The interior will be painted in the first instance with Humbrol 110 wood and then once dried will be treated with various oils to simulate the bare plywood interior found on the real thing. Not much progress so far as I had to have a bit of a clean out and tidy up of the model cupboard which took alot longer than I thought it would! Anyway the progress so far:
I have filled the majority of the mold marks in the interior, constructed the rest of the parts for the interior and painted it in Humbrol 110. I have also began construction of the engine which has impressed me no end! It is essentially a separate model in its own right. The detail is absolutely fantastic with very little flash marks and almost no need to improve upon the engine in any way save for the heat exchanger which has raised points to simulate what should be holes. This was easily remedied by first taking off the raised points with a sharp scalpel blade and then drilling with a micro drill bit and pin vice
Anyway, rant over with, lets get back to the model. I have a few more bits to add, some detail painting and pin washing and that's basically it for the machine. I have also changed my mind on the setting for this vehicle which I think seems to suit the figures that I have for this diorama. I intend to show this vehicle parked on a frozen lake with the figures taking respite from the fighting and ice fishing for their lunch. I have included a couple more photos of where I am with the build at the moment
The base I will be using is a recycled wooden instrument box that was being thrown away in work. I have simply separated the lid and base and cut the lid down slightly in length to suit the model. The lid is covered in fantastic plastic leather! I will be leaving this on the base, as a quick wash in fairy liquid and a quick coat of plastic primer will allow me to do what I like to the surface without any major problems. The following photos show the box lid as I started it, the lid cut to size and finally the lid, primed and a small shaped piece of foam board mounted to the lid before the ground work is started.
I have also now completed the build up of the aerosan, save for the gun and propellers. I will be adding some weathering effects to the machine, but will do this once its mounted to the base and the snow that I add to it will be easily blended into the groundwork of the base itself.
I have now completed the wooden section of the base as per my "cunning plan" mentioned above. As well staying with my idea of the posters, I decided to turn them all black and white to provide a greater contrast against the snowy base for the aerosan. In terms of how I fixed them to the base, I turned back the clock to my infants school days and simply used white glue to stick them to the base. I also placed them at different angles to provide further interest and ensure that all of the grey areas would be covered. Once dry they will be coated in matt varnish to seal them. I am really happy with the overall look of the base, which was really cheap to make and looks really unusual compared to other displays that I have seen in the past:
For the snow section of the base, I mixed baby talc and future floor polish into a loose paste and coated the surface of the foam board. Once it had started to dry I then dragged a brush approximately the same width as the skids across the board to simulate the tracks. The base was then allowed to dry fully before I mixed a second batch of my "snow" paste, (a little thicker this time) and stippled it across the surface with the exception of the track marks of course. I then allowed this to dry and admired the result. The only addition that I will be making to this base is to use a dremmel to shape out a "dug" hole in the ice and snow to reveal the cold waters beneath where a fishing line will be dropped from one of the figures that I will be placing in this diorama
For the already opened hole I have taken a clear plastic top from one of my daughters many hair products, cut it down to fit underneath the base and painted the inside of it in a gloss blue. This when filled with some Javis water. Will hopefully give the impression of a deep lake under the ice.
The Aerosan vehicle itself has undergone alot of work as well. The additional parts such as the extra prop, weapons etc have been added amd I have also weathered the vehicle as well.
For the weathering I had to pay it a little thought. The reference photographs that I found on the net of previously built aerosans show a lot of rust over the entire vehicle, but being as the majority of this craft was built out of wood, how can that be? So I decided to create corrosion around the likely areas of the vehicle such as the mounts for the engine and gun pintel and strengthening beams on the skids. for the rest of the vehicle I have kept the weathering to a minimum with just a very thin black oil wash to give it a dirty appearance against the snow. This is where things also started to go wrong with this build: Whilst talking to my wife and trying to push the prop into the engine, I pushed a little too hard and proceeded to snap the engine off all of its mounts and snap some of the mounts also. A cigarette and a coffee later, I rebuilt the back end and this time fixed the prop in place without any more difficulty. I did not take any photos of this mistake as it was heart breaking at this stage of the build.
Why is it that the last stages of the model you are building always goes wrong! I had placed the figures in the positions that I wanted them, drilled out the ice hole for the fishing line to be dropped and then began my "cunning plan". I had previously cut down the lid off one of my daughters many hair products and painted it a gloss blue. This would be glued underneath the hole and would contain the water that I intended to pour down the hole. The lid was glued, the water was mixed and added into the hole. it then proceeded to leak all over my table. In panic and not thinking straight, I then picked up my base and turned it upside down (I don't know why I did this either), the water then poured itself over my nice clean snow and the aerosan as can be seen in the photos below. Resisting the urge to throw the model half way across the room I decided to re-visit it the next day.
A quick inspection the next day revealed my mistake. I had in fact glued the lid under the base but failed to realise that the liquid that was going to poured into it would need a water tight seal! SOme more glue and a red face later and it was time to mix some more water. This time I am happy to report that I did not experience any more leaks. The water which had now dried on the snow was painted over as was the snow on the aerosan. I should also point out that I had made some more snow and placed it around the aerosan where I imagined it would be after a fast drive through the snow. The fishing line was dropped into the water and another line put in the officers hand as he talks to the soldier with a shovel and a cigarette.
I can now happily report that this model is FINISHED or to describe it more accurately; If I have to touch this sodding thing again, I fear that I will have a nervous break down. Enjoy the photos and let me know what you think.