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Somewhere North
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Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2020 - 04:25 PM UTC
Hey Nick,
Surprised I never saw this earlier. Musta been the title "Up North" which gave the impression of Alaska or somethng...lol. No wars there in quite awhile.

Having said that....your craftsmanship and eye for realism in detail. Just wow. Was doing a T-62M with ERA and kinda lost steam after doing the external plumbing. Then I saw this. Well I mean...awesome stuff! Cannot wait for your next update. Has inspired me to dust off the old shelf queen and have at it again!

Regards,
Johannan
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Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2020 - 06:12 AM UTC
Hi Jerry and Edo-

Yes, the fun of putting lots of time into a project, and then, deciding what to do with it when you're done. This morning I tried to do some dismantling, saving parts here and there.

This was essentially a fail. Tracks from tracked vehicles stay on the mat, and not the vehicle. Tires and wheels from trucks/HMMWVs flying - figures...weapons and limbs snapping off or breaking. I think the reality is to just toss them. It was not cool to snap off MATV and Buffalo tires/wheels....ugh -along with trying not to destroy bar armor and RPG nets. It turns out I did a pretty good job of attaching the parts to the base.

It seems at this point, having fun building and discussing them here, and some photos is what I'll be left with. Otherwise, the junkatorium that is my work space will stay just that. Maybe later today, I'll continue with the task of tearing down and throwing away.

Adding to the importance of this process and a real decision, is my work space was originally intended and used for real work - that is, a big drawing board, place for a laptop, easy access to power, and room for layout, reports, and plans. The space simply won't suffice as it sits today, and yes, I need to start working there again. So, whether I like it or not, it's time to tear this stuff down and rebuild a work space.

Ok - happy model building.

Cheers
Nick

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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 06:29 PM UTC
i dont know why i just discovered this thread....
in my opinion this should be reported to the moderator of the forum, as you forgot the first rule of the forum: always put a big warning in your pics to tell it is a model and not the real thing, if not people could get confused as i did....



great build sir, hat off!

ciao
edo
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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 06:48 AM UTC

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Hello Jerry, and model building friends,

Thanks for the positive words!

As you can see by the date on this, it's been a while since I did any dio work. But, I'm getting in the mood again. Regarding these big dios - they are fun to build, eat all sorts of time, are challenging and fun, and, with some luck, can result in a nice build. They are also simply big, and take up a lot of space. I've kept building, but have been focused on cars. At this point, I'd like to finish a car or two, and get back to dios.

Now though, I'm the "proud owner" of, well, lots of built models - some, err, might even say "junk!" and need to get rid of some. They just take up too much room!

There's a photographer, Lori Nix, who builds and photos some outrageous dios - I mean they are something. I saw a video she did about them, and more importantly what she does with them when she's done - which is simply to tear them down and throw them away. She's a photographer, not a model builder per se (though if you see her work, she builds one heck of a model) and her goal is to get photos.

I realized I enjoy building these, but when they're done, that's it - they're done. I need to decide which to keep, dios and models, and which to toss. My place looks like the island of lost models! I also have a handful of old model rr engines etc that are collecting dust - what a mess! my work space, is a cluttered mess!

SO - I plan to tear some of the dios apart and toss them along with a few cars. Mind you, they are nice, but...see above - what a mess!

Once all of this is sorted, I'll finally finish the Bladerunner dio and start something new!

OK, I feel better! Maybe committing to cleaning house via this post, will be enough to get me off of my butt and get this moving!

Cheers, and happy model building!

Nick



Very interesting intersection of events !
First of all,nice to see you back brother !
Just 2 days ago I broke down some old Ardennes dios and binned them. Saved a few items for later use or nostalgia. I do this periodically for much the same reason you do !
J
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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 06:40 AM UTC
Hello Jerry, and model building friends,

Thanks for the positive words!

As you can see by the date on this, it's been a while since I did any dio work. But, I'm getting in the mood again. Regarding these big dios - they are fun to build, eat all sorts of time, are challenging and fun, and, with some luck, can result in a nice build. They are also simply big, and take up a lot of space. I've kept building, but have been focused on cars. At this point, I'd like to finish a car or two, and get back to dios.

Now though, I'm the "proud owner" of, well, lots of built models - some, err, might even say "junk!" and need to get rid of some. They just take up too much room!

There's a photographer, Lori Nix, who builds and photos some outrageous dios - I mean they are something. I saw a video she did about them, and more importantly what she does with them when she's done - which is simply to tear them down and throw them away. She's a photographer, not a model builder per se (though if you see her work, she builds one heck of a model) and her goal is to get photos.

I realized I enjoy building these, but when they're done, that's it - they're done. I need to decide which to keep, dios and models, and which to toss. My place looks like the island of lost models! I also have a handful of old model rr engines etc that are collecting dust - what a mess! my work space, is a cluttered mess!

SO - I plan to tear some of the dios apart and toss them along with a few cars. Mind you, they are nice, but...see above - what a mess!

Once all of this is sorted, I'll finally finish the Bladerunner dio and start something new!

OK, I feel better! Maybe committing to cleaning house via this post, will be enough to get me off of my butt and get this moving!

Cheers, and happy model building!

Nick
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 02:17 AM UTC
Yep,you just can't beat those outdoor pics ! That is yet another giant and yet still detailed dio from you. Looks super!
So now we wait for the next spectacular build to unfold !!
J
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 01:59 AM UTC
Nick I'm just in awe!
The outdoor lighting is superior, IMHO, and as it happens a natural light source highlights everything, even the flaws and imperfections. But I fail to notice any w/ your dios. Everything seems balanced and easy to follow. Brilliant stuff man!

To consider that, just for example w/ the figures each individual unit had to be: the pose thought out, parts cobbled together, assembled, tweaked, filled, primed, touched up, painted, blended, wash rinse repeat etc etc over and over, then carefully positioned in the scene w/ consideration to other objects and figures. Really quite inspiring for me as well, as I always enjoy medium to large to ex-large dioramas full of goodies.
And these should be in published form, Zon is right about that.


Sincerely
Dave
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 05:55 AM UTC
Hi guys -- thanks for taking some time to leave some good words. I'm glad I tried a bit harder to get some better images of this - - it took a lot of time to get it together!

Hi Peter - you know, I think these and I suppose most projects require some balance - between some good, high quality parts in key places, and if not used everywhere, some time and effort spent to get the other less fancy - to "demonstrate convincing realism" - I like that phrase. To Peter's root point - I'd go broke if ALL of the parts were coming as - is from shops - the scratch work is fun to do, and saves on the money!

Dave! - hi, it's been a while - nice to hear from you and thanks!

Hi Zon - thanks for the nice words - they're appreciated! As for writing a book...well - this is strictly a hobby - being done in order to avoid deadlines and work responsibility - lol -

HI Nacho - thanks - yeah - it would have been pretty disappointing to not be able to figure out how to take some decent pics of this build!

Hi Cheyenne - ha! yes - that bee - another of the surprises that comes from outdoor pics - ha ha -

Hi Tim - ha- the "drone" lol - yep - that not to scale bee - looks like a prop from a sci fi movie! lol

Hi John - thanks for taking a minute to drop by - - I appreciate your positive words very much! thanks

Hi Gino and Matt - yes -the truck - Matt's right - it is either a Fujimi or Aoshima 1/32 I modified:





As you can see above, I cut the drive axle portion of the chassis off, and inserted another drive axle, scratch built the chassis filler and, miraculously, was able to keep all six wheels touching the ground- The trailer was part of a Takom combo kit - I dint use the tractor because I never once saw a pic of it in region - hence, the commercial hauler.

HLJ usually keeps a good collection of 1/32 trucks - As I knew I was going to be cutting and reworking the appearance etc of the kit didn't matter too much

thanks for having a look -

cheers
Nick



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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 08:05 PM UTC

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It looks awesome Nick. Great job. Whad did you use for the tractor hauling the tank transporter?



My guess is one of the 1/32 scale Fujimi or Aoshima offerings....
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 07:35 PM UTC
It looks awesome Nick. Great job. Whad did you use for the tractor hauling the tank transporter?
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 07:02 PM UTC
Great work, Nick! Another really huge effort on your part and it shows, Brother. Congratulations on another masterpiece, man.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 06:26 PM UTC
Hey Nick, having only just recovered my equilibrium after you posted the previous batch of stunners Im back on the floor with this latest batch mercy, gimme a break! Im with Zon, whens the book coming out?

I think the tweeting guy just misunderstood an order to find the biggest drone around.

Anyhoo hows not-Blade Runner going?
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 04:27 PM UTC
Beautiful work Nick !!!
Just amazing details on all aspects of the build .
How much did you have to pay the bee ? ........... such a cool coincidence while photoing , unless it's the bee pin off a bottle of Barenjager .
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 04:05 PM UTC
You got it Nick!!!!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM UTC
Really great work, Nick. You should really consider publishing a book of your work. I'd buy it for sure.

Happy Modeling,
Zon
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 05:41 AM UTC
You just keep knockin em outta the park Stick!!! Fabulous work... Id take all your shots outside from now on! They always fool my eye, every time...

Way to go Nick.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 04:52 AM UTC
Ah, proof that you can build amazing and expansive dioramas without a huge price tag! Those sound like wonderful discounts you got.

Thanks for the explanations, Nick! Great work!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 03:09 AM UTC
HI guys - thanks for taking a few minutes

Hi Kurt and Charles - yes guys - two model builders who really inspire me! always pushing into new territory - thanks for the words - I appreciate them!

Hi Peter -

First, thanks!

I've seen you refer to "wealthy" before - I'm not sure of exactly what that means - whether it means the expense of money or time!
I'm guilty of the latter! I not sure if a full on build necessarily equates to gross expense...there are ways to do this so that you don't break the bank - at least not all at once!

If you go back through my old posts you'll see a fair amount of scratch building (and the HMMWVs above...on sale for $11 each...I purchased several!) - two of the T-55s here didn't start life with the ERA bricks - In this case they are made from evergreen, surprisingly inexpensive voyager etch bricks (cheap but a pain to build!) and so on....It's not at all beneath me to hold out for a good sale, or be willing to wait for something to arrive when it arrives via foreign courier....

Same for the dios - while there is lots and lots going on, it's mostly just raw materials being adapted - basswood, aluminum tubing, brass rods, evergreen, metal wire and materials from the art store, and generally not too expensive.

As for really big builds, like Bladerunner....I began collecting all sorts of parts, including figures well in advance - and happily, as it is a weird subject, all the $6 "discount resin figures!!!" became really attractive - and I purchased them - maybe only one or two at a time....

This might sound really weird but I also buy interesting looking PE sets when I see them on sale - the subject just doesn't matter. What's useful is the "box", "bracket" "mount" etc that aber, eduard, or voyager has thoughtfully crafted and I can get for cheap and use for something else...Turns out our pal Matt does the same...for the same reasons.

Hi Marcos - thanks the note - right back at you! I really like you work and always look for your builds!

OK - I did go out and try again - and here are the results - some better, others about the same, and few pretty funny:



Wow! how about that skyline!! beauty!

and without:



what?? = it's a backdrop??!! yes, a piece of reflective cardboard glued on another piece of cardboard - it does seem to basically work - except - I'd need a 36" x 42" at least to make it work...nah...nope - just too much of a hassle. But - I am pleased to see the concept works.

And back to the normal setting...:









Above - the fundamental reasons for at least trying outdoor pics - nice color, clarity etc...below, the little steps really show - I like the "remaining" bolt heads sticking out of the fender skirt where the rubber skirt was torn off:



I'm sure these can be seen with indoor pics, but I like the look out doors - even the dried mud in the fender looks good...



Uhh....this guy must be tweeting out something pretty important as he evidently didn't notice the GIANT bee on his shoulder!! hahaha





Above - still not a great pic...bad angle and whatnot, but I like the look of the guy on the left...








above a less than $20 afv, and home mad bar armor....not a bad deal...











and..back inside:






OK guys - thanks for having a look - this time, I'm calling it done!

Cheers
NIck







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Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 11:27 PM UTC
I love your work. Really inspiring.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 10:21 PM UTC
Wow, those look astounding!

You're perhaps one of the "wealthiest" North American modelers I know who builds these kinds of "all in" dioramas. You really don't skimp on anything. I've often see that philosophy applied with overseas modelers.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 04:33 PM UTC
You never disappoint Nick. you are a true inspiration to us all, mostly me. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us to drool over....I'm not worthy!!!!!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM UTC
Really impressive work Nick , over and over again . Nice pictures too and everything else ...... '' The Nick Twist ''

Kurt
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:37 AM UTC
Hi Jerry, Nacho, and Mark -

Jerry - thanks - that build with all the grass - I like it too, although, I must have planted at least hundreds of grass clumps! The simple backdrop worked pretty well - the rainy day helped too.

Hi Nacho - thanks, yes - the green - I agree with you, if it's shown just as green, and you generally can't see leafs, it can look pretty good. I've been watching your hillside work too - that is a very challenging build!! You're doing a great job on it!

Hi Mark - thanks for taking a minute to leave the nice words!

Back to the current project. I am going to try and figure out a different way to take pics of it. I'll try and set up some sort of backdrop - but - who knows what pattern/color/surface to try? It seems it might want to include some level of surface texture along the base - maybe glue on some concrete columns, rebar, and rubble? Paint the lower level debris colors, then something for sky - I'm wondering about air brushing a shade of blue over a reflective surface - to reflect the real sky beyond? That way avoid having to try to match the color of real blue sky? So - that will be this weekend's project.

Thanks for checking it out -
Nick
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 07:26 AM UTC
That's some great stuff right there.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 03:09 AM UTC
I really like these pics. The dio pics are really convincing, no matter the green bushes in the background. In fact, I like it. Be proud of these shots

As J said, I'm sure you will find a way, your way!