Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Bridge Dio Part 2

Good day,

Well progressing on this dio with fall approaching there's more time to build in the man cave.

 Ground work almost all done with an assortment of Henki grass, fly bate fur , natural ground , twigs, roots, rocks from the alley, sea foam and natural dried plants. Layered on with pigments thrown into the pva. Always think two steps ahead when doing ground work. It seems to work for me.

               River bed and embankment is done with thought of natural erosion taken place.
                                                     First layer of clear casting epoxy.
 Easy Cast clear casting epoxy is the easiest medium to use when making large volumes of water that are transparent. The trick is to do layers not more than 5mm at time. I've done extensive experimenting and this seems to work the best with little heat, warping and minimal of air bubbles due to it takes about 12 hours to cure at this thickness. I add only 2 drops of Tamiya clear green , less the better.
 Measure equal amounts then add of few drops more of hardener due to this is the vessel            your poring out of.
                         Add two drops of clear green , then mix the two together for about 3 minutes.

                                        Second layer of epoxy with bridge imbedded into dio base.

 Looking good , nice tonal color, now to keep in a dust free environment for at least 12 hours with some ventilation.
 Time to work on some items to have in the river to add some interest. Maybe a fishy or two, a boat ?
                        Progress of Mantis resin fish and a Dragon models boat, not sure on the boat yet.

               Lucky, my cat knew I was doing something with "fish" , and came for a closer view.
                                          That's all for now , more updates to come shortly.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Bridge Dio Part 1

Good day once again.

Another dio in the making , this time we have a few different elements in the making of this one. The bridge itself , embankment , river elements both groundwork and water elements.

 Items used , cigar box lid for the base , packing Styrofoam, animation acetate { 10 mm}  Weldbond PVA glue , 15 minute epoxy glue , balsa sheet , balsa and base wood  pieces, ground work filler and a somewhat clean working area.

                                            Sculpted Styrofoam glued with PVA to base.
                               Backside with balsa sheeting glued with 15 minute epoxy glue.
                                           Machined wood legs attached to bottom of base.
                                           Positioning of bridge with slight overlap of base.

   Bridge in final phase of painting. Balsa and base wood structure created sometime ago. Resent   refinement added.

                                                Alignment  and perspective positioning.
Rough draft with acetate liner .
                                                               Positioning once again.

                                                           Stained backside and base.
                                             River base covered in water tight acrylic paint.

Another perspective.

                                                Added Styrofoam relief to the river base.

 Acetate glued to sides and base with 15 minute epoxy. Balsa sheeting added to sides to sandwich acetate to base.

                                                Groundwork being added to river base.
                           Balsa sheeting taped to acetate for rigidity and to prevent damage. 
Stay tuned for more coming soon.