Thursday, March 11, 2021

A Bus Stop

Blog Catch Up: This really happened during June and July 2020, although the wording of the text makes it seem as if it happened today.

I have quite often passed a particular bus stop in the western suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden. I sort of liked the setup and decided to do a diorama of it. Here is a street view of it, from Google Maps.

The dioarama was to be built in the 1:35 scale, as all of my dioramas so far. I started the build with the bench, which was made out of brass rods and wood strips. Here it is, with the backrest still missing.

And here it is completed.


Next up was the bus stop sign, which was made of brass tubing and brass sheeting.

 

I made the actual signage in MS Power Point and printed it on ordinary printer paper, which I then glued to the sign. I also made time table boards and a waste paper basket.


Here is the bench and the sign. Obviously this picture was taken before I added the waste paper basket. 😀

With the "main actors" in place I started out on the dioarama itself, most of which was carved from extruded foam.


Eventually, it all came together like this.


 




A barn, featuring a Ferguson TE20

Blog Catch Up: This really happened in June 2019, although the wording of the text makes it seem as if it happened today.

As shown in earlier posts I have built a Ferguson TE20, from a Heller kit. I have now built a diorama as a place to show off the Fergie. The scene is a farm yard right outside a barn. The barn is shown as a single wall, built in a typical Swedish 1800 or early 1900 fashion, but having survived in to the late 1900:s. All items, excpet the Fergie itself and the spade, are scratch built. And yes, the cat is a photo 😊




 










Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Ferguson TE20 "GrÄlle" - Finished

Blog Catch Up: This really happened in April 2019, although the wording of the text makes it seem as if it happened today.

The last hand has been put to this build.

















Ferguson TE20 "GrÄlle" - Part 3

Blog Catch Up: This really happened in April 2019, although the wording of the text makes it seem as if it happened today.

Next up were the wheels. I wanted the rims to be partly rusty so I made them a multi-step affair:

- Primer, from a rattle can
- Sprayed them with a Tamiya red brown color, from a rattle can
- A very light coat of hair spray
- Airbrushed the final color (Vallejo Silver grey) 

When the final coat had cured I used a wet cotton swab to gently and partly remove the top coat, revealing the red brown color below.

Here is the result, with tires attached: 


 

Ferguson TE20 "GrÄlle" - Part 2

Blog Catch Up: This really happened in April 2019, although the wording of the text makes it seem as if it happened today.

After having built and primed the power train (with Vallejo grey primer from a rattle can) I decided to paint and weather the power train, since it would be easier to reach all the details at this point rather than when the model was fully assembled.

Overall, the paint job would not be complicated. Everything except a few details should be grey, unless you do the French built FE20 tractor in which case some parts, as the motor, would be red. The Heller kit did actaully include paint, but I found the grey paint a little to dark for my taste. After all, my "Fergie" was to be old and sunbleached, and besides, I did not now how that paint would spray. 

 I did the following
- added the dashboard
- sprayed the complete assemby with Vallejo 70.989 Sky grey
- added the battery and brush painted it black as per the instructions
- painted the radiator piping black as per the instructions
- added miscellaneous cables and pipes using phosphor bronze wire. The
  wire that stood in for cables I painted black.
- painted various details such as the ignition coil and distributor in
  miscellaneous non-grey colors to add some visual interest
- gave everything a wash of turpentine and black and burnt umber oil
  paints. I also gave some parts a wash of AK Track Wash

Here is the result:





Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Ferguson TE20 "GrÄlle" - Part 1

Blog Catch Up: This really happened in April 2019, although the wording of the text makes it seem as if it happened today.

Yet another piece of work equipment. This time a somewhat older type and model, namely a Ferguson TE20 "Little Grey Fergie" tractor. The kit is by Heller and is in 1:24 scale.

 

First subassembly was the powertrain (minus the wheels).


 

Digging a hole - Finished

Blog Catch Up: This really happened in December 2018, although the wording of the text makes it seem as if it happened today.

The dioarama is done. Here are a some pictures.


 




The cab is empty. Where has the driver gone?


 Here he is. Tending to urgent needs!













Is the driver drunk? Starring eyes and the helmet askew 😀