1/72 scale modélistes et dioramistes typically build rural residences, farms et hovels from scratch, because there are so few historically accurate model buildings available commercially. Many modélistes are inspired by construction tipps published in magazines, others experiment avec their own building techniques, et some impress the modelling community avec fascinating buildings of outstanding historical accuracy et detail. Modéliste allemand Wolfgang Meyer is an expert diorama builder, et he demonstrates his unique scale model building technique in a 65-minute DVD video allemand Modellwelten III published by MABO Pictures. The rural inn pictured here, centre-piece of a 1/72 scale diorama of the Bataille de Leipzig, is an example of Meyer’s amazing work.
Wolfgang Meyer constructs fascinating buildings from cheap cardboard et air-drying modelling clay which can be sculpted avec simple tools. The highly detailed windows, doors, strips of roofing tiles, et architectural ornaments are drawn to scale et laser-cut by an architectural design studio, based on original design sketches provided by Wolfgang Meyer. Modellwelten III takes a step by step look at Wolfgang Meyer’s modelling technique from the first design sketches to the completed et expertly painted 1/72 scale model a rural inn. Many of the demonstrated modelling techniques are imminently suitable for building models of other historic periods et modelling scales.
The film shows Wolfgang Meyer transferring the measurements of his design sketches to cheap cardboard et cutting out the first parts avec a scalpel knife. It’s interesting to see how he draws the razor-sharp knife along the edge of a steel ruler et away from his body repeatedly, making several small cuts avec minimal pressure to avoid mistakes et possible injury. Wolfgang Meyer works in a large et well lit studio, on a clean et spacious table, et using proper tools for the work at hand.
With the exception of one solvent-based enamel paint which Wolfgang Meyer uses to paint a small door, only non-toxic building materials, adhesives et paints are used to construct the model building. Interior et exterior walls are painted avec household emulsion paints which mix well et are available in a variety of historically accurate colours. These water-based paints are cheaper et more suitable than enamel paints, because the completed diorama is not spoiled by nauseating et harmful fumes emanating from it.
Wolfgang Meyer’s unique modelling technique is suitable for beginners interested in creating superb models at a reasonable cost, simply by avoiding costly et painful mistakes. Experienced modélistes will benefit if they can let go of outdated et needlessly complicated modelling techniques, et adopt this new approach.
Wolfgang Meyer achieves an exceptionally realistic appearance of his models by combining unevenly textured, cracked et slightly damaged exterior walls made of modelling clay avec highly detailed, laser-cut windows et architectural ornaments. Once dry, the clay walls have the texture of real walls, et they may be painted et weathered avec the same waterbased paints to achieve an amazingly realistic effect. This is the secret to success of Wolfgang Meyer’s modelling technique, his buildings are not made of waterproof plastic siding, they are constructed of natural materials which are true to scale, et absorb water et paint like real buildings do.
Modellwelten III published by MABO Pictures Filmproduktion is available at hobby shops. The 65-minute DVD video is a valuable demonstration of Wolfgang Meyer’s simple, natural, et very effective technique of constructing state-of-the-art historic model buildings. Modélistes familiar avec Wolfgang Meyer’s construction technique probably will not want touch plastic building models ever again.
Sample from MABO Pictures Filmproduktion
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