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 Posted: Sat Sep 12th, 2009 06:08 am
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Scratchbuilt from bits and pieces.





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Little tubs are 'crows nests' from a galleon.
The trellis is ratlines.
The gates are from a subbuteo TV tower.
The flat roof drain is from my bits boxes.
More to come soon.



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Some more detail.



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I use Lego for a number of things.
In this case they make useful planters.
Mostly the bits are ideal for strengthening the corners of buildings - and giving a good right-angle of course.



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Is that the gardener who has collapsed from all that work :question - or are you doing a scene from Midsomer Murders? ;-)



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some good tips for using bits & pieces,in fact you have just sorted my little
job for me .cheers

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Is that the gardener who has collapsed from all that work - or are you doing a scene from Midsomer Murders?

Those that follow my work will testify that anything is possible!

some good tips for using bits & pieces,in fact you have just sorted my little
job for me


Pleased to be of help.
Lots more tips to come. My definition of 'scratchbuilt' is using something in a different way to its original purpose.
Like many modellers, I have a room full of bits and pieces which 'might be useful'.



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Sorry Peter, I missed This thread :oops:

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It's emminently missable!
Not as weird as most of my stuff.
I prefer the Scrap Yard with two men having a scrap or
Various Timber Yards with a great deal of punning in the signs.

Each to his/her own.
Do we have lady members?



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Yes, at least two lady members; Vinny Sue & Madkitten Nikki

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Thanks Ron.
Just so I know to be PC.



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ddolfelin wrote:


Each to his/her own.
Do we have lady members?


Yes Peter 4/5

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What is the PC way of addressing four fifths of a lady?



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make sure you have had 1/5th of scotch !!!!

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I'm sure they are not that bad.



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How have you made the flowers and bushes, and the tall grasses, as they look hand made ?

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Thanks for the interest, Alan.

In this instance I have (so far) used preserved vegetation stolen from a huge arrangement given to us by a friend with more money than taste.

This is one of the disadvantages of showing step by step progress.
The 'flowers' and 'plants' are by no means finished.
They have been soaked in pva and given a green acrylic undercoat.

Other planting will be even more unusual.
I have a Jomo type African fly whisk which is gradually losing its fibres to supply passable vegetation (eg pampas grass etc.).
Proprietary Sea Moss, Scatter, etc. will also be used.



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So are you saying that you start this process by covering the base product (ie tall grass ) in pva ?

Do you then paint and stick foliage onto that ?

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It varies by diorama.
In this case I have well defined containers - crows nests and Lego.
I put generous blobs of pva glue into them, then cram 'foliage' to fill.
This sticks the plants to the containers and to themselves.
A problem to be avoided is the migration of materials from where one wants them (especially if they are to be posted) and so I take extra care to ensure that everything is well glued.
The final painting (usually with acrylics) also helps with this.

So the answer to the question is more or less yes!
I think I have put a picture of a Garden Centre on my website which may illustrate things better.



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It just sounds like a good '' how to do it'' and if it also had photos' would make it a lot easier for some to follow.

Another question, with all of your figures, how do you get the body parts to move, so that they are in the position that you want, do you put them in hot water

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