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WIP 101ST AIRBORNE AT CARENTAN, JUNE 1944

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Steve Ski, Nov 20, 2022.

  1. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Thanks, John. More coming soon;)
  2. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    A slight delay as I relearn my airbrush and liquid maksing techniques. Back at it shortly.
  3. Henk A Fixture

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    I'll be back at my flat tonight, I'll dig out some references. Don't get carried away with the masking liquid yet. The Krad was rarely camouflaged in the traditional way.
  4. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Too late, Amigo, been working it for some time now. It will be interesting to see what you find. Thanks for the look.
  5. Henk A Fixture

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    Hi Steve. This to add to my PM. You could add the Le to decal 25. 20221129_184820.jpg
  6. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Excellent intel, Henk! Thanks, Buddy!
  7. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Loo, Kybo, Camode, Privy

    Or is it just an outhouse? There are many names for taking care of business, but I’m calling this an “outhouse”. This little insignificant addition should bring the scenario to life and help tell the story. A very simple build using ½”x1/16” strips of pine milled on the band saw, plus a few other square strips of various dimensions. The hardware was made form sheet copper with copper wire for hinge pins and sewing pins were cut to size for attachment bolts. This took only a few days to knock out and was a nice diversion.

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    I made the potty bucket from sheet pewter and copper wire. Just a simple design since it won’t be seen up close.

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    After the structure was complete, I gave the entire build a wash of Burnt Sienna with a touch of Cadmium Orange oils. I coated all over, inside and out, to make sure the base tone was visible throughout. Next began the sun beat worn effect using Burnt Umber and Raw Sienna with Mig’s pigments, white or light tones only. Several Burnt Umber tinted washes were applied to slowly bring out a sun beat dusty appearance.

    I had never done wood weathering with pigments in the past and found this method very simple with great results. It will now be a standard for my tool box of techniques.

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    Since this outhouse is intended to appear well used and having been in service for some time, I had to beat it up just a little, but not too much. I also wanted to bring out the weathering often found in wetter climates such as areas in Northern France. I tried to not overdo it, but I think this will work out just fine. Mig’s Slimy Grime Light and Dark came in handy for the subtle mold and mossing effects.

    No outhouse would be complete without a few newspapers inside, not only for reading material, but for taking care of business. Reading material was printed from photos of WWII French newspapers found on line.

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    Once the outhouse is attached to the base, I will add boot prints and a bit more dusting, but for now, it will be set aside awaiting final installation.


    Thanks for watchin. Cheers, Ski.
  8. Henk A Fixture

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    That is an outstanding khazi Steve. I'm really looking forward to what scene you are developing.
    I would cut up the bottom of the door a bit, with a scalpel, these wooden doors seem to rot really quick at the bottom.
    Love the newspapers.
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  9. Dolf Well-Known Member

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    Way to go, buddy!

    I like your "outhouse" a lot!

    Looking forward to see what's up next.

    Cheers!

    Dolf
  10. Nap A Fixture

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    Ski

    Just brilliant work on the outhouse , love the thinking behind it .......and yes I googled , interesting ref the crescent denoting a " ladies " version , apparently a moon was a gentleman's

    From Today I found out , written by Kark Smallwood

    "Supposedly before the adoption of the more familiar male and female bathroom symbols, it was common to use a crescent moon to denote that an outhouse was for women and a sun to denote that it was an outhouse for men. This supposedly being a nod to the fact that women have long being associated with the moon and men supposedly with the sun."

    Like the newspapers and " weathering "on the bucket

    This is a lot of fun to follow ......

    Happy benchtime

    Looking forward to seeing more

    Nap
  11. 1969 A Fixture

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    Fantastic piece of modelling Ski, looks like that pan has had some hard use :D Also looks like someone needs to improve their aim judging by the dribble marks. Great effects with the weathering, very effective technique.
    Cheers
    Steve
  12. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Thanks, Henk and Dolf!


    Thanks, Kevin.

    So I recon Jerry should be quite embarrassed for being caught in the ladies Loo, eh? Spot on, this plays right into the narrative perfectly and makes it that much more hilarious! Great intel, Kevin, you get a "gold star" for that one, Buddy!

    Thanks, Stevo. I didn't want to get too carried away with the mess, but it happens, lol. I need to do a bit of fading on the newspaper though, just minor work.
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  13. NigelR Active Member

    Brilliant stuff! Mind you, that outhouse is far too clean compared to some of the rustic public toilets I have seen in France........:)
  14. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Well dang, Nigel, I was going for the proper family Loo, HA!

    A slight oversite, nail heads missing, so they are now on and I will make a toilet seat. Nobody has volunteered to use the bucket, ...yet.:eek:
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  15. Warren SMITH Well-Known Member

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  16. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Thanks, Buddy!
  17. MarquisMini A Fixture

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    Very nice , these figures are well detailed (y)
  18. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    Yes they are, they look great.
  19. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    OPR, Oil Paint Rendering

    This trac-bike has been on the bench for a few weeks now getting a work over. I won’t go into too much detail on this portion of the dio, but just a minor update on progress. The real issue with this kit is the forks and the tracks, they are weak, IMHO. No worries, the worst is past, now the fun part, painting and weathering.

    Using Mike Rinaldi’s “Tank Art” book series I am stepping away from the traditional weathering approach and trying something new, or at least to me it is. Oil Paint Rendering, or OPR for short, which is very thoroughly explained in book #4, German Armor. The SBS sequence is located at the end of chapter in each book for quick reference making for a pretty slick arrangement of the steps to follow.

    Being an oiler at figure painting already, this OPR method is right up my alley. This really is a simple process, but it just takes a bit of practice, like everything else in this “Sport”.

    I picked up the first four books a few years back, so now I’m ready to give it a go and see if I can incorporate this OPR method to its fullest. Kudos to Mike for such a well written and illustrated set of what I would consider essential volumes for armor geeks. Mike’s books can be found here: https://www.rinaldistudiopress.com/

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    Off we go,……….. This current camo pattern is not exactly accurate, but close enough for my purposes. My airbrush talents are lacking, so a true hand sprayed on pattern would have been a dismal disaster. I’ll run with this one and carry on. I did use elastic masking putty from AK Interactive. This stuff is great, my first time using it, but it’s rather tricky in tight spaces or on delicate details, so be aware of that if you’ve never used it. I also used the hairspray method for the chipping sequence. I still have a long way to go to feel comfortable with this method, but the possibilities are incredible. The biggest issue being “less is more” when it comes to chipping. It’s too easy to get carried away with the process and trash all that prior work only to end up with a redo.

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    So, as you can see there has been appreciable progress, but’s it’s slow going, especially learning a new technique and not wanting to jack it up, lol. I will use some pigments for mud work, but not much. I want to blend and fade using the oils and get the rust and dirt streaks down correctly. I’ll post the end results when it’s finished, but remember, I’m working to get to the AB figures, this is just a necessary next step to reach that goal.

    Thanks for watchin. Cheers, Ski.
  20. Dolf Well-Known Member

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    Happy modeling!
    It all leads to that...

    Cheers!

    Dolf

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