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Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:38 am
by grinbergs
LUW wrote:I'm really curious to see how this turns out, and I love these in-progress reports!
This :) Good to see the progress.

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:39 pm
by Ozmac
Time for another update, and I've gone from cursing the Gods to being very thankful for their kind intervention.

First up, why I cursed the Gods in charge of paint selection. Ian (Jager) very helpfully suggested I buy a 250ml sample pot of Dulux Suede Effects, to create the rendered finish I need on the picture theatre walls. Off I went to our paint store, who cheerfully told me that Dulux has stopped making sample pots of Suede Effects (which were $14) and now the smallest pot I could buy would be a 1-litre tin, priced around $50. And the colour range was a bit dark for my liking too, so curse you Paint Gods!

So, I then went for plan B. Buy some baby powder ($1.75) and a tea strainer ($1), do a road test on some small foam board offcuts using the Antique White ($3) acrylic that I want. Success! Well, for my very first experiment I'm already close to what I have in mind.

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Here's the test centre ready to roll. The technique is to roll on the paint with the sponge roller, add a teaspoon of baby powder to the strainer, then tap/sprinkle baby powder evenly over the wet paint. Wait 20 seconds, then tap the test tile on the bench, to shake off 90 per cent of the baby powder.

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This is what I am ending up with, a decidedly rendered finish, in Antique White, which is a very creamy, matt white. After letting it all dry for an hour or two, I use a soft paintbrush to dust off the top layer of very dry powder, in which quite a lot more powder comes off.

This photo is at the stage just after applying the powder to the wet paint. The photos I took of the test tiles after brushing off the dried power couldn't pick up the difference at all, which to the naked eye is quite noticeable, so I thought I'd show you the effect as it appears most clearly.

I'll experiment a bit more, but I'm already pleased with this very first test run. The trick will be to figure out how thickly to layer on the powder.

And besides, my modelling shed, which also doubles as a gardening shed, has changed from smelling of its usual farmyard-style organic fertilisers into the sweet freshness of the change rooms at the Baby Health Clinic. Not sure how long that effect will last.

As I was completing my experiment, I thought of the US humour poet Ogden Nash's little rhyme: "A little bit of talcum is always walcum".

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:29 am
by Tom
What a great idea, and it's worked out very well!

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:24 am
by Jean B.
Great! The design of your art-déco cinema looks simply fantastic, and I loved to see and read about your paint/powder tests. For me these are the really thrilling things of model building, to try new techniques, combinations of materials, paints and so on and to look how everything turns out. Please go ahead and show us more :P

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:29 am
by LUW
Clever. I think that looks perfect.
And keep the updates coming!

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:51 pm
by wkennerley
I like the render effect, have you managed any progress on this.

cheers Wayne

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:21 am
by Ozmac
You're right, it has been a while! Once our scorching Australian summer cools off (and we've had quite a hot one this year) I'll be back in my shed doing model-building.

I've been sidetracked with the diorama, as I've decided to also teach myself how to build my own tiny figures from scratch, and progress has been slow. All my people are just cheap Chinese plastic people, and they're all good little figures, but I want my diorama to include some other folk as well. Maybe a young couple on a date ...

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:21 am
by IFHP
Ozmac wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:21 am
I've been sidetracked with the diorama, as I've decided to also teach myself how to build my own tiny figures from scratch, and progress has been slow.
Wow! I'll be interested to see what you come up with.

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 11:51 pm
by Ozmac
Not a lot of progress to report, just the addition of an extra 1/72 scale car ...

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It certainly looks like a humble little thing, this 1/72 scale 1936 Opel Olympia, but while I was building the plastic kit, I did some Googling ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opel_Olympia) and YouTube video watching (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8iWsUtItIM) and discovered it was a car with some genuine historical importance, from a technical standpoint.

The Olympia lays claim to being one of the first (maybe the first?) mass production cars with a monocoque construction body. Almost everything else at the time was made with a body bolted onto a chassis, but the Olympia saved weight by making the body as a steel monocoque, which is almost the universal practice in car making today.

Also, the little Opel was named the "Olympia" in honour of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which is where my Art Deco diorama takes place, so it's a perfect fit.


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Here's the Olympia with the Opel bus and the Tatra 87, the other cars in the diorama. I wanted a young couple on a date to be driving the Olympia, and when searching for a suitable model kit, I spotted the cabriolet version in the military range of Olympias. All it needed was a two-tone green-and-cream paint job, plus a handsome young couple, and it should look the part.

As our much cooler winter months are upon us I hope to make some real progress soon, but then again I'm not in a hurry. This is a hobby after all, and so time is my greatest extravagance.

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 1:23 am
by Tom
The Olympia looks great, nice choice for this diorama.

Re: An Art Deco diorama begins ...

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:11 am
by Jager
Nice choice of vehicles for the diorama Jamie. Looking forward to seeing more progress on the diorama in the coming months.