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Golikell
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2019 - 08:31 PM UTC
Fresh looking balsa mortar?
I'll take position and wait how things will work out...
Dioramartin
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2019 - 03:01 PM UTC
Thanks guys, R & D continues & it looks like soaking in powder paint does work. Hey Mike gee thanks for that! All I did was hint at the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then Frenchy chucks in the Exorcist & now you! What’s next to gross-out the lurkers…La Grande Bouffe?? Erwin yeah the mortar’s too fresh-looking (plain balsa) but I’m banking on toning it all down after installation with a dilute grey-ish wash so that should take care of it
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2019 - 06:13 AM UTC
Ditto Jerry , nice set up for brickwork !
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 02:41 AM UTC
Nice concept! I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years! Nice.
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 01:18 AM UTC
Very good concept... For your next run, soak the mortar sticks in a light grey concoction, as mortar tends to be a light grey.
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 12:34 AM UTC
🧱 🧱Genius!!! 🧱 ... Maybe take your assemblies to the local deli and ask to use the adjustable meat slicer... when the Manager isn’t looking, of course!

“Dioramartin WaferBrix”... It’s only wâfer thin...

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:58 PM UTC
Nothing worth showing of the base this time, but it’s finally all levelled/glued down ready for the dreaded track layer. Meanwhile here’s that brick-facing idea for the pillars which woke me up in the middle of the night recently…



Two sides of the pillar-facing need to be 11mm wide, the other two sides 9mm wide so that when they’re all glued to the pillar they mesh. For this experiment I cut balsa strips for the 11mm side, prepped the palette with acrylics & mixed randomly to taste…





I painted the strips in the mistaken belief the paint would soak right through. When I realized it hadn’t, even though I then soaked them in a bath of thinned paint laced with ammonia for 3 days…



…it couldn’t penetrate because the first coat had sealed them too well. In future soaking them first should work OK & probably leave less intense colours, more faded like the photo ref in the final photo below. Pressing on regardless…





The gluing/clamping process needs refining – it’s moot whether tighter or lighter pressure will produce straighter strata…







The brick-strips are 1.5mm thick, maybe should be 2mm although the photo ref indicates the mortar layers (mine are 1mm and balsa can’t really go any thinner) were almost as wide as the brick layers. Slicing the prototype wafer into 2mm thick slices…



…and there’s the problem, zero paint penetration. I also need an ultra-sharp ultra-rigid ultra-thin blade, or a proper guillotine for modellers…for those who haven’t already lost their heads. And too much/uneven clamp-pressure while cutting the first slice cracked the block. But as for that end-slice, despite being uneven like the crust of a loaf so it looks like an Elizabethan chimney…





…I think the look & texture is pretty good, nothing in painted plastic or 3D-resin comes close & I’m not about to make or buy tiny clay bricklets (12 pillars x 4 sides x 30 per side = 1,440) and then paint ‘em all. While this lamination process is quite labour-intensive it’s supposed to be labour-saving so I think it’s worth exploring. Thus far it’s a successful failure or a failed success but as mentioned before some of these pillars will appear in at least half of all the final images (in focus) so I can’t really get away with a bodged job.

The lamination/cutting processes could be automated/speeded up to run off 2mm or 3mm thick strips or sheets in various patterns of bricks, sidewalks, roadways, cobbles – 1/35, 1/72 & railroad scales. Flexible, easy to apply with PVA or similar, easy to cut, no painting required, roadways receptive to placing of figures with pins in their feet, cheap manufacturing materials, low postage costs…

I have no idea if someone’s already doing this, if not I’ve just handed over an un-patented idea to the world and kissed untold wealth - OK maybe a few cents - goodbye. But I’ll settle for 10% if someone’s feeling honourable, with naming rights natch: Dioramartin WaferBrix
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 11:11 PM UTC
Kinda what I was thinking - it’s about time someone did a Leningrad siege-busting convoy across frozen Lake Ladoga with a couple of GAZ trucks half-submerged through the ice, I’ll donate the offcuts
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 02:34 AM UTC
A cool idea indeed. Now only to find the tiny birds and rabbits for the trails
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 10:34 PM UTC
Beauty job Tim , even though it looks like you're at a " fish or cut bait " stage of the build , or open another bottle .
I think you've stumbled on to a cool idea . Those graduated paper thin slices would make for a killer ice/snow shelf on the edge of a stream/river/lake . In some places an ice overhang with icicles hanging down . I'm gonna have to file this in my melon of dio refs .


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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 07:35 PM UTC
Could be, but the ice itself won't be snow covered....
Women pulling is out?? Must be some women then! And only when they wear high heels?

I want to use this stuff:
https://www.precisioniceandsnow.com/snow-powders.html
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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 03:05 PM UTC
Holy…or rather Unholy...Visual Memory H.P. …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4gU74gMbp0

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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 05:04 AM UTC
Nailed it, Frenchy!🤣 And when Tim starts spewing Campbell’s Green Pea Soup around the room, there’ll be hell to pay when SWMBO has to clean up that mess!🤮

—mike
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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:32 PM UTC




H.P.
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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 10:16 PM UTC
this is getting weird guys…dykes…bootlegging…surely an awesome diorama subject right there.



Wire-cutter primed & to save on balsa I just cut some slots and dropped that 45cm steel ruler in to provide a guide-rail for the cutter. Much later, no smokin’ ruin nor any dazzling artistry either but I left it all out there...









Crunch time, all balsa & foam has to be glued down solid before laying a thin topping to smooth it all out & fill the cross-member gaps, ready for the tracks layer. Can’t escape that nagging feeling I’m forgetting something, maybe to do with all the power/telegraph poles. I guess without some retaining fittings under the balsa sidewalk panels the poles are liable to work loose & lean off vertical, particularly while being rigged. Although that’s all sidewalk, shouldn’t stop me securing the road surfaces…hmmm…except those refuge-islands also have some poles…

Well no time like the present for some procrastination - I’ve been trying out the brick-facing idea for the pillars that came to me in the middle of the night, jury’s still out because part of the process looks like it’ll take several more days to succeed or fail. Meanwhile could these foam slivers look like melting ice sheets…?





…maybe with some detailing with a sharp knife & transparent PVA/Elmers spread around it could make an ultra-cheap basis for a winter scene…any use to you Erwin? Maybe with some gin-swiggin’ women in comfortable shoes hauling your Renault FT out? Refer my opening remark if I lost you & hey if a Tie fighter crash-landed on Guadalcanal can look so good, anything’s possible
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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 02:44 AM UTC
Considering how long they take to build their own solution, I don't think a few weeks will suffice to even get it in place...

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 01:57 AM UTC
LOL , of course it's outside of my garage , whaddaya want me to do , ..... move it back into the garage so it can blow up again ....... ?
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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 01:51 AM UTC
AHAhahahahahahahaaaaa !!!

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 01:26 AM UTC
Thanks guys, hey Erwin maybe they could rent that thing out to Venice for a couple of weeks? As for the bottle surely that distillery can see a great sponsorship opportunity when it’s served up in a pint pot, otherwise I’ll be forced to look at their competitors. Hey Glenn nice shot of your garage but man did you miss the brake pedal again??
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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:48 PM UTC
Dude , you're a brilliant modeler/scratchbuilder , just make your own ........

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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 10:33 PM UTC

Quoted Text


Not to worry, Tim. They'll make more! 🥃

Cheers! 🥃🤪
—mike


Muddellingggg wiz too muts whizzzkie will meakit a wiee (hic) harttt to meek ztrait kutzzz (hic)...
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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 06:09 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Mike posts tram-rail construction photos.



Quoted Text

You think you'll manage to finish with behemoth within this one bottle?


Not to worry, Tim. They'll make more! 🥃

Cheers! 🥃🤪
—mike
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM UTC
Cross Posting rules!!!

Flooding is always a thread in the Netherlands, but the Dutch pretty much managed to cope with it. The last time it happened in a large scale is in 1952. Much had happened since, like dikes being reinfored, a super-duper storm surge barrier, etc.


You think you'll manage to finish with behemoth within this one bottle?
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:25 PM UTC
Hah cross-posting in action Erwin! Thanks & yes of course the man-cave’s non-negotiable too. As Jerry mentioned we’re by no means the only fire-ravaged country, while in other parts of the world they’re suffering the opposite problem i.e. flooding. For the fortunate like me suffering neither directly, thank whoever/whatever you believe in and help the deserving ones any way you can.

OK Jerry here's the behind-the-scenes report…





hic
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 09:25 PM UTC
Over here forest fires are a rarity (luckily), but I feel with the Ozzies!!! Good to see you are making progress. Indeed good luck with the house hunting, and don't forget you have to have a room where you can perform your dark arts and display the results!