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Abandoned Dodge A-100

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  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:57 PM

aussiemuscle308

This is coming along very nicely. keep up the good work. How did it go in the contest?

Hi aussiemuscle308!

Well, it placed  2nd... of two haha. Only two dioramas at NEXTIA Model Car Show Lap 5. You can find pictures of the show at Scale Auto contest 2011, very nice models there (The 58 T-Bird pictured there belongs to one of my fellow modelers).

The winner was this great 1:12 Diorama, a lot of scratchbuilding, weathering and detailing:

 

Model Car show Lap 6 is coming soon, March 17th and 18th, here in Mexico City, will post pictures or a link to see them.

 

Thanks for asking aussiemuscle308.

 

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:45 PM

This is coming along very nicely. keep up the good work. How did it go in the contest?

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posted by oldscalemodeler on Saturday, January 21, 2012 4:25 PM

If I may suggest; for weathering the graphics, sand the graphics lightly until you achieve close to the toned-down look you want. Then use one of those 3-M cleaning pads to go over it just a little more. After that use a very diluted white or very light grey for a wash over the graphics. That should get them in tune with the rest of the weathering you have done.

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Saturday, January 21, 2012 1:49 AM

Thanks for your comments oldscalemodeler, although I entered the almost finished diorama in a contest (NEXTIA Lap 5), I'd like to add more details to it to make it look realistic, like dry leaves and junk between the wall and inside the truck cabin and bed. I'm also planning to replicate a news stand sign from the one that my grand mother use to own and operate (sign is at least 40 to 50 years old and  somehow survived all this decades). 

Having vines growing from the back sounds like a good idea. What I don't know how to do is distressing the advertisement, maybe I have to do what I always suggest: take a look at real life and put it in scale.

Your suggestion is valuable for me, since I want to have a consistent look on this diorama.

Will try to post more pics soon.

 

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

 

 

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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posted by oldscalemodeler on Friday, January 20, 2012 5:31 PM

Sr, This dio is looking good. Those graphics are killer. I do have to ask, though, since you have some rust on the wall from the wirs roll are you going to distress the advertisement and graffiti to match the apparent age? Truck looks great and I like your wall. Here in Northeast Indiana we have a lot of concrete walls kind of like yours only the concrete is vertical between the uprights. They are used to help muffle road noise from busy highways for housing additions. We also have a lot of thing growing on the concrete including vines which grow from the back side and kind of drape themselves over the front. Might be an interesting touch on yours.

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Thursday, January 12, 2012 1:21 AM

To cover the edges of the MDF base, used a strip of plastic edge cover for furniture and glued with contact adhesive.

 

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Thursday, January 12, 2012 1:15 AM

Thanks for your comments peanutgallery and del austin, glad to know you like it as much as I do.

Now, the wall was weathered with diluted acrylic paint in various shades of gray and with 6B artist pencil.

 

Thamks for looking Big Smile

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Sunday, January 8, 2012 4:03 PM

Coming along nicely. Looks very convincing.

 

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  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Saturday, January 7, 2012 6:49 PM

Thumbs Up  SR....very impressive...I like all the little details you added to the diorama....

Dennis

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:04 AM

Previous to all of the work, I drilled a hole in the base for the tree, which comes from a branch found during a walk around my neighborhood.

 

Of course, all of your comments are suggestions are welcome.

Next time (this weekend, not in 5 months...) will post pictures with the A-100 in place.

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 6, 2012 11:52 PM

Once the grass is dry, it was applied in areas where no body steps in, like the edge of the wall or where the engine compartment will be placed at. White glue and patience.

An of course, inside the empty lot:

 

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

 

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 6, 2012 11:45 PM

Okay, I know its been a long time since I posted progress on this diorama, so much time that it's not only finished, it also  was entered in a contest...  Well, enough bla bla and more pics.

To simulate grown grass, I used this natural bristles brush, which I cut and soaked in water with some drops of acrylic paint.

 

And let them dry:

As always, test until the desired color shows when dry.

 

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

 

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:31 PM

 Moss is the word I was looking for, thanks justmike.

Also thanks for your comments.

 

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:11 PM

Love the rust stains from the wire. Nice touch.  And in answer to your question; either you want to know if its algae, of which the siding on my house here on the " wet " coast of British Columbia grows a lot of, or you mean moss, which also grows very well on my concrete steps and any other place that gets no sun for about 5 months. 

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 7, 2011 11:17 PM

First, applied a coat of clear flat lacquer to help acrylic paint to adhere. Then, diluted the paint to have different shades. Sealed again and added more details with a darker color. Then dry brushed some metallic paint and a final coat of clear flat. Finally, more dry brush with dirty thinner.

More to come soon!

 Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 7, 2011 11:08 PM

 Some details for the back side, or inside the lot.

I cut a small staple  to hang a roll of wire.

And the roll of wire:

Next step: weatehring.

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 7, 2011 11:02 PM

Now, some grass. I tried to put grass only around the A-100 body. Diluted white glue and your favorite brand of scale grass.

 

Checking A-100 body position:

Pictures still coming.

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 7, 2011 10:56 PM

 Since the fence is surrounding and empty lot, this is the time when I need your help: could you pleas tell me the name of the green thing that grows at the bottom of walls when there is a lot of humidity? Thanks in advance for your help. Acrylics again.

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 7, 2011 10:48 PM

 A walk around my neighborhood helped to found a branch that became the tree behind the concrete fence:

 

 

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 7, 2011 10:45 PM

 Now, the front of the wall.

Empty lot walls are often used to paint advertising on them and in México, one of the most popular subjects is music concerts, in this case, a fictitious popular folkloric brass band. Hope you like it!


 

A girlfriend of mine, who is a Graphic Designer, helped with the design of the logo. I printed it to size and used an old technique  to transfer it to the wall: painted the back wit a soft pencil (2B grade). Placed it and used a pen to follow the paths. Finally, gave it color using fine point paint markers and acrylic paints. Once finished, sealed it with Testors flat clear lacquer.

Thanks for looking! Big Smile

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Friday, January 7, 2011 10:34 PM

 As promised, more pictures.

To replicate the concrete finish, mixed acrylic paints and added baking soda to give it some texture:

 

 

More to come, Right now! Big Smile

Thanks for looking!

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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Sunday, January 2, 2011 10:20 PM

aussiemuscle308

 Are you going to do the fence to look like concrete? (interested to know technique). when do we get to see the A100? (yes, impatient :) )

 

 

Hi aussiemuscle308!

 

Promise to post pictures this week...

 Really! It's almost finished. Big Smile

 

Thanks for following this thread!

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:42 PM
Hi aussiemuscle308!  Yes, it's going to look like concrete, but only at the back, the front will have painted advertising. I'm still working on the concrete appearance, and sure will share the technique.

You can see the Dodge A-100 already rusted here:

/forums/t/93852.aspx

 

Thanks for looking!  Big Smile

Tags: diorama , rust , junker , Dodge , A-100
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, August 23, 2010 11:58 PM

 Are you going to do the fence to look like concrete? (interested to know technique). when do we get to see the A100? (yes, impatient :) )

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

  • Member since
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  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:58 PM

 Base coat applied Party Smile

 

 

Thanks for looking!  Big Smile

Tags: diorama , rust , junker
  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Mexico City
Posted by SrMopar on Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:54 PM

 Wall is now glued and ready to paint. Protected the base with a bag and used it as a paint stand.

 Ready for paint!

 

Thanks for looking!  Smile

  • Member since
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  • From: Mexico City
Abandoned Dodge A-100
Posted by SrMopar on Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:50 PM

 This will be the diorama for my rusted A-100

/forums/p/93852/904215.aspx#904215

Tried a different kind of wall for this one, a kind that can be seen in small towns in Mexico.

Used ABS "H" beams and 1/8" laminated panels.  Usual method for the base, with real dirt and white glue.

 

Thanks for looking!

Tags: diorama , junker , rust

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