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“Über die Brücke” (A Spring Cleaning Challenge – 30 years on) with Zebraoutrider

“Über die Brücke” (A Spring Cleaning Challenge – 30 years on) with Zebraoutrider

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About the Project

I created a diorama in 1992 for the International Model and Engineering Exhibition but it was never entered because they scrapped the fantasy and sci-fi model competition classes. That was a real shame because I’d managed to get a Highly Commended, Silver and Gold medals in previous competitions. So the diorama was left to gather dust in the loft. I’ve pulled it out now with the aim of restoring it to its former glory as my OTT/BoW Spring Clean Challenge 2022.

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Phase 3 - Making the Water flow

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Having cleaned the river bed and removed the dust by blowing it away and umpteen brushing manoeuvres, it was time to give the water a bit of sparkle. In this case, I used Technical ‘ardcoat from GW and a large brush. Having cleaned the river bed and removed the dust by blowing it away and umpteen brushing manoeuvres, it was time to give the water a bit of sparkle. In this case, I used Technical ‘ardcoat from GW and a large brush.
Three coats of gloss varnish appears to give the appropriate shine, although I may add a further coat or two as the rest of the scenery progresses. Three coats of gloss varnish appears to give the appropriate shine, although I may add a further coat or two as the rest of the scenery progresses.

Phase 2 - Getting plastered again!

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After a delicate soapy wash to remove dust and detritus from the base frame and river, it was time to turn to replastering. However, I needed to protect the woodwork frame with some masking tape before applying the ready made plaster with a trowel and the top surface with a watered-down plaster base using a large but soft brush.After a delicate soapy wash to remove dust and detritus from the base frame and river, it was time to turn to replastering. However, I needed to protect the woodwork frame with some masking tape before applying the ready made plaster with a trowel and the top surface with a watered-down plaster base using a large but soft brush.
After leaving to dry for 48 hours, the exterior sides of the diorama were painted with Abaddon Black using a largish, pointed brush and edged with a small, fine brush. Next up will be to repair the brickwork on the bridge.After leaving to dry for 48 hours, the exterior sides of the diorama were painted with Abaddon Black using a largish, pointed brush and edged with a small, fine brush. Next up will be to repair the brickwork on the bridge.

Phase 1 - Cleaning and Removal of old plaster

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First thing to do is remove the miniatures. The original glue had lost its tack and so all minis came away from their locations pretty easily. The only one to retain any scenery was a Dwarf Runner stuck on a plank of wood. Some miniatures are in better condition than others and will need carefully cleaning before returning to the diorama.  First thing to do is remove the miniatures. The original glue had lost its tack and so all minis came away from their locations pretty easily. The only one to retain any scenery was a Dwarf Runner stuck on a plank of wood. Some miniatures are in better condition than others and will need carefully cleaning before returning to the diorama.
Once the miniatures had been removed, I could see that the main superstructure of the bridge was still fairly sound bar the peeling brickwork. The plaster, on the other hand was very powdery below the top crust.Once the miniatures had been removed, I could see that the main superstructure of the bridge was still fairly sound bar the peeling brickwork. The plaster, on the other hand was very powdery below the top crust.
Using a soft-headed one inch make-up brush, I began the careful extraction of the plaster powder. I took care not to damage the bridge, barge, trees and polystyrene rock superstructure. I managed to recover some fantasy toadstools and plants made from Green Stuff and toothbrush bristles. Once the first stage of cleaning had been completed, I could next look to covering the base frame and start the re-plastering of the rocks. As the re-plastering will get a tad messy, another cleaning phase will be required later on. Using a soft-headed one inch make-up brush, I began the careful extraction of the plaster powder. I took care not to damage the bridge, barge, trees and polystyrene rock superstructure. I managed to recover some fantasy toadstools and plants made from Green Stuff and toothbrush bristles. Once the first stage of cleaning had been completed, I could next look to covering the base frame and start the re-plastering of the rocks. As the re-plastering will get a tad messy, another cleaning phase will be required later on.

What a mess!

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I created a diorama in 1992 for the International Model and Engineering Exhibition but it was never entered because they scrapped the fantasy and sci-fi model competition classes. That was a real shame because I’d managed to get a  Highly Commended, Silver and Gold medals in previous competitions. So the diorama was left to gather dust in the loft. I’ve pulled it out now with the aim of restoring it to its former glory as my OTT/BoW Spring Challenge 2022. The diorama was inspired by Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, which I was really into at the time and obviously used many Citadel Miniatures, although there is a classic Iron Dragon from Grenadier Miniatures hidden in there! I created a diorama in 1992 for the International Model and Engineering Exhibition but it was never entered because they scrapped the fantasy and sci-fi model competition classes. That was a real shame because I’d managed to get a Highly Commended, Silver and Gold medals in previous competitions. So the diorama was left to gather dust in the loft. I’ve pulled it out now with the aim of restoring it to its former glory as my OTT/BoW Spring Challenge 2022. The diorama was inspired by Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, which I was really into at the time and obviously used many Citadel Miniatures, although there is a classic Iron Dragon from Grenadier Miniatures hidden in there!
The diorama base was handmade. The main construction was from polystyrene blocks carved to make the river banks. This was then coated in plaster mixed with powder paint and white polyfilla for the snow effects. The diorama base was handmade. The main construction was from polystyrene blocks carved to make the river banks. This was then coated in plaster mixed with powder paint and white polyfilla for the snow effects.
The trees are old dead, Welsh wild heather branches. The bridge is constructed from balsa wood with brickwork made from Das Modelling clay. The barge was scratch built from balsa wood with cork chunks for its cargo. The Toll House roof is made from card. The trees are old dead, Welsh wild heather branches. The bridge is constructed from balsa wood with brickwork made from Das Modelling clay. The barge was scratch built from balsa wood with cork chunks for its cargo. The Toll House roof is made from card.
All the plaster has deteriorated due to varying temperatures and humidity whilst in storage so that the base is covered in dust and plaster powder. The modelling clay has also separated from the superstructure of the bridge. Some of the miniatures have now become unstuck and embedded themselves in the detritus. All the plaster has deteriorated due to varying temperatures and humidity whilst in storage so that the base is covered in dust and plaster powder. The modelling clay has also separated from the superstructure of the bridge. Some of the miniatures have now become unstuck and embedded themselves in the detritus.
First up will be the careful removal of the miniatures and inspection for damage. I will put them then aside so that I can inspect the state of the main bridge structure and river banks prior to cleaning. First up will be the careful removal of the miniatures and inspection for damage. I will put them then aside so that I can inspect the state of the main bridge structure and river banks prior to cleaning.

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