Friday, March 27, 2009
The overhead conveyor track is in place, the basic Cultist skeleton structures are assembled and drying. Hope to hang them on the conveyor line tomorrow also.
Also the Tow Rig for the Model T tow wrecker is done except for the cable and hook, and painting. Have to play around to get a good rust stained look of to much work and not enough preventative maintenance! Cab of the truck is sketched but not cut. The thing that is Really slowing me down is the 70 degree weather and a marvelous garden project..... I blame the wife!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I found it very involved and detailed as well as a great paint job, scroll down and see all the various pieces.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Just found this model truck today, only problem is that its 1:24th scale. It has entered my TO-DO list to reduce it to 1:48th or so for Dusty's 25mm size to be more compatible.
Having an actual model should allow me to scale it down and then cast my own, varying the type of bed and over head cab detail to fill in a role of differing types of trucks. I expect to have a degree of difficulty but that's what makes it a hobby. Not sure that the interior of the cab may allow for the seating of figures, but that simply adds to the challenge. Got the figure at Big Lots, dug around but did not find any other styles of vehicles or even a tractor. Still have to take the time to do graph drawings and then to the table saw and belt sander to do a lot of the shaping. Might shop around for a suitable tire edging and then cut down the rim size of those on the truck to a usable size to keep the spoke pattern. So at first glance ; engine, chassis, bed, seat/dashboard and top along with 4 tires. Going to employ the KISS methodology, Keep It Simply Stupid. Oh yes! you do not have to model in seat belts! there's a time saver for sure!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Here we have Dusty standing between 2 pieces of Foam Rubber, the one on the right is a tube piece with a hollow center, the piece on the left is from a similar tube cut in half. The thickness of the foam rubber is only 1/4 inch. In the next picture I place a pair of Pliers on top slowly to get the pic and not endanger the fearless Dusty. Notice that the full tube collapsed while the half circle on the left is standing with a minor dent.!! Originally I was thinking of making a small bridge and thought that the half circle would provide me with the shape I needed to form the arch, then apply brick or rock to the other edge and in general build up from there. But. The foam rubber buckled easily.... Hmmm... Foam rubber, diluted PVA.....I saturated the foam rubber with diluted PVA and stood on end on a piece of wax paper so it would not glue itself to something. And waited. A full day, it was still a bit soft, moved it to direct sunlight on a windowsill, wax paper and all. Next day nice and firm! Hey, you could cut it with a knife, nice and straight! And the surface is great for making a stucco type coverage!! And its strong to! Last photo shows it supporting the pair of pliers by itself.
Assembly consists of base, liberal use of hot glue to get cone upright. Next was the green plant narrow leaves from the Grass clusters that come on a grid matt, cut and hot glued into the existing notches. Start high and work down as far as you care to go. I figure the animal life probably feeds on the lower areas so left them bare. GREEN MOSS for the litter at the base of the trees.
It seemed a bit bare, so I dressed it up by adding the purple flower cluster to the the top. Hmmm I could put fruit at the base of the purple flower cluster, or add spikes along the lower portion instead of leaving it bare due to grazing.
Over all, with the materials assembled this project generated 15 trees in about 2 hours. The materials had slowly accumulated from other things I had assembled and constituted Left Over stuff, the pine cones I had picked up one day when I happened to spot them in that park. I always cruise through toy departments and parks with an eye to finding conversion parts or landscape materials.
And there you have it.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Next, these plastic plant bits were pulled off their sprues and then clipped to single leaves. Each leaf was attached to the base with hot glue and over lapped. A few round balls will be scattered about to give it a bit more character and perhaps a reed type plant stick up here and there, or are those really reeds and not some sort of antenni?? Stores flat, very light weight, takes abuse well, no paint on the plastic leaves, water plants are shinny by nature. And there you have it.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Probably a bit to much light on the second photo but they are about 2 shades darker. Since they had no bases attached I used the tipped cookie sheet pan to put the thinned water base paint into the edge groove created when you prop the cookie sheet at an angle. Then I placed the trunks into the thinned paint, rolled them, place them up on the edge of the sheet to drip dry. After half an hour or so I move the trunks slightly to get the tips of the trunks out of the puddles that form while they were dripping.
So here is a better picture of the color change, the trunks on the left are original color; redwood, the trunks on the right are Cedar Pin color , also sub subs in for Douglas Fir. When they are fully dry its back to the hot glue branches on pile to be done, which is currently still at the top of the *to do list*.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
On the picture to the left is the final layer of taping to the top. Next I got out the Hot Glue gun and built up some extra roots on the tape. I used a Large Hot Glue gun for the extra rooting that I applied over the tape seam edges of the Ground roots. Next I applied some caulking from the Kel Seal tub. The tear seams of the tape add texture as I use the Kel Seal, or any latex paintable caulking to smear over the surface. Tapping the gooey surface with your finger puts lots of texture / paint catching surface coverage to the side of the tree trunk. Still no base at this point, so I was tempted to carve out a hollow and then glue some Floral foam up inside so as to give a 3 dimensional hollow area, but skipped it for now, but is well worth a follow up sculpt. The tapping, hot glue and caulk application area a matter of minutes to do, you can of course do singles or mass produce them. A smear of Kel Seal on the top and touch of paint to it all makes the growth on top fill out better and gives a better surface to glue it all down with more .. Hot Glue!
To the left is a fast coat of Flat Brown that is not dry yet, from Rustoleum spray can. But I wanted the texture of the bark to be really visible so the wet shot. You could of course use any color you wanted to give it more of an other world feel, but then having some of the items "look" familiar while the rest is strange, I think, hooks the players into the terrain a bit more. Next would be to dry brush some highlight colors and attach to a base of your choice. I used a stiff plastic with beveled edges but hit a snag when I realized that I didn't want to just flock it with the usual green, as I too was seeking more of an alien setting. So, wandering about in the garden supply section of a Orchard Supply store I came across a bag of GREEN MOSS for hanging basket potting. As it was only a couple of dollars I figured to give it a go and see if it would look good as dead leafy matter under the trees. I brushed some contact cement onto the base, plunked a large amount of the moss onto the base and pressed firmly all over the base, let it dry for an hour and then pulled off the excess and hit with some diluted pva glue to hold it down. Over all I feel it gives a nice effect. I have to go back and add a few fallen blueish fruits to the ground as litter, maybe paint them a bit blackened as they rot , some split or chewed might also fit the scene.
The toppings of my trees were what you see, the green plastic leafy stuff with the purplish beads representing I have No clue but came apart easily. I then took a bit of purplish paint and gave a dry brushing to all leaf edges, this to give them more in common with the "fruit" of the trees. I envisioned them as the Date Trees of Venus. I glued the fruit masses to the top of the Dixie up to cover most of it, then hot glued the branching's in as seemed to fit and fill out in most all directions. A few tiny leaves were hot glued directly onto the trunks lower down for character. You can see how the moss filled out the base here in this picture, Dusty must be detained by something as he didn't make it into this picture for some reason, hmmm perhaps friendly natives??
Ah, there he is coming out from behind that tree, mystery solved, but also showing a full sized tree. My Rule of 3 is that any scenic piece needs three colors to set it off from being just a plain piece. The Green Purple and Brown is a good start for meeting my minimum of 3. the Sprig of yellow and orange at the very top like a flower stamen gives it a bit more character with out taking away or overpowering the piece. A rather involved piece with more time spent figuring where to place the clusters and leaf branches than assembling the trunk and bases. More of the fruit clusters were added After the branches were all complete so that there were not Gaps in the foliage over all coverage.
And There you have it.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Followed by a couple of hours sorting mix materials that had crept into the wrong plastic storage containers. Invariably I did toss a lot of older scenic proof of concept pieces. And there is no proof that anyone died in the completion of this rework!
About time to go through the zillion old figures stored in the multi drawers pictured to the right. Wooooh, Petal Throne Muglavians to paint! Enough for a Fantasy Rules army too! *scribbles note on the to do list*
And there you have it.