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Silence of the Bells
jrutman
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 02:46 AM UTC
Nice to see you've moved on from the planning stage. Nice start!
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Jberardi
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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 02:28 PM UTC
Had some time over the weekend to work on the front facade of the church. A bit of trial and error, really. The 2mm chip board was an epic fail. As soon as the plaster hit it, it absorbed some of the moisture and looked bad. I ripped it all off and went with a rolled cork product to simulate the cornerstones and the stonework around the windows and doors. The cork was only 1mm thick, so I doubled it up to give it some weight.

I'll continue pouring the plaster in small working sections going forward. Carving the individual stones was tedious, but I think it achieved the look I was going for. A couple of light coats of Modge Podge sealed the plaster and cork.





I also decided to portray the initial work needed to remove the bell from the belfry. In the first image the window in the belfry has been enlarged to allow for the bell removal. Sledgehammer work most likely. I plan to show a dusty soldier or two exiting the church with a sledge. I'll add some stone debris on the ground, and I'll roughen up the knocked out portions of the window opening in the plaster stage.

Enjoy.
Jberardi
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 01:51 PM UTC
Taking a break from all the stone on the front of the church. Tedious work. I'm working my way through the Opel build at the moment. I've read most of the threads on this site regarding the color of German vehicles. Since this dio takes place somewhere '39-'41, I will paint the truck grey. However, grey is a loose term.

I did a quick color swatch of Panzer Grey and Schwarzgrau. Both Testors Model Master.


In person, the color difference is a bit more subtle than shown here. It is clear, though, that the Panzer Grey has a more blue tone than the other. From the color photo references of the Opel, it looks like Panzer Grey is a better match.

Thoughts from all you armor experts?
varanusk
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 11:50 PM UTC
Not sure if it is because of my screen, but to me none looks right, it should be way darker. And no blue:

Golikell
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:53 AM UTC
Leaning on period pictures, even if they always were in color, is a risk. Colors tend to alter over time, plus: the colors might have not been a faithfull representation in the first place, due to the used techniques.

I tend to look at the RAL numbers, 7021 is the official number, which is defined as Black Grey: RAL 7021 Black grey Added in 1937 for use by Wehrmacht under the name Dunkelgrau
americanpanzer
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 05:10 AM UTC
looks good! looking forward to seeing the finished project!
Jberardi
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:22 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Leaning on period pictures, even if they always were in color, is a risk. Colors tend to alter over time, plus: the colors might have not been a faithful representation in the first place, due to the used techniques.

I tend to look at the RAL numbers, 7021 is the official number, which is defined as Black Grey: RAL 7021



The color swatch I posted a few days back is Shwarzgrau RAL 7021. Maybe it looks bad because I painted a white surface and the flash of the camera overexposed the image. Below is what it looks like on the Opel. Still a little blue because of the halogen light, but it looks good in natural light.

Jberardi
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:31 PM UTC
An updated shot of the front of the church. All plaster, cork and Plastruct pieces.

The metal grating above the operable part of the door was evident in a number of reference photos of different churches. I had something similar in the spares bin, so I cut it down to size. I think it came from an old tank or something. Operable part of the door is stained basswood. Hinges and door handles will come later.

Golikell
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 - 08:53 PM UTC
The color looks good to me!

Also nice progress on the church.