Hello model builders, an update with some progress shots, first though:
Hi Cheyenne = yes....the actual "Feat" will be for me to finish this one in a way that's even close to the concept!!
Hi Mike - thanks for taking the time comment!
Hi Jason, the funny thing on this build, is I'm not much of a sci fi guy either - i just like the setting and concept of this, and it looked like it might be interesting to try and build!
Hi Bob - thanks for dropping by - hope you like the show/build!
Hi Ron - yes, this build...is going to, and is already requiring a lot of figuring out what to do as you go....but, that certainly keeps it interesting
Hi Giovanni thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment! Hopefully you find it interesting as we go!
Hi Patrick - no secret at all - the foundation is Woodland Scenic hydrocal - I mix in some Vallejo color as I'm blending it, so it becomes integrated - this allow for chipping etc without resulting in "bright white" gaps in the surface should a chip occur. The weathering is a mix of india ink and rubbing alcohol shot on to the surface from a spray bottle then quickly mottled with a wide, cheap paint brush - give it a go -
And, Matt! yes, you found it! thanks for checking by!
OK - on to some progress.
After looking at pictures of these buildings, they appear to have two primary characteristics:
First, the basic form reflects typical turn of the 19th century western commercial buildings - generally masonry or stone, but with some ornamentation - ok - I can do that.
Second though, the traditional building has an added "machine" layer - that is pipes and wires, plus architectural elements and features that are clearly additive - and not intended to blend in per se with the rest of the building - not quite as easy to figure out???
None the less, I'm giving this a go:
As this is going to be a pretty big build - I don't want it to weigh a ton - so, I'm trying a new material to me - corrugated plastic as wall panels - so far, so good, easy to use and light. Then reinforced with some basswood, and cork sheet for the facade.
Above, you'll see adding pieces of bass wood and cork sheet for some relief
After work, I've been adding more elements...an attribute of the "machine" element of these buildings are cables and wires - above you'll see the first layer. This is just four pieces of wire, added in succession - glued down and brackets added later - but, the building needs more!
And above you see more! not quite done yes, but getting there. The idea is the wood and cork is all masonry and the rest metal - you can already guess where this will go with weathering! The mesh panel is there for a few reasons - it allows me to visually narrow the street, without looking heavy, it adds variety to the skyline, the mesh might cast a nice shadow, and, it looks cool!
Ok - that's all for now, thanks for checking it out -