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  1. That's my lot!

    Right, this is my very last restoration on a helmet that has been welded, chromed or painted in some bitumen or house gloss paint! Our patio doors have been ruined by me grinding too close to them, my wrists are burnt from paint stripper and I'm fed up with sanding filler and welds that people just can't do right. That's my lot on bringing back dead helmets that a carrot has painted with hammerite or covered in some oily gunk. If you have a relic helmet, leave it alone, keep it dry, it'll be fine. It's lasted 70 - 100 years in the ground, your shelf will be a relief for it. I'm off to soak my hands in some cold water and have a lay down.
  2. Little Helmets

    I've been working on these for a bit and have a few more to do. Half scale M42 helmets that are pretty accurate. I've painted and aged them and included hand painted 'decals'. Now I need to make some little helmet stands to go with them. They are very nice in the hand being made of steel and with very good weenie copies of the liner and chinstraps. And.....they take up less shelf space and a lot less wallet thickness.
  3. 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.
  4. Display Eagles

    I don't really collect much any more but I can't seem to resist a nice looking Iron Cross or two. I still wander around military shows when I can and also trade the odd bit for my artwork. I've had a shadow frame sitting in the loft for a bit and as I've a few WW2 EKs hanging around I thought it was about time to get them displayed rather than hiding in the back of drawers along with those other few bits and bobs. So here was the plan, find the frame in the loft (Jeez, there's a lot of stuff up there) give it a clean, find out that I'd used it for something else previously and had to cut a new back for it: Find and arrange the Iron Crosses artistically (wow, found an EKI as well lurking in a drawer): Ok, looks pretty nice but there's that gap under the EKI. I needed something to fill it. I've a few various breast and cap eagles but..........aha, I remember having lokked around a show a few months ago I saw some awards mounted alongside what looked like a small train eagle. I'll get one of those I thinks. No chance, can I find one on Mr Google? No. Can I find anything similar? No. So, whatever, I'll make one. There's some very talented people on here making their own small figures, tanks, ships etc. I'll therefore have a go at making my own. Thinking back to school days playing around with clay, how hard can it be? I tried the air drying clay from the local art dealers - rubbish, it just broke up once dried. I tried carving the next one with the oven hardened clay - it was gonna take weeks. So, I sculpted one out of the modelling, sculpting clay available at the art store: With a wingspan of 145mm it turned out ok. So I did another:
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. Display Eagles

    The completed shadow frame with eagle and EKIIs, looks pretty good but still to get onto the wall
  13. 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.........
  14. 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:
  15. 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.
  16. Here's the biggest pictures I can find, maybe others have better higher quality ones....
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Marine On Guadalcanal

    Very nice painting and expertly carried out. A moment caught in time during a lapse in the fighting? Maybe a letter from home, or maybe a letter found with the flag that belonged to its original owner? It's very difficult to capture a moment like this without it seeming posed. Only a very few artists can achieve that in my opinion. Don has captured the moment and has complemented it with his amazing artistic capabilities and skills. Wonderful painting.
  20. Moving up

    German Air Force Panavia Tornado at the 2011 NATO Tiger Association air display in Cambrai, France Sturmgeschütz III Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42.....a frost-bitten dawn advance on the Eastern Front. Sunday 17th September 1944 Early morning on the 4th May 1982, Operation Black Buck Two's stick of twenty one 1000lb bombs hits the Western end of Stanley Airport's runway. Black Buck One's craters from a few days before can be seen across the runway.
  21. Moving up

    Here's another, wrecked KV1
  22. Strange Creatures, These Collectors

    Yes, having just attended a show today, pack and price everything up, try to get it all into the car, set up display tent in field without it blowing away, set up tables, put everything out on display, enjoy the talking to loads of people, and then only sold stuff out of the 'junk bin' for a few quid (not even enough to cover the entrance fee) I'm thinking the same thing. But maybe also moving on a bit.
  23. Moving up

    Thanks very much Gents, very much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed them.
  24. Strange Creatures, These Collectors

    It seems as though you would drive through snow storms to attend shows but, it seems, happily walk round without any dough about your person. Is there some form of plan here? Or is it just a collector's thing? I'm interested, as I do have the occasional stall at events with painted objects for sale and no one ever seems to have any money. I've always wondered why that is......
  25. Moving up

    Thanks Egorka, it's mixed media as I use a sprayed intercoats to protect the layers of pencil drawing and washes as I progress, particularly if I'm airbrushing (not that I use much airbrushing these days - I can't be bothered getting it out and cleaning the thing afterwards). All the colours are acrylic paint. Yes, I had problems with keeping the items on the side of the T34 but superglue and gaffer tape sorted that out