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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 07:04 PM UTC


You're most welcome Tim. I'm glad I could bring a few little bricks to a BIG building.

H.P.

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 02:28 AM UTC
Thanks Jerry, Glenn, Robert Jan, Dave & Henri-Pierre for your kind words, always much appreciated. I’ll be raising more than one glass to y’all this weekend, count ‘em! no I'm not driving
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 02:33 PM UTC
Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 05:47 PM UTC
Happy Birthday!!! 🔊 🎶🎶🎶 🎶 🎶... 🎂🎈🎉 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:46 PM UTC
Remember , now that you're officially as old as dirt , ...... yer still not innit yet !!!
Dioramartin
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 05:28 PM UTC
Cheers guys & a great link Mike, I thank you…POYsunly! It got me thinking about the pyrotechnic component, hadn’t considered methane before….hmm…maybe not. ‘Morning Glenn, yep considering the alternative every new day’s a good day for youngsters like us, so on with the show.

I started constructing the boxes & nuke-proof packing in my mind, to stash the trams away for the next few months while dealing with the figures & the base. That felt real good, I can barely stand the sight of ‘em anymore – the sequel to Men who Stare at Goats: Man who Stares at Trams. Until I remembered I wasn’t done yet because I never got around to making the broken windows. Way back when imagining the process of taking sequential/narrative photos of the action, I thought I’d replace the T2 tram & trailer’s pristine flanks with damaged ones immediately after the explosion by simply turning them around, having pre-damaged the unseen opposite sides…Plan A.

But Plan A’s a crock – it’s turned out both cars have a good side and a not-so-good side in close-up & the damage wouldn’t be extensive enough to make the latter acceptable Also, the “unseen” far side with broken windows would actually be very much seen through the pristine sides’ windows …inconveniently, before the grenade had gone off. A third reason was the stampede of passengers through open doors on the far side i.e. away from the explosion – I hadn’t made workable hinges (too difficult, for me anyway) so having all eight of them closed on the near side & then instantly open after the switch-around wasn’t going to be a simple matter (awkward de-gluing/re-gluing), particularly in the rush to take a series of photos under non-changing lighting conditions while detonating a bomblet and tidying up its unrealistic debris too.

Hence Plan B: 1) No switch-around. 2) Glue all eight doors on the far side open now - unlike the windows they’re hardly visible from the near side. Employing trademark cunning & guile, shots of the fleeing passengers (with Kubis in their midst clearing a path to his bike) will be dramatically blurred, thus disguising imperfections. 3) Make duplicate near-side window frames sporting broken glass - the pristine ones can be replaced with these in about 10 minutes on the day, all dry-fitted. Flexible Response…or shameless attempt to hide snafus? You be the judge. To begin…



The excellent Artefakt Shattered Glass product will get strewn inside, & Alex generously provided those extra-large shards which are ideal for the frames…



…being brittle they can be persuaded to crack some more…



All done (a week later) with pristine versions laid out in front…



I’ve assumed straight plate-glass (pre-lamination) and tried to find a balance between pressure-wave & shrapnel damage, not sure I’ve got the latter right yet. Daylight testing…







…although without that dark background, vanishing act…







Pannewitz’s crime-scene report mentions the Conductors in T2 and the Trailer & passengers were showered with broken glass & his diagram also records some bits of tram fittings scattered on the road so I also need to prepare thin shrapnel-damaged strips to apply to woodwork (and more for the debris field) plus some semi-illusionistic applique gouges on the panels.

As for the elephant in the room, Geoff at Custom Hobby Decals just sent a much better set of numeral decals without the white shadows – he’d overcome my poor master. So…does anyone know how to float off decals which have been applied with Mr Mark Setter and Softer solutions? I tried plain water, and more Setter/Softer, but they resist all (good products…alas!) and any solvent will just take the paint with them. Alternatively I could window-mask each decal & re-spray but I fear the new paint edges would show badly especially in raking light…(sigh) like the decals already do.

maartenboersma
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:52 PM UTC
Strewth mate !
Really looks good with the natural backdrop.
cheyenne
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 12:53 AM UTC
Tim the broken glass turned out awesome , looks just as good here as I'm sure it does there , ...... what ? , ..... you know what I mean .
This is just me spitballin here but trying to remove those already set decals ? , sounds too daunting a task to me , I'd leave well enough alone . You've come so far and what you have done is soooooo beautiful , It would be a shame to roll those dice and come up snake eyes . Hey it's me and I don't see anything wrong with what you've already got as far as the decals go . Yeah nobody else will notice , but you'll know and that's the bane .
I have no clue how you can remove them safely without damage . I have visions of you saying " hey ya'll watch this " just prior to attempting to remove them , and we all know what follows that phrase ......
What ever you try using don't use this decal remover , I've tried using it with poor results .....

jrutman
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 02:21 AM UTC
Very impressive damage there! A few of those pics could easily pass for real trams in service! Awesome work as usual,
J
maartenboersma
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 01:23 AM UTC
I ones removed remove decals with a hairdryer and sticky tape.
Lightly warm up the decals stick the tape on and pull it off .
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 09:03 AM UTC
Just read this build from the start. Amazing amazing work. And a noble objective. Well done and good luck on the finish.
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 11:48 AM UTC
Back for a long overdue lurk and still in awe. I would try very hot water applied with a Q-tip/cottonbud or brush to try removing said decals or very fine silicon carbide paper Good Luck with this and I can't wait for more
Paul
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:04 AM UTC
Thanks guys, and thank you all DRASTIC members (Decal Removal Advisory Sub-committee Temporarily Impanelled er Currently) for suggestions. Glenn – yeah I tried my own brand on several vehicles (as long-time lurkers may recall) and you’re right, typically the only thing left intact were the decals. Maarten – I’m so out of practice with hairdryers (no prizes for guessing why) I think the result would look more like Salvador Dali’s version of the attack…I think it would all end in tears, mine and the decals. Paul – I did try lukewarm water (which began as boiling water on the Q-tip) and loosened a couple of corners, but it probably would’ve taken another year to get all 16 decals off. It may well have worked fine if I’d taken the sensible precaution of spraying varnish over the paint before applying the decals. Anyhow I stopped because the bare paintwork didn’t look like it could handle the trauma.

Even so I’m really grateful for your collective input because it kicked me out of linear- and into lateral-thinking. The problem is only the white shadow…



…so why was I hung up on the (in my mind binary) alternative of masking & re-spraying entire panels? Digging into my paint-store I found a 67%-used little bottle of Tamiya X7 enamel (at least 5 years old, still liquid & even more miraculously the identical shade to the sprayed TS-85), and an equally little brush…



The new decal exactly covers the old one, so hey presto the white shadow disappears…



I think it’s a significant improvement & well worth doing - BIG thank-you to Geoff at Custom Hobby Decals for refusing to give up on my amateurish masters, outstanding job. So 1 down, 15 to go. (PS the destination board isn’t a decal (straight off my printer) & replicates a real one, mixed fonts & all)
jrutman
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 01:39 AM UTC
Simple solutions are usually the better.
J
Frenchy
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 03:13 AM UTC
Here's another version of the destination board (but yours looks fine to me )



Full size

H.P.
Dioramartin
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 02:00 AM UTC
Holy Iconoclasm H-P that’s like posting a picture of Emily Ratajkowski after I posted one of Alfred P. Neuman! At least it illustrates well how much Tram 2206 (T1) was the first attempt & why it’ll only ever appear in the background. And yes ahem as you can now see I did take a liberty with the signboards because after studying a street map (ooh yeah I got it bad) I wasn’t at all sure the smaller-type locations in ’42 were what’s on the boards at the tram museum today, maybe showing their last iteration before replacement in ?1960? Whatever, safer to omit them & just keep the larger-type terminii…until you posted that image I thought I was safe anyway, I should know by now there’s no escape from The Long Arm of Frenchy!

Anyhow here’s my second attempt (2074)…



…if I make human comparison I’m bound to offend someone so it’s entirely up to you…& best keep it to yourself too
Frenchy
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 02:04 AM UTC
Sorry for the disturbance Tim



;)

H.P.
Dioramartin
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 03:29 AM UTC
no problem mon ami, we all need to be kept honest – looks like Glenn’s out in the rough too in Burma
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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 12:30 AM UTC
Hey man , all nits aside at least we try to build stuff .
How'd you like to deal with these comments ....... ?

https://youtu.be/SrMiCYi7I00
Dioramartin
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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 01:54 AM UTC
Hey let’s give ‘em a REAL show - Your jeep. My tram. Be there

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR50E-L0XZs

cheyenne
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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 02:40 AM UTC
LOL , cool good one Tim .
I actually love that show . When I first started watching it I didn't really get a sence of size till I saw the guys working on them . Some of those suckers are huuuuuge and weigh up to two hundred pounds .
Oops , sorry two hundred pounds = very heavy in metrics , or whatever .
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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 04:32 AM UTC

Quoted Text

...Some of those suckers are huuuuuge and weigh up to two hundred pounds.


🤣🤣🤣

Before I took those dives 😵💥🥊, “I coulda’ been a contender.” ... Now I'm just a lurker weighing-in at over 200 lbs.🤕

hic, burp... cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 12:19 AM UTC
That WAS around Brando’s exit weight wasn’t it? Beats me why so many BattleBots entries still leave their wheels completely unprotected, anyone would think they really are taking dives. I’d just field a WW2 Goliath, guaranteed to bring the house down.

So I'm all done with these for a while, all aboard - next stop Holešovice around 10.35am on May 27th, 1942...



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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 05:12 AM UTC
Brilliant pic!
J
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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 08:34 AM UTC