Friday, April 24, 2015

Advance on the Terrain Front

I have had this piece of shaped styrofoam from a Omaha Steaks cooler cover lid. I originally shaped it for 1/72nd models, but it should work for 15mm. It is a hill road with 2 mesas on either sides for observation and artillery. After helping my son work on his Diorama(LINK), I  got the itch to finish this piece and try some new techniques while completing this terrain piece.
    There are some issues with this piece.  The worst is the transition to the base which is to steep, but I do not want to make the base any longer for storage issues, so I'll live for now with the un-realistic transitions.

So next I added some sand that I had around to the area that I decided to be the road.  The sand was rather yellow-ish, and I planed to crush it and make it more fine, but in a effort to just move on with the project, I put on the sand when I had a free moment. Using a 50/50 PVA (school white glue) with water I applied the sand. Then I brushed on another 50/50 PVA coar with a brush and aplied more sand and then after everything dried I covered the sand with a another 50/50 pva/water mix, to seal & hold the sand in place. Overall the sand looked good, except the  sand was more coarse than I would of liked, but I already know that when I pressed on with the project.

Next I applied Acylic gel with coarse pumice and a 50/50 mix of Craft paints Mustard Yellow and Dark Beige(Jo-Ann72129 Au Natural) to the vertical areas of the terrain to give it the color of a sandy bluff. This worked out well and looked very nice. I then mixed green and Olive Green into the rest of the mixed pumice gel and brushed it onto the areas that were to have grass added to them, so as to be a base for the grass.

99¢ Aircrafts for BGK

I was at 99¢ store with my son, when I spotted these planes for 99¢. I thought for the price I could use the for airstrikes in BGK, and at 99¢ what did I have to loose. Even though they are the wrong air forces, I can either remark them or just keep them the same remembering that on plane is axis and the other is allied. I think Ill go back and by some more at 99¢!

BGK Sources:
Nice forum Link
This BGK army list builder looks useful. But How? Click Here
Review of BGK HERE

The Boy's Earth Day Diorama

My son had the assignment of making a piece of art to represent Earth Day, and he was excited because he could make a diorama. I shaped the base for him and I had him apply the glue and add the ground cover. He picked out and modified the pieces and I glue them on the base. His class mates were very impressed by the final results.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Epoch of my pre-pubescent Hobbing 1974

Quite the title. This was a time when I transitioned from pursuing building models to surfing. Days after this photo I started surfing and gave up modeling for about 23 years.

Models Shown:
∆ Jagpanther
Review of 1/25 model on Modelers Alliance HERE

TV Memories of that era and earlier and later eras (Enjoy!)
Saturday Morning

HR Pufnstuf  (Sid&Marty Krofft)
#1 The Magic Path:
102 The Wheely Bird:

Land of the Lost  (Sid&Marty Krofft)
#1 " Cha Ka" (1974):

Lidsville  (Sid&Marty Krofft)
Girl for Hoo Doo:

Sigmund The Seamonster (Sid&Marty Krofft)
 Holloween :

The Bugaloos
Home is our Hassle:

The Lost Saucer

The Ghost Buster (Sid & Marty Krofft) 1975

Far Out Space Nuts (Sid&Marty Krofft)
It's all in your mind:

The Kroffts Supershow
Opening Theme:

The not so great race:

Magic Mongo (The Krofft Supershow)
The Kissing Bandit:

Doctor Shrinker (The Krofft Supershow)
The Other Brad:

Electra Woman & Dyna Girl (The Krofft Supershow)
The Empress of Evil:
Unaired Pilot:

Kaptain Kool & The Kongs 76-77:

Si Rose Interview:
The Secrets of Isis

Groovie Goolies

The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show - 1974:

The Monkees
Unaired Pilot Episode:
Better version:
The Wild Monkees:

More Cartoons to Reference: Josie & The Pussy Cats, Hong Kong Phoey, The Oddball Couple, Chan Clan, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Addams Family, Funky Phantom, Lancelot Link, Gilligan Planet, Jackson 5, Star Trek, Shazam

Saturday Morning Memories 1964-1976:
Classic '60s & '70's Commercials:
36+ New TV Shows of Fall TV 1963:
CBS 1966-67 Fall Preview:
The 16 new shows of ABC fall TV 1966:
Memories of 1968 - Where were you?:
NBC 1969-70 TV Fall Promo Special:
23 new shows of fall tv 1969:
28 shows of ABC summer 1968:
CBS 1968-69 Fall Preview:
ABC Fall Preview 1970: 
25 new shows of fall 1972:
ABC 1974-75 Fall Preview:
27 intros to a lot of bad 70's tv shows:
19 more Good, bad, & Ugly 70's TV intros(+2):
Fantasy 60's TV lineup 1966-69:
9 tv sitcoms theme - one season wonders of the 1970's:
60's Commercials :
13 Sci-Fi TV Series Failures of the Late 70's:
11 intros to Tacky 80's Sci-Fi's:
18 Short Lived Sitcoms of the 70's:
Strangest TV pilots ever:
The Solarnaughts (1967):
Star Trek unaired Version 2nd Plot Intro:
Star Trek unaired Version 2nd Plot RECONSTRUCTED  :
Childhood Memories, 1960's and 70's:
20 classic 60s'-70's TV commercials:
Vintage TV Adds 50's, 60's & 70's:
70's Rare Retro Toy Adds:
Memories of 1977 - where were you?:
I love 1978:
The TV Season that almost Wasn't 1980-81:
I Love the 80's (1980):
ABC Fall Promo Reel 1982:

58 TV Adds from 1977:
22 New shows of Fall TV 1977:
22 New Shows of Fall 1983:
Awesome 80's TV Adds part 1:

The Early 1660's - A Time of Innocence:
The Sixties - Years that shaped a Generation(2hr doc. 2005):
Born Dropped out- 12 questions for hippie kids (20min. doc):
What The 1960's Did to America:

Dinosaurs (circa 1990)
Into [1:04]:
I'm The Baby, Gotta Love Me (Music Video) [3:20]:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Father & Son Hobby Days

My son got the itch to work on model I bought him in the summer. With all the free time he has over the Easter holiday, he had no problem pushing me to help him finish model. I also bought him a Revell snap-together police car to work on all by him self.