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Jberardi
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 02:54 AM UTC
G:
Looks amazing. Agree with the others that the scene flows better now with the current color palette. What did you use for the ivy? Off the shelf product or scratch built?

Jim
BootsDMS
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 05:49 AM UTC
Gareth,

This has just come together very well; your figure work is certainly going in the right direction and you're clearly a Master of the Milliput - and put my puny figure efforts into the shade.

I would just add one thing, and it may be purely as a result of your sequencing, but please don't forget the antennae ("aerials" if you must(!)) to me they always make the model look ready for the working day as it were.

Keep it up Gareth - very good work indeed.

Brian
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:17 PM UTC
Hi Cheyenne,

Thanks for the kind words, , but compared to your work I still have a long, long way to go to achieve the visual beauty and complexity of your work, .

Cheers again, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:21 PM UTC
Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your positive feedback, it would look better if I could build and paint figures like you do, you must have the patience of a saint, ,

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:24 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated, . As this build is more of an experiment I'm quite happy to take onboard your suggestion regarding dusting down the intensity...it's all good experience, .

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:42 PM UTC
Hi Jberardi,

Thanks for the kind words, they're much appreciated, .

The 'ivy' or general growth is all natural stuff scavenged from the garden. The fine looking growth is just moss shredded and soaked in neat white glue and applied to the wall.

The larger leafed 'plant' is a weed that grows prolifically in the cracks down here in the South West of the UK (see image below).



I soaked various strands in diluted white glue and stuck them to the wall, the hope was that the glue would not only bond the stuff to the wall, but also help preserve it. Initially it looked more like water lily than 'ivy' (see image below).



But purely by fluke, it 'shrunk' and 'dulled' down as it dried, and became a tad less garish (see image below).



Ready to be painted as necessary, .

Thanks again for your positive feedback, and cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:49 PM UTC
Hi Brian,

Good to hear from you again, and thank you, though I suspect the 'folds' in the suits are not very realistic, .

As for the antennae, no I haven't forgotten them, you taught me well regarding that matter on my Conqueror build. One of the things I did learn on that build is to leave the antennae to last as I am a tad hamfisted and kept knocking them off, .

Though the one thing I have forgotten is the length of British AFV antennae...are you able to remind me please, ?

Cheers, ,

G
jrutman
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Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 01:17 AM UTC
Good to see so much natural greenery during "Earth Week",
J
G-man69
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 05:23 AM UTC
Hi Jerry,

Thanks, ...shows my ignorance though, I hadn't even realised it was 'Earth Week', .

Cheers, ,

G
BootsDMS
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 06:59 AM UTC

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Hi Brian,

Good to hear from you again, and thank you, though I suspect the 'folds' in the suits are not very realistic, .

As for the antennae, no I haven't forgotten them, you taught me well regarding that matter on my Conqueror build. One of the things I did learn on that build is to leave the antennae to last as I am a tad hamfisted and kept knocking them off, .

Though the one thing I have forgotten is the length of British AFV antennae...are you able to remind me please, ?

Cheers, ,

G



Gareth,

I'm afraid I'm not enough of an expert for WW2; I seem to recall that the old "Larkspur" (post war) antennae came in around 4' lengths but that's probably not much help. Unless a WW2 expert pops up with the answer I'm afraid I'd cast around for photographs and make an estimate. One thing I would say is that they're normally much longer than most modellers display, but again that's not much help!

Keep at it.

Brian
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 07:25 AM UTC
Your progress is clearly visible and looking good. If you need soem guidance with painting faces, look at my post on this forum, called, Big 'Un. I posted some pictures from painting faces of a Dragon artillery crew.
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 05:20 AM UTC
Hi Brian,

Thanks for letting me know, if I do find out anything I'll let you know.

I'm presuming...dangerous I know, ...that once I have an answer that it'll apply to any vehicle that used a given radio set, ?

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 05:23 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Thanks for the kind words, and yes, I'd already clocked your figures, they've given me something to try and emulate, .

Thanks, and cheers, ,

G