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cheyenne
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 06:58 AM UTC
Jerry , thanks man much appreciated .
Tim M , thanks man , good ideas .
Tim F , thanks , I've got their Buddha flying from Oz to Jersey as we speak .
Mark , thanks man , when placed they will pretty much be backdrop , crossing fingers for the days ahead .

Sorry for the insane amount of pics but I use them to spot check my work . Nothing better than looking at pics to find oopses .



























































































Namabiiru
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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 12:24 AM UTC
Cheyenne,
You are correct that they will bend, although even when they do it will usually want to be a long, graceful arc. I agree that once you get a bunch of them in a clump it will be much more convincing. I think once the whole thing is together it will look truly amazing!

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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 12:41 PM UTC
Hi Cheyenne,

Glad to be back in the jungle. Your leaves look just fine to me.

Not much bamboo here in London - although they probably have some fine specimens in Kew Gardens!

Reality in Scale are my favourite landscape guys. I see them at shows every few months and they are as nice as their products...

Tim
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:34 PM UTC
Nicely negotiated mate, sounds like you appealed to her conch-ence… Those 1:1 bamboo pics maybe provide the solution to your leaves problem – hardly any are visible below around 15 ft. I don’t know what altitude your dio’s reaching but I’d suggest you only need to build clumps of thick stems & wedge bunches of sesame “branches” amongst it. The stems would be a cinch – Evergreen tube with collars of stretched sprue every ? 5mm ? & then coated with thick Elmers or paint to soften the joints
jrutman
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 02:10 AM UTC
Looks more than acceptable to me!
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cheyenne
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 01:51 AM UTC
Tim , get this , told the little woman I was ordering from BNA again to get the jungle idol and she said sure go ahead as long as she can get the shell tattoo she wants on her ankle . Done deal !!!
That also means that in March I can order again for my birthday !!!

Mark , thanks man , you're right about the leaves and I was aware of how they looked . However to make those leaves I would have had to take an xacto knife and cut thousands of straight leaves , not happening . I do have a leaf punch that makes these slightly arced ones and that's what I'm using , Gotta use the artistic license card sad to say .
I will beg to differ though on the straight trunks , there's many different types of bamboo and for the most part they are rather straight , in a grove etc. , but in the jungle they can be bendy and not so straight all the time .





Here is a finished one and hopefully when crowded with many others it will look a little more respectable , even with the flawed leaves .







Namabiiru
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:16 AM UTC
Yep, pretty hardy stuff, bamboo. I've been told that once it blooms every 15 or 20 years the whole thing will suddenly die off--but of course who has time to wait for that.


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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - 09:33 PM UTC
Well your birthday must be coming up sometime so your better half’s gift-problem’s surely solved! As for Frau Blucher, if the knockers couldn’t spook the horses she had to, neigh-tϋrlich:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bps5hJ5DQDw

Beware the Curse of Bamboo. Years ago we moved to a house with a 60ft long bamboo screen down one side of the back garden - 115 of ‘em, tallest 25 ft high as thick as a forearm. Beautiful…until one day a 2ft high stem appeared in the middle of the lawn about 20ft away – it hadn’t been there when I mowed 3 days previously. Took me over a year to saw/dig all 116 out to a depth of 3ft leaving no trace of tangled/knotted rhizomes behind (they regenerate), in the process discovering why next-door’s basement laundry kept flooding & paying for the hire of the jackhammer they needed to rip out the roots in the drains under the concreted side path. During research into removal techniques I found the 2 best bits of advice: (1) Dynamite (2) You can’t kill bamboo but you CAN kill the !@^#!! who planted it. Funny thing, the vendor accepted a bargain price for that house & immediately disappeared interstate…
Namabiiru
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - 12:06 AM UTC
Cheyenne,
The tree in the background is simply amazing, but in answer to your question, the bamboo is not real convincing. Whatever you are using would actually look a lot like a hanging creeper or vine, but not straight enough to pass for bamboo. By the same token, the leaves should be straight, but tapered, and sprouting for the most part from the end of the branch. I've seen a lot of bamboo in my 14 years hiking in Japan....

I love this build. You're doing fantastic work as always. I know it's going to blow us away when it's done.

cheyenne
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - 10:49 PM UTC
Thanks Tim , that's pretty dam cool !!!
Figures tho , I just received my latest order from them and was unaware of this beauty , otherwise I would have managed to sneak it on the list .
I got Dragon's type 97 , type 95 , loads of grasses and bushes , some pe for the 95 and from Sprue Brothers a deal on the Fries strabokran lucky pack with the mystery Panther with interior .
I was a little vexed on which Panther I would get with the kit and actually got the one I was hoping for , the late D with zim .
I'll figure out a way to get this past my little Kommandant wife Frau Blucher soon on another order .

On a side note a little trivia without looking it up , why did the horses freak whenever her name was mentioned in the movie ?


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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - 08:52 PM UTC
Hey Cheyenne your jungle must be getting more & more overgrown but this might resolve your Buddha issue, in case you didn’t get the latest bulletin from our preferred supplier…

https://www.bnamodelworld.com/scenics-diorama-buildings-reality-in-scale-ris-35270?zenid=18104c6f832385fb54501bf1ab6f0061

Not cheap but you're worth it!
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 02:00 PM UTC
Not only have I been inspired to make larger dioramas with some large trees by the excellent work you have been doing on this project, but I also now have a new source for preserved and dried plants.

The twisted vines look awesome.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 05:16 AM UTC

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Thanks Ski , thanks Russ much appreciated !!!

Tim found a place in Oz for ya , houseofdriedflowers.com.au , not sesame bloom but looks maybe even better .




Sounds like a Coldplay song.
Nice stuff goin' on here as usual,
J
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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 12:08 AM UTC

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Cheyenne, I would check the referencing for Australian Units in Burma as the 14th Army were supported by Ozzie air crews at times only...no Infantry units on the ground. You would be better historically to make a British Unit or Indian unit on the ground fighting. Cheers, Jason.

:The British Fourteenth Army was a multi-national force comprising units from Commonwealth countries during World War II. Many of its units were from the Indian Army as well as British units and there were also significant contributions from West and East African divisions within the British Army. It was often referred to as the "Forgotten Army" because its operations in the Burma Campaign were overlooked by the contemporary press, and remained more obscure than those of the corresponding formations in Europe for long after the war. For most of the Army's existence, it was commanded by Lieutenant-General William Slim.

A total of thirteen divisions served with the Army:

British 2nd Infantry Division
Indian 5th Infantry Division
Indian 7th Infantry Division
11th (East African) Infantry Division
Indian 17th Infantry Division
Indian 19th Infantry Division
Indian 20th Infantry Division
Indian 23rd Infantry Division
Indian 25th Infantry Division
Indian 26th Infantry Division
British 36th Infantry Division
81st (West Africa) Infantry Division
82nd (West Africa) Infantry Division
Some smaller fighting formations also served:

50th Parachute Brigade (India)
268 Indian Motor Brigade
Lushai Brigade
28 Infantry Brigade (East Africa)



Excellent synopsis--they may have worn bush hats (as my grand uncle did), but no Aussie infantry--they were busy in New Guinea and later Borneo and other locales.

Each Indian Army brigade consisted of one British battalion and two Indian, so that allows some flexibility.

You can also go Chindit.

Excellent progress on this one!

Cheers,

Tim W.
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 03:38 AM UTC
Tim , houseofdriedflowers.com.au has Brazilian Dasiey .
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 03:08 AM UTC
Thank you kindly, that does look like what I need for Prague (as long as it’ll take hosing down with green) – shame there’s no place for Brazilian Daisy!
cheyenne
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 02:37 AM UTC
Thanks Ski , thanks Russ much appreciated !!!

Tim found a place in Oz for ya , houseofdriedflowers.com.au , not sesame bloom but looks maybe even better .

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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 09:46 PM UTC
Cheyenne – sure craft stores do have some interesting diorama foliage but never seen sesame plants so I’m looking as what farming subsidies are on offer to go into full scale production
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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 11:41 AM UTC
Cheyenne,
I would have posted earlier, but I've had a had time finding my way through the Burmese jungle! Wow, looking good! looks like the real thing!
VR, Rus
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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 06:12 AM UTC
The twisted vine is takin the cake Brotha!
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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 03:29 AM UTC
Thanks Dave preciate it !!!
Tim can you find dried plant sprays in floral stores there in Oz ?
Ski , thanks man , Yeah I gotta watch the placement to make it credible and that sesame bloom is great and seems like it could fit a few scales .
Jerry , thanks man !!!

Before I make another hundred or so bamboo stalks , is this a fair to middlein , partly cloudy representation of bamboo ?
I've got to flesh out the top stalks with a lot more branches and leaves and add a few little guys lower on the sides .













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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 03:26 AM UTC
This looks very nice, keep up the good job!

Venelin
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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 03:03 AM UTC
Lots and lots of extremely useful intel on this blog for sure! Thanks buddy!
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 02:36 PM UTC
Dang Cheyenne, I've been asleep at the wheel Amigo!

Looks like I missed this one, incredible layout, structure work and veggies. I thank you for the link to the sesame blooms, that will work well for my 200mm dio, when I get back to it. I've been swimming in the sub-mariner arena for a bit, but I'll be back at it soon.

IMHO, if you got everything else just right and didn't pay close attention to the veggies, the whole thing can go wonky on ya real quick. I use3 roots from the garden myself as well.

Got this bookmarked Brother! Cheers, SKi.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 01:12 AM UTC
Great thanks for the botanic ID – sesame bloom, looks like the baby form of the source of sesame seeds. As you say I’ll have to grow my own, Customs sniffer-pooches would probably go crazy