Saturday, November 30 2013
By Claude on Saturday, November 30 2013, 19:31
In that room in the castle, big enough with a nice medieval atmosphere.
After the very interesting visit and talks I overheard, any moving to the museum is not for any time soon as there is lot to do beforehand.
The good thing is that I am now reassured that the dio will find a home in the castle. What could I wish more?
Wednesday, November 27 2013
By Claude on Wednesday, November 27 2013, 18:49
The museum talk took up some speed these past ten days.
Finally, after all those years, the authorities of Clervaux had the chance to check out my dio. The mayor of the town was among them and he confirmed what has been said earlier, that they are very interested in making the dio part of the exhibitions in Clervaux.
I will also visit the castle this week to have a look at the chosen place.
I do not know anything about the concept and if there is a wish that I should continue the build with a module of the battle around the cemetery.
I must now be patient and don't presume that anything in this matter will happen over night.
And Robert, (organisator of SMC), if you read this, I reserved myself the right to delay the moving to the museum after your expo in October! (just in case things are going faster then expected)
Tuesday, November 26 2013
By Claude on Tuesday, November 26 2013, 19:03
It was an honour for me to have the visit this week of Joan from Catalonia, He made a big effort and made thousands of kilometres on the European roads to come by and have a look at my dio.
It was a very pleasant visit who offered also some great insides into the catalanian thinking.
We Luxembourgers are often known as being very calm and not likely to show overwhelming feelings. Meeting the latin and overwhelming enthusiasm of Joan was very special for us.
I always think about i started this project 8 years ago and seeing that people now travel so far to see my diorama is making me especially proud.
Due to the wide angle the picture is unfortunately a bit distorted
Thursday, November 14 2013
By Claude on Thursday, November 14 2013, 18:15
I want to share a couple of pictures from my recent trip to North Italy. I went to Lago Orta , Lago Como and Milano.
I had the chance to discover a few highlights during that trip who were especially appealing to my diorama maker heart.
In Orta San Giulio's UNICEF world heritage classified "Sacro Monte", an assembly of over 20 chapels can be found and in each of them splendidly displayed dioramas, all made around the year 1600!
On Isola Bella, one of the Borromeo Islands of the Lago Magiore, you can find the only model of a town, more of a castle, of what is now one of the biggest italian cities. I unfortunately don't remember the city, but it's a major one.
The model is a couple of hundred years old.
Scale modeling has a long history!
Here is another discovery, a reference perhaps for future models, see in Bellagio on the Como lake.
Tuesday, November 5 2013
By Claude on Tuesday, November 5 2013, 18:31
What I thought would never happen did two weeks ago. The telephone rang and a person from the military museum in Clervaux told me that they finally agreed to permanently display the diorama in the actual Castle of Clervaux!
That took a long time to decide! More on that during the years to come I presume.
By Claude on Tuesday, November 5 2013, 18:29
You probably all saw that the book arrived and is already selling.
The last month was so busy that I did not even think of the Blog.
Book arrived on Oct 10. I dispatched immediately all preorders just in time before the post office closed, Oct.11 was already departure for the expo in Genk for the whole weekend.
Oct 16 was departure for a two week holiday in Italy, return Oct. 30.,
2 days later I packed again for Expo in Luxembourg.
Right now I ma repairing the damage done by one irresponsible visitor who nearly destroyed the Harley driver.
Then I am arranging somewhat my two latest river modules because I will display them this weekend in Walferdange at the train expo.
In between all that , extensive house renovation is going on.
Uff, what is it, November already? I did not notice that! :-)
Now I have to calm down and start anew.
Let's see what the next months will bring
Friday, September 20 2013
By Claude on Friday, September 20 2013, 12:31
The book is coming on the second week of October!
Wednesday, August 28 2013
By Claude on Wednesday, August 28 2013, 20:53
I am still on target to get the book out just in time for the expo in Genk on Oct.12.
I am also in the midst of translating the text to French so I will be able to have a digital version of the book in that language.
Lack of time makes this a more tedious task and I have only done the first 20 pages of 80 pages of text. This will not be out with the book but probably only in November or so.
The German version will be next then. A Spanish version is already in the making also!!
I am reshuffling a bit my website to make space for the second book and change a few outdated things.
Nothing spectacular here as I am working on the same little HTML knowledge as before,
Somewhere in between all this I must also start to look for typing errors in my book.
Wednesday, July 31 2013
By Claude on Wednesday, July 31 2013, 19:52
Here is one picture of the finished diorama. It is not easy to make a picture of a 3 meter long dio and show everything. It definitely does not reflect the real thing and the real feeling of the scene.
You must see it live!
I have technical problems to put the picture on my homepage and show it a bit bigger for you. Sorry for that.
I just found this picture among the thousands I have meanwhile on my HD. It was the very beginning of this adventure when I sketched the whole thing on the bottom of my attic. Nice progress, isn't it? :-)
The book is going good for a publication in October. It will have 152 pages, a layout and distribution made professionally, so It will be a bit more expensive then the last one. I saw a first preview of the new Layout today and I can assure you that it will look great!
I allowed the comment function again, let's see how bad the spam is meanwhile.
Tuesday, July 2 2013
By Claude on Tuesday, July 2 2013, 19:21
A very short title for the Blog entry but a big step for me! LOL
Yes, I am actually done with the whole dio. After 8 years! I am a bit speechless I must say. I anticipated this for a few months already so the actual event is now not really something special any more.
Where are the pictures ? Beside the one on the homepage showing the last 4 modules together there is still none showing the whole thing.
I did not yet see it myself together as the other 3 parts are waiting in the garage for the whole thing to be put together.
The only thing missing now or incomplete is the lightning for the farmer's house (that is only a gimmick anyway) and some hand grips for transporting the river modules.
I set only 2 of the soldiers. I am not sure about all this and will have to wait for the first reactions on the expo to get an idea if my story works.
Considering the size of the dio, it looks like a real lack of figures, but apart my growing disdain to paint figures I have a hard time to decide what kind of micro scenes would work together. When in doubt, I tend to do none. Is that correct, I don't know.
During the expo this weekend I hope to make a trillion of photos and be able to choose a few dozen for the book out of them. Hopefully the light in the hall is good enough.
The book has already passed the corrector eyes and he will give me his verdict shortly. I am myself already translating the book in french. That is a lot more work than anticpated.
I have roughly 80 pages of text and I am neither used to architectural terms in french nor modeling hobby slang in that language so it is defintely not a smooth runing job.
It will not be a perfect work but I will probably not go to a corrector for this. It will get to expensive otherwise.
German language will be next. I have the whole summer to get that done if I want it out together with the book.
If anyone has a good (and cheap) proposals for a site I may use to offer the books for download (remember, this is a image loaden book, so Amazon and Kindle are not the right choice), just drop me a mail. Choosing one site would not be difficult, but I do not want to send a french modeller who wants to buy my french pdf because he can't speak english to an english site for the download process. Same for german and spanish.
Doing it myself is a legal and potential logistic nightmare so I am not to warm to do that.
A flipping software for the PDF would also be nice, but they are pretty expensive for one ( or three) books. Any other idea?
That's it for now
Stay tuned, I will publish a photo of the whole dio next week!
Tuesday, June 11 2013
By Claude on Tuesday, June 11 2013, 19:14
Some words on the progress, without pictures.
I anticipated that despite shrinking the Villa I would have a hard time getting it on the remaining surface in a plausible and nice way.
I had a big laugh when I saw the Villa the first time near the river with the side garage doors at only 5 cm from the river! I can impossibly leave it like that.
After some thoughts and measuring I decided to extend the whole dio by another 20 cm! Yep, this will bring this thing to a total of 3m x 2,20!
I already added them to the Villa module who now has at least some space around and looks a lot better. There is hardly more work involved apart a couple of bushes more.
The extension of the 20 cm for the other module will be a lot more work.
I need to make a separate module of 140 x 20 cm, extend the road over the bridge and I will add a simulation of forest and hill behind the existing one.
I will do that calmly during next winter and it will not be part of the book. Albeit it would give a better photo background for the river it will not make a difference in the quality and completeness of the book.
Besides that I am finishing sculpting a Harley driver (who actually rides the bike!) and I just finished an Opel Olympia from Bronco. I will set it with a flat tyre somewhere, the driver standing nearby desperate about the delay.
5 Gi's are in the making also. I may only use 2 of them, I will see.
Regarding the book I completely finished identifying correctly all the pictures I chose for the book and also associated all the pictures with corresponding captions.
Tuesday, May 21 2013
By Claude on Tuesday, May 21 2013, 22:18
I have a tight time table for the next weeks.
- I already choose the figures and primed them. Painting comes of course after that. I must finish sculpting the Harley driver and paint the motocycle.
- I ordered more photoetch parts for Villa Prüm, shutters and a railing. I hope I will get them soon.
- Villa Prüm must be set in the dio near the river and the surroundings build. There is not a lot of space, so this may be done quickly.
- The other side of the river must be adapted to the parc modul and a bit of wall replaced.
- Some bits in the farmer kitchen must be finished.
- I must recheck the lighting for the farmer's house.
This must be done for July 5. On July 6 I have a local expo and I want to show the finished dio and make plenty of pictures for the book.
- I am right now in my third passing of the text and am constantly correcting and revisiting. Right now I have filled 115 pages and I did not even start writing about the last module! This means that I will easily reach 136 pages. It will make it more expensive of course, but I hope you will appreciate the content.
- My plan is to choose the pictures for the book after the expo, in a matter of days, and hand it all over to the next stage, layout.
By Claude on Tuesday, May 21 2013, 22:01
Yes! The Villa Prüm is also done. It took me 1 month and about 125 hours to cover the whole roof. 5 month overall to build the Villa, a few little bits and weathering left to do, but essentially that's it. That would be nearly it then for Dio Clervaux, but let's not burn the stages. I have a half dozen figures and the Harley to finish plus some landscape.
Back to the Villa and two pictures. I bought a new wide angle objective to be able to offer some different photos in my book. The book takes of course the lead now and I will refrain from posting many pictures.
This one is of greatest symbolic. It is the last tile I set for Diorama Clervaux. Considering that the castle alone holds some 30000 tiles, I have easily surpassed the 100 000 (one hundred thousand) tiles for the whole dio! Wow!
This is a view from the side
I do not yet have a picture from above. Believe me, that last few weeks have been so intense that for example I did the first picture with the new wide angle only after owning it for 2 weeks. I simply did not have the time!
I see the end!
Sunday, May 5 2013
By Claude on Sunday, May 5 2013, 17:59
The comment function is completely broke because of spam so I disabled it for the time being.
If you would like to comment ot contact me for other purpos, just drop me a mail. (see Contact page on the main page)
Thanks for your understanding
By the way, I am working on the Villa hours and hours every day but I am just tiling the roof, so there is not a lot to show actually.
Work on the book is going good to.
Sunday, April 21 2013
By Claude on Sunday, April 21 2013, 21:20
I take hardly the time to take some photos, so let's just update the Blog with a imageless status report.
I working daily on the tiling of the roof, gutter making, dormer making and so on. I am satisfied with the progress so far and I am sure the look of it will be great.
Progress on the book is a bit slower. I did myself correct and read again the first 60 pages. I am well on the way to get a 120 page + book.
No news on the Layout. I must soon relaunch my partner on this.
For the moment I don't see how I can respect my own schedule. There is so much left to do on the book and the build isn't even finished.
I still keep the target Octobert this year but already see a delay as probable.
I realize that this Blogupdate reads more like a telegramm, but you should know taht I do not forget the Blo, but a modeling day has only so many hours.
Sunday, April 7 2013
By Claude on Sunday, April 7 2013, 22:01
I have now 90 pages completes in a rough layout. There is a lot still missing, a couple of pictures from the castle (not a lot be assured), the whole last Modul including the Villa and a lot of other pictures.
I will probably get 120 pages if not more.
A Layout is actually getting prepared. I did not see any test layout myself. I found also a distributor to help me get the book out to more customers.
The time line is still for a publication date in October, but for the moment I have so much of work with both the build and the book that I am not sure if I can make it.
By Claude on Sunday, April 7 2013, 21:53
except the roof !
I had 10 days off from work and during that time I had roughly 100 modeling hours to get this building done.
I did not get as far as I hoped but there is so much to do and I certainly did not waste my time.
I finished the front side with most of the detailing
added Ivy and glued everything together, sides and front.
During the last 2-3 days I mounted the roof structure. This is now nearly done also and I may start to tile the roof beginning next week.
There are a lot of details to finish, two rounded roofs to tile and tiny dormers to build, so I don't expect to be finished before two months.
Sunday, March 24 2013
By Claude on Sunday, March 24 2013, 21:44
That's what I literally do for the moment!
Just this weekend I have done 18 hours of modelilng work.
As I have a tight timetable I need to go a bit faster then a hobby actually should. The last Blog post from march 13 showed actually a picture from the same day.
This one is taken 4 days later
Here are all the individual parts to get all done.
The whole complicated part of the Villa is put together already a week later
A few more days of work to put all together and I will be able to start the roof work.
PS. My Blog is ofr the moment "again" subject to massive junk comments at a pace of 50 a day. So If your comment is labeled accidently as Spam (happened already) be not surprised that I will not be able to rescue it from the Spam folder. If it's important, please mail me.
Wednesday, March 13 2013
By Claude on Wednesday, March 13 2013, 21:15
I am pretty sure that nobody in the world has build a chapel the very same day a new pope got elected! I am not saying that I offer a chapel to the pope because that is definitely not me. He is to be satisfied to have another one in the world
Here it is, at least the shell construction
Thursday, March 7 2013
By Claude on Thursday, March 7 2013, 13:48
No update does not mean no progress. I started detailing elements up to painting steps. There are parts impossible to reach later, so i need to get that done before.
I am also turning in cycles regarding other parts like this one
A part the fact that the top is broken (in the mean time I had it fixed and broke again at least three times) i did not like the look of it.
I have only one picture of this element , taken from far, but no, that's not what I have in mind. In fact, the grout filled the joints to much.
What did I do?
Took all away and started anew!
After this update I am going to repaint the thing as the remodelling is already done. Of course you can't progress very well if you do everything twice!
But there is progress after all, just check this picture