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Old 12-27-2006, 01:32 AM
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The Columns are raised!

Hello all! Hope you all had a great day.

Today I continued to work on the columns. Once they were dry I went ahead and glued both halves together to create the four columns I would need.

In some of the columns there was a gap left between the two halves. This is not a real problem since it will be filled with Vinyl Spackling. This is used to repair plaster walls and cracks and in excellent for situations such as these. It is available at any hardware store.
There was also some chipping around the ends that was created when I sawed off the bases and capitals, but since the temple would be in ruins damage such as this is welcome.

While the spackling was drying I went ahead and started casting the blocks I would use to build the temple in plaster. For this I used silicone rubber molds of individual interchangeable blocks. (I will be posting some info on this technique on a future thread in my v-Bench titled “Tips and Tricks” ). These molds are easy to make and some are available commercially from different companies. However the ones available are not made for military modeling and are meant for war-gamming terrain and train layouts, and are meant for much smaller scales but they can be easily modified to be used in 1/35 dioramas.

I also decided to use a set of Friulmodel tracks with the Panzer IV. I had these fro quite a while and I would be substituting the kit’s vinyl tracks for these. Not only are these more realistic, but vinyl tracks tent to crack and break with time, (Here in the tropics it is 85 t0 95 % humidity most of the year). It is sad to put so much effort in a model only to have to rebuild it years down the road because the vinyl rotted away and snapped.

Next, once the glue and spackling were dry I proceeded to cut the column in drums. Since this was the method the real columns were constructed I decided to build mine the same way. Now, studying photographs I noticed that the Greeks made their columns out of as few as 5 columns or in some cases as many as 12 or even 15! So I decided for an average and easy to handle number of 7 drums.

The columns were sectioned and the drums numbered to make sure their order was not altered. This is important as Greek columns are wider at the bases and their diameter decreases in size gradually toward the top.

Now that the columns were sectioned its time to work on giving them the damage and weathering that these ancient structures have. This is the main reason why I chose plaster as my working material. It is easy to work with, and sculpt to create different effects
In order to weather the columns I used a rotor toll bit and by had rolled it over the individual drums. I made sure I was covering all its edges to break the smooth finish.

Next using a modeling knife I made some random indentations to simulate damage on the drums.

Once all this was done, the drums were glued back in the same ascending diameter order as the were cut. The columns are finished! Now once the blocks are dry I will start working with the base of the temple.

Until next time. Model on!



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