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Choppa Nutta

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Nice progress Ted ! [smile]
that retro future look is really coming along ! [biggrin]

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Thanks! The paint will be hell and probably be the longest part of the project?
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Yes yes yes - epic! :-)
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Thanks Fabian!

Decided to work on part of the diorama base. Its strange? Yes. I clipped sprue to make round "tiles" for a walkway to the shelter opening.The walkway will look quite different with a bit more work... I also used foam core to build a set of stairs and then surround the shelter with metal cast "bricks". Yep--it looks like an igloo, but its not,.....but damn it, looks like an igloo!! Paint should help?

sprue walk foam core shelter work by teddy ladd, on Flickr

sprue walk shelter buildout by teddy ladd, on Flickr

Next work will be to complete the hydraulic spider legs and black base a load of misc items that will cover the ground. Probably be sometime next week??

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love the craziness of this project ! [smile]
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Good description! It is crazy. More crazy to come.
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after some reasonable thought, the IGLOO has to go. The hard shell of my BI-PAP mask [I wear it to sleep and they replace the mask each month] makes a great entrance to the shelter, but the IGLOO got to go!
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OK, ground out some more bench time and subsequently got my spine aggravated really good. Spent a few hours in bed on ice---ready to go again. I am a mess! Okay, as I wrote above, the IGLOO had to go. I cut the shelter entrance off of the base plate and began the process of removing the igloo. I simply took a large fine-tooth saw and started hacking at the foam-core all around. To my surprise, I was uncovering a really sloppy brick and mortar look. OMG, did I get lucky!!? I can now continue this "effect" as I complete the shelter complex. YAY! Sometimes defeat belches victory!

shelter entrance round 2 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

Next hurdle? the walkway looked like I wanted it to except the sprue pieces had all kinds of "gaps". Filler? BAKING SODA my old friend! The pictures tell the story. after getting the BS distributed well, I shook some off, then used the rattle can flat black to "seal" the BS down. I may have to repeat?

walkway technique by teddy ladd, on Flickr

walkway technique 2 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

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Important to remember when using "foam core"----the foam core does not like latex paint! Although the brick and mortar effect is fine as is--very rough, probably best to seal the exposed foam with something? I was out of white glue so I robbed the garage and grabbed some wood glue. I diluted it with water like 3/1 and brushed it liberally on the "brick mortar" surfaces. 4 coats should do it making sure to get into all of the cracks and holes. I can feel confident about future work on this part of the diorama.

IMG_8885 PS by teddy ladd, on Flickr

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More progress today. The shelter opening is sitting on top of a tower or extrusion of the entrance tube--very thick steel plates welded together, wrapped in thick layers of reinforced concrete, and finally, covered with misc brick masonry and mortar. This shelter entrance has been assaulted over and over by forces bent on the ultimate destruction of perceived enemies. Although the steel tube is intact, the layers of covering have been broken away to various degrees.

The core of the rising tube is a chopped Tylenol bottle, then wrapped in a section of cardboard mailing tube. All joined with good old hot glue. Fast and strong. Next came the process of peeling the poster-board off of artists foam-core, cutting the foam into chunks of concrete or bricks of all shapes and thickness. Artists foam-core is a fantastic material for diorama construction. You can buy architect high quality or the cheap [$1 US] poster size sheets I use most of the time.

After hot gluing everything down, I proceeded to apply copious coats of the thinned wood glue. I also applied one more dusting of baking soda to the "walk-way/step" section and black based it again. NEXT step with the shelter section of the build? I forgot to "damage" the concrete parts before glue coating. Oh well, I'm making this up as I go. Backup, correct, go forward. When the overall piece is complete per final glue and black basing, I will "RUST" the steel tube, overcoat it with varnish, MASK the tube sections so I can AB the brick and concrete.

Final step will be adding rusted/corroded pieces of re-bar and metal mesh to the structure. I will also be making an access ladder as well as a signal post, meant to help locate the shelter.

shelter tower 1 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

shelter tower 2 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

shelter tower 3 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

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More progress, working into the early morning here [past 0100].
I believe the pictures are all that is needed for this update, so....here   we   go

sculpting foamcore by teddy ladd, on Flickr

spider legs 1 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

spiderlegs 2 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

spider legs 3 by teddy ladd, on Flickr

Probably take a small break now? I feel better now that I have caught up since losing the chunk of time when I was sick recently. CHEERS

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All very cool Ted ! [biggrin]

I particularly like the chopped sprue for a cobble stone effect, nice idea [smile]
It makes me think what else one could with the idea,

such as sanding the top surface to flatten them off a touch for a sense of road wear or something,
maybe use a solvent to erode/melt/meld the plastic to soften the effect a little,
had thoughts about using a heatgun to soften the plastic and use a flat stone to push a texture into the plastic.

nice idea with a few options, could also do this for walls too I guess [smile]
I like the baking soda trick too, cheap way to add the grit between the stones

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Thanks Paul!

The chopped sprue idea actually came from a modeler who was tired of just throwing most of his sprue away.He would glue the pieces down in various patterns and then sand the top down, making the surface look like bricks or stone. If you turn the walkway sideways, it looks like natural bamboo. As for the baking soda, it is so fine it really gets down into cracks and crevices and is more to scale than most sand, and very cheap as well.

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I intended to stay away from the bench today..............but,

I wanted to get the spider legs finished so...Here   we   go

spider legs attached by teddy ladd, on Flickr

And the vehicle stands up!! Same thing as getting the landing gear on your Jet? Just feels great. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to position one leg at a time, apply CA glue, hit it with kicker, then move to the next leg. I already knew the angle of the car body that I wanted. Once the car was standing, I soaked all the leg joints with Tamiya Extra Thin. Thinking seriously about using a temporary center post to hold everything up while I paint, weather, and finish details.No sense in stressing the legs, right?

the spider stands by teddy ladd, on Flickr

Now I can take a break for a short while, maybe a few days. Ahead lies the hellish paint work.




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No Ted, you have it all wrong... painting is fun! Lol
But seriously, great progress my friend. The pose is looking very dynamic. Can’t wait so see a little paint and a ton of weathering on this! I’m glad that you are blowing some life back into the GB. It is awfully quiet on the forum... or do I miss something? However, keep enjoying your build an posting progress :-)

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