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Title: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on February 11, 2013, 10:17:16 AM
I am making a model of the street outside my apartment building in South Boston. The view is (corrected for parallax):

(http://images57.fotki.com/v496/photos/7/698387/11665124/DorchesterAveand4thstreet-vi.jpg)

I thought I would start with the most challenging part, which is to make the road markings. As you know, these are sprayed paint but applied very wet and have a distinct thickness and applied as a band about 12"  (30cm) wide with a distict ridged surface.

After lots of experimenting, I found that I could mask out a shape on thick mylar, apply the paint (Golden liquid acrylics) and smooth it out with a squeegee (The squeegee is used to apply a clear film to a cellphone). The thickness of the masking tape is about right for a scale paint-film thickness, and roughness of the the tape causes the squeegee to move unevenly and give the top of the paint a ridged appearance. I removed the tape as quickly as possible to allow the paint to flow a little and have a rounded edge.

It took most of the day to get this far, but luckily there was a blizzard going on outside, so I had nothing else to do!

(http://images12.fotki.com/v540/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2942-vi.jpg)

I think it gives the correct apprarance of a painted traffic arrow. Now I have to let it dry for a week of so and then I can peel it off the mylar and stick it onto the base. Then I can weather it with a q-tip and solvent to get a good worn effect.

Since my bottle of Skull White from CItadel has dried up, I am looking for a nice replacement acrylic to give a cracked paint line...more soon.


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: Chuck Doan on February 11, 2013, 10:24:45 AM
Good to see a new project!


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on February 12, 2013, 09:50:29 AM
The base is made. I used cherry plywood and cherry edging. I am branching out from my usual dark walnut stain and I like how it matches my new desk! There is also a cherry spacer to give it a floating look, rather than sitting flush with the display surface.

(http://images15.fotki.com/v1626/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2945-vi.jpg)

(http://images52.fotki.com/v728/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2943-vi.jpg)


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: Ray Dunakin on February 12, 2013, 10:45:48 AM
Interesting approach on painting the arrow.


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: chester on February 12, 2013, 05:31:00 PM
Good to see another street from you. I'm particular to cherry with no color.


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on May 15, 2013, 02:37:36 PM
A quick update.
I made a Boston street grate out of extruded rod, sheet styrene and injection moulded letters. It took a lot of scalpel nibbling and then filing with a triangular file to get the shapes right but it looks good test fitted in place.
(http://images52.fotki.com/v726/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2948-vi.jpg)

(http://images12.fotki.com/v616/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2952-vi.jpg)

And the easy part was buying some 1/24 manhole covers from Dave at Vectorworks. I used one OOB and the other I made a new rim to have a slightly misfitting cover

(http://images50.fotki.com/v1558/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2953-vi.jpg)

(http://images108.fotki.com/v613/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2954-vi.jpg)


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: finescalerr on May 16, 2013, 01:38:48 AM
Nice to see you back at work. -- Russ


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: marc_reusser on May 16, 2013, 09:48:30 AM
I agree with Russ..so great to see you back at this. Always a joy to watch and a lots to learn. I missed the arrow technique post earlier....what a great trick. Definitely ome to remember. Thanks.


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on May 21, 2013, 07:16:48 AM
Thanks Russ. Its nice to be back at the bench. Marc: very happy to be of service. I can feed you the ideas and you can execute them more finely than I could ever hope.

A quick update. One line was painted directly onto the surface and attached immediately with masking tape and a scalpel to weather it. The other thicker stripe was painted out onto mylar and then peeled off and glued onto the base. This is yet to be weathered, but I like the thickness of the paint on the road. And lastltly an overall with the arrow not stuck down. I am just working out its final location.

(http://images54.fotki.com/v77/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2956-vi.jpg)

(http://images57.fotki.com/v496/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2957-vi.jpg)


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on June 06, 2013, 01:14:16 PM
All the pieces are glued into place. I used Elmers (PVA) to glue the arrow down as well as the BWSC plate, and superglue for the manhole covers. I filled the space between the studs on the BWSC plate with a sifted dirt and Elmer's glue to give a sense of trapped crud. I am very happy with all the different textures on this little scene.

(http://images49.fotki.com/v1511/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2963-vi.jpg)

(http://images52.fotki.com/v737/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2966-vi.jpg)

(http://images108.fotki.com/v1629/photos/7/698387/11665124/IMG_2965-vi.jpg)

Now to start the weathering...


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: Chuck Doan on June 06, 2013, 02:29:14 PM
Looking good, Narayan!


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on July 22, 2013, 02:39:16 PM
I finally finished this one. It will be winging its way to Portugal shortly.

I had fun applying the oil drips to the road surface... I applied paint to a piece of dental floss and then stretched it taut and applied "drips" in a straight line to simulate oil leaking from a moving car. I found that I could use a fresh No.11 blade and carve in the cracks to the white paint and it looked pretty good, provided I followed the detailed reference pics I had. The weathering was very routine stuff.

Here is an overall:
(http://images46.fotki.com/v4/photos/7/698387/11665124/Dio1-vi.jpg)

And some details
(http://images51.fotki.com/v102/photos/7/698387/11665124/Dio2-vi.jpg)

(http://images52.fotki.com/v1551/photos/7/698387/11665124/Dio3-vi.jpg)

(http://images51.fotki.com/v1560/photos/7/698387/11665124/Dio4-vi.jpg)

(http://images60.fotki.com/v661/photos/7/698387/11665124/Dio5-vi.jpg)




Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: marc_reusser on July 22, 2013, 11:27:40 PM
This looks realy nice. The weathering, oil and cracks in the paint came out great. Really a wonderful study of these details. I really enjoyed seeing this develop, it brought a lot of interesting details to light, that I had never noticed before (such as the arrow stem tapering, and the oddly layered paint thicknesses). I also like haow you have take the same basic elements as at the real intersection, and done just a slight bit of adjustment, to make the composition be visually better balanced.


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: Ray Dunakin on July 22, 2013, 11:50:06 PM
Yeah, what Marc said!



Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: finescalerr on July 23, 2013, 01:44:53 AM
Adequate. -- Russ


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on July 23, 2013, 04:36:45 AM
Marc thank you for that critique. Coming from you it is very high priase indeed. You are absolutely right about the composition. I really like playing around with the compositional elements to find some balance. I've always admireed artists like Fred Sandback who can just have two lines on a sheet of paper and it is perfect, right composition right colour.

Thanks Ray and Russ for your feedback


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nalmeida on July 23, 2013, 08:05:16 AM
Great work, looks very real. If someone told me it was the real thing I would easily buy it. Out of curiosity, why are you sending it my way (Portugal)?


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nk on July 28, 2013, 09:27:04 AM
Hi Nalmeida, I am sending it to a friend in Lisbon who is an artist. He gave us a painting when we saw him a couple of years ago and I know he loves street markings, so I made this model for him. He was in Boston a few months ago and saw it in progress and was excited to receive it when it was done. That is why it's on its way to Portugal.  

I don't have a lot of storage space at home, so I tend to make these little scenes and then give them away to friends. That way I can keep on building and not worry about accumulating too much clutter in my apartment.


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: finescalerr on July 28, 2013, 12:16:48 PM
Good hearted, generous, and practical--nice combination. -- Russ


Title: Re: 4th Street at Dorchester Avenue
Post by: nalmeida on July 30, 2013, 07:09:49 AM
Thanks for the feedback, I know the world is a real small place but these things really make it small!!