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All things diorama and modelling.

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love this shit. anyone done any resin casting? whats the best method?
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>>8630381
>$1.13
theres some damn cheap modelling stuff on there.
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Total noob here. Is there a good pdf or YT tutorial on how to construct babby's first diorama? I just want to do something simple like distressed brick/stone walls and steps. I have some modelling and painting experience but not with xps foam or foamboard yet.
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>>8632910
But the shipping is expensive. I ended up paying almost €5 per piece.
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>>8632897
I've worked with epoxy resin for shallow pools of water for miniature terrain and even recasted pieces for my wargaming using home made silicone molds.

What exactly are you trying to accomplish as that might make things easier to narrow down. Water effects and recasting spare parts are very different in their approach.
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>>8633057
XPS foam is pretty simple to work with. You can easily trace out the brick shape with a pen/pencil and use a hobby knife to make cuts and indentations, followed by rolling over them with crumpled tin foil or a rock to add some texture by rolling over it.

Here's a video by a miniaturist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwONnXEv4Bk
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Been working on a thing. It fits snuggly over a coffee table from Walmart and I've been working on it in sections. There'll likely be another level on each of the buildings. The rounded door will have a staircase going down into an implied lower level. Some kind of free standing outpost. And it'll have some vents and pipes coming out of the side and like an air-dock for small ships. Just needed to give myself a big project so I don't go crazy.
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>>8633119
Here's the stairs by themselves. I think they turned out pretty well.
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>>8633135
That's really good. How did you make it?
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>>8633199
Sure here's a rough step by step:
>It's just glued together pink foam like in the first picture.
>roll a wad of rolled up tin foil over the foam to give it cement texture and drawn in cracks.
>Then I spray it with gray primer, it doesn't eat into it if you do a few light layers first and let it dry.
>Then I use various other spray paints, a little tan, a little brown.
>A light coat of that splatterly, rock texture spray paint
>then I give the whole thing a black wash with extremely watered down black acrylic
>You gotta do the whole thing at once and quickly because the water will make the bits of stone texture come off, so you want them to dry in place. Although you can also kind of push them around to get different build up texture. The black wash dries cool around the bits of the texture paint. You can see it on like the flat floor part of the stairs.
>then I dry brush white on to it build up highlights
>then I use watered down brown and tan to put the dust and dirt in the corners and edges.
>then I glue on the plant bits.
>the wood parts are just built out of like skewers and popsicle sticks and soaked in the same black wash.
>and the corrugated roof is from plastic meant for that from the model train shop.
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>>8633255
Also, I always try to keep in mind how water moves or where it would drip from. So I usually put drip marks with the black wash down from like the wooden posts or pools of it on the steps. And I make sure the dirt wash builds up in the corners since real dust and dirt would build up in there, too.
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>>8633255
Cool, thanks. I was going to ask about washes. I have GW Nuln Oil but that's expensive when working at this scale.
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>>8633096
I'd probably just start with some small pools of water for a model I'm starting. It's a bit daugniting though as theres so much that can go wrong with resin.
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>>8633119
Do you have a youtube channel? I swear I've seen that water tower before...
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>>8634526
Nope. But I've posted it on Instagram before.
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>>8633057
Black magic craft on yt is good for begginers. He just released a video thats relevant.
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>>8633119
Ooh! It looks like the set from "get the gringo" starring mel gibson
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I liberated some Kallax insets that were going to get thrown out. They are missing the doors. I’m planing on using them to make a foldable room-box that fits into a Kallax shelf.
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>>8634966
What’s your insta?
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Ma first diorama!
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>>8640404
looking good!
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>>8637812

Made some progress on the Kallax roombox.
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>>8644095
Looking good, if your interested, at craft/hobby stores, they sell textured paper, like you can get tile or even wood floors.
They're like super cheap too, like $1 a sheet.
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>>8642411
matilda...on snakeyes = Gali! (Battle Angel Alita)
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>>8633119
This is really good. I love how the set design would work for taking a photo while creating depth and believable spaces. You can do a lot with camera angles and bokeh.

I suck at set design. Pic related is my work. Its not as dynamic in photogrpahs as I would like it to be because it lacks the element of believable depth. Its a bit of a one trick pony. Im trying to add more elements to create depth and good camera angles.
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>>8644743
If you don’t mind suggestions, I’d say putting a row of modular “shops” lengthwise, facing the shops you already have. That way you can take pics down the street in the middle, or create little alleyways between the modular shops by spacing them. It’ll also let you remove those buildings for whatever need you have.

Aside from that, I’m partial to the cyberpunk look, so I’d say more neon signs, billboards, posters, graffiti, trash and grime. Also some paint details to make things look a bit more lived in.
But if you’re going for a new space station look, that might not be what you’re looking for.
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>>8644774
Im definitely going for the cyberpunk look.

Im waiting for the hacker groups to unpack the resource files for cyberpunk 2077 so I can steal the ads/sings textures and convert them to pngs. Then ill plaster it all over the place.
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>>8644922
damn that's a good idea.
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>>8633135
Thats fucking sick. Great inspo anon
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>>8644922
That sounds great. Make sure to show us when you’re done! I’m really interested to see it.
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>>8644154
Thanks. I’m actually using this vinyl floor I got from AliExpress. I didn’t have enough but I’ve ordered more.
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Merry christmas lads;
https://youtu.be/vQOXLuhe2S4
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>>8645160
I was able to pull png's out of the cyberpunk game archives but they are low res. The real high res textures must be encoded and hidden somewhere...
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>>8633135
Looks fucking shit.

Nah could you imagine. Nice work.
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>>8644743
Ah, this is sick. I already like what you've got going better than mine. Might have to rethink where I'm putting stuff. Maybe just something taller in the back where the stairs were.

Or make another.

Were you also inspired by Empire Toy Works?

>>8647378
>>8645137
Thanks.

>>8637895
@barricadeprime It's mostly just toy shots while out walking, though. I don't actually do a lot of dios.
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So I did this one earlier this year. Wasn't very happy with the trees but it was my first try. Look too much like bud. So they will be torn out and redone. I actually had an offer from someone to buy this one but turned it down.
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>>8647574
Aww, I love it in the helmet and the casings really pull it together. The trees do look a bit like weed, but I'd call it a great first attempt. And at least the trees will be easy to remove and replace.
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>>8646501
The floor is done. I’m thinking of making removable wall panels now so I can complete change the look of the room when I want.
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>>8649329
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>>8646755
a classic
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>>8649330
This is nice fuckin work anon. Thinking of doing anything on the walls besides that door?
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>>8649510
Yes, I want to make various panels with different color and textures, wallpaper, brick, etc. Maybe I could incorporate windows and backgrounds into the panels to. Also thinking of using magnets to put up paintings and posters.
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>>8632897
>best method
Just look up youtube stuff. Usually you make a frame around your finished model, partially fill it up slowly with your resin mix, then use a controlled burn with a torch or similar to get rid of some of the air bubbles, fill it up more, burn etc, then once it's done you cut off the rough edges with a model knife/boxcutter/whatever, fix the top with modeller's wave effects.

Professional resin casting where you really don't want any bubbles involves vacuum chambers and pressure pots but that's a) expensive) and b) arguably not a good fit for dioramas anyway.
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>>8647463
>@barricadeprime

Wait, is pic related yours???
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>>8644743
Damn bro. This is fucking cool. Love it.
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Hmm hmm hmm, what to build. I'm thinking a shop storefront, maybe an antiques shop or used electronics shop. Just need to wait for the plasticard to come.
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Is there a simple way of removing the paper layer from foamboard? Would wetting it slightly or using heat deform the foam?
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>>8659881
Rubbing alcohol takes the paper off of the cheap Dollar Tree foamboard easily. Higher quality foamboard takes more work.
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>>8651730
Ah, yep, sure is. From a long time ago. Took that picture in a field at my grandparents'.
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>>8632881
the tilt shift meme can die now, I want to see all the fucking DETAIL
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Anybody have ideas for a 1:18 pagoda roof?
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Brit here - Wanting a good sauce of "pink foam' 'xps" ect - i cannot seem to find anything in the uk that all the US youtubers ect recommend - i want something i can cut with a sharp knife without it being completely ruined (i dont have a hot wire cutter0
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>>8663920
I use these guys:
https://bluefoam.co.uk/
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>>8632897
Thin stream from a high altitude. Gets a lot of bubbles out
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>>8664318
>https://bluefoam.co.uk/

What size/amount would you recommend buying? Im wanting to build everything from cliffs to buildings
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>>8664351
For mountains you'll want the thickest foam and carve into it. You could also try putting some hardening material like plaster over newspaper to make hills and stuff, might be cheaper. For buildings some of the thinnest foam would be best, it glues together smoothly and if painted you wont see a seal. You might also wanna try plasticard for buildings, this is thinner than the foam still, and can be bought cheaply.
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My first attempt at a brick wall. I slipped out in a bunch of places but I figured out it wouldn’t bee too noticeable or just look like normal wear with some paint.
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>>8666378
Painted.
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>>8666383
In the room.
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>>8666383
That looks really good.
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>>8666378
Is that XPS foam?
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>>8666615
It’s foamboard.
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>>8666378
Did you carve the bricks by hand?
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>>8666672
Yes, that’s why the bricks are a a bit irregular. Next time I’ll measure and carve more carefully.
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>>8666956
where is the furniture from?
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>>8666994
The Eames Lounge chair is from the Reac Design Chair collection either from eBay or HLJ, the Noguchi Coffee Table is from Etsy, and the cabinet is from Aliexpress.
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Beginner here. Anyone know some good kits that scale well with 1/12 stuff? Preferably house based stuff.
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>>8667235
Hasegawa has some kits of school desks, park benches, foldable chairs and tables (that don’t actually fold up), restaurant tables and chairs, etc.
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>>8667304
I've got a few of those in my cart with a couple of Re-Ment kits. Any other suggestions? Kinda figure I'll need a scaled house for them.
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>>8668163
What are you trying to do?
If you are want a dollhouse you can look for 1/12 scale dollhouse furniture. There’s lots out there.
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War of the Worlds Classic
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Temp setup for now until my display cabinets arrive
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>>8667235
>>8667304
Does anyone know of furniture in 1/18 scale?
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Ok, I textured this sheet of XPS and undercaoted it black. How do i paint it to make it look like n old, broken-up concrete wall? I have acrylic paints and a can of grey primer.
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>>8669861
Get references first.
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>>8669880
I want it to look kind of like this.
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grandparents are gone and I got the hand-made dollhouse with working lights they put together. It's an amazing piece, with crazy intricate tiny furniture and brickwork done with tiny bricks and mortar. but the carpets and walls are horrible. I don't want to hurt the house, but how do I go about tearing out the carpet and wallpaper without hurting it?
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>>8670228
post pics plz
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Anyone know if the Nano Room kits scale well with 1/12 figures?
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>>8644743
This is sweet! Add sidewalks and it's gonna pop.
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>>8670000
I would mix several shades of gray and first paint the whole thing dark gray, let it dry and the dry brush the lighter shades on top. I’m not sure about those scratches on your wall. What would cause a bunch of scratches of roughly the same size and depth and mostly going in the same direction on a concrete wall? Look at references of real old concrete and think about what kind of damage you want to depict.
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>>8666493
Next I am going to make a stone wall with this slab of xps. I’m going to make it reversible. One side will be “ouside” with a big old wooden door and the other a dungeon interior.
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What’s a good glue for XPS foam? Preferably something that’s available in Europastan.
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I have absolutely no place to put minutures like this and no desire to make them but this thread is fucking cool. You guys are doing some cool shit.
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>>8669304
Ive seen one like this that my uncle built, must've been in the 70s or 80s. Was it from a kit or set?
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I'm working on a Nippon tower dio. If y'all got any ideas I'd love to hear em. I'll be making some wooden balconies for the interior next.
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>>8680748
“Nippon Tower” just returns pictures of Tokyo tower. Is this based on a real building?
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>>8681302
Not that I know of. I'm surrounding it with dystopic megacity stuff.
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So im not to PC savey, I have my first diorama im hoping to get feedback on, but the file size is too large. Is there a way to compress it?
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>>8682081
right click, edit (in paint), save as jpeg
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>>8674164
I decided to order the Proxxon wire cutter BlackMagicCraft recommends after murdering a sheet trying to cut it with a knife. I guess I’ll be making more dioramas.
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>>8682145
Thanks. I bought the hobby lobby Diorama kit for this. I usually build Gunpla but figured what the hell. First attempt, so any feedback is welcome
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>>8682244
I think the trees are too small actually
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>>8682254
making dioramas of decaying modern or future stuff is the most based thing you can do.
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I bought a can of Rust-oleum textured spray paint to make concrete walls and floors using xps and foamboard, over an acrylic basecoat. anyone used this before?
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I want to make scenery like the abandoned city in Tenet, how would I go about this? XPS foam slabs?
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>>8684248
Yeah, it was kinda shiddy. Light color, and not much coverage.
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>>8684256
Unless you’re confortable with another material, like wood, that’s probably your best bet. How what scale is it going to be? You could use foamcore.
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>>8670228
If you steam small sections piecemeal you might be able to avoid warping it, and it'll soften the paper and carpet allowing you to remove it.
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>>8661488
3D printing.
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>>8686484
1/18 scale. I have some foamcore but it seems too thin for this.
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>>8674164
I got the foam cutter and cut the foam to fit into the shelf. Now I’m thinking about the placement and size of the door.
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>>8688234
Then definitely consider XPS foam. I’m a noob myself but with the right tools and after watching some tutorials I’m confident I can make what I have in mind with it.
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>>8640404
Nice. Have you considered adding some moss or grass growing between cracks?
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I made this for my spawn figure out of pink isolation foam, dollar tree Halloween skulls, milliput in the base and the big floating skull horns and details, the spike are does cheap spikes for bbq, I think I cm out decent for my first ever "diorama"
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>>8688813
I cut out the hole for the door, made some steps and I’m using an egg cartons to make the arch.
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>>8690623
What did you use to add texture?
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>>8691297
Making the door.
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>>8691846
exacto knife, dreamer, but for the most part I used a foam cutter.
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>>8691851
Painting now.
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>>8693260
And it’s almost done. I just need to add some hardware to the door.
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>>8693405
One more try
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>>8680748
Looks huge. Is it a cabinet or something?
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>>8693408
I’m making the backside now. I tried a different pattern for the walls. Next time I will try to make the door a modular element so there can be a cell or a tunnel behind.
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>>8664318
Does anyone know a good source of xps foam in the Netherlands? I don’t want to have to buy huge quantities, just a sheet or two.
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>>8682254
>>8682244
So im curious on this build guys-what could i have done different? Anything I did well? Hoping to get some constructive criticism for my first diorama build.
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>>8698135
I’d like to see something that indicates scale. Are those trees? Bushes? Putting some more obvious trees would help sell the scale of the mecha.
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>>8698181
Thanks, my thoughts exactly. Im happy with the gundam,but the things that were suppose to be trees look like yea, bushes. Was thinking of putting the lil pilot that comes with kits somewhere. Is there a certain tree/technique in particular that you think would work better? Because the ones i have are me just grabbing clumps and rolling them into "trees" and then spraying them down with a bottle of glue/ water mix. Everything in the pics is stuff that came in the Hobby Lobby Diorama kit
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>>8701122
I think the main thing I would do is make trunks for the trees. I’m sure you can buy tiny trees for like model railroads but you could also make some with wire.
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>>8693408
This is very good. Good job.
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>>8646501
Where's the tiny Eames chair from?
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>>8632897
Complete idiot beginner here
I've never made a diorama of any type before, but I love the look of these flooded resin casting things. Want to make one myself, and did a quick (terrible) concept sketch. Essentially just an underwater plane crash site, with the plane in a few pieces and some vegetation, rocks, and wreckage scattered on the seabed. Have a few questions though, because I have no idea how this works.
-Is this even a reasonable thing for a beginner to tackle? Or is it way too complex?
-Where would I go about finding a small-ish (2-3 inches?) but somewhat detailed model jet airliner?
-How much would something like this cost, assuming I have no materials or supplies already? Any chance I could keep it under, say, $50?
-Would it be possible to have a little boat on the water's surface or would that just sink into the resin as it sets?
-Is there anything else I should know beforehand/any questions I'm too dumb to have even thought of?
Thanks for any help, these scale models have always been really impressive for me so it'd be neat to make and have one.
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>>8705398
It’s from the Reac designer chair collection. I don’t recall if I got it from Ebay or HLJ.
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>>8705500
>-Is this even a reasonable thing for a beginner to tackle? Or is it way too complex?
it'll be fine if you take care and follow the rules on the resin box.

>-Where would I go about finding a small-ish (2-3 inches?) but somewhat detailed model jet airliner?
Look online for 1:500 or 1:600 scale and take your pick

>How much would something like this cost, assuming I have no materials or supplies already? Any chance I could keep it under, say, $50?
The most expensive thing will probably be the aircraft model, if you can get the resin cheaply you should still be about under $50 though.

>-Would it be possible to have a little boat on the water's surface or would that just sink into the resin as it sets?
wait for the resin to set until its nearly solid then put the boat on top. If it sticks out too much then pour another small amount of resin on top until it comes up to the boat's height. You could also let the resin set completely then put the boat on then add a little bit more resin, this'll probably be easier as you don't have to keep checking how hard the resin is.

>Is there anything else I should know beforehand/any questions I'm too dumb to have even thought of?
You'll probably want to add some kind of ink or colouring to your resin as most resin is clear. Glue the aircraft to the bottom first so it doesn't float up in the resin. As the resin sets it'll create air bubbles on the surface. You MUST get rid of these or they'll set like that and mess up your creation, either blow on them through a straw or use a lighter to pop them with heat. To contain the resin when you pour it, its probably best to glue plastic to each side of your model creating a plastic box around it. The glue and plastic can be sanded or filed off, whereas a resin spill might mess up the whole model.

These are some good tutorials
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTtgwS-g9iY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGmFOnSGjrA
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>>8705500
>>8707387
also at the end of the first video you see him putting on the gel to create waves. If you don't want to buy some special water effects product like hes using you might be able to get away with using clear drying pva glue or disturbing the resin on top when its almost dry to create these wave efffects.
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>>8702408
Thank you. It’s very useful for toy photography and display. I’ll definitely be making more.
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>>8705651
>Reac designer chair collection
That was a nice collection of stuff there, I regret not getting more back when they were on amiami for cheap. I did get a pair of the DC-3 models, I'll post when I get a chance.
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Is this the thread for building model houses or is there a more appropriate one? I have an interest in architecture and would like to start fooling around with models but I have no idea where to start.





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