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The Shelf Diorama - Update

As some of you already know, I’m making a shelf diorama for my 1/24 cars. Haven’t mentioned it much because I scrapped the original plan to make this as cheaply as possible. Hooray for being poor! I’m not done, but I’ve made great headway.

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What you see here is plaster cloth on top of white poster board. I laid plaster cloth across it to make a more natural and streamlined surface for the ground foam when I apply it later; which I’m making from scratch btw, so that’ll be an interesting adventure.

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Here is the plaster cloth dried after 24+ hours. The nice thing about plaster cloth is that it also helped me to smooth out some rough edges.

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My first issue with applying dirt was ‘how’. I then realized my wife gave me this spice shaker for some reason, so I filled it with dirt and it worked beautifully.

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The glue I used was mod podge, which takes 30 minutes to dry. I worked in sections (you’ll see this more later) because I didn’t want dirt on the glue brush.

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This is the second section done.

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The third section completed.

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Here is what it looks like now. I had too much dirt on it, so I had to take off the excess (you can see a pot in the tub with the excess in it). You can definitively see where I started and ended each section. Not bad for a first attempt. My next job will be to fill in the gaps between the sections. But it's coming along nicely, :).

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