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Jberardi
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Posted: Monday, April 06, 2020 - 04:55 AM UTC
A handful of pictures of the nearly finished Opel Blitz.









Enjoy.
Golikell
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Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2020 - 10:14 PM UTC
You keep yourself nice and busy I see....
Jberardi
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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 - 03:16 AM UTC
Working on a couple of trees that will populate the church yard. The first image is an early progress shot of a wire armature.



Here is another tree in a latter stage. The wire armature was coated in Durhams Water Putty with a bit of sawdust added for texture. A stiff brush was used to provide the bark effect. For the branch structure, I went with a poly-fiber that is typical for pillow or stuffed animal fill. I feel like this material allows for a bit more realistic look than the Woodland product. You can see some of it has already been painted brown. Leaf flock will cover this eventually.



Finally, working on slate tiles (cork) for the church roof. Tedious, but I'm happy with the look and texture.

Jberardi
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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 06:44 AM UTC
First, I hope everyone here is healthy and remains so during this crazy time. Here in the States, most firms are working from home for the foreseeable future. As a business traveler that means more time to model, so expect more frequent posts.

A couple of updated progress shots of the church.



Preparing to pour the plaster for the rest of the bell tower. Eventually these two windows will have louvers.



Experimenting with stained glass windows. I measured the window openings and scaled down a few images in Photoshop. They were printed on Vellum paper so they are semi-transparent. It's not real evident in the photo, but I applied a heavy layer of acrylic gloss to give it some relief. When the four walls and roof are applied, the window won't appear as bright as the photo suggests.

More soon, enjoy.
Golikell
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 08:53 PM UTC
The color looks good to me!

Also nice progress on the church.
Jberardi
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:31 PM UTC
An updated shot of the front of the church. All plaster, cork and Plastruct pieces.

The metal grating above the operable part of the door was evident in a number of reference photos of different churches. I had something similar in the spares bin, so I cut it down to size. I think it came from an old tank or something. Operable part of the door is stained basswood. Hinges and door handles will come later.

Jberardi
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:22 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Leaning on period pictures, even if they always were in color, is a risk. Colors tend to alter over time, plus: the colors might have not been a faithful representation in the first place, due to the used techniques.

I tend to look at the RAL numbers, 7021 is the official number, which is defined as Black Grey: RAL 7021



The color swatch I posted a few days back is Shwarzgrau RAL 7021. Maybe it looks bad because I painted a white surface and the flash of the camera overexposed the image. Below is what it looks like on the Opel. Still a little blue because of the halogen light, but it looks good in natural light.

americanpanzer
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 05:10 AM UTC
looks good! looking forward to seeing the finished project!
Golikell
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:53 AM UTC
Leaning on period pictures, even if they always were in color, is a risk. Colors tend to alter over time, plus: the colors might have not been a faithfull representation in the first place, due to the used techniques.

I tend to look at the RAL numbers, 7021 is the official number, which is defined as Black Grey: RAL 7021 Black grey Added in 1937 for use by Wehrmacht under the name Dunkelgrau
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 11:50 PM UTC
Not sure if it is because of my screen, but to me none looks right, it should be way darker. And no blue:

Jberardi
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 01:51 PM UTC
Taking a break from all the stone on the front of the church. Tedious work. I'm working my way through the Opel build at the moment. I've read most of the threads on this site regarding the color of German vehicles. Since this dio takes place somewhere '39-'41, I will paint the truck grey. However, grey is a loose term.

I did a quick color swatch of Panzer Grey and Schwarzgrau. Both Testors Model Master.


In person, the color difference is a bit more subtle than shown here. It is clear, though, that the Panzer Grey has a more blue tone than the other. From the color photo references of the Opel, it looks like Panzer Grey is a better match.

Thoughts from all you armor experts?
Jberardi
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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 02:28 PM UTC
Had some time over the weekend to work on the front facade of the church. A bit of trial and error, really. The 2mm chip board was an epic fail. As soon as the plaster hit it, it absorbed some of the moisture and looked bad. I ripped it all off and went with a rolled cork product to simulate the cornerstones and the stonework around the windows and doors. The cork was only 1mm thick, so I doubled it up to give it some weight.

I'll continue pouring the plaster in small working sections going forward. Carving the individual stones was tedious, but I think it achieved the look I was going for. A couple of light coats of Modge Podge sealed the plaster and cork.





I also decided to portray the initial work needed to remove the bell from the belfry. In the first image the window in the belfry has been enlarged to allow for the bell removal. Sledgehammer work most likely. I plan to show a dusty soldier or two exiting the church with a sledge. I'll add some stone debris on the ground, and I'll roughen up the knocked out portions of the window opening in the plaster stage.

Enjoy.
jrutman
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 02:46 AM UTC
Nice to see you've moved on from the planning stage. Nice start!
J
Golikell
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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 07:43 AM UTC
Base of the building is starting off fine, by the way
Golikell
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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 07:21 AM UTC
No problem
I use scalemates, created a project, uploaded pictures and copied the links. Pasted in here and hey presto...
Jberardi
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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 05:05 AM UTC

Quoted Text

The pictures don't seem to work?



Thanks for the heads-up. Should be visible now. I've been trying to find a suitable photo storage and sharing site that will provide links to be used with this forum. So far, no go.

Golikell
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 07:14 PM UTC
The pictures don't seem to work?
Jberardi
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 02:27 PM UTC
While I'm waiting for the Opel kit to arrive, I've started to work the framework for the church. I'm using 1/2 inch foam insulation board for the structure. I will ultimately include the roof and three finished sides with the rear wall painted black to denote it is out of the scene. The photo makes the structure appear as though it is out of square, but I promise it isn't. I think its the printing on the board.



I still need to cut in another window on the main floor and an opening in the belfry. I plan to use 2mm chipboard to simulate cut stone around the windows, doors and corners of the building. I'll give the whole building a coat of Durham's Water Putty and scribe in all the detail.

Cutting foam isn't neat or pretty especially for the windows and doors. So to clean it up, I used very thin Plastruct pieces to smooth things out. The image below illustrates what I mean.



Jim
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timcc2008
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 06:30 AM UTC
Jim- This sounds very interesting. I will be following.

vr,

Tim
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 05:29 AM UTC
Jim great idea
for the people removing the bell you could have some civilian workers been directed by a couple of reich Arbeitsdients men,
there uniform adding a bit a color!
Jberardi
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 04:36 AM UTC

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Jim, a fascinating idea.

You may have seen that I built an Italian church complete with bells for my Liberation, Italy 1944 diorama. If you have not sourced the bells already I can recommend the ones I used from Aero-Naut (and they're German I believe!)



I have been following your build for a while now. I was able to find a couple of model ship sites in the States with some scale bell options. Thanks for the suggestion.
Frenchy
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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 10:34 PM UTC
Here's a similar scene in Crest, France in February 1942 (Crest was still in the "Zone libre" at that time). But here the church bell is replaced with a bronze statue. Those in charge of the job are civilian workers and so is the truck in the background.



Related article in French

H.P.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 01:51 PM UTC
That is an interesting bit of WWII history that I wasn't aware of. Now you have really piqued my interest and I plan on doing some research on that myself. I am looking forward to seeing your diorama as I really like the idea of it and think it would look great.

Thanks,
Randy