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Offline Kerick

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Ian McQue style diorama
« on: May 07, 2022, 06:11:46 AM »
I'm starting a new thread for the Ian McQue project I've been working on for a while now. It seems its been so long without an update folks have forgotten what it was all about. So I'm collecting previously posted stuff in one place to make it a bit more organized.

I started with a tower made from a tank from a 1/24th scale truck trailer and some CD discs. Then I built a construction style monster generator set from a shelter from a 1/35th scale US Army truck.

Here's the pics I promised.








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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2022, 06:12:47 AM »
A little progress.



Here's the generator, the tower and the base of the jib crane on top. The tower is made from the tank from a 1/24th scale tanker truck trailer I've had laying around for 40 years or so. The platforms are CD discs.







The top platform I rebuilt using sheet plastic and Evergreen I beams. The device on top is a polystyrene shot glass sanded to sit at an angle so that one side is vertical and will get a door added to it soon. Waiting for a package from Hobbylinc with open web truss beams to make the jibs from. The package from Micro Mark is waiting at the post office if I can get the rest of the family out of the house I can pick that up. Waiting for the sun to come out so I can UV cast some extra parts.

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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2022, 06:18:06 AM »
Construction crane is nearly done. Added doors to two levels of the tower.





Paint soon and then rust and dirt!

I made a Grumpyís Gas and Grease sign by bringing in the image into power point, sizing it down, copying it several times on one page and printing it out on paper. I cut out one image and used Tamiya glue and glued it to the thinnest plastic I had. I then glued another to the opposite side and trimmed it down. Surprisingly the glue didnít change the colors at all. So once I paint the boom I can add the sign.
Working on the tower now adding lots of details and greeblies. I bought a can of iron oxide primer for a base then Iíll try the salt method to have primer showing through the topcoat. Going to try adding conduit made from old sprues that have quarter round corners. That and different size sprues from different kits should give variety. I was thinking of painting them yellow for fuel, red for electrical and orange for communications to add some color just like the utility color codes. Might happen yet.

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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2022, 06:21:53 AM »
Built a forklift type device for the construction crane for lifting pallets. Pretty sure Iíve seen similar devices at construction sites but itís been awhile. I need to take and load some pics. Weather is supposed to be warm tomorrow and Wednesday so maybe some painting.

Here's the pics as promised.

















I painted the trolley and forklift with Testors yellow chromate primer. I don't know if its a good chromate color but it gives a nice "used" shade of yellow. I added several conduits made from sprue using the curved corners of the set without ordering bunches of curved Plastruct elbows.

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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2022, 06:35:34 AM »
My daughter suggested I use a figure she gave me for Christmas last year on this current project. Its the Hasbro Star Wars Mission Fleet figure of the Mandalorian and The Child. Not sure of the scale but bigger than 1/35th. The pilot figure is 1/48th.



I may have to reevaluate the scope and scale of this build!!!
The figures are pretty good but the speeder bike looks like something made from Legos.

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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2022, 06:38:29 AM »
Well, back in December I promised paint and rust. Finally it happened! Krylon white, Testors red and Micro Mark Rust and Dust. Not too shabby. Especially since I bought the Rust and Dust years ago and it was still fine. I found that putting on a second coat the first coat would sort of brake loose and form a more patchy rust look. It worked well over the white and yellow while dulling down the red. Tell me what you think.



I hope this all makes better sense now. All future updates will go here. Also thanks for all the kind and constructive comments I couldn't figure out how to move. The complete sequence so far is under my Strange Observations thread.

It also appears I put this in Aero-space and it would probably go better in sci fi. If one of the mods sees this and wants to move it please do so.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2022, 06:49:13 AM by Kerick »

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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2022, 04:49:12 PM »
I'm starting a new thread for the Ian McQue project I've been working on for a while now. It seems its been so long without an update folks have forgotten what it was all about.

Excellent, because that'd be me! :smiley: :-[
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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2022, 04:55:19 PM »
You sure you want to go bigger than 1/35? ???

The 1/48 figure doesn't look out of place there. In fact, with the 1/35 hatches you've used, he looks to be the perfect scale. :smiley:
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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2022, 09:05:16 AM »
Iím using 1/48th as I can use O gauge railroad parts along with Plastruct and Evergreen parts. Lots of model parts of various scales.

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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2022, 10:07:02 AM »
Yeah, I kinda misread the text & thought you were talking about the scale of the dio, not the Hasbro figures. :-[
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Re: Ian McQue style diorama
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2022, 02:17:35 PM »
I like what I see.

I have loved this type of build since I saw this inspired piece a zillion years ago in Australian Plastic Modeller magazine.
https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/models/sci-fi/tower.htm

Certainly in the zone and really like where thisis going.
Great work :smiley:
« Last Edit: May 09, 2022, 02:19:37 PM by Buzzbomb »