Out2gtcha Posted August 22, 2022 Share Posted August 22, 2022 Well, my lack of modeling MoJo has crept in and has taken hold of me for the last 1/2 a year at least. Even having the largest plastic model show in the country 8 min from my house couldn't get my aircraft modeling MoJo going. About all the NATs did this year is jar me into the realization that I could sell some of my much larger LSPs and make a bit of much needed money and get some much needed space back in the display cabs. The wife and I do look at a lot of YouTube vids on line, specifically crafty stuff, like nature dios, resin casting and such. Seeing ALL of the unique and cool stuff out there and all the techniques and mediums I would like to try (XPS/EPS foam, resin casting, resin pouring/molding, clay ect, ect) I figured that as long as my MoJo for aircraft modeling was stuck, I might as well see if putting my creative urge toward something for the wife in a completely different realm might kick-start my passion for modeling again. I completely realize this type of thing will not be everyone bag, but that's perfectly Ok. I tell you what, this kind of thing is EXTREMELY liberating! No perfect angles to adhere to, no ultra smooth finish to achieve, no seams to make perfectly invisible, its amazing really. The wife is very into nature, whimsical things like fairies, and crystals and the like, but not to the extreme. So, I thought Id make here a tiny fairly moon garden, using nearly every trick and technique I have plus a BUNCH Im going to have to learn. Here is one project that inspired mine, from a Malaysian artist named Mugen Woong. This is not exactly what Ill be going for, as he is using much smaller scale Japanese style 3D printed pagodas and walkways, with live plants and real water in a terrarium type setting, while I will be going for fairy forest/mood garden theme made from XPS foam, plastic, fake grass and moss with whimsical fairy water made from poured resin. I will also be lighting up the entire thing including the fairy cottage, some crystal steps, and the water as well. Here is a rough draft of sizes laid out on some grid paper. The base I got off Etsy that is a very nice looking hand glazed Bonsai pot that will work perfect for my project h I also picked up some XPS foam from Home Depot for the project, which I will use to simulate the rocks The main attraction so-to-speak is the fairy cottage that will reside in the center of the moon. The rest of the project is just in the design phase, but I got started right away on the cottage, as without it, there is no project/birthday gift for my wife. I started with an idea in my head and some dimensions; roughly 2" x 2" square and about 3" tall.......so SUPER small is the name of the game! Here is where I am atm: The base, 2nd floor with front overhang, tower, tower cap and dormer. Im currently in the process of light blocking and painting the interior dark brown and in some spots like the tower, black: Things will eventually go together as such, with a LOT more to do and a lot more additions to go: Ive got to cut out some windows and make up something for light diffusion so warm light will show through all 10 windows, but no one will be able to tell exactly what is going on inside the tine fairy cottage. This whole thing will get covered in some air dry clay to simulate cobblestone as well as some balsa wood additions. More later and thanks for looking in on me! Alex, LSP_K2, thierry laurent and 42 others 45 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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