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    This thread has come about from a PM I got from Maglar. He wanted to know how I build my bases so he can do some for his builds.

    All bases are different, and the pics here are from the base I built for the Spitfire Mk.1, a concrete hard standing and grass. But the same methods can be used to simulate a variety of terrains.

    I bought a wooden shelf, 800x200x18mm, cut it into 4 equal pieces, so I have 4 bases roughly 8"x8". I suppose base size depends on the size of your model, but this size is good for a 1/48 fighter.

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    The filler in the picture was spread over the base, this filler has IPA in it, so it dries pretty quick and doesn't warp the wood like a water-based filler might.

    Using a paint-scraper the 'concrete' part of the base was smoothed out. The grass piece was left kinda rough. Using a piece of damp kitchen paper the concrete part was patted to simulate a poured concrete type finish.

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    The whole thing was primed then with rattle-can grey primer.

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    Then, using a ruler and a needle, lines were marked in the 'concrete'.

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    The concrete part was then painted over with some oil paint mixed to a grey/brown colour.

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    In work right now, have to go do a presentation, to be continued..... :)
     
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    Great! Countinue the tutorial please.:D
     
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    Looking forward to more!
     
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    Agree! Keep at M!
     
  5. muller

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    Ok lads, back on track :)

    Next the concrete was weathered, black brown pastels brushed around the lines and a some in the centers of the squares. Also some yellow pastel brushed into the center of the squares.

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    Grassy part and lines were then painted with oils in a soil colour. Also a bit more pastels brushed along the lines in the concrete.

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    Next some PVA glue was painted onto the soil part and in patches of the lines in the concrete. Static grass sprinkled onto the glue, the grass was raised using a plastic ruler rubbed on the carpet to charge it with static electricity.

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    Excess grass was shaken off when glue was dry.

    Next up was the beading. Four thin pieces of wood were cut using a mitre box and saw.

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    And glued and nailed onto the edges of the base.

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    Oil stains seen on the concrete parts above were added with black pastel dust and white spirit.

    Bad carpentry at the corners meant filling was required, I used the same filler as above and sanded down.

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    All that was left then was to sand and stain the beading. Mahogany coloured woodstain was applied with a piece of kitchen paper. Job done!

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    I'm working on another base for FW190 White 5 right now, have some progress pics and will post more in this thread.

    Maglar wants a dirt runway with some grass for his B-17. I'd suggest using the same method above, using brown paints and pastels, or maybe some real dirt dried and crushed to powder form, then glued on. I might try and do something similar for that M41 tank I bought last week, will take some progress pics for you Corey! :thumbleft:
     
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    Sweet work!8) :D
     
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    fine work Muller, you make it look so easy
     
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    I second what Karl said!

    Superb tutorial mate! thanks! :thumbleft:
     
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    That's it Mate.Excellent :D :D :D

    But could you tell us when you decided to make the basis? I mean when the model was finished or you planned it at the beginning.
     
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    Thanks fellas, it looks easy because it is! Try one for yourselves.

    Wojtek, I want to build a few different types of base, so I can display different models on the same base. I have a desert base for North Africa builds, I made it for a BF109G trop, there's a desert Spit Vb on it right now. They're inter-changable.

    The base for my Corsair was decided on when the model was finished. It changes with every one.

    The grass base I'm doing for White 5 will be able to be used for the BoB GB.
     
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    A very interesting idea.Thanks for the info.:D :D :D
     
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    Nice work M!
     
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    Thanks M, really had me pulling that those concrete slabs were actual tile cut up into smaller squares. I could do this easily, just need do get some pastels from my art / crafts store. Also need that filler, some sprinkle grass, and I have a bunch of earth colors that I could airbrush. Keep it comn'!
     
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