted it to be Desert Yellow and not the 3 color green, so since this build was his idea I went for what he wanted.

Today I added a few packs and dusted them with a little sand color pastels to see how they'll look.


Then after my shower tonight I gave it all a clear coat, and all the dust on the packs is gone.
I am happy with how the camera got the color right this time.

Not sure how much I'm going to get done until after Thanksgiving, I'm working a tone of hours.
strongarden
Visit this Community
Florida, United States
Joined: May 14, 2012
KitMaker: 537 posts
Armorama: 438 posts
Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 02:25 PM GMT+7
So this will be the desert yellow, not the 3 color NATO? Mark, this looks like a cool build regardless, and nice interaction w/ the locals.

Regards Dave
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:02 AM GMT+7
I was finally able to get down the basement today and work on the LAV.
The person I work with told me to paint it desert camo.
So here's where it is now.



Not sure why the colors are showing so washed out, but it looks MUCH better in person.
El_Patron
Visit this Community
Madrid, Spain / EspaŮa
Joined: October 28, 2017
KitMaker: 25 posts
Armorama: 23 posts
Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 04:50 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Mark,
The ALICE Packs were a rarity in Iraq, some guys in my company in '03 had them (4th LAR was a reserve unit used to round out the 3 AD LAR Bns.); the good news is you can still go tri-color camo, and use the same figures and the ALICE Packs and still be spot on, I have pics to back you up in my gallery on here. We had most of our gear outside, except sensitive items and ammo, home was a 7.62 ammo can in front of your seat (nobody went into another guys can without asking permission).



XDDDD I know that feeling, served four years in Spanish Army.
white4doc
#429
Visit this Community
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 14, 2003
KitMaker: 908 posts
Armorama: 786 posts
Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 04:32 AM GMT+7
Mark,
The ALICE Packs were a rarity in Iraq, some guys in my company in '03 had them (4th LAR was a reserve unit used to round out the 3 AD LAR Bns.); the good news is you can still go tri-color camo, and use the same figures and the ALICE Packs and still be spot on, I have pics to back you up in my gallery on here. We had most of our gear outside, except sensitive items and ammo, home was a 7.62 ammo can in front of your seat (nobody went into another guys can without asking permission).
El_Patron
Visit this Community
Madrid, Spain / EspaŮa
Joined: October 28, 2017
KitMaker: 25 posts
Armorama: 23 posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 04:12 PM GMT+7
Hi, nice job you are doing. I made one LAV two years ago and painted it olive drab. You can paint it in woodland pattern too.

Regards.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 01:44 PM GMT+7
After catching up on all the yard work I was able to get back at the LAV for a few hours.





I was thinking of putting a few packs and things on the side.



I'm getting close to paint, and I know there weren't many LAVs painted Desert Yellow, but I think that's where I'm going with this. Any suggestions or comments would be very helpful right now.
Also does anyone have a good picture of the packs I'm going to use, I'm having trouble finding a good picture to base them on.

Thanks.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Monday, November 06, 2017 - 10:07 AM GMT+7
Robert, thanks for the kind words.

John, I was all set up to do the Sand color, but I think I'm going with the 3 color and a heavy dose of desert weathering.

white4doc
#429
Visit this Community
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 14, 2003
KitMaker: 908 posts
Armorama: 786 posts
Posted: Monday, November 06, 2017 - 02:01 AM GMT+7
Your LAV is coming along nicely. Most of the LAR battalions had their vehicles painted in 3 color NATO, with the exception of 3rd LAR whose vehicles were painted sand; 1st, 2nd, and 4th LAR you're pretty much stuck with 3 color.
18Bravo
Visit this Community
Colorado, United States
Joined: January 20, 2005
KitMaker: 5,849 posts
Armorama: 4,906 posts
Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 10:26 AM GMT+7
Once again, art mimics life. Well done.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 10:14 AM GMT+7
I finally got back down where I can work on the kit again.
I got the body mostly done, and the turret is coming along.




It won't be long before I'm going to have to make the decision on how to paint it.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 04:24 PM GMT+7
Great idea. I just checked out the page. Not sure if I'm going to get the eyes, but I may jump on the C2A COD.
vettejack
Visit this Community
Florida, United States
Joined: November 23, 2012
KitMaker: 814 posts
Armorama: 793 posts
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:36 PM GMT+7
To be a bit more realistic with the eyes, ZOTZ Decals, has a set that covers just about every scale of modeling for the human eye...even in different colors. Found on EBay, and other places of course. Nice work by the way!!
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 06:41 PM GMT+7
I know it's been a LONG time since I've worked on this one, but now the weather is changing and it's time to get back to work.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 05:05 AM GMT+7
It's been a while since I've had any time to work on my dio.
Since the wife was out of town and the rain made it impossible to do anything in the swamp I once called a yard, I made my way down stairs to get some work done.
I finished up the undercarriage.


Then it was time to flip the LAV over and work on the top. I got a lot done before I had to go back to the day's tasks.


I'm hoping to get a little more done before I have to go back to work on Wednesday.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 04:02 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi Mark, looking good thanks for the tips on the build I'm getting close to pulling the trigger and purchase the kit



It's a very nice kit, you won't be sorry.
69mudbone
Visit this Community
California, United States
Joined: April 26, 2016
KitMaker: 302 posts
Armorama: 249 posts
Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 03:17 PM GMT+7
Hi Mark, looking good thanks for the tips on the build I'm getting close to pulling the trigger and purchase the kit
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 02:36 PM GMT+7
I haven't abandoned this build.
The lawn and life has put the slowdown on it.
I will have a few days off next week, and am hoping to get a lot done on the LAV.
YSUMark
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Joined: February 27, 2017
KitMaker: 87 posts
Armorama: 84 posts
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 11:53 AM GMT+7
Back in town, and had a little time to work on the LAV.
If anyone's going to make one of these LAVs I've found a few things that'll make things easier for you.

First Drill the holes a little bigger for the drive train (Parts A 21, 27, and 28) the holes are just a touch to tight.

Next don't glue parts A25. I found out the hard way that if you don't glue these parts the shocks (Parts A18) will fit into their spots. I glued them down, and the front A3 needed the pin cut so A25 could move up just a bit letting the shocks fit in their spots.

The rest of the build is going nicely.
I'm done with section 3 and working on section 4.
Here's what it looks like so far.



Note the flash on part A21. I felt it'll be a little easier to scrape it glued in. I needed 3 hands to support it and not brake the axles off. Glued in I can hold the end with my finger and lightly scrape the flash with a sharp #11.