Self-constructed 1:16 Battlefield items

Postby Marco Peter » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:06 pm

Besides tanks I like to fool around building more 1:16 diorama/battlefield items. Since I joined this forum I found many more of us do, like Panzodrom and other magnificent projects!

I'm certainly not on that level but would like to share some stuff that I make, and 'how'. Constructive critisism is always welcome, as are links to other inspiring projects or tips, I love to try and learn more! :-)
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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:09 pm

Small sandbag-emplacement, fictional.

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Empty CD cakebox.

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Balsa wood

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I LOVE to age my balsa wood using AK Products 'wash for DAK-vehicles. I you partly remove it after a minute or so the wood gets a nice aged look.

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The sandbags are real, filled with salt. Still need to find a good way te close them properly. My current solution using loads of superglue is not very handy.

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It's built to be put in a sandbox
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:15 pm

Excellent. Always good to see new ideas. I love the use of the CD cakebox. Did you make your own sandbags? I can see one possible problem with using salt to fill them. Salt is hygroscopic and potentially could dissolve in the absorbed water.
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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:25 pm

Oops, I don't want the content of my sandbags to dissolve haha!

The CD cakebox was the result of looking around for 'something, anything!' to use... Next time I'll choose something a little bigger.

The sandbags are ordered from eBay, 100pcs for 9,99 or something like that, well worth it!
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:40 pm

It's a bit late now, but you could try using the restaurant trick of putting a few grains of rice in with the salt. The rice would absorb the water first. It works with salt cellars!
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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:48 pm

I could try that, or simply use anything but salt! :-P
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:20 pm

Kiln dried sand is very fine. the main drawback is it comes in 25kg bags. Enough for several thousand 1:16 scale bags, I think.
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Postby dgsselkirk » Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:59 pm

Can you show us the link for the sandbags please?
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:14 pm

I don't think this is the same as the ones Marco Peter found, but this is what I have discovered. http://www.modellkennzeichen24.de/shop/modell-ladegut-_-saecke/modell-saecke-militaer-1_16/50-leere-ladegut-saecke.html
9.99 euro for 100 plus postage.
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Postby wibblywobbly » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:35 pm

Or you could just fill the sandbags with ground rice? Stick it in a coffee grinder, and instant dust.

Excellent work on the diorama, and many thanks for the pics, it's always good to see how things are done. :thumbup:
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Postby Bogeyman » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:48 pm

Top work mate, thanks for the heads up

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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:33 pm

silversurfer1947 wrote:I don't think this is the same as the ones Marco Peter found, but this is what I have discovered. http://www.modellkennzeichen24.de/shop/modell-ladegut-_-saecke/modell-saecke-militaer-1_16/50-leere-ladegut-saecke.html
9.99 euro for 100 plus postage.

Great find! Shipping in Europe = €7.

If you buy 3 packages the price is lowered to €7,50 for 100pcs, so that's kind of free shipping!
300(!) sandbags for less than 0,10ct a piece... I think I'll order myself some more! 8)
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Postby Rad_Schuhart » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:34 am

Love it. Now I know what to do with my sandbags, lol.
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Postby siegfried » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:41 am

Good idea thanks for sharing

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Postby Jussek » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:49 pm

wibblywobbly wrote:Or you could just fill the sandbags with ground rice? Stick it in a coffee grinder, and instant dust.

Excellent work on the diorama, and many thanks for the pics, it's always good to see how things are done. :thumbup:


i was advised some years ago, when i started to build dios, to never use anything 'edible' that can deteriorate and possibly populate the dio with unwanted life. I've filled several hundreds of sandbags, and i've always used beach sand or silica, then tied the sack -like they did in real life- and used carpenters glue diluted in water to soak the filled sandbag, so you can shape them.

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Postby Rad_Schuhart » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:56 pm

Marco Peter wrote:Small sandbag-emplacement, fictional.

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Empty CD cakebox.

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Balsa wood

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I LOVE to age my balsa wood using AK Products 'wash for DAK-vehicles. I you partly remove it after a minute or so the wood gets a nice aged look.

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The sandbags are real, filled with salt. Still need to find a good way te close them properly. My current solution using loads of superglue is not very handy.

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It's built to be put in a sandbox


I want to start building something like that, but it seems I can not find the balsa wood stripes anywhere. I can bind big balsa sheets or square (10mm x 10mm for example) balsa sticks. Could you please tell me how wide are those balsa stripes in milimeters and where can I buy them?


Thanks in advance!
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Postby Rad_Schuhart » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:50 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:What about lolly sticks?
Like these, and 10mm wide

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/50-100-200-500- ... 0694.m4598

Fantastic work by the way :thumbup:

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:57 pm

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/balsa-sheet ... 69031-1000 This is just one UK outlet and I'm sure there are many more. Are you based in Germany? There must be many balsa outlets there for model aircraft builders.
Anyway, congrats on your tastefully presented diorama :thumbup: I like the ageing effects you've given the balsa. I get them from Life itself :D
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Postby Marco Peter » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:58 am

I actually created more items but so far didn't take time to post them here... I should. ;-)
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Postby Will01Capri » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:42 am

Marco Peter wrote:Small sandbag-emplacement, fictional.

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Empty CD cakebox.

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Balsa wood

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I LOVE to age my balsa wood using AK Products 'wash for DAK-vehicles. I you partly remove it after a minute or so the wood gets a nice aged look.

Image
The sandbags are real, filled with salt. Still need to find a good way te close them properly. My current solution using loads of superglue is not very handy.

Image
It's built to be put in a sandbox



That is cool and a great use for old cd storage cover.
I hope you don't mind.... but I am going to have to copy that idea for our war playground at home.
Superb work
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