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    Now living in Bristol with a mate.

    Apparently I draw a bit - other people have told me I do, so there.

    Have tunnelled through most parts of the UK and still haven't made it out.

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  1. WWI Showdown

    Well worth a look at Don's artwork. His studio/home is both an amazing gallery and excellent military collection. Not too much US Civil War hereabouts so would be great to see some of that as well.
  2. Display Eagles

    I expect moulding is a lot easier now than in the 17th century. But good that you are still using those old techniques, which are probably needed on the bigger items. I remember when you posted that pipe stove door. I thought it was a strange item to buy but now I see why you have it. Some nice EKs there, even one that has been de-nazified. Don't tell me you made these.
  3. Display Eagles

    Your advice worked very well, brushed on a thin layer into all the crevasses and dips. Waited with crossed fingers and all came out very nicely, thank you. No need to shake the table, unless I get on to mammoth stuff like yours, as the thin layer works just fine. (And they are selling before I've had a chance to cast them - which is nice).
  4. Display Eagles

    Impressively large pieces but I don't have a forklift handy so I'll stick to the smaller pieces I think. It would be good to see some progress pictures. I found it difficult to decide on what materials to use for mould making and casting. There seems to be a lot out there, all saying that theirs was the best available. I didn't really want to have a lot of trouble de-casting so I went with a silicon that doesn't seem to stick too much to anything. It takes 24hrs to go off but I think worth the wait rather than ruining the sculpture or mould. It is quite expensive though. Here's the next sculpture - about 180mm (7") high - that's going into the mould box and getting the silicon poured over it. I'm going to try to brush the silicon onto the details as I start pouring so hopefully minimising those weenie air bubbles that hang onto them. Fingers crossed that I don't bugger it all up otherwise that'll be 5 days of sculpting out of the window. No stress...
  5. Display Eagles

    They are very nice, one a bit on the rude side and probably best to display in the man cave. Some are very large pieces and must use a fair bit of material to both mould and cast. Are some of them concrete? or are you using a material to fill and then painting. It would be good to see the process in action with some stages pictures. Do you do the sculpting as well as casting from original items? it all looks pretty interesting. I'm impressed, although your brickwork could do with some pointing
  6. Display Eagles

    Thanks Gents, thanks. Hopefully they are inspirational, they certainly have been for me. I've jumped in and even ordered more resin mould type stuff. Go to your local art dealers and jump in. It's really not that expensive, no matter what you are interested in, have a go. There's always Mr.Google, Mr. Youtube and even me to ask for help. But I've found that getting older automatically unleashes a want to get to the 'devil in the detail' no matter how long it takes. Just have a look at Peter's uniforms or Brian's furniture or even Chris's trench in his garden.
  7. Well worth the effort to display them in this fashion. They have some substance now and take up the space they deserve. Right good choice of pictures as well. Nice one.
  8. Display Eagles

    Thank you Peter. I thinks it's about getting stuck in and having a go, and realising that it's not going to be done in an hour or so. These took two or three days each after a couple of massive failures and me balling up lumps of clay that took hours to form into ugly ducklings instead of proud eagles. Same as those uniforms you do, invest the time to learn something new. You never know when someone may need an eagle sculpted (as long as it isn't an emergency).
  9. Display Eagles

    The completed shadow frame with eagle and EKIIs, looks pretty good but still to get onto the wall
  10. Hmmm.......I wouldn't, not a good portrait IMO. And WW2 at that. Surely, there's something more fitting somewhere as they did like the posing photos in WW1. Given the Rommel photo above, someone has to have a nice one.........
  11. Display Eagles

    Cold casted a few more to try out the mix. The aluminium powder will give off a gas if mixed too thickly (just as in cement when going for water proofing) and gives an Aero bar density. About a quarter of one half of the mix seems to be about right (that'll be an eighth then). So, I have a few miniature eagles now: And here's the prototype all ready for the display (I might do another concentrating on trying to keep the flat surfaces flat) but it looks sort of beat up, which is fine as it's only 5 inches wide:
  12. Display Eagles

    Thanks Mike, maybe not a medal but how about one of the French Eagles captured at Waterloo, or maybe a Roman Eagle from the lost Ninth Legion? Just the thing to fill that gap in your collection until a real one comes along.
  13. Here's the biggest pictures I can find, maybe others have better higher quality ones....
  14. Display Eagles

    Thanks Chris And here's the SS Eagle alongside an EKII with a bit of patina added. I can feel skulls, crossed machine guns, stick grenades and badge type things coming on.
  15. Display Eagles

    This one is an SS eagle with a wingspan of about 170mm, again not too clumsy. Rather than just paint them and use, I thought I'd have a go at moulding them (as the moulding stuff was next to the clay in the art shop). Here's the moulds complete with the pesky little air bubbles: having done a bit of research with Mr Google I added aluminium powder to the resin when casting. Here's the SS before any cleaning up: And here's the miniature train eagle after some cleaning up and some polishing. Also a picture alongside an EKII. Not bad for a first try but I need to get those flat surfaces better. And I have a fair bit of modelling clay left.