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Alexander Grivonev (Alex G.)

WIP *Soviet Heavy Metal* Part 2 - Diorama Base

The finished Tu-128 will be a part of a little snowy diorama with an airfield service vehicle.


Palo M
How do you solder it so cleanly?
17 March 2021, 10:24
Alec K
Super project, taking a seat 👍
17 March 2021, 12:03
Chris Greathouse
Cool! Hopping on for the ride.
17 March 2021, 12:06
Alexander Grivonev
Palo, for all the soldering questions please contact Mr. Bughunter: bughunter

This guy is a magician. Practice and patience in my case, that is all there is.
17 March 2021, 14:05
base coming along nicely
26 March 2021, 10:21
Steven Van Dyck
Alexander, black marker ink can bleed through paint layers in time, take care that this black won't resurface in some months of time. The pigment particles are smaller than paint pigment and they tend to migrate through them.
26 March 2021, 11:42
Alexander Grivonev
Thanks for the heads up Steven, i will give it a couple of layers of Future to hopefully seal it 👍
26 March 2021, 12:12
Alec K
Man, you don't mess around! Very nice progress 👍
26 March 2021, 12:17
Rui S
Interesting. I'm in 😎
27 March 2021, 11:06
Alexander Grivonev
Join us, portuguese Snow Man
27 March 2021, 11:21
Rui S
Thanks Mate. Nice of you to share by photos your snow study. I see, using that kind of snow product it is prone to simulate a paste that, dosen't attract bugs😉, but instead creates a furry kind of snow 😄 😄 😄 (you have to agree that the pun / quibble is funny?) In the package the "stuff/ed" material is recomended for HO scale? Plan B?
27 March 2021, 11:29
Alexander Grivonev
Right now I am just weighting my options, this was just the first test. Yeah, the snow is for HO scale and should be suitable for 1:72. Don't get me wront it does look really really good but if you zoom in you see the individual fibers. I am considering this one plan B. Next test will be some snow products from AK, pictures following the next days 👍

BTW that pun was awful 😄 😄
27 March 2021, 12:24
Erik De Smet
AK interactive has some nice snow products for dios. I used them for my Dakota crash and Gladiator dios
27 March 2021, 12:27
Rui S
You mean fur, not fibers, right? Sorry Mate, I didn't know that your sense of humor was going so low 😄 😄😄

So you are getting the professional materials on bord? Looking forward for the next tutorial 👍
27 March 2021, 12:29
Alexander Grivonev
Erik I read that first as "AK interactive has some nice products for idiots" 😄😄 They sure do, they really are fool proof and there are even instruction videos on Youtube.
27 March 2021, 16:18
Looks really good so far, looking forward to your next snow experiments. 👍
27 March 2021, 18:33
Julian Herrero aka Yuri
27 March 2021, 20:25
Łukasz Gliński
Your test subject looks better than my hangar apron 😄 😄 😄
Loving the snow applicator Mk.5000 👍
Btw. remember you're making a Siberian dio, the snow in such temperatures gets stiff and hard like a stone (checked this out one day in Finland), so it may look a little bit different than a fresh&soft one we get in Mid-Europe.
27 March 2021, 21:42
Alexander Grivonev
Yeah had that in mind too with the snow. Second test subject looks promising! Pics tomorrow.
27 March 2021, 23:06
Martin Oostrom
Summer time is here and I'm feeling chilled to the bone 😉
28 March 2021, 10:31
Rui S
Oh the microballoons..., in my search for snow, I read about them in a model magazine, I think it was n.20 "Art du Modelisme" (no, not this one but has a nice article about snow). They are perfect for this purpose.
The Deluxe materials brand also produces them but they are expensive (so not for me). In that publication they advise to use mask during its application because they are so small that they can be inhaled and are harmful to health.
You can also read about them in this link (beautiful internet):


Perfect. keep it comming mate 👍
28 March 2021, 11:19
Erik De Smet
I told you it is good stuff. And you can mix it with acrylic paint of other AK products to get dirty snow.
28 March 2021, 11:28
Alexander Grivonev
Thought also about breathing this stuff in. Particles that small are never a good thing for the lungs I guess. But thanks to the virus there is an abundance of masks anyway in each household👍
28 March 2021, 12:33
Łukasz Gliński
Wow, that second stuff is very realistic 😮
28 March 2021, 14:02
Alec K
Great result 👍. I am filing this for future use...
28 March 2021, 15:14
Alexander Grivonev
Starting vehicle finished, pictures tomorrow👍
29 March 2021, 18:43
Looks very nice already. 👍
29 March 2021, 19:03
100% following. Gosh. This is amazing work... Love admiring all that PE work and those who build these dioramas. ?
29 March 2021, 19:08
Erik De Smet
The round elastic is a very clever and useful thing for the representation of cables and (fuel) hoses . I guess it can be found in local shops .
29 March 2021, 19:30
Alexander Grivonev
Thx guys.

I liked the cable material too, very "organic" and bendable. Found mine on eBay.
29 March 2021, 19:36
Sooo lovely 👍
29 March 2021, 20:55
Andy Ball
Running out of superlatives to support your posts - so will just say this is a terrific addition to show off the Fiddler.
29 March 2021, 21:02
Alexander Grivonev
The truck is finished, all the pics in an separate album: APA-5D Airfield Service Vehicle | Album by Alex G. (1:72)
30 March 2021, 19:04
Alexander Grivonev
The next piece of the diorama puzzle completed!
1 April 2021, 12:32
Raphael Bernecole
Great construction, very beautiful model, great technical mastery. I like it ! , Congratulations !😉
1 April 2021, 12:39
Rui S
Getting better all the way 👍
1 April 2021, 13:22
wow. the ladder is just the perfect icing for this amazing cake!
1 April 2021, 13:25
Awesome scratch detail work on the ladder - looks very realistic and adds greatly to both the size of the model as well as the overall appearance in a diorama! 👍 👍 👍
1 April 2021, 13:49
Thomas Espe
Amazing work on the ladder, really good work
1 April 2021, 15:36
Andy Ball
Disappointed though, that you didn't feature the semi naked Soviet technician from the photos! Splendid finale however!
1 April 2021, 20:30
Alexander Grivonev
Don't tempt me Andy, the ladder wasn't planned either from the beginning 😄😄
1 April 2021, 20:44
Alec K
Ladder is excellent, as comrades above have already mentioned, lack of perforation and semi nakedness notwithstanding 👍
1 April 2021, 23:04
Christian Bruer
I like this Heavy Metal 👍
7 April 2021, 18:36
David Taylor
7 April 2021, 19:15
Alexander Grivonev
Hello Mates, Sorry for the lack of updates lately, but I am desperately waiting for some diorama figures to arrive in the mail. The post of Mother Russia is awfully slow these days. At the latest next winter the diorama will be finished, I promise😄
6 May 2021, 18:46
Hanno Kleinecke
That is a truely breathtaking piece of work. NMF at its best, fantastic attention to detail
in every respect 👍
6 May 2021, 19:09
Urban Gardini
Love you work and dedication to the project. Nice ideas and it'll be a sight when it's done. I'm late to the show but now I'm here following the home stretch!
6 May 2021, 19:20
Alexander Grivonev
Thx mates. Urban, you are far from late to the show. The project is still in progress! Still waiting for a parcel from Mother Russia with figures for the dio.
31 May 2021, 10:54
Urban Gardini
Either way I'm here now and enjoying it fully!
31 May 2021, 16:01
Николай Дом
Грандиозный проект, смотрю с восхищением.
5 June 2021, 10:43


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