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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012 20:10 pm 
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I have this build going on UAMF but wanted to share it here as well as it really is an Airfix classic IMHO. This is my current project for the Classic British Box Art Display -  Take 2 for Telford this year, although I'm hoping to have it done for Farnborough Modelfest on Saturday.  We'll start with the base board and backdrop...

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The backdrop is tall and narrow and a screwed butt joint didn't look like it was going to work so I cut some notches into the backdrop and put another piece of timber at the back to make up a slot for it to slot into!

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The Saturn V was always a favourite since I was a young kid - I was always into "space" - difficult not to be with a name like Alan Bean (fourth man to walk on the moon - Apollo 12).

As for the model - smoke added here - not sure if this will work but I'll be creative with the poster paints and add cotton wool and should get a rough approximation of the box art I hope. I was going to go bigger with the smoke but what you see here is an entire can of foam and I ain't made of money!

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Here is the baseboard stippled with Gesso primer. A few more coats will be needed I think.

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... and the star of the show after a coat of Halfords Appliance White.

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The kit is the Skylab Saturn V version, but these were on offer for £10 less than the actual current Saturn V boxing, and the Skylab boxing still has all the parts to make the original, so I just discarded the Skylab extra sprue. the moulds are a bit tired these days, but good enough for a diorama I reckon.

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012 20:14 pm 
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WIP Report.
Time for some mounting. I found a stiff metal rod saved from a long discarded display cabinet if I remember correctly (diorama builders throw NOTHING away!)

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I had to carefully pull off the inner engine nozzle that has previously been glued in place before notions of turning this build into a CBBA project had surfaced.
I thought it would have to be scrapped but then realised I could cut the tip off and slide it back in place over the rod.

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I cleaned up the plastic, teased out a small indentation in the centre as a guide for the first drill and then opened up the hole with gradually increasing size of drill bits - slowly and carefully. I eventually got a nice tight hole for the rod to stop the rocket body moving about once mounted in the baseboard.

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I took the assembled rocket and positioned it to gauge the correct angle for the hole in the baseboard to best match the picture on the box art - again starting with a pilot hole and opening it up to get a nice tight fit for the rod.

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This diorama is big - I had to stand on a chair for this shot...
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Last shot before breaking it down for decaling and then painting the baseboard and backdrop.

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I am going to wimp out as far as the falling control tower is concerned because it is difficult to see with clarity on the box art - I had toyed with doing it in low relief but will now just paint it on, so the rocket and smoke effect are the central focus.

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012 20:19 pm 
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Absolutely brilliant Al, can't wait to see it!
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Thanks Colin.

Here is a scan from the catalogue of the box art I am trying to model. I did have this boxing as a youngster, but no longer I'm afraid. It has to be one of the most powerfully evocative boxes ever - I wonder how many of these sold in the 70's on the basis of the artwork alone?!

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Awesome, Beany, absolutely awesome! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:  And yes that boxing's artwork has to be one of the best ever.  A Saturn V lift-off never loses the power to thrill and fill with awe in my book!

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It certainly looks spectacular  :notworthy:
Looking forward to seeing it in the plastic  :P

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Thanks guys.

Right then - quick lesson (and rebuke) for those who say "I can't paint..."; tell me what's so difficult about this:

Basics shown here - cheep poster paints from The Works, ditto stiff brushes for oil painting - you are going to bash the whatsit out of these with all of the mixing and stippling so you certainly don't want to ruin beautiful sable artist's brushes. Even DIY type decorators brushes would do.

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We will work wet on wet - i.e. mix the paint as we go in the container - vermillion and yellow side by side, used neat and then mixed on the brush to give the orange shade - dip it in the verm. then straight into the yellow and just daub away on the foam.

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Got to get into all the nooks and crannies so it takes a while.

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Now just work some neat yellow on top while all still wet to give some highlights...

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...and doing the same on the background. Remember to keep your reference close to hand so you don't stray too far off piste!

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Now you can go and have some lunch while this dries. An hour later, start with the neat white for the smoke highlights. Bit of impressionist work with smaller brushes and washes to do the sky and the building (they don't warrant close inspection) and you are more or less there. Grab your rocket and stick it in the hole and voila:

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Have I mentioned how hard it is to photograph this flaming thing  :evil:

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There is more work to be done on the kit - more decals to go on and the black/white demarcations certainly need some touching up where we had some bleeding under the masking tape, but I'm hoping people won't be looking that closely.

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Very impressive project and it looks fantastic!   8-)

Nothing like a bit of sci-fi modelling, eh?  :wink:

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Hi Al,

That is brilliant. :notworthy:  I enjoyed seeing your group's 'box art' last year on the various sites that they appeared. I thought they were an inspirational, and original way of displaying an Airfix model. The pictures you have shown us here, and the finished(ish) product really are good. Keep up the good work

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Beany, that is absolutely fantastic!  You really do have an eye for it; the way you've simulated the firey smoke is brilliant.  Lots of respect!   8-)  8-)  8-)


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Al, that looks brilliant. Great colour and top work on the launch pad background too.
You'll have to provide a chair at shows so others can photograph it too :)


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Sep 2012 21:19 pm 
Ayup Al...

Another Triumph ! I thought you'd used that expanding foam for the 'Smoke'. But it looks Awesome so far... I also like the VAB in the Background. Never noticed it too much before...


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Wonderful build!!


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Many thanks for the kind comments guys. As I have quipped elsewhere, this was just a quick build to get me in the mood for my proposed piece-de-resistance - the Airfix 1/24th Ju.87 "diving Stuka" box-art diorama for Telford in November. No expanding foam required for that one - just an RSJ to bear the weight of the Stuka!

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THAT is so creative! :notworthy:
A brilliant idea that gives you an outstanding model in the end.

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Impressive work Al.

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Super build Beany. I look forward to the Stuka!

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You really are bonkers, Al! :shock: :wink:

Great job and I look forward to seeing both it and the Stuka at Telford! Ever thought of doing the Airfix 1/24 Mosquito?.........:fear:

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DaveCov:480151 wrote:
Ever thought of doing the Airfix 1/24 Mosquito?.........:fear:


YES - already started as a future "Classic British Box Art" diorama subject based on Mr Tooby's current box painting.   The Airfix electric motors are already installed within the engines - she will obviously be wheels up with a single AA battery and micro-switch hidden in each nacelle... :wink:

Then either my 1/32 Revell Mosquito re-painted to suit or a fresh made one (if I can source one for a reasonable price) in the background for some scale perspective.

I can't think why everyone isn't building these dioramas?!! :airhead:

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PostPosted: Tue 25 Sep 2012 12:58 pm 
Ayup Al....

Because No-one wants to be a Pathfinder like you. We're all scared of the Unknown and screwing it up, and we don't want to have to transport something like that backwards and forwards because  'It's too much trouble' if the truth be told. We're all  Firmly INSIDE the Box I'm afraid  !

Your Saturn V is the Most Inspirational Diorama this year for me in the whole IPMS Universe. It's Innovative, and a breath of fresh Air in its presentation and Execution. If the Industry had an awards system Like the Oscars, I'd put you up for one !

Well done for showing us all the way.


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