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 Posted: Tue Dec 27th, 2011 02:30 pm
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Some wonderful, inspirational modelling. I've never heard of the term 'cat-tails', but looking at how you've done them, they bear a striking resemblance to bull rushes, which are very common on British back-waters.

I am very much looking forward to seeing this develop.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 27th, 2011 03:42 pm
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Thanks Clive,
Bulrush or cattail, same thing, its just what they are known as down here. I think the term comes from watching the seed head (the brown tail part) wave around in the wind, which sort of looks like there are cats walking through the reeds below with their tails in the air. Well, atleast thats what I was told as a kid.

I have all the parts to fold up about 6-8 clumps of the cattails now, so hopefully will get a chance to assemble they in the next few days. Once the small clumps begin to layer up against the creek bank, I think it will be quite effective.

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Always very cool to see something that makes you say WOW!  Thanks Dan.

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Ok, back after a bit of a Christmas modelling break (besides, its been too hot to be working out in the garage the last few days). Finished up the last of the cattails/bulrush's... unfortunately have had to settle with fine square tips to the leaves, as trying to cut to points just resulted in torn or twisted leaves. Doing a lasercut version at a later stage may be an option, but will have to settle for these for this piece. These few pics show the reeds just sitting in place. The base will be trimmed off of them before they get glued into the creek, and there will be further water flow textured on with the structure gel.





When the diorama is finished, it will have a picture frame around it to crop the view in slightly, so to give an impression of how the creek will disappear into the foreground, heres a quick shot with just a scrap of timber held across the bottom edge to frame it off...



I also had one of my O scale figures (1/43 Phoenix figure) out in the diorama, which helps put some of the scenery into scale perspective.





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Very nice Dan--

In particular, I like the stream



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Dan-beautiful, just beautiful. This will be really something when you get it done. Great work, I really love it!

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Dan

This is going to be a crowd stopper.

The addition of the figure in the scene truly shows off the height of the lofty mountain ash.

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Thanks all,
Don, the figure will likely be down alongside the small bush hut, beneath that Mountain Ash, so will well and truely be dwarfed by the tree above it. The figure was just jambed in the top ridge temporarily so the kids couldn't reach him!

I hope the diorama can hold peoples attention for more than a few minutes, which can be a challenge at a model railway show, when there technically is no model railway in this one, and nothing moving. But there will be plenty to find and explore if they take the time to do so.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 5th, 2012 11:16 am
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it looks good to me i have seen them with the cut off ends and they look ok to me :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose::2t:



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 Posted: Fri Jan 6th, 2012 11:36 am
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Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial too!

LHC

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