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1. I´m a diorama builder and this project was no exception. As usual, I make several sketches in order to define the final position of all elements. Some time I even draw the diorama over the base I´m working for. I like dioramas with volume and relieves. In my opinion, flat dioramas are not very interesting and a small volume can always be an eye catcher. Like most of the times I use a wood base with balsa wood for the side walls. The balsa wood will form a box that is filled with isolation foam. The isolation foam is easy to find, easy to work and light. The relieves are marked in the balsa wood parts and then they are cut into shape. The isolation foam is also shaped to the desired form. For the riverbed and cascade I used real small stones glued into place with the help of white glue well diluted. I just place all of them and then apply white glue very diluted. The capillarity does all the rest and we must let it dry for about a day.
2. The isolation foam is covered with a mix of white glue, pre-made filler used in civil construction, water, brown and black paint and fine sand. The sand used in the birds cage is ideal for this mix and very convincing for the 1/35 scale. Also is cheap and very easy to find in any pet shop. Once the terrain well dry it’s time to apply the vegetation. Normally I use items from several companies and this project was no exception. For an extra touch of realism I decided to place a fallen tree. For that I used a spring green root. This fallen tree over the cascade is a key element in the overall scene and add an extra touch of interest and realism.
3. This diorama is not small and represents water, soil, vegetation…, so good references are really needed. The best is going out to the country and observe the real nature. If possible always take good
pictures and try to represent what we are seeing. Even the small vegetation like the moss is very important to represent. Moss is very easy to reproduce and my approach consists in mixing Vallejo Model Color 967 Olive Green with very fin turf from the company Noch.



4. The mixture of Vallejo Model Color 967 Olive Green and turf from the company Noch is applied with a fine flat brush and in the most logical places. The best way is to observe the nature or good
pictures to see where the moss grows.
5. The Tristar´s “222” is a fine kit. It was build in sub-assemblies and primed with Vallejo Grey Primer. Normally I don’t use any thinner with the Vallejo Grey Primer. I just shake very well the bottle for about a minute and drop the desired quantity in my airbrush cup. Then I just airbrush at the 3.0 bar pressure.
The Vallejo Grey Primer dries fast and provides a super smooth finish. Also is very resistant and durable. Most of the today kits are composed by different materials. Plastic, resin, photo-etch,… and a good primer is necessary to ensure a great surface for the painting and weathering / finishing stages. When it comes to primers, my only choice are the Vallejo solutions.
6. Once the interior painted, it’s time for the weathering and finishing. Vallejo Pigments are applied dry and mixed with Vallejo Glaze Medium.



7. To represent the accumulated dust the pigments must be applied dry and for the accumulated mud, they must be applied mixed with Vallejo Glaze Medium. As usual I apply the pigments with a medium flat brush. Several colours must be used to achieve a natural look and we must be careful and apply the pigments in the logical places.
8. The main gun from the Tristar kit is what we can call a “kit inside the kit”. Composed by several pieces it was painted with Vallejo Model Color and Vallejo Model Air. The pigments were applied the same way as in the interior.
9. Once the exterior painted and before the final weathering, it’s time to apply the decals. The entire model was airbrushed with Vallejo Model Air Gloss Varnish. This will turn the surface even more smooth and ideal to place the decals. The decals will be placed with the help of Vallejo decals solutions Vallejo Decal Fix and Vallejo Decal Medium.



10. In the spot where the decal will be placed, a small quantity ofVallejo Decal Fix is brushed with a medium flat brush.
11. The decal is submerged in water and in a short time is ready to be placed in the desired place.
12. Once the decal placed and well dry with the help of a cotton bud, a small quantity of Vallejo decal Medium is brushed over the decal with the help of a medium flat brush. Some care is needed in
this stage. Vallejo Decal Medium will turn the decal more soft. So, once the Vallejo Decal Medium applied just let it dry and don’t touch the decal.



13. Once the Vallejo Decal Medium is well dry all the kit surface (rivets, raised or recessed lines,…) will be visible. The decal will look like if it was painted over the surface. Now it´s time to brush a small quantity of Vallejo Model Air Gloss Varnish over the decal. This will protect the decal during the final stages of weathering.
14. The weathering of the wooden bridge was made with the extensive use of Vallejo Pigments. Several colors where applied dry with a medium / large flat brush.
15. The pigments over the wood surface adds an extra touch of realism, look very natural and also very convincing.



16. The vehicle’s weathering started by applying several scratches with the help of a small sponge. The first colour to be used is the Model Color 988 Medium Grey. Some care is needed during the scratches painting.
17. To add a more realistic look I use, at least, two colours. One is the base colour slightly lighten and the other is a dark brown, normally Vallejo Model Color 822 SS Camo Black Brown.
All the paint chips must be applied over the logical places. Extra care is needed and ruining a model is very easy during this process. In the end the paint chips must look natural, random and most important, they must look in the same scale as the model.
18. The exhaust pipes were previously painted with Vallejo Model Color 822 SS Camo Black Brown and then over painted with a mix of Vallejo Glaze Medium and Vallejo Pigments, in this case, Brown Iron Oxide. Once well dry, dry pigments, from the Vallejo range, are applied over the exhaust pipes to add an extra touch of realism.



19. We can use the Still Water (26230) applied in several coats.
20. In order to represent the running and falling water, Vallejo Water Texture 26201 Transparent Water was applied over a glass and let to dry for about 24 hours.
21. Once well dry, the Vallejo Water Texture 26201 Transparent Water was cut in small strips and peeled of.



22. The strips look like plastic and are very malleable.
23. They were placed in the desired spots.
24. Final effects are applied with Vallejo Water Texture 26201Transparent Water and by brush.



25. The final look of the river and cascade. It looks very natural and realistic.
26. The entire model was weathered with Vallejo Pigments. Several colours were used in order to achieve a more natural and realistic look.
27. They were applied mainly dry and with the help of a medium flat brush. In some places and for representing the accumulated mud, Vallejo Pigments were mixed with Vallejo Glaze Medium.



28. The figures were painted with Vallejo Model Color (except the flesh areas) and they received an identical treatment than the vehicle. The cloths were weathered with Vallejo Pigments. Several colours were used in order to achieve a more natural and realistic look. They were applied mainly dry and with the help of a medium flat brush. In some places and for representing the accumulated mud, Vallejo Pigments were mixed with Vallejo Glaze Medium.

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Fecha de publicación: 29/04/2010
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