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 Posted: Fri Jan 6th, 2012 02:14 pm
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Top drawer modelling... I'd love to see some details of how you did the water in the stream.

Looking forward to the next instalment!



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 Posted: Fri Jan 13th, 2012 12:56 am
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Not sure if this will be of help.

Noticed in the window of a take away Japanese sushi .

They have a decorative greenery which they use when composing the serve.

It is a green plastic that I assume is to resemble a green leafy decoration.

I think it may be of use for your water plants, its already cut and snipped.

May be worth a look.

If it is suitable, they may sell you some or point you in the right direction.

Or you could just buy lots of sushi.

Don


PS    This is the stuff I am talking about.




http://www.amazon.com/Bento-Sushi-Decoration-Sashimi-Divider/dp/B001SRBVNE



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 Posted: Fri Jan 13th, 2012 10:31 am
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 Posted: Tue Jan 17th, 2012 04:27 am
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Hi Don,
Last time I bought sushi, I can't say I notice that gear. Certainly looks interesting, and the price is pretty fair as well. I will have to have a closer look next time I go and get a salmonela, I mean California roll! :) Thanks for the spot...could have told me that before I cut all them leaves !!!! :)

Been away for a week of camping in the Otway Ranges (where the inspiration for this diorama came from), so have come back with a few more fresh ideas an observations. Just need to find some time to attack this thing again.

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Looking good-the vegetation is coming along nicely



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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2012 05:35 am
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Ok, just got home from the weekend exhibiting at my local model railway show, as part of the "Art of the Diorama" display. Took along the bush box to work on, as well as a display of how I make the gums, plus a heap of trees and ferns to work on over the weekend. Spent the bulk of the first day finishing a "nursery board" of smaller gums, and painting about a hundred of the plastic ferns I had on hand. At the end of day one, I spent a while placing in the scenery along the base of the gorge on the left side, where the small bush hut was to be placed. Gave it all a good drink of glue for the night, with the hope it would have dried in place by the end of day two, so the box would be ready to transport home again (it has to lay down in the car, so the glue needed to be cured!).

So a few pics of the progress and display set up...













Decided to add a small "bush mill" to the front of the hut. Will have some further detailing of course.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2012 06:33 pm
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beautiful work :2t::moose::moose::moose::moose:



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 Posted: Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 07:04 am
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Ok, started to re-work a couple of the larger Mountain Ash trees that I had actually started some time ago. Originally had these plotted into the centre isle on my stalled "Triple Creek" home layout (stalled as I consider building a new shed with double the room of what is currently housed in one of the spare bedrooms). Some of these trunks as it turns out were too tall to fit withing the bush box comfortably, and the flared base of the trunk was spread too wide to fit the scene...so time for some real life logging!





Nothing that the drop saw can't handle, making swift work of lowering this little monster! Atleast this gave a good view of how I build up my flared trunks. The carved balsa trunk has had card wings added around the base, then draped with plaster bandage to form the flare rolls. This was then given a coating of acrylic gap sealer (no-more-gaps) to make a slightly flexible skin that prevents the plaster flaking. This earlier attempt had sawdust texturing at the base, but will likely be replaced with the bark roll material I have been using. A dowel spike is placed up the base of the trunk for mounting.





So here is how the new tree will fill the height of the box, with the crown just disappearing into the roof. I have a slightly smaller one still to "uproot" from its former scenery base inside, and move into the left foreground near the bush mill set up. Need to get out the sedum cuttings and start growing some limbs for these new trees. Clock is starting to tick a bit quicker. The show I was hoping to have this finished for is on in about 6 weeks.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 05:32 pm
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Very nifty Dan, neat idea with the balsa wings to support the tree structure. Looking forward to seeing the real tree at Southern Forests.

Rod.

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  Really neat way to build  the stump area. The method should work well with other types of trees with a large stump section.
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