Not bad, just rusty

Small structures and big sponsors

Firstly, and most importantly, I’m very proud and honored to be sponsored by some of my favorite companies in the hobby. I couldn’t be more pleased to call FOS Scale Models, BEST Trains, KC’s Workshop and Monument Hobbies official friends! Nothing’s changing around these parts, it just means there’s going to be even more content! […]

by Rusty on April 18, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Finished Emporium Seafood

I got a lot done since the last post as I wanted this one to showcase the finished Emporium. Here’s everything that I did between then and now: Painted all the castings Finished the maintenance shop, including the roof and fully detailed interior. Finished the rear loading dock Finished the stairways at the front and […]

by Rusty on March 31, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

STOP! In the name of “ground work”!

Right at the start of the Emporium Seafood instructions, George tells you to build your base and add the retaining walls. Naturally, I skipped over that part and dove straight into the structure. A couple days ago, I hit a road block — and it’s because I didn’t build my base. See, in order to […]

by Rusty on March 16, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Emporium Seafood: Part IV

After a week out of State, I got back to the bench. The next thing up was the stairway. As with any kit, I always stain, paint and weather all the clapboard/wall sections in one go. The worst thing in kit building, I think, is getting further into the construction only to have to stop […]

by Rusty on March 8, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Emporium Seafood: Part III

Picking up where I left off — I started with the small office building on tall stilt legs. As this is pretty similar to the main building in terms of materials and technique, I thought I’d instead highlight what each of my stain steps look like. I use thin/light stains in multiple layers, so any […]

by Rusty on February 27, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Emporium Seafood: Part II

Got some more work done to Emporium Seafood over the weekend. Picking up where I left off, I got to putting the roof together. First up, the trusses: Using pastel chalks, I aged and weathered the roof. The nuts on the trusses were painted using a rust effect paint by Modelmates (now Dirty Down, a […]

by Rusty on February 22, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Emporium Seafood: Part I

I said to myself I’d leave this kit for last. It’s the focal point of the harbor and thought it would be great to build last up. I’m diving in already. First order of business was priming all the castings. I separated everything out by material and worked from there. It’s the easiest way, I […]

by Rusty on February 17, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Finished Siekirk’s Seafood

First of all, let me start off by apologizing for not having any more in-progress photos to show for this build. Time crunches put me on a schedule and any build time was spent doing just that. Here’s what I did between then and now, to bring it across the finish line: Finished the small […]

by Rusty on January 15, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Siekirk’s Seafood – Part I

This week I made a start on my new structure for the tribute to Rocky Point Harbor. On George’s original, he has the “Izzy Fish Co.” next to Saulenas’. I debated for a while on whether to scratch build the whole thing or kitbash. During a flick through FOS Scale’s catalog, I noticed that “Gordon […]

by Rusty on January 8, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Finished G.S Scale Supplies

It’s time to move on to a new structure on the Rocky Point Harbor tribute, but before I could do that, I needed to bring all the most recent builds to 100%. With Saulenas’ and Swee’Peas in the bag, my G.S Scale Supplies building remained. I present the finished build: Up next is my take […]

by Rusty on January 3, 2021, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Finished Swee’Pea’s Rooming House

Since bringing Saulenas’ across the finish line, I turned back to Swee’Pea’s and did the same. Extra details like scuppers, window shutters, curtains, awnings, lamps, pigeons, organic growth etc… all still had to be added, so I spent the last two nights doing all that to bring the build to 100%. I have left out […]

by Rusty on December 31, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Finished Saulenas’ Tavern

Over the past week I’ve been pretty busy with work and life, especially as we’re on the runway to/from Christmas. That being said, I’ve found time where I could to bring my scratch-built Saulenas’ Tavern across the finish line. I began this build on November 22, so it’s taken me exactly one month to complete […]

by Rusty on December 25, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Saulenas’ Tavern: Part III

After finishing the main walls of the structure, I started making a roof cap. Using a chunk of regular, corrugated cardboard I traced the structure from the inside and carefully cut it out. 10 minutes later, I had my roof. Black construction paper was then lightly misted with flat-gray, rattle can primer and strips cut […]

by Rusty on December 12, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

The Tavern’s Walls – Part II

With Thanksgiving done and dusted, I got back to the bench and started work again on my full-size Saulenas’ Tavern build. For posterity, here’s the reference of the original seen on F&SM again: First, with the walls still flat on my work surface, I got all the base painting done. I started with a wash […]

by Rusty on November 30, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Full size Saulenas’ Tavern – Part I

I’m still finishing Swee’Peas’ Rooming House, but as that build winds down I’ve already begun working on the next: Saulenas’ Tavern. Bar Mills makes a kit that’s been around for years and I’m using it as a base for my build. I’m only using it in this way because it’s not the full, original Tavern […]

by Rusty on November 24, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Swee’Pea’s – Part II

I got busy painting all my 3D printed parts, including printing some new pieces like a chimney stack, workbench (not used on this structure), a tire, scuppers, downspouts and more. These fine details will be added over the course of the next week or more — which will complete the build. For now, I got […]

by Rusty on November 20, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Swee’Peas Bar & Grill – with Rooming House

I have started the structure for Swee’Pea’s. The walls I’m using are from FOS Scale Models. Some have been cut to length, others have been added to for height. All lumber not specified is from Northeastern. Also, I got some new 3D parts printed, including a cornice and storefronts. These all look wonky right now, […]

by Rusty on November 14, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

G.S Scale Supplies

With all of the blog posts detailing my journey into HO scale modeling lost forever, I’m using my current build to start again. This time making sensible backups as I go. Each and every day I find new inspiration from George Sellio’s wonderful layout, the Franklin & South Manchester Railroad. I think many of us […]

by Rusty on November 13, 2020, filed: ROCKY POINT HARBOR (HO)

Quick update

Life got in the way recently, which means little has progressed with the diorama. Here’s what I did get up to though: Here’s the completed fire escape. I added handrails and some styrene to take away from the inherent flatness of photo etched kits.

by Rusty on February 18, 2017, filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to make 1/35 sach windows

Making scale windows from scratch is a task that even the most enthusiastic modellers loath – especially when you have to build a bunch of them. It’s fiddly, long and requires lots of precision. Making windows in a jig, then, transforms the process into an enjoyable one.  Here’s mine: This is all based on Ken […]

by Rusty on February 4, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

Apartment: Part Two

More progress with the apartment building yesterday.   I’ve still got a lot to do on it. I have to build and fix the fire escape, add filler for mortar, make the smaller service shutter, fill the gaps, make an extractor fan, add the cabling, paint it, graffifi it and finally weather it. Of course, this […]

by Rusty on , filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

Apartment: Part One

Got a lot done on Friday. I finished, apart from some filling and painting, the front of the apartment block. It will later be super-detailed with things like exposed cabling and waste pipes and then weathered to finish. The brick molds from Diorama Debris have come out well. They are somewhat tricky to work with […]

by Rusty on January 29, 2017, filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

Through a window

Over the past few days I’ve got a bunch of things underway, including a sign for a laundromat, brickwork and finishing the windows. This is the sign in its unfinished state – the completed piece I shall show soon. I cut styrene at 45 degree angles to make the box, using smaller angled styrene for […]

by Rusty on January 22, 2017, filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

Buildings and Windows

In effort to make some more leaps and bounds, as opposed to concentrating on details, I’ve begun constructing some buildings. I’m using foam board as the Skelton, upon which a brick plaster will be applied later. The foam board I’m using isn’t the best so I may end up replacing it all. Above is the […]

by Rusty on January 15, 2017, filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

It’s all about the base

Designing a plinth base is immediately rewarding. It means you can see the physical size you’re working to, but it’s also a canvas to design your blueprint upon. This base measures 350 x 160mm and was built using a plywood base and wood moulding purchased at a local DIY store – its cheap but looks […]

by Rusty on January 8, 2017, filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

Stairs to nowhere

When building a diorama there are few things as good as finding a kit that A) suits your needs to the sprue and B) it’s cheap. That’s exactly what I had with finding MiniArt’s “Metal Stair”: For those unfamiliar, MiniArt make a whole variety of different models ranging from singular objects like this to full […]

by Rusty on , filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to make 1/35 radiators

Part of the diorama focuses around an open fire escape, in which a main character stands, so I know I have to build and populate part of a corridor that leads to said door. There will be two details, a fire extinguisher and a radiator. The latter of which I’m scratchbuilding. I built it with […]

by Rusty on , filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to make 1/35 ducting

I’ve started on many details of “Closing Time” already, putting the cart somewhat before the horse. I say that because I’m still skirting around constructing the buildings for the alley itself. I’m still working out various plans of where things will go and how… so it’s fruitless building major components if things are only going […]

by Rusty on January 5, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

Back again

After almost two years of not posting a single word here on this blog I’m sure most people figured I was out-of-business. For a while, I guess I was. All my tools and materials were packed in the shed and life and it’s other interests took over. But now I’m back. I’m back with another […]

by Rusty on December 27, 2016, filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)


As usual, it’s been a while since my last update. I am still here, percolating in the background. I’ve been thinking about my next project and I think I may have decided. It’s something urban. Don’t know much more than that, but that’s how these things always start… a simple idea. Then the passion and […]

by Rusty on November 27, 2014, filed: OUT OF HOURS (wip)

“Who Goes There?”

As projected, today I finished “Who Goes There?” It has been a sweet little project, taking a few hours a day for 17 days. It’s been a real learning curve, as I intended to improve my figure painting skills. I mostly painted with the airbrush. Everything from clothing, skin, debris, road, terrain, barrels. In fact […]

by Rusty on June 19, 2014, filed: WHO GOES THERE? (1:35)

A few WIP photos

With the diorama complete, I thought I’d share a few pictures from its work in progress. I haven’t gone into much detail over its creation on the blog, but that’s mainly because there isn’t many new techniques I can share from what I already have from “I am two bullets”. This diorama was mainly an exercise […]

by Rusty on June 18, 2014, filed: WHO GOES THERE? (1:35)

Calm before the storm drain

Over the past few days I’ve been working away on the latest diorama. I’ve since titled it: “Who Goes There?” I’ve painted all three models and I’m happy with the results. I’ve some more details to paint and then it’ll be done! A little over the original 10 day schedule, but it’s been more pleasurable to […]

by Rusty on , filed: WHO GOES THERE? (1:35)


I was away at the weekend and yesterday I was too sad by the news of Rik Mayall’s passing to have made any progress. Today, however, I have. The groundwork was laid. The dirt was with the same method used on “I am two bullets”. I have mixed it up a little bit, as here […]

by Rusty on June 10, 2014, filed: WHO GOES THERE? (1:35)

I see you

More work on the still-untitled-tiny-diorama today. Mould lines and sanding mostly. Still hoping to have this done within 10 days, but something tells me I’ll draw it out a little longer than that. You know, because you have to savour these things… Set up a dry test as well and I’m really liking the positioning […]

by Rusty on June 5, 2014, filed: WHO GOES THERE? (1:35)

Start of something… tiny

In the wake of “I am two bullets” I’ve decided to jump back into the mix straight away and make another diorama. I’m due to start a new job in two weeks from today and I will need to get it done by then, unless I want to delay it to September. No thanks. With […]

by Rusty on June 2, 2014, filed: WHO GOES THERE? (1:35)


An incredible response over the past week since I posted “I am two bullets”. It’s a great feeling when someone takes the time to write a comment about something you’ve made. I appreciate it so much and I thank you all. On Cool Mini or Not, just this morning, it got a place on the “Top Last […]

by Rusty on , filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

“I am two bullets”

After painting the details, filling the craters and fixing the figures… It’s done! This diorama started out as a small idea just over a month ago. It was intended to be a small project, aimed toward re-greasing my rusty bones (my line of work either permits me all the time in the world or none at […]

by Rusty on May 25, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Little pig, little pig…

I’ll be the first to say that there is zero hype or, rather, justification enough to be posting a “teaser” for my diorama. It’s borderline pretentious, quite frankly. However — This evening, being close enough to the finish line, I was taking some sample snaps and, well, I couldn’t resist posting this ahead of the final results:

by Rusty on May 21, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Ground control to Major Tom

Note: I’ve detailed this particular process with mistakes and all – an effort to help those considering similar products and applications. Therefore I highly recommend to read it all if you are to take any advice from it.  So, within the past few days the groundwork is nigh-on complete. Which has moved me onto the last couple of […]

by Rusty on , filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Final title is…

Given a recent change to the diorama’s composition (eagle-eyed readers will spot this change from initial pictures to the final ones) I have retitled the piece to: “I am two bullets”    

by Rusty on May 17, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Power of powders

Whilst I am in the midst of some resin nightmares (post coming soon) I have been working with weathering powders on bringing the groundwork to it’s fullest potential – and it’s finish. Between the time I created “Lost” and now, I have discovered that using weathering powders on groundwork is almost as important as painting it. […]

by Rusty on May 16, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Coke can anyone? How about a dry test…

I woke up the other day and felt the need to make a coke can. Well, I already have a resin one in the diorama, but I felt I needed a crushed one too. So I set about making one and it only took about 20 minutes. Here is the unpainted result (sat on GW […]

by Rusty on May 9, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

A sign of life

Today marked the start of painting the groundwork. After masking off the through-frame – which was very tricky, given the multiple grooves and curves, a decent covering of Graveyard Earth was painted over the terrain. Specific objects, like the jersey barrier, trench plates, sandbags, struts etc were avoided – no need to add a unnecessary layer […]

by Rusty on May 6, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Show me some detail

Spent a lot more time last week superfining the diorama. Painting and modelling. Various items, including coke cans, grenades, a battery (torture methods or for jump starting a genny?), jerry cans, barb wire spools, guns, bullet casings and more… Here are two teasers, one of modelling: and one of painting: Also, the diorama groundwork was […]

by Rusty on May 5, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)


Today, with the groundwork almost cut and dried, I started superfining the details. A process that is both very rewarding, time consuming and often frustrating. Until you remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing. First up, a small spool was made on which to hold the barb wire (from a few weeks ago). […]

by Rusty on May 2, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Groundwork Day

Over the past few days since the last post, I’ve been busy painting the Elysian guardsmen and waiting on some more(!) stuff in the post to start completing the groundwork. Nearly 99% arrived yesterday, so I made a start! First, Tetrion was mixed (trusty water-resistant filler powder + water + PVA glue) and then laced all […]

by Rusty on May 1, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

A little detail won’t hurt

I’ve spent 90% of today (time spent making the diorama, rather than the day as a whole) adding detail. The other 10% has been painting. I’ve begun super-fining the details spread all over the diorama, like this Jersey Barrier from Ainsty Castings.I’ve cut it short and sanded it curved for it to line up against the […]

by Rusty on April 23, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

A title

The diorama has a working title: “One Each”

by Rusty on April 19, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Sandbags, placement and Dremels

For starters, I fixed my compressor! Huzzah! Damn the damp, but thanks to elbow grease and patience I didn’t have to pay a penny for any new parts. Today was productive, then. I received batch 1 of 2 of the models. Which is good, as everything is hinging on their placement to move the diorama’s […]

by Rusty on April 17, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

Forwards and backwards…

Made good progress today with the diorama. Took a couple steps back too… My trusty compressor has given up the ghost. I think. Spent a hour or so taking it apart. Looks like I can source the part… if it is that bit. Sigh. Also got delivered the wrong models. Another few days wait – […]

by Rusty on April 15, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)


A bag full of goodies from Salute – and what an event it is (first time)! I’ve dry tested a few bits and pieces and … it’s a no-go. Having to return a few key pieces and order up some other ones instead. Sigh. Here’s to more waiting! Thankfully I have Bob’s Burgers to keep […]

by Rusty on April 12, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)


Rough cut both the foam core and the through frame this morning. A higher level of precision and detail of shaping will be achieved once I have all the supplies, figures included.

by Rusty on April 11, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)

“Untitled” mini diorama

Here we go. To ease back into the diorama game I’ve conjured up an idea for a little mini diorama that’s currently still untitled. The general idea surrounds trench warfare in a future war. I bought the base from a charity shop, as actual trophy display bases are quite expensive. In fact, it’s actually part […]

by Rusty on April 9, 2014, filed: I AM TWO BULLETS (1:35)


To say I’m busy is an understatement. It’s 5:26AM on a Saturday morning and I’m at work still. Go figure. Whether I’m just delusional with fatigue, then, I don’t know, but I think I have been bitten by the bug again. “Recovery” may have just got recovered.

by Rusty on September 28, 2013, filed: RECOVERY (wip)


Been finding all the time I can in-between work, writing and swimming to carry on with the diorama. Little by little it progresses each day. I’m always really excited to see the finished product, but success isn’t a destination. It’s a journey. And that’s the part I love the most, so I’m not rushing anything. […]

by Rusty on April 19, 2012, filed: RECOVERY (wip)

Artillery Tractor

Progress has been made since returning with a bag full of goodies from Open Day. One of them is almost done.

by Rusty on April 12, 2012, filed: RECOVERY (wip)


So, after just over a month of hiatus, I am winding the crank again on my second diorama: “Recovery”. I will change the title, I am sure. I attended the Forge World open day – the first type of event I have ever attended, actually. A great day out, packed with meeting some very talented […]

by Rusty on April 4, 2012, filed: RECOVERY (wip)


Just received it. Now just waiting on a few other Death Korps pieces and I am good to go.

by Rusty on February 28, 2012, filed: RECOVERY (wip)

Base Control

So I’ve been working a lot recently and not had a much time at all to work on the new diorama. I’ve ordered a bunch of new materials (eBay) and stock for the new piece (Forgeworld). I’m still waiting on Forgeworld. Shouldn’t be long. The new diorama, as you already know, is called “Recovery”. At […]

by Rusty on February 21, 2012, filed: RECOVERY (wip)

Begin Again…

It’s been a bumpy ride these past 10 days since finishing “Lost”. Don’t get me wrong, the reaction to said diorama has been phenomenal… it’s just… well… I have to live up to that standard now in my next one. A challenge; nevertheless, one that I have accepted with open arms. So, to begin again… I […]

by Rusty on February 11, 2012, filed: RECOVERY (wip)


Since posting up the final pictures of “Lost” last night I have received an overwhelming response. I am truly touched by the kind words of those that have taken the time to comment. As a newcomer, this is extremely encouraging – especially since I am already planning out my next diorama. As a lasting reminder and a […]

by Rusty on February 3, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)


It’s finally finished and I’m very happy with the result. I have decided on a name for the piece: “Lost”. I sincerely hope you enjoy it, do let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you: craig at gearboxfilms dot co dot uk Please find previous entries detailing the making of this […]

by Rusty on February 2, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

The Pilot

After a long wait, I received the final parcel for the diorama in the mail this morning. I guess it’s only fitting that the integral or, rather, central, piece is the last to arrive. I have found that painting vehicles is more to my skill. I enjoyed painting the Pilot, but it seemed to come together too fast… I […]

by Rusty on January 31, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

So nearly finished

It’s been over a month since starting (let alone planning!) and I am almost done. To be fair, I have been working a lot (my day job) so I haven’t had a whole wealth of time to be working on the diorama. Nevertheless, I am so very close to the finish line now. I have […]

by Rusty on January 27, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

Johnson’s Klear

So, I never had the privilege of using the original Klear… well, not in the use of model making anyway, so this post may be a little… well… biased I guess. However, I just want to go on record and say that the new and improved formula works very well indeed! Despite it having a yellowy and […]

by Rusty on January 25, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

The Base: Part Two

I ordered some water resistent DIY wall filler, a brand “Tetrion” – amazing stuff, giving a smooth and creamy texture. I began mixing that with the brown acrylic paint I bought much earlier. This formed the base for the rest of the groundwork on the diorama. I spread this mixture all over the lower half […]

by Rusty on January 23, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

The Sentinel: Painting

The Sentinel is about… 85% done here. I used Model Masterclass Vol 1 extensively during the painting process as I am literally zero-percent experienced when it comes to painting – models as well as everything else! By this time I had taken the plunge and ordered myself an airbrush and compressor. I have the Sparmax […]

by Rusty on January 19, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

The Sentinel: Construction

To start, I spent about 4 hours – probably more – carefully scraping away all the mould lines from the casting process. This was a tedious process but I broke it down into small “shifts” and further passed the time by listening to Chris Morris’ Radio 1 show from waaaay back in the day. In […]

by Rusty on January 13, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

The Base: Part One

As can be seen in the previous post I failed to add the cheapo brown acrylic paint to the spackling mix. So, I had to paint on top of that. Which is perfectly doable… just not necessarily what I wanted to do because if some spackling chips off you’ll be showing off some rather white mixture underneath. […]

by Rusty on January 9, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

Fences and Barbed Wire

In the original sketches I had made no plans to add fences – I also only intended to add a small amount of curled barbed wire atop the bunker. That kind of all changed when I got to actually making the diorama. It became quickly apparent I would need something more… so I added some […]

by Rusty on January 6, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

Sandbags and Conduits

So, whilst I was waiting for the other materials to arrive I got started with some other stuff in the meantime. First, I took a trip to my local pound shop (or dollar store if you are reading from America). Once there I picked up a whole bunch of goodies that would prove to be […]

by Rusty on January 4, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

Tools and Materials

I thought I’d list the stuff (could be helpful) that I have bought, already owned or used to make this diorama a reality. So to speak. In no particular order: Brushes Citadel paints Cheap acrylic paints (for base layers of groundwork) MDF sheet Screenwash Applicator bottles Tissue Large mixing bowl Assorted tuperware Mixed bag of balsa […]

by Rusty on January 1, 2012, filed: LOST (1:35)

A Diorama is Born

So, after some careful consideration (finances, time etc…) I finally sat down to begin planning my first ever diorama. It began with an image. I am a big fan of using Games Workshop and Forgeworld stuff because the quality of the plastic is excellent. The designs are intricate and, in regards to the Imperial Guard, […]

by Rusty on December 29, 2011, filed: LOST (1:35)


It’s been about three weeks, maybe four, since I re-discovered an urge. An urge to do something I gave up about 10 years ago. This time, though, I had purpose… it was to be more than just a hobby this time. I am making a 1/35 scale model bunker of the set in my science […]

by Rusty on December 28, 2011, filed: LOST (1:35)