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Title: Explosion In Diorama
Description: ref. images in 1:700 ship dio

cptan - June 9, 2008 08:01 AM (GMT)
Mikasa open fire

Sinking after hit by Kamikaze

Fellow modellers,

Take a look at this Japanese modeller's site I've found on the net... He's good in making explosion in diorama scale lar....

Perhaps U Tank guy can try this on burning tank dio?


koowilliams - June 9, 2008 08:33 AM (GMT)
thanks for the link CPTan...

While I'm now still struggling to make a volcano smoke effect...

beachbum - June 9, 2008 09:07 AM (GMT)
I like the 2nd. set better. Lots of details and quite well done smoke clouds.

My 2 cts is that explosions are probably the most difficult to recreate in dios. I suppose the only thing more difficult would be rain drops. :) Trouble with most recreations of explosions is that:

1. A fire or smoke is "alive" meaning its dynamic and moving so our eyes expect it to move when we view it.
2. Fires are actually translucent and even almost transparent rather than solid. Unlike water which can be translucent or transparent it still has a "solid" like feel to it.

Which means picking the colors, doing the shades and the blending become very difficult not to mention choosing the material. What may look nice in a photo becomes funny looking to the eyes when viewed up close and personal.

A true challenge for any dio maker. Thanks CP for the links.

multifilla - June 10, 2008 01:18 AM (GMT)
Set me thinking as similiar or sculpted compressed Foam from aerosol cans could resemble rising smoke and explosion given controlled squirt. Rest is your painting skill.

It is cheap as a can is claimed to be 40 times its volume on expansion.

Loo CK - June 11, 2008 04:52 AM (GMT)
Now I am very curious Mr Leong.....

rtfoe - June 11, 2008 11:48 AM (GMT)
I saw this foam stuff long ago and never thought of using it that way. I guessed that was what the Japanese guy was using for his plumes of smoke.


multifilla - June 12, 2008 01:14 AM (GMT)
Its fun squirt as you like to control formation. Mist spray with water in between to have bigger cell expansion where needed. Maybe squirt and mist with florescent red, white colors and allow expanding foam to self blend for flames and smoke. What about spraying into loose cotton or real wool to combine explosion and smoke effect or as ejectiles. These are just possibilities in creativity. Spiral spray into a tonardo and a bigger mass as dark clouds above being lightweight self supporting.

Let yourself go have fun and do share your masterpieces or disaster.


multifilla - June 14, 2008 01:50 AM (GMT)
More information on aerosol compressed foam in the art of terrarium. This is doing a diorama within a glass container or bottle where life plants thrive. The foam is to create landscape terrain with micrespheres for textures , coloring oxides for the earth tones etc.

The same applies to scale models dioramas and it is extremely light and strong. More realistic than foam sculpting like creating natural lava flow, rock outcrop in a river.

Squirt into a mold and you get a PU casting.

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