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 Posted: Thu Oct 25th, 2007 06:20 am
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Here's a little project for a wet afternoon. It's a war memorial, typical of those found in small market towns erected by the town council after WW1. I made it in an afternoon out of scrap material. It is built from balsa sheet about 3mm thick: Below I have set out what I did.









First cut 4 squares of wood. The dimensions are in the diagram below. You also need a small 1cm x 2cm high block. I used a piece cut from an old guy fawkes firework rocket stick! Go hunting after November 5th! You also need a figure or emblem to go on the top. I used an old airfix 1/72nd scale WW1 soldier figure. This I painted dark antique bronze. Once dry I highlighted the figure, by dry drushing, with a light blue/green (Humbrol 88 + matt white).

The bits of wood are stuck together as described in the diagram, painted medium grey and, when dry, dry brushed with light grey.

Once dry, stick the figure on the top. I added a plastic card name plate painted brass and a couple of swords for decoration.





There you have it. A simple afternoon project.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 25th, 2007 07:33 am
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That's a good idea, and a nice result. I just might give that a go. My dad has a statue on his - some weird middle eastern warrior :lol: but it looks good.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 25th, 2007 08:49 am
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Certainly something a little different and as you say quite common around the country. Nice one Novice.



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Nice one Novice, yet again you work your magic.
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I like that, Novice; very atmospheric. How about adding some tiny poppy wreaths around the base, just for a finishing touch? :wink:

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looks good :D will go well on a village square. this would be a good first scratch build as you won't have to worry about scale as much.

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Perry wrote:I like that, Novice; very atmospheric. How about adding some tiny poppy wreaths around the base, just for a finishing touch? :wink:

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Maybe on November 11th :lol: :lol: :lol:

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:D :D

I was giving you time to get them made and installed. :wink:

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I was about to say it's a very appropriate time of year to start this thread but then you beat me to it Novice !!

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Nice one Novice :)



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gonna put one in my town centre, great idea thanks Novice :) :) 8)

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Perry wrote:I like that, Novice; very atmospheric. How about adding some tiny poppy wreaths around the base, just for a finishing touch? :wink:

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Never one to turn down a challenge I decided to have a go. Here's how I did it. I cut a 3mm diameter slice of plastic from a piece of sprue from a kit to create a small disc. Fixed it to a cocktail stick. Put a dab of copydex glue on the plastic disc and dipped it in dark green flock. When dry I painted small blobs of matt scarlet to simulate poppies. The centre was painted in gold. Again when dry I added some very tiny black spots to simulate the poppy centres. The figure is from the old airfix trackside accessories kit. Mount wreath on memorial:





At the going down of the sun.....




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That is definately a good finishing touch!
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Yes, that really does finish it off very well. The poppy wreath looks very convincing - thanks for telling us how you made it. Plenty of room for super- detailing on something as big as 3mm across, eh?!! :shock:

Very nicely done. :)

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This has inspired me to make a cenotaph for my Tiree layout, So I went and looked up what they had on Tiree,

Sadly, I think there are, 66 names of the fallen from WW1, and a further 16 for WW2.  A surprisingly large number for a small Island.

Further research will be required before construction . It does seem that it is not far from the "invented station" on the layout..


WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.



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