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Jason Gaspard

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This is a kit I got along with a Sd.Kfz 234/3 at a model show very cheap ($10 for both) since they were both started. The Stug was 90 % completed and both had all their parts still. Unfortunately the Stug was a bit of a glue bomb and after cleaning up what I could and finishing off the rest I'm not sure how well it would look. 

The prior owner really carved up the hatch doors, I got it closed up but still not brilliant. I'm just not happy with the construction so I'm thinking out of the box a bit...






So I'm thinking of experimenting with color modulation on the old girl...if it comes out good, if not that's fine too 'cause I'm gonna throw a tarp over it and park it in a shed! I will have a Jeep and some MP's in some sort of storyline...more than I had for my Jagdpanzer dio.

I had the idea of an old farm shed cleared out and the Stug stashed inside. I drew up some quick sketches (to aid in measuring and cutting)


and after lots of fiddly gluing ended up with a frame


I made one from foam core also...we'll see which is easier to work with and which looks better, depends on what the outside of the structure will look like I guess...



I'm still deciding on what the shed will be clad in, but the roof will be corrugated steel. I tried using cardboard (looked crap), I liked the look of foil but it is too flimsy...then as I finished my soda it hit me...


So I'm experimenting with dimensions still, but I am happy with the look of the raw product

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I have some test painting/weathering to do on these then I need to chop up a whole bunch of cans...looking like I'll only get around 8 sheets from each one.


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great turnaround on that kit---the diorama sounds great!
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Brilliant idea with the Soda can. how did you get the waves so perfect?
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Yeah, I'm wondering too. They look great!
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looks like they were stamped in a press over a form---perfect!
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Cool stuff Jason,
the all timber shed frame looks great and the corrugated steel sheets will look perfect for it ! [smile]
nice idea for a dio, I like it [smile]

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I'm interested too in how you formed the corrugated panels. I think you have an early contender for "Tip of the Year" going on there!
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Cool idea man ... 
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Not sure if this is what Jason used but seems easy enough ....


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Hey, very useful. But that "cocking" stuff looks nasty 0.0
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Great work Jason, and those corrugated sheets are crazy good mate

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Jason Gaspard

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Thanks guys!

I haven't had time to respond (I hate typing on my phone), but the technique is actually very close to the one in Steven's link. The model RR guys have the whole diorama building thing all sewn up...best to learn from them than try to reinvent the wheel. You have the problem of scale if you try to go below 1/35 which equates to roughly "G" gauge. My wife is a crafter and actually had one of those Fiskars corrugators buried in her craft room somewhere. I'm glad she did because I was trying to make them with rod glued onto sheets at roughly the correct distance and it was a huge pain and not very accurate. 

Once you get the can dissected without slicing off bits of yourself the rest is pretty easy. I made up a jig to make the scribing job a bit easier, then use aluminum's physical properties to your advantage...once you bend it it will snap if you try to bend it back, clean every time.







I'm going to play around with weathering with Ferric Chloride (which is what that PCB etcher is) but it may not work all that well since the reaction depends on heat which is in short supply in the basement this time of year...


Maybe some pix tonight if I can get this done and some painting techniques tested...


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Fascinating. thank you so much for sharing the process!
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Fantastic idea using old cans, I've used this process for styrene sheets with mixed results.
Aluminium cans is the future.........yay

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Thanks for sharing.
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