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I love the plate too ! It's easy to forget when looking at close up pictures how small the parts are but it turned out very well ! I just want to say that I think your weathering is excellent, the Humvee looks brilliant it's not too heavy or too light it's spot on for the scale, and I know it's only a small part of the whole build but I particularly like the wear and tear you have got on the main gear cover, along with the flat tyre it gives a great sense of reality, very nice work ! and i too am looking forward to the next update

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Stunning work Jason loving every bit and detail you are adding and that truck is a litle gem mate keep it coming love looking at the wip photos I see something more every time I go back over them 
Well done and good luck mate
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It really is great work Jason and very unique also. Can't wait to see the final results.


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that work is really really inspiring! excellent results with the truck and the Phantom. I swear that I was looking at some reference pics of a real phantom.
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Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement! I haven't had a day off since my last post (10hr days...) so needless to say nothing got accomplished. I attacked a lot of small details for the dio and one small detail that turned into a big one.

Lets start with the big one, anyone who is familiar with the boneyard will know that my trestles were not accurate, they were the correct dimensions but the lumber was out of scale and the technique was wrong. This has been gnawing at me for quite some time and worse lately now that I am testing out the layout on my base. Here is a reference photo of what they should look like, give or take...:

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and my first attempt:
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you can see the problem...as much time as I am putting into this I want everything to be as accurate as I can make it. I did some quick math (to get more in scale lumber) and headed off to the hobby store and picked up some balsa. After a long think and a couple of reboots:

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This is more like it, the other ones were really throwing the look off, much more realistic. I will make the one for the wing support tomorrow. This ate up a good couple of hours but it was fun.
Here they are side by side for comparison:
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Sorted thru the figures from the tank crew and airfield crew, decided on these two for the team:


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This one looks like he is having a bad time after lunch or something LOL. Also here is the table and a tool box from the tank crew kit.
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I also made another pallet, the second tool box (still need to paint and glue in the **tiny** handles)
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Detailed up the scrap main gear (this one was my test for flattening the wheel...got a little away from me...but good enough for junk lying on the ground)
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There is more but Photobucket is slow as **** right now, will update tomorrow after more things are checked off.

Thanks for looking!










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Jason,
totally a good call and great work on the new supports! each time you show something new I am trying to get an overall image in my mind of what you might be headed for. I didn't even think about figures! Don't know why it did not occur with all your text and the Humvee included. I'm just being dense I guess.

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What an amazing build thread.  I love the all the scratch building and "tinkering".  Truly inspiring!
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A great update ! The new trestle looks great, the table and toolbox look real too ! The poses of the figures look very natural and will compliment the diorama very well
And lol that poor guy does look like he's eaten a bad burrito !

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A great update ! The new trestle looks great, the table and toolbox look real too ! The poses of the figures look very natural and will compliment the diorama very well And lol that poor guy does look like he's eaten a bad burrito ! Pete


Pete, that guy is even waving his hand to get the odor away!

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Thanks guys. I lived in Tucson for several years and the first pharmacy I worked at down there was not far from DM and I would drive by the boneyard almost every day for a couple of years. I would be lying if I said this research and discussion isn't making me homesick for my old stomping ground…MUST.NOT.DWELL.ON.PAST...

Wanting some background details I saw these browsing at Hobby Lobby, as is they are no good at all, meant for kid's school dioramas, they are very toy like with these bright colors, no succulent looks this bright…but they are well molded and accurate in terms of form and could not beat the price…I am in the process of repainting and am getting good results, not ready to share yet…but close. I had a saguaro in my front yard and I'm having issues getting the color right…here comes the nostalgia again [frown]
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Here are both new trestles with the Phantom on my dio base, Keeping with my budget build mentality I am using a canvas board (that we already had) to which I have epoxy'd wooden balls to serve as feet/elevation. I did a test run last week with a smaller canvas and it warped badly after applying the cellu-clay, so I will modify my use of this and as insurance have sprayed it with a lacquer clear to waterproof it a bit.

The trestles are a 100% improvement:
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I'm going to try finishing up the plants tonight, unsure if I will use or not, but practice if nothing else...

again, thanks for looking!

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you keep coming up with more and more ideas to enhance your build! never know about ANYTHING till you try! go for it.
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Photobucket is much more responsive today...was starting to wonder if they didn't pay their server bills [rolleyes]

LOTS of detail painting today, almost all the small stuff is done...I need to rust up some of the set pieces but I don't think anything else needs constructed (maybe one more pallet).

The Saguaro is complete, heavily lightened NATO green drybrushed with straight NATO green. If you are wondering, the raised ribs are actually darker than the valleys IRL due to the lines of thorns. The color is close enough especially for a background piece. Before and after:
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Busted out the Dremel and added this detail. If a Saguaro lives long enough a Gila Woodpecker will eventually come along and bore a hole into it in order to get at the water stored inside, the plant then seals the wound with scar tissue leaving a gaping hole. Big (old) ones have literally dozens of holes, sometimes occupied by other birds as their home. If I get really ambitious (or bored...there is still a long time till the build closes...) I will try sculpting one of those birds.

This will go in the background somewhere, may use some of the barrel cacti and ocotillo also, there are some plants in the boneyard but not many. I will decide once everything is in place.

Here is a closer look:
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Next, attention turned to the maintenance techs, Pinky and Perky got their colors after going over all of their seam lines. Thank you Mr. Waldron for the figure painting technique lessons! They look as good as I can make them at this point, I think they look pretty good (considering they are the second and third figures I have ever painted) but much room for improvement none the less, although in 1:48 it must be hard work...

Blondie may get a dye job, too nordic looking? This poor sap would fry to a crisp working outside. The flash washed out his skin tone, makes him look like a Walking Dead extra...I will have a closer look when I get back to the bench. I also noticed Mr. Burrito Truck's undershirt is not painted...add that to the list (although it would take a special kind of masochist to wear an undershirt AND long sleeves in August Tucson).
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Here is a rough idea of what I am shooting for (minus the plane, I have to save something for the reveal...), I sprayed the underside of the board black to keep the white from distracting the viewer, the paint you see on the top is overspray...I may paint it black also to help with coverage and shadows for the ground cover. Details done today include splattering the trestles with "mud" (Flory Models wash), wheel chock construction, tying the engine to the pallet (that sucked lol), and construction of the fire extinguisher from the Hasegawa kit.

Mr. Burrito Truck looks like he is really in distress...TUMS STAT! What were they thinking modeling him to look like that? I toyed with the idea of straightening him out a bit over a candle but I can't imagine that ending well...FYI; Blondie will be standing on the wing, hence the ladder.
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Insert derelict Phantom here:
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keen observers have noticed that the toolbox handles are not painted and the new pallet needs weathered in, it's on the checklist...

Tonight I will apply some ground texture with here and there lumps of cellu-clay, the desert is a pretty flat place until you hit the foothills of those mountains but I need to break up the flatness a bit. Then to let it dry up, gluing down dirt is up next!

Back to the salt mine tomorrow till Saturday, I'm waiting for a cool little micro addition from the man in brown, hopefully it is here before the weekend.

Thanks for looking!


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Jason--fantastic! well done on every point. can't wait to see the finals!
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Too long since last update, I got some work done last weekend but was not able to post any pix, I made progress on the base and some more details...

One of the wing tanks will be lying on the desert floor in a sorry state, her it is rusted up using the Rustall set and MIG pigments. My phone would not focus well on the rust areas but you get the general idea:
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There were a couple of false starts on the base, here is the technique I settled on (no photos but not really much to show and I was way too dirty to try handling a camera or my phone):

Using the canvas board I applied piles of celluclay in random areas to break up the flatness a bit. Once dry I thinned down some white school glue, brushed it on and shook on my dirt mixture which is a mix of good old Nebraska dirt and some scenery sand to lighten the color.

Once that had set for awhile I put some thinned Flat UV varnish in a spray bottle and sprayed everything to lock it all in. this was allowed to dry for 2-3 days. once dry I cut away pieces where the trestles and pallets were to go so they set more realistically into the ground, the same dirt mix was then filled in around them and glued in using the same method.

Once that was all dry I airbrushed on Flory Models washes (sand and grime) to further lighten the tone and blend things together. Here is the result (I had to move some things around and put new earth down which still needs blended in if you notice the odd looking areas-look at the ground by the rusty tank)
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The cactus may end up on the cutting room floor, not sure I'm happy with it. Another view:
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Teaser shots:
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Completely inaccurate, but I wanted to add some interest to the nose so exercised my artistic license and made a second canvas to drape over the opened nose. It adds some mystery as to what is under there, and if anyone looks it is all detailed up. You can also see more of the little details I have sprinkled about, you can kind of see here that I gave Mr Burrito Truck something to carry in an effort to make his odd pose make more sense. As you may have noticed I am still playing with the layout:
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This is the micro addition I talked about last time, I wanted more tools to have laying around, saw this PE set and thought "why not?" especially since I already had an order I needed to place...so priming and painting these is up next.
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Thanks for looking!


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like I wrote before, each time you post the whole project gets more and more exciting! thanks for showing that Eduard tool set. very interesting! I think it is all looking great--very realistic [as far as I know how I THINK it might look].
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