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TedUSA

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A teaser montage of the auto spider sitting on the diorama base before I worked on the base today. hard to wait to see this complete.

teaser montage by teddy ladd, on Flickr

and now a single overhead angle shot of the base after more work on the rusted elements and addition of some "ground". I used highly diluted Tamiya Red Brown and more pastel powders to get variations in the color of the rust and the ground.I used some white glue brushed onto the base, then poured the fine ballast onto the glue. after a while I turned the base upside down over a large tray and let the loose ballast fall off, leaving what you see.

IMG_9455 PS by teddy ladd, on Flickr

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 Back at the bench in the PM and could not resist attaching the auto spider and all the junk, scraps, etc to the base. More to do? oh yes. Another day or so to get it done, assuming I have no interruptions/problems. Shiny areas are where I have CA glued the pieces to the base. These have to be touched up or will disappear when I AB the matt varnish on? More ground materials to add--ballast [earth], a few plants, and two final details that I have held to the end. No big revelations, just had to be added at the very end for fit and position.

IMG_9457 PS by teddy ladd, on Flickr

IMG_9460 PS by teddy ladd, on Flickr

details montage by teddy ladd, on Flickr

Of course these are not the final pictures and I promise to get the best finals I can. The overwhelming busy nature of the project does not exactly lend itself to photography. I hope to do a video or two as well as the static images.

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More than ready to close this project, take a break for the holidays, and get on with other projects. My hobby bench is a garbage dump! So I added a bit more ballast [earth/sand], then put in a bit of moss type "grass" in random areas. Working this PM to get closer to the finish line.

IMG_9475 PS by teddy ladd, on Flickr

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Well, its 12/21/2017 @ 2300 here and I think that "Wars of Future Past" is about 99% finished. I have to touch up the tip of the foot of the shelter ladder I added tonight [where the hemostat clamp held the ladder for paint and rust effects]. I need to carefully go over the entire project and look for any spots that really, seriously need help.......Geez! Almost forgot, I need to weather the ammo belt I added to the ammo canister tonight! After that, its down to some light coats of Vallego Matt Varnish and the final pictures.

Final montage for "today"--the tires are weathered, the shelter ladder CA glued in place, and the ammo belt hanging from the ammo canister.

details details details by teddy ladd, on Flickr

Let me make an explanation of how I produced the ladder pretty quick. Simply eyeballed the measurements and clipped the parts from stock sprue, then used the acrylic resin glue [dispenser and UV light shown before--"Laser Bond"] to tact everything together. I followed up with Tamiya Extra thin glue using a cheap brush. Accuracy was avoided on purpose since the ladder was hastily welded together decades ago. Then I brush painted the whole ladder with Tamiya "Red Brown" ---THICK coat. Holding the ladder with a hemostat over a small basin, I poured rust pigments over the ladder. Next I tapped the hemostat to get the excess off. Here is the neat part. I took a non-aerosol bottle of hairspray and spritzed the ladder lightly, front and back. Last step was to dip a cheap brush in various other "rust" pigments and tap the brush over the damp ladder with it in different positions. Random, very random. Then I spritzed the ladder very lightly again and repeated the process. I used about 4 different pastel powers including burnt sienna and black. Final step was one last coat of hairspray. I let the corroded ladder dry for a while then CA glued it to the walkway steps, leaning against the shelter tower.Using the hairspray was really a time saver! give it a try sometime!

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When I started back with scale modeling as a hobby here on Genessis, I made the statement that I would always show the good, the bad, and the ugly..................
After a few touch-ups this AM I was ready to seal the Project with Vallego Matt Varnish. I opened a new bottle and diluted it in my AB paint cup with distilled water--about a 70/30 Varnish/water ratio. I used a fair amount of CA glue during the project and some of it was on the surface of parts of the diorama. A few spots on the auto spider as well. As I AB the varnish on the shiny areas they disappeared. The whole project is so complex I over-sprayed it trying to get good coverage.

Yep--I have a milky film over most of the entire project. Right now the rust tones are muted. I'm letting the project and my tears dry as I logically plan if I can remedy this debacle. Sad in the USA right now.

IMG_9490 PS by teddy ladd, on Flickr

Here is a FAQ from AIRFIX that is helpful. I will let you guys know what happens of course.

https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/forum/acrylic-matt-varnish-looks-like-frost/?p=1

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From what I can see on the picture there is no reason to be sad Ted. Honestly I think the lighter spots are adding some nice depth to the auto spider. If you don’t like it just blend it in with some pigments after it’s complete dry. Really all good, don’t worry. I’m sure you can handle it.
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I will need to do something to it. The picture looks a lot better than the project sitting here on the bench. Brain is thinking.
I’ve already applied some satin clear to a small area and I’m waiting to see how that effects the finish. Thanks Fabian!

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After my panic subsided a while, I began to try different clear coat products I had on hand to see if I could "fix" the frosted varnish look. The only thing I had that seemed to work was some Vallego Pigment Binder. I brushed some on in a few random areas and as it dried it restored the contrast. Not quite as good as the dry surface before any coating at all but the pigment finish had to be preserved. The binder drys slowly on purpose to give you working time with the pigments. When completely dry it left a flat finish. I applied most of it with a small brush--hours of tedious work--and the remainder with my AB. Looks like the day is saved? letting it dry until tomorrow to get the final look and pictures..fingers crossed.
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Checking this morning, everything looks about as good as it’s going to get. Small areas where spots were still shiny. I diluted some Vallejo Matt Varnish with distilled water and carefully applied with a small brush. Will recheck when that is dry to see if it is time for final pictures. Whew! Glad the project could be rescued.
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Will make and post final pictures ASAP.
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This is awesome Ted, I really do like what you have created here, a proper derelict, just lovely [smile]
The vegetation really brings the whole thing alive, one to be proud of bud !! [smile]

Sorry I aint been around much, flying has kinda taken over my life in recent months !
but I am proud to say I've recently passed my flight test and also got my coaching license too [smile]
I wonder if can do another last minute dash to the finish line ? [biggrin]

Anyhow Merry xmas Ted and I hope all is good [smile]

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Paul,

No worries! If I could fly it would really be hard to sit at a hobby bench indoors. Enjoy your freedom and the accomplishments you have achieved. Thank you for your kind comments! I had a blast with the project and am happy with the results, which may be viewed here:

http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/wars-of-future-past-9602120?pid=1302705416#post1302705416

I wish you great holidays and flights!

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