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Ruined buildings and city scenes.
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jrutman
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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.
J
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 04:50 AM GMT+7
The T-55 looks fantastic !
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 12:44 PM GMT+7
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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!
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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

Nick







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?
zontar
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 02:23 PM GMT+7
Nick,
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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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 11:28 PM GMT+7
I second Colin's remarks!!!

Simply outstanding progress.
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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 !

Kurt
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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
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 01:03 PM GMT+7
Hello fellow model builders -

First, thanks to each of you for taking a few minutes to leave your comments - I really appreciate them! I don't have much time to post today, so I'll get into this:

First, in regard to the BRDM and the slat/bar armor, please see below:



I found two examples, but the one shown was the greater influence to what i did. You'll note the "ripped" armor, and general layout of the armor.

OK - now, on to current work. I did decide to build one more T-55 with plenty of scratch work - lessons learned from the last, and some experimenting with things I hadn't yet tried - like an engine:



Looking around online enough, I found images to at least guide me in the right direction, a technique i kept using:



Sorry this is a bit out of focus, but, you get the point....Next:



Working the turret up to meet the need - the obvious evergreen is the framework to be used for ERA blocks...



And while I was at it, decided to do a bit of space filling in the turret...while not the Mini-Art version, using pics found on-line, I made progress.





And as you can see above, a "light" interpretation of the drivers area...and below, the finished interior of the turret:



While none of my interior parts are likely all that precise, I think they convey the look, and the they were really interesting to try - then, back to the outside:





Like the previous 2, this one received modifications - yes...believe it or not, I really like the Aber details...

As this is indeed a dio, back to that. First, some figures:



I'm sure many of you are familiar with some of these guys - they seem to be scene here and there...all in all, nice figures...

And, more work on the dio:









Above - this amount really to more paint and pigment..and experimenting to get the right look. I used these pigment products for color/light texture:



and, Charles, for the heavy textures, each of these -



It takes some practice to use these products, but once you figure it out, they work fine. I will sat though, NOT cheap - but each jar lasts a while.

Finally - where this is heading:



So...after all the work to get the engine in, and visible...you really have to go out of your way to see it!...even leaving the rear grill elevated, you really can't see much of what is under them...oh well...fun to try! And, outdoors, with some sun:





I've taken more outdoor pics - but need to sort, crop etc - for next time! but, for now, you can see where I'm heading with this.

thanks for having a look

Nick





jrutman
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 01:20 PM GMT+7
Inspired brilliant work once again. I am taking notes on your rubble for sure ! I am afraid to use too much pigment though. I never can get it to look right for some reason. Yours looks like it "belongs".
J
zorrolobo
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 01:45 PM GMT+7
Keep it up! Nice work!
cheyenne
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 10:06 PM GMT+7
Very cool Nick !!!
Your pe work is outstanding and your outside camera shots are very convincing vs the real deal .
Dioramartin
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Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 10:23 PM GMT+7
ReconTL3-1
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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 09:03 AM GMT+7
Excellent work, Nick! Your attention to detail is outstanding and the effects you have created with the rubble looks real. I wish I had your modeling skills with vehicles and buildings.

Again, excellent work!

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:35 AM GMT+7
Hi guys - thanks for dropping in and leaving your thoughts - I really appreciate it!

Each of you have posted some amazing work on your blogs - I think I've drawn inspiration from each of you at one time or other! It's a fun hobby and great forum.

I've taken lots of photos of the now completed project - I went outside for the sunlight - which always amplifies the good, and less good...! Unlike Jerry's current project - I didn't use a backdrop - I should have - maybe even a simple beige to blue/grey panel.

The reason? Well, when outside, on a dio with no solid walls to block the background, all of the real scale background just doesn't disappear! Trees, shrubs, hippies, buildings, hipsters, light posts, kids, cars, dogs, moms with kids, trucks, bike riders, cops - everything in my neighborhood! While all fine in real life....not great for pictures of a 1/35 world!

Hopefully I'll post the images next week some time....for now thinking about what's next. Maybe finish the Bladerunner? Start getting serious about Mike K's scratch building campaign? Or - start something else?

Thanks for dropping by -

Nick


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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:42 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi guys - thanks for dropping in and leaving your thoughts - I really appreciate it!

Each of you have posted some amazing work on your blogs - I think I've drawn inspiration from each of you at one time or other! It's a fun hobby and great forum.

I've taken lots of photos of the now completed project - I went outside for the sunlight - which always amplifies the good, and less good...! Unlike Jerry's current project - I didn't use a backdrop - I should have - maybe even a simple beige to blue/grey panel.

The reason? Well, when outside, on a dio with no solid walls to block the background, all of the real scale background just doesn't disappear! Trees, shrubs, hippies, buildings, hipsters, light posts, kids, cars, dogs, moms with kids, trucks, bike riders, cops - everything in my neighborhood! While all fine in real life....not great for pictures of a 1/35 world!

Hopefully I'll post the images next week some time....for now thinking about what's next. Maybe finish the Bladerunner? Start getting serious about Mike K's scratch building campaign? Or - start something else?

Thanks for dropping by -

Nick

Whatever you decide to move on to it will be fun to watch !




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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:26 AM GMT+7
It's like been on the ground!! Some pics are absolutely realistic, the ones with the rubble are amazing.

Hoping to see this terrific work finished!

Cheers!
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 06:49 PM GMT+7
Nick, This stuff just never gets old. I imagine you must have an entire warehouse stocked full of building materials and adhesive products by now. ... Keep on slingin’ that Evergreen and brass!

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:36 PM GMT+7
I’ve only got a few green cells remaining after your last pics & not knowing the terrain around Chateau Stick (hipsters? you have clothes-lines?) this may well be the dumbest suggestion but…is it possible to tilt the base so the far edge points skywards? I’ve had to do same for years - around 15-20˚ from horizontal which is lucky because anything more rakish & things start falling off it if they’re not nailed down. Whatever, sounds like your shoot’s over already so looking forward to seeing the results