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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 11:14 AM UTC
Thanks gentlemen, actually I used mixed herbs on an old Normandy Sherman & it had its own fragrance for years until it met its demise in the little-known Operation Cook-off. Fear not Erwin I have not yet begun to cultivate the grassed islands but the edging will look like the flower beds’
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 02:55 AM UTC
Nice Shrubberies you have there... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSMPjMVnAU

No really... I only would try to make the grass in front of the bench more scuffed...
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 02:30 AM UTC
That first overhead shot could easily pass for a real drone shot. Nice. I love the broadleaf bushes as well. I have a flowering bush like that in the front yard. Common type but the name escapes me right now. ( very common thing lately).
Looks great man.
J
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 11:55 PM UTC
Nicely done Tim , looks great . I like the overall layout a lot !!
The parsley flakes look like they'll do the job .
What no oregano , smellavision .... Italy herbs .
By the way is the word innuendo Italian for Preparation H ?
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 10:57 PM UTC
Good point Erwin that would most definitely be a Tram Conversion Too Far…but those two figures in 1/35 would be real handy. Meanwhile here’s how my bushes grew…













https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJlpoybKk8c

…had to check 49 times what kinda mushrooms I ate last night too, what a doozy. So I was thinking about spraying a slightly darker green on the bushes because they’d tend to shout in full sunshine, but they should be shaded by the trees & the corrugations on the leaves are only visible close up, considering how little will be visible it should all be OK. As for the trees…









Happy with this first trial although layering needs more practice/refinement. Equally happy with the low hours/cost input: twigs (US$ 0), spray adhesive (US$ 12), green gauze (donated), “leaves” (US$ 2 per jar) all easily sourced & barely blip the overall budget. The only issues may be about the organic material fading over time, and maybe weevils? If the former occurs the trees will be removable so could be given a rejuvenating green spray, if the latter…I see they don’t like bay leaves so I’ll shred some into the mix. Next time – forest clump
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 02:53 AM UTC
Well, at that time, they had trams too (now trolley busses) , so be carefull what you hope for

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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 02:26 AM UTC
Thanks Jerry yep you can see why I only do an audit once a year! Slightly more bearable (and defendable) to divide cost by elapsed time – around 38 bucks a month so far. I spend more than that on…never mind, but I still have quite a few figure sets to buy
Thanks RJ that’s good to know, so if all else fails it could morph into A Bridge Too Far – now that really would be a triumph of dio-cycling. And thanks Erwin, well I was hoping Glenn would mail me some micro-seeds...

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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 02:24 AM UTC
Your bushes are coming along nicely, but then again: Aussies are experts in bushes ...

Did you plant your bulbs yet, so they will come up nice and colourfull next spring?
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 02:21 AM UTC
Well, I can edit my post. or just add some more information. I think Prague and Arnhem have a lot in common. Cities with a very nice old part, surviving WW! and thrown in to modernization after that. Both cities are build on multiple levels with all kinds of pedestrian walkways, separated from traffic that moved on higher levels. Arnhem is like a little park town, Prague too. Modern city, for that time, mixed with 19th century buildings. International allure with 'a boulevard theatre for the chique'.
Sometimes I miss Holland.
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 01:58 AM UTC
Looking good Tim! Watch with interest.
The more I look at this, the more it reminds me of an intersection with 2 levels in Arnhem, just in front of the bridge over the Rhine, looking towards Nijmegen. An oasis with the traffic above. Trams and Trolley Busses, cars and all other means of transportation. A little park site with flowers, bushes, trees and some benches.along a lane, (close to the Music Sacrum).
Keep them coming!
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 01:42 AM UTC
Nice start on veggietown . I like the solutions so far! I did cringe when I read the price tag to date. Man o man.
Either you have a very understanding partner or you must've been a long serving politician with ample practice in hiding illegal budget expenditures.
J
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 01:36 AM UTC
Thanks guys it’s good to be back but haven’t we done the lumberjack a couple of times before? Like the Irish arborist said - two’s company, trees a crowd. Yes Erwin apart from the two conifers they’re all deciduous, the 1936 shots taken in winter prove it. And agreed G (and don’t call me Shirley) foliage is probably the most difficult part of dioramas to make realistic – the Grasmaster solved grasses for me but they haven’t invented a Treemaster yet….hmm maybe that’s how I make my next billion. Anyhow if it all goes pear-shaped I guess I could always saw the garden right off the base & call it Op Ant Toon







The green stuff was wrapped round a bunch of flowers, a tough fibrous kind of paper (I don’t know its name) which I scrunched up before gluing its edges to the foam. Just the right colour & uneven texture, roughed up with a fine wire brush it might even serve as a closely mown lawn (over a dark green base, being somewhat transparent) but here it’ll be mostly hidden so no point. I’ve been sporadically buying foliage options over the past couple of years from craft & hobby shops, maybe US$40’s-worth so still budget-friendly considering the area to cover (Total project cost to date: US$ 1,150)…



Next the curved wall – it may have been bare brickwork in reality but again hardly visible in this diorama so I took the easy option, concrete panels…









Sieved sandy soil mixed with dilute white glue was enough for the paths. Tempting to add some graffiti to the walls, instead just some basic weathering with dry powder paints because…







Just test-fitting there, at 1 metre long the Francheville (“Moss sheet ribbon green” on the label) strip’s not quite enough to go all around the curved wall but that’s OK, with some pruning I need to keep half of it for later – not too shabby for hedges/creepers though, even if it is shedding already.

Next: the garden beds, some wall-hugging weeds and lastly (gulp) the trees
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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 08:24 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

Welcome back to constructing your mammoth build, .

Interested to seeing how your garden grows...we'll be calling you Mary next you contrary fellow, ...as achieving realistic flora is something that I find daunting and have shied away from.

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 04:01 AM UTC
Cheyenne! 🌳🌲🌳🌳🪓... 😂🤣🤣
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Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 09:32 PM UTC
Excellent start Tim , wading into the morass of forestry .....

Course you knew this was coming ......

https://youtu.be/pfRdur8GLBM
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Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 09:27 PM UTC
Nice to see you back on (tramway) track once more... What I see from the pics (specially the second), is that the park seems to contain both deciduous trees and pine trees...(the straight tall trees behind the hood and left of the car).
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Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 02:16 AM UTC
Nice to see your migratory epic move completed and you back at the bench!
Yes,the standard for making bitty trees has now been set pretty high!
J
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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 10:24 PM UTC
OK a l’il less boogie & a lot mo’ bogie, all aboard for some trundling while I gradually reclaim hobby time from domestic priorities. Sit-rep: the foam & balsa house won’t be tidied up until it’s fixed onto its sub-base with surrounding garden, but first I need to install the big garden mainly to see how much the tree foliage will obscure the backdrops before I start painting those. After that will come the fencing down the long street, the photo-etched railings, street signage, some trials for the overhead lines/cables, and finally of course the 40 or 50 figures required for the narrative sequence of photos.

Photo refs don’t give much away regarding the garden layout…





…so I laid out the paths & flowerbeds based on the apparent position of the trees...



Up to maybe 9 trees (depending on their canopies) as marked up should fill the space plus some tall bushes etc in the beds round the wall & in the middle. I have to make the trees first before committing to drilling their anchoring positions into the base, they’ll need to be removable for any future packing/shipping as most are taller than the lamp-posts. So I went foraging in a nearby park yesterday and here’s the first of several audition line-ups…



I like Tim2’s Burma trees made of wire and haven’t excluded the possibility of copying his method, but some local trees offer interesting possibilities too…



The problem’s fragility so they’ll need a heavy spray of glue to hold them together, and more sprays while applying the layers of netting & leaves. The alternative to using dead/brittle stuff is this…



…vandalised from a live branch & still flexible although the trunk could be thicker. All these examples need trimming/shaping before attempting foliation, some might not make the final cut but at least there’s plenty of raw material. And there seem to be two pines in the middle of the cluster (see 2nd photo) which I haven’t found a good analogue for yet. Meanwhile there should be time for some landscaping this coming week
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 10:02 PM UTC
Nope , wooda remembered if you had , one of my fav groups .
Better version live from Waiting for Columbus .
https://youtu.be/EvQW1GimKYw
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 05:17 PM UTC
Yes RJ winter sunsets here sometimes beat summertime’s. The back’s improving G so the gag’s over …heh see what I did there? Glenn…three words…& the chorus…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nmlx8_hy_o

trouble is I can’t remember if I’ve given that a spin before...
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 11:46 AM UTC
https://youtu.be/QkBvsBpgGbo

LOL, sorry man couldn't resist .........
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 04:47 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

Keeping schtum as instructed, ,

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2020 - 05:43 PM UTC
Very nice view, I envy you on that. In Thailand the light goes out 6.45 PM, with a switch. Guess that's the reason they are not so romantic over here
Dioramartin
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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2020 - 05:31 PM UTC
Uh-oh the natives are revolting! Looks like I’ll have to deploy some Testing before the Anthro-tram gets rolling again, sticking long cotton-buds up the nose for symptoms of Impatience 19 before you can re-board. Well my friend seeing as you asked, I finally did my back in rolling/dragging the last big-ass flower pots (palms) into position on the balcony today. Overall it was complicated, 4 separate removals over the past 3 weeks from 3 locations…whatever we are now Done & moving out of THIS place feet first, our 4th & hopefully final home within the past 3 years. But right now I need to recall that team of Venezuelan beauty queens to massage my lumbar area out of pain – schtum G

So with apologies I’ve still got zip to show for another week or two - other than one of the primary reasons (don’t tell my wife) for buying this apartment as mentioned back in April: a panoramic clear sky background for diorama photography…



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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2020 - 01:54 PM UTC
For the love a .... how long does it take you to move , I need more progress pics man , what are you some kinda junkie dealer , get me hooked on your build , then disappear to parts unknown drinking booze out of a coconut ?

How you makin out man , move go ok ? lol