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New Modeler First Diorama Attempt
Terraplane29
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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 10:24 PM UTC
Hi, first time posting on forum, though Iíve spent a lot of time looking. A bit of introduction info: Like everyone else, I built models as a kid. Thought about getting back into it several times, but never did. Iím retired and have a lot of interests, but my main (though intermittent) activity is doing international birding trips. On a trip to southern Chile in late 2016, I found that one of the other participants and I shared an interest in military history. Turned out he was an expert on WW2 German armor. Expert as in having written books, edited a magazine, and traveled the world looking for and at examples. He was also a modeler, and after the trip he sent me a copy of his book on modeling Panzers. I was blown away at the level of detail and workmanship, and knew I had to try my hand at it.
I started out with a couple of WW2 airplanes, then a T34 and a Katusha, and then the Takom Mk1. By this time, I had discovered dioramas, and saw how much they added to model. So, I decided to give it a shot Ė whatís the worst the that can happen, right? No one has to see your screw-upsÖ
Iím not too displeased with the result as a first attempt, and I learned a lot in the process. Iím looking forward to the next one. Iíd really appreciate any feedback, comments, suggestions, criticism (but go easy on me with the figures, I havenít done many, and I find them one of the hardest things to do.)
The black and white photo is my attempt at simulating star shell illumination using a single point light source. Iím just glad I didnít damage or destroy the diorama (or my camera) while working in a near totally darkened room!
Iím going to try to upload photos - the post would be kind of pointless otherwise. If I canít get it to work, my question then is, how do I?


ChurchSTSV
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:43 AM UTC
It may be my work computer, but I cannot see any of the images.

Also wanted to add a comment so you don't become discouraged. I know how crappy it can feel when a post you make has +100 views and no comments.
Bruc84
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 01:31 AM UTC

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It may be my work computer, but I cannot see any of the images.

Also wanted to add a comment so you don't become discouraged. I know how crappy it can feel when a post you make has +100 views and no comments.



Same for me... be patient with the foto links... wen you get use to it its easy, but i had some problems at first attempt to...
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 01:42 AM UTC
Yeah, it is discouraging, particularly when other posts are getting thousands of views and hundreds of replies, like you're ignored if you don't belong to an established group, or what you're saying isn't interesting or worth responding to. This seems to happen on forums, and I usually end up taking things down after a couple of days. Oh well, I appreciate your response. I had uploaded my photos to the gallery, and I found if you hit the "photo" button you can get to them that way.
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 01:44 AM UTC
My wife works in IT and she could figure it out for me, but she has a bad cold and I don't want to bother her with it. Thanks for responding.
ChurchSTSV
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 01:46 AM UTC

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My wife works in IT and she could figure it out for me, but she has a bad cold and I don't want to bother her with it. Thanks for responding.



Man, those are really good. Like it looks great. I love me some WW1 dio's and this is really good. I have never attempted a figure before and yours look excellent. Great work, man!!
Frenchy
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 02:04 AM UTC
Here are your pics :







I've just opened them in your Kitmaker gallery and right-clicked on them to copy the url...

Nice work BTW !

H.P.
justsendit
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 02:14 AM UTC
Your diorama looks great! ... Nice photography too BTW!

I most likely did the same as Frenchy, I went to profile and clicked on your Gallery in order to view the images ó standard workaround in these parts. Don't become discouraged by view/comment count. Keep up the great work, and once you've got the knack of it, keep on posting.

Cheers!🍺
ómike
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 02:39 AM UTC

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Here are your pics :







I've just opened them in your Kitmaker gallery and right-clicked on them to copy the url...

Nice work BTW !

H.P.



Thanks! My post really does make more sense when the accompanying pictures are visible. And get this - about 3 weeks ago my wife and I did a river cruise on the Rhone from Lyon to Avignon! Our first time in France, nice country you got there...
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 02:52 AM UTC

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My wife works in IT and she could figure it out for me, but she has a bad cold and I don't want to bother her with it. Thanks for responding.



Man, those are really good. Like it looks great. I love me some WW1 dio's and this is really good. I have never attempted a figure before and yours look excellent. Great work, man!!



Thanks. I've got a FT-17 about 1/3 built and set aside, guess there's another WW1 dio down the road sometime.
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 02:55 AM UTC

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Your diorama looks great! ... Nice photography too BTW!

I most likely did the same as Frenchy, I went to profile and clicked on your Gallery in order to view the images ó standard workaround in these parts. Don't become discouraged by view/comment count. Keep up the great work, and once you've got the knack of it, keep on posting.

Cheers!🍺
ómike



Thanks! I do a lot of bird photography, and when I got into modeling I got a macro lens for my camera and a (cheap) lighting kit. I actually enjoy the photography part of it.
ChurchSTSV
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 02:56 AM UTC

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My wife works in IT and she could figure it out for me, but she has a bad cold and I don't want to bother her with it. Thanks for responding.



Man, those are really good. Like it looks great. I love me some WW1 dio's and this is really good. I have never attempted a figure before and yours look excellent. Great work, man!!



Thanks. I've got a FT-17 about 1/3 built and set aside, guess there's another WW1 dio down the road sometime.



I can't wait to see it! Count me as a fan!
jrutman
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 03:01 AM UTC
Tim,
Welcome,first of all.
Nice work on the dio and now that I can see the pics,it makes a lot more sense ! Heheheh
As far as the comments vs views on here. It is very common lately so don't get discouraged because you are not getting singled out. I have been posting here for years and these things seem to come and go. Bursts of nice participation followed by tumbleweeds blowing through.
It is what it is buddy ! Keep going and have fun,which is supposed to be the main point after all?
J
Kevlar06
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 04:20 AM UTC
Wow, pretty darn good work for your first diorama attempt! Keep it up! If this is your first work, you'll be an "expert" with the second.
VR, Russ
white4doc
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 04:22 AM UTC
Welcome to the group, Tim! For a first effort you've done a great job both with the model and the photography. Well done, man.
BravoTwoZero
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC
That is pretty impressive work for a first attempt! Great job, I look forward to more of you works. I know it will only keep getting better and better.

-Joseph
maartenboersma
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 04:37 AM UTC
Wellcome back to the art

Very nice looking diorama........ looks great!
babaoriley
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 05:05 AM UTC
Very nice, that's good work.
Dioramartin
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 04:06 PM UTC
Hey Tim welcome Ė seriously, first dio?? Incredible, you should see mineÖwell you canít because I destroyed it, whereas yours would be a contender at any show. I canít really fault it, looks great Ė well OK itís too cramped on the base but maybe you have a storage issue. Many have had initial probs posting images, I sure did - happy to email you screenshots of how I do it (might not be standard procedure but my son helped me out & it works) if youíre still baffled.

Cheers, Tim
ps so whatís next?
vettejack
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 06:02 PM UTC

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Yeah, it is discouraging, particularly when other posts are getting thousands of views and hundreds of replies, like you're ignored if you don't belong to an established group, or what you're saying isn't interesting or worth responding to. This seems to happen on forums, and I usually end up taking things down after a couple of days. Oh well, I appreciate your response. I had uploaded my photos to the gallery, and I found if you hit the "photo" button you can get to them that way.



Damn nice work...wished I was that good my first time out! As far as replies go, not to worry...sometimes I get 'lost in the moment' with admiration alone. It's like going to a museum...no place to leave a comment, but you enjoy the view anyway. On the other hand, as with that museum, not all will like what you produce, so, just be aware there could eventually be that one vitriolic remark towards your work at some point. Other than that, build away! I'm anxious to see what else you do!
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 06:32 PM UTC

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My wife works in IT and she could figure it out for me, but she has a bad cold and I don't want to bother her with it. Thanks for responding.



Man, those are really good. Like it looks great. I love me some WW1 dio's and this is really good. I have never attempted a figure before and yours look excellent. Great work, man!!



Thanks. I've got a FT-17 about 1/3 built and set aside, guess there's another WW1 dio down the road sometime.



I can't wait to see it! Count me as a fan!



Thanks, but don't hold your breath - I'm working on a 1:32 P-51B, which I'm about to set aside to build a wall mount display cabinet so I have somewhere to put all of this stuff.
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 06:34 PM UTC

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Tim,
Welcome,first of all.
Nice work on the dio and now that I can see the pics,it makes a lot more sense ! Heheheh
As far as the comments vs views on here. It is very common lately so don't get discouraged because you are not getting singled out. I have been posting here for years and these things seem to come and go. Bursts of nice participation followed by tumbleweeds blowing through.
It is what it is buddy ! Keep going and have fun,which is supposed to be the main point after all?
J



Thanks, that helps me put it in perspective. And yer right, if it isn't (mostly) fun, you shouldn't be doing it.
Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 06:37 PM UTC

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Wow, pretty darn good work for your first diorama attempt! Keep it up! If this is your first work, you'll be an "expert" with the second.
VR, Russ



Thanks. I've found that sometimes when things go good on a first attempt, and then everything goes south the next time, it's harder to deal with. Mistakes are a great teacher...
parrot
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 06:39 PM UTC

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Tim,
Welcome,first of all.
Nice work on the dio and now that I can see the pics,it makes a lot more sense ! Heheheh
As far as the comments vs views on here. It is very common lately so don't get discouraged because you are not getting singled out. I have been posting here for years and these things seem to come and go. Bursts of nice participation followed by tumbleweeds blowing through.
It is what it is buddy ! Keep going and have fun,which is supposed to be the main point after all?

A really nice piece of work!
If this is your first then in a year or two your work is bound to be just incredible.

Tom
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Terraplane29
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 06:42 PM UTC

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Yeah, it is discouraging, particularly when other posts are getting thousands of views and hundreds of replies, like you're ignored if you don't belong to an established group, or what you're saying isn't interesting or worth responding to. This seems to happen on forums, and I usually end up taking things down after a couple of days. Oh well, I appreciate your response. I had uploaded my photos to the gallery, and I found if you hit the "photo" button you can get to them that way.



Damn nice work...wished I was that good my first time out! As far as replies go, not to worry...sometimes I get 'lost in the moment' with admiration alone. It's like going to a museum...no place to leave a comment, but you enjoy the view anyway. On the other hand, as with that museum, not all will like what you produce, so, just be aware there could eventually be that one vitriolic remark towards your work at some point. Other than that, build away! I'm anxious to see what else you do!



Thanks. As far as vitriol goes, well, I was in law enforcement for 27 years....