Trumpeter T-80BV MBT

My little tank was finished about a year ago. One hell of a kit Trumpeter made, over 800 parts and at times a difficult build. The nice thing with tanks is that generally painting is quite straightforward and you can have a bit of fun weathering. I added a few extra details myself, metal headlights and other lenses, and a grassy base I made myself from pre-made moorland slabs from Faller.

Scale is 1/35, build time is around 60 hours.

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A bit of pruning

This Spruce has been one of my favourites for years. It started as a simple, half dead, christmas tree bought cheaply and pruned rigorously.

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Last year it got it’s first bit of wiring which already lifted it from tree in pot, to something almost Bonsai.20170306_132818

After some very full and healthy growth this spring I thought it was ready for some “final” forming. I mostly just pruned the middle and the top to get a more layered look. It might need some more, the tophat it has now needs to be more refined, but that can wait till next year.

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MG Sinanju Stein Ver. Ka.

I was planning to build a proper Gundam for a long while. After much pottering around I decided on the Sinanju Stein, primarily because I like its design, it is a nice and beefy Master Grade kit, but also because I like spending hours on decals and the Ver. Ka. versions deliver these in boatloads. It being my first proper Gundam I overestimated my skills a bit and decided I would also do some custom details, metal effects, pearl effects and a fully painted inner frame. Needless to say this one took me a while, 3 months to be more precise.

I am quite satisfied by the result though, Bandai really makes amazing kits!20170408_121313

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Garden upgrade

Since my “Chicken Proofing” post I was planning to make some nice benches for my Bonsai. I finally got to it even though ALL chickens got eaten by a fox overnight. *Poof* and they’re gone, I miss them, they were almost tame enough to eat out of my hands.

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But ey, life goes on, there are Bonsai to spoil, so off it was to the local building market to get some wood and fittings.20170326_155301

In The Netherlands you can get these metal fittings to secure beams to a flat surface, which when turned over make a perfect scaffold for Bonsai benches.20170327_130642

After a flip over and some poles in the ground there you go.20170327_133948

Which look even better with some Bonsai on them, plus it makes your wooly thyes tingle with manliness.20170327_161754

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Japan #3

I’m sorry people, it’s been a while. The last month was filled with a three week trip to Japan and a mini festival in my garden, so updating this warped ego-vehicle of a blog has been a bit lower on my agenda. I hope a few tree-oriented photos from the trip will make up for it at least a little bit.

Mossy Birch forest in Hokkaido.20170502_155944

A well maintained and impressive pine near the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.20170517_112642

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One of the many, perfectly pruned, city trees in Takayama.20170514_174553