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how to make a Hedgerow??
ShermanSam
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Drenthe, Netherlands
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 12:03 AM UTC
hi there,

i'm plannig to make a dio of a sherman pushing thruth the hegdrows in bocage.
but how and with what materials i can made them?
the scale is 1/35 by the way.

greets Shermansam
ukgeoff
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 12:35 AM UTC
Try this site, you may find it helpful.

http://fp.docdio.f9.co.uk/page/Simple%20Diorama%20part2.htm
screamingeagle
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 04:38 AM UTC
Hi Sam, the hedgerow's in the Normandy countryside were very tall.
Most being 7 to 15 ft. high. Your best bet is to buy some "lichen" - "clump foilage" - "under bush " - " field grass " from Woodland Scenic http://www.woodlandscenics.com/ and some forest litter made by Hudson & Allen.
Next is to find some good pic's of the Hedgerows and use these products to build-up
layer upon layer with some "scenic cement, " until you have a very dense mixture of all combined.

The "lichen " really play's a big part in duplicating the hedgerow and comes in 3 different color's. After your hedgerow is complete, you want to use some subtle drybrushing techniques with some earth-tone colored Chalk Pastels in powdered form. Use your judgement here, because you want to use specific colors for the time of season you are portraying. Even though the landscape products are already colored, the drybrushing really makes a difference in bringing depth, realism, and colored tones that will mimic nature. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS LET ME KNOW. I also have some excellent photo's of the " hedgerows " if you would like me to email them to you.

- ralph
dioman
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 10:45 AM UTC
Well.....1st you get some mini hedgerow seeds.....then you get some good topsoil.....plants seeds.....use some good fertilizer....water everyday.....and soon you will have a hedgerow a sherman tank would be proud to demolish!!!
Happy modelling #:-)
lestweforget
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 01:34 PM UTC
i think i may have got this idea off this site, so sorry if i am stealing someones idea u cut some steel wool (the rectangular blocks u buy at the supermarket) cut it to the hspae u want, and paint it the color u want, it works, as i tried it, cheers
Matrix
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 02:27 PM UTC
I have seen people use linchen, but you have to be careful to get it to look in scale.
The steel wool will work also, I have seen both done before.
Hope this helps.
ShermanSam
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002 - 06:47 PM UTC
Steel wool ?!

i shall try it out, thanks for the advice.

greets shermansam.
Noodles
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 08:01 AM UTC
use green scouring pads rolled up and painted.then,coat them in some PVA and add some of the dried herbs lying around the place.It looks really cool.i used it for a dio with draggon tank hunters chasing a sherman.
Roadkill
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 09:30 AM UTC
Here is a link to a old Monogram article of a dio made by Sheperd Paine.

It is about a M4A3 cutting thru some hedgerows, maybe it can give you some ideas

M4A3 dio (Shep Paine)
Favorisio
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 09:53 AM UTC
Hi, I was hoping to make a dio along exactly the same lines :-) . I had a look at the woodland scenics range of stuff the other day and it looks very promising for the dense stuff. Not sure how to get the height though.

Thanks for that Shep Paine link Ronny, it's just the ticket.

Good luck with your dio ShermanSam

Roger
keenan
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 11:07 AM UTC
PVA and dried herb? What is this turning into, the High Times forum? Oh, I thought it said LSD and dried herb. I gotta go down in the basement, throw in the Mott the Hoople 8 track and fire up the airbrush...

keenan
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 11:13 AM UTC
I was googling for hedgerow pictures and haven't come with any yet. However, this site is pretty cool. Some decent history, okay pictures and, as a bonus, cut and paste maps at the bottom of the page. If I was only half as good at biulding as I am a surfing...

D-Day link
Howitzer
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2003 - 05:20 AM UTC
Very Kool