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Author Topic: "The Secret of the South China Sea" - Steampunk-y-scale model diorama  (Read 1597 times)
MooseMeister
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« on: August 06, 2016, 11:48:41 pm »

Hi there,

my first post! This might actually fit here: you can follow the progress of my scale model over at https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=12750&p=albums&album=29443, but here are some impressions:

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The centerpiece is the "FichtenFoo's Implausible Long-Nose Submersible" form the folks over at https://industriamechanika.com/shop/steampunk/11-fichtenfoo-s-implausible-long-nose-submersible.html

If you want to get the backstory and find out what all the fuzz about "Dr. Elchmeisters Mirakulöse Wasserbombe" or "Dr. Elchmeisters Mensch-Maschine-Leitstand" is, you have to wait a bit until my (amateurish) short story is finished  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2016, 09:36:05 am »

marvelous!  I love the way the submersible looks like a butterfly fish.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2016, 10:56:40 am »

What a lovely thing, very inventive! The detail is fantastic.

Where did the red submersible go, by the way?

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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2016, 11:08:17 am »

The red submersible will "dangle" from the top, given the (coarse) illusion of floating mid-water  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2016, 11:45:39 am »

marvelous!  I love the way the submersible looks like a butterfly fish.

Thanks & good call! The designers of that model were actually going for a long-nose butterfly fish
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2016, 03:59:39 pm »

The red submersible will "dangle" from the top, given the (coarse) illusion of floating mid-water  Smiley

Aha! Excellent!  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2016, 02:15:40 am »

 Are you building an entire archipelago  of  man made islands
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2016, 10:34:28 am »

This is looking excellent; great attention to detail. Will there be fish swimming around in the tank once the  diorama is finished?

Yours,
Miranda.
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MooseMeister
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2016, 04:47:47 pm »

This is looking excellent; great attention to detail. Will there be fish swimming around in the tank once the  diorama is finished?

Yours,
Miranda.

Thanks.

Actually I thought for a minute about adding water to the aquarium, but I am not sure that I sealed all surfaces and crevices properly - so no water - and no fish, except the ones out of resin  Smiley
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MooseMeister
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2016, 04:51:57 pm »

Some more impressions (still WIP):





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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2016, 05:26:52 pm »

Brilliant! The last shot looks like... a Martian Expedition! Do that next! Cheesy

Oh and Antarctica!... with tentacles...  Grin

Love the explorers, by the way.

(I'm overly excited now  Embarrassed  )

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MooseMeister
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2016, 06:03:30 pm »

Brilliant! The last shot looks like... a Martian Expedition! Do that next! Cheesy

Oh and Antarctica!... with tentacles...  Grin

Love the explorers, by the way.

(I'm overly excited now  Embarrassed  )

HP

Thanks!

About the Martian thing: I actually made a lunar diorama (as a kind of company in-joke for our vitrine):

I actually have a 3D printed tentacle that I wanted to fit in but the scenery was already too crowded... Like the Antartica idea, though  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2016, 07:23:43 pm »

This is incredible, love it Grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2016, 10:27:41 pm »

I'm almost done - still no fish, though  Wink



As I wrote also on scalemates.com: The placements of the subs (dangling from the top) was ... well ... not really discrete. Also the lighting of the Shinkai illuminates nothing inside the aquarium   Sad In the last pictures I played around with the colors, but nothing is too convincing. Has someone an idea how to simulate underwater light conditions and tint (without actually pouring water into the aquarium diorama which might actually still be possible, but probably won't do a lot about the colors...)?
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2016, 10:26:37 am »

On scalemates.com someone suggested wrapping cellophane foil (after blue colors from the spray can) around. It was certainly an approvement:

but not 100% satisfactory. So at the end, Photoshop was the savior (at least in my opinion):
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2016, 12:03:25 pm »

Very nicely done!

FichtenFoo used to be a regular poster here, sadly he seems to have long moved on (sadly the way of things).

I look forward to seeing more of your lovely work!
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2016, 10:33:30 pm »

Fabulous! Very underwatery with the eerie photoshopping.

Well done!

HP
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2016, 11:34:46 pm »

Judging by the participants this must have been a recent find near the Spratly Islands. A finding whose importance is revealed by documents dating to the late Meiji Period  Roll Eyes

Perhaps the submersible and submarine were involved in the Spanish American War around the Philippines?
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« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2016, 12:57:29 am »

Like this - suitably moody!
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MooseMeister
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« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2016, 07:31:53 pm »

Just for the fun :-) of it: read the first half of the backstory that explains what happens in the diorama and what actually are "The Secrets of South China" Sea:

http://www.moosedesign.de/Countdown/Countdown1.pdf

(not fully proof-read, not checked for continuity, graphics are a bit compressed, but nothing too severe, some cursing)

Interested in how the story unfolds?

I guess this post basically belongs into a different part of the forum but it seems connected to the photos and the story above, so I put it here anyway.
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« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2016, 01:54:17 am »

Nice job!
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« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2016, 02:19:04 am »

WOW!
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« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2016, 02:00:54 am »

What was your inspiration for this model?   I miss the South China Sea, had lots of fun there.
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MooseMeister
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« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2016, 12:20:01 am »

I tried to think of a back story that tied the sunken Steampunk sub and the Chinese submersible together. At the time (and still) there was increased presence and even provocation by the Chinese Navy in the South China Sea, building artificial islands, temp airfields etc., citing ancient sea maps to support their alleged claim on that area. When I then read the the Jiao'long (the tinier red sub) actually was built to make R&D dives in the South China Sea, I just connected the dots :-)
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« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2016, 02:18:48 am »

I like it!
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