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Monday 25 November 2013

Some Final Bits (The Park part 4)

Here's the final bits for my park starting with the centrepiece for the central path - a monument.
It doesn't really represent anything other than a generic monument and I could have attempted some engraving on it, but the effort involved I thought wasn't worth the return.
I'd also thought of putting a statue on the top of the plinth but this would have added greatly to the overall height of the model and would have been just another bit that could be broken off.

The left hand photo shows the structure of the pieces, two layers of  cardboard sides with the base and steps of plastic. I wish I'd thought to use a slotta-style base for the top of the model.
It's a very rough and ready model made in about an hour on a whim, (I had originally planned a small fountain or flowerbed) and with a quick thin wash of filler and some hurried painting I decided that it had had sufficient time spent on it for what it  was.
Next up were some benches for the park, which again were fairly quickly made (I was getting quite bored with this model by now).
The benches are quite simple affairs, just slatted seats and a pair of supports. The slats are of course coffee stirrers, cut in half lengthways and then cut in half widthways too. The overall length of the seats is about 50-55mm.
The supports are scraps of plastic cut to a rough trapezium shape. The base of the support is 1cm, the top (supporting the slats) is 15mm and the height is a mere 1cm.
I thought I'd need at least four, but made the "extras", knowing that some would turn out better than others.
Next up was another one of those "I wonder if I could make" moments when I thought about waste bins as an added detailing feature.
I cut a strip of mesh (the car repair stuff) and wrapped it around a spile marked at 20mm to make a cylinder. The mesh was then pressed into place to make a cone and finally the bottom pieces were were pressed flat too.
(The spile is the cork like looking thing in the picture, used on the top of beer barrels to let air in).
The rubbish bins were painted black and had various small bits of paper and plastic glued into them. The base was also filed flat to sit better on the model.
The final bits I made were as shown, four picnic tables, made entirely from coffee stirrers.
The tops are half the length of a coffee stirrer (about 60mm), as are the seats. The table top is about 20mm high, the seat being about 1cm.
Construction was fairly easy and quick, most of the time spent to finish these was waiting for glue to dry.
They were painted in a similar colour to the benches above, but were given an additional highlight for contrast.
Some minor detail would be later added when they were in situ.
I did think that I'd be using all four in the park, but as things turned out I ended up only needing two for the park.

With the final few features, made and painted up, putting it all together was the next step and that will be subject of next week's blog.

That's it then for another week; I have "Dannoc", a new follower to welcome and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday 18 November 2013

Playtime (The Park part 3)

The more observant amongst you will have noted that I've actually dropped the wip part in the title, this of course is for a very good reason in so much as I've finally finished the Park !
I do however wish to show the separate bits I've made to bulking the inside of the park.
It was difficult deciding what to include (flower beds, fountains, general greenery all came to mind, but my initial thoughts were for a children's play area. I opted for just three items to be included, a swing-set, a slide and a see-saw. I thought these would be fairly easy to make out of scrap and were typical of a play area.

 The slide is entirely made from thin card but has a core of polystyrene in the solid support.
I went for a solid stairs end mainly for ease, similarly with the support rails for what really should have been typically been iron stairs (or similar).
I did miss out on a trick that I only thought about afterwards in that at the top of the slide I should have built some form of platform, this would have enabled me to have placed a figure at the top. The slide's current width of  about 20mm really prevents this.

The second piece of equipment is a see-saw, made from various bits of scrap plastic; the central cross-beam is a bit of sprue, suitably filed down.

This was another one of those models that I'd started and wished I really hadn't. It's so small and fiddly to make it look right.
The base itself is not a single piece of scrap, but two pieces glued to the central upright for added strength.

The final bit of equipment is the swings set.
The frame of this is again two bits of identical right-angled sprue glued at what looked by eye to be an appropriate angle.
I had enough space between the angles to get two actual swings in the gap without it looking complete pants.

 The slide was given a wash of filler over the rear steps before painting started.
 The pale green slide, turned into the garish yellow and green slide before I opted for the red and blue slide you seen here.
As in all my models the bright cheerful colours I had settled on were then abused with washes and splashes of various browns to represent the wear and tear of neglect on a rusting playground.

 The see-saw had two holes drilled into the upright pieces and paper clip handles, cut to size, glued into them.
Again the yellow and red turned to blue and red and was suitably "weathered".
I'd decided that the base would be painted to represent a dull concrete for contrast, rather than a rusting metal plate.
Little did I know that when starting the swings, what a veritable pain in the posterior attaching the actual chains to the uprights and the seats to the chains, would be.
The chain is from a cheap bit of jewellery, kindly donated by SWMBO (knowingly, if you were wondering) and the seats are more sprue.
I think I probably spent more time putting the chains and seats on this than I did making all of the above. The chains were eventually superglued into stiff lengths (thus it's not a working model).
Once more weathering was applied to the blue uprights (its original intended colour).

Once more that's all for this week. Next week's blog will show the elements that finish off  the Park's internal bits, featuring, once more, the use of coffee stirrers (just for Clint ).

As always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday 11 November 2013

The Park (a wip part 2)

The work on my park has been carrying on apace even though I went through my usual lethargy half-way through this project.
As can be seen from the photograph I added some greenery in the form of two strips of grass-mat (courtesy of my son) on  top of which I put two pieces of very thin soft card as templates and cut out the bits of "grass" that were beneath, the card was then glued in place.
The sections of paving on the card were inscribed using a very sharp pencil, rather than a craft knife and were then very roughly painted-in using a dark brown. You can see my usual practice of using a part of the model as a palette (in this case the front step !).
The paving area was decided upon after a great amount of thought after many other configurations.
The next picture is to show the pathways after two coats of dry-brushing.
The first was the darker of the two ("Wholemeal"), whilst the second was a highlight of "Sandstone", note the step has now ceased being used as a palette, that honour being taken up by the centre of the square in the top of the model.

The photograph on the right shows two hedgerows I added as a small bit of detailing (also giving some cover for figures, be it slight).

The hedgerows are made from rubberised horsehair, beloved of many wargamers, back in the day, when "Snickers" were called "Marathons" (bit like this project - a marathon)
I ripped them from their card bases and gave them some added life with some pva glue and flock on just their upper 'surface.

To complete the 'terrain' part of this model I added the fallen masonry inside the park walls.
The bricks came from my pot of cork bricks, suitably coloured to match the foamcard walls of the park. The broken top pieces of the wall were the actual bits cut from wall.
There still needs a bit of mud and dust added to complete the effect of course and this will be added when the completed model is "weathered", which in my view s a necessity as I really don't like pristine looking scenery.

Next week I'll be showing some of the internal bits I've made for this model and I'm currently trying to finish the final pieces before the final assemblage comes together, but I still keep coming up with bits I'd like to add !

And that's it once more, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.


Today is Remembrance day and even though I've actually not left my house in the last few days, I've still worn my poppy with pride and observed the two minutes silence with respect.

I hope you have too.

Monday 4 November 2013

The Park (A wip part 1)

The walls that I featured in last week's blog were the start of my next large project, namely a park.
For the base for the model I used a sheet of 5mm plastic, as it would give some rigidity to what I think will be a fairly fragile piece when it's finished.
On the first two photos you can see lots of lines and writing on the base, these are in fact a 1:1 scale plan of my Superdupermart that I built a while back ! 
The second photograph shows best what the strange fort-like cut-out is intended for - the entrance.
The pillars I'd made were glued into place on the sides of the base whilst the shorter walls were glued on top of the base and the taller walls were stuck to the sides of the base. The walls had to be cut to size between each individual pillar (not very accurately !).
On top of each of the walls I then glued an additional strip of 5mm foamcard with the top layer of card stripped away.
The tops of the corner columns also had another piece of card glued in place on the tops and then the foamcard squares that I showed last week were fixed on top of those. These squares I found were 5mm too large and were cut to size, once in place.
The column tops and walls were filed down to give a curved appearance and the final touch was a small plastic 'BB' ball glued to the centre of each column. A thin coating of filler was applied to all of the of the columns and the tops of the walls.
The next stage was an undercoat of tester paint from the DIY store (Wholemeal !) applied to all the brickwork. I also glued a thin piece of plastic as an additional step into the park (Sid is standing on it in the photo above).
The brickwork was painted next, staring with a very dark brown stippled randomly, followed by a slightly lighter brown, Although this doesn't really show in the end product it does give a better look to the brickwork imo and is worth the effort.
Next I dry-brushed a very deep red across all of the brickwork  followed by another dry-brushing of a more 'brick-like' red.
To finish off the effect, once thoroughly dried I applied a dusting of white filler across brushed the whole of the brickwork using my finger.
This appears on the photograph much harsher than it actually is.
The tops of the walls and pillars had a wash of dark brown applied and then success layers lighter brown highlighting applied.
The two photographs show the grass effect applied inside the model and a green terrain board the model  is sitting on - note the variation in greens even though its the same model in both pictures!
I've showed the only detailed feature of what would have been a very bland looking perimeter, a broken section of wall. This was not a mistake that I incorporated, but just something I dreamed up whilst making the model!

This venture has now been a month in the making and is nearing completion, but has a little more still to do on it. I have started on some of the internal features too, but I have been greatly distracted by trying to make other things for my next scenario, all of which will feature sometime soon.

 That's it for another week, as ever, your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.