Vietnam 1959 - 1975 - America’s Longest and Bloodiest War
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Very Fortunate Son
Very Fortunate Son
The base frame is made from walnut with a 1/8th inch hardwood center board. the sides of the frame are grooved to hold the center board. Carpenters glue isused to hold it together. It is finished with a one step stain, and when dry polished with 00000 steel wool, then given a coat of simi-gloss clear acrylic. The name plate is fixed, then holes are drilled to hold the pins. The 2 inch florist foam is cut into sections and test fitted to the base, leaving about ¼ inch gap on all sides.Durhams Water Putty is applied to the foam sections off the base. Once these sections are covered and dry, they are glued to the base with Elmers Pro Bond.The pit is too deep to be realistic, so it is filled with some florist foam and Durhams poured on top. When it is just about to turn hard, a nail is pushed into theDurhams and foam at random locations to hold the punji sticks. This is done so no drilling is necessary. Now the section gaps are filled and all visible spotsthat were missed are filled. The punji stakes are made from real bamboo which is made by Reality In Scale. They are cut into pieces 1.75 inches long, somelonger some shorter. The basic shaping and cutting down is done with an X-Acto, then a medium emery bit is used in a Enkay motor tool for final shaping. Theycan be left their natural color. A drop of Pro Bond is put on the end of each and they are pressed into the random holes. Use a tweezer to hold them firm andpress them in, since they tend to break. Fill the ¼ inch gap around the base perimeter with Durhams. Keep a wet paper towel to wipe off the excess that willget on the display base. Don’t let it dry on the finished base. Some residue will remain, so put on a light coat of clear semi-gloss. After everything has dried forseveral days, paint the foam base completely (a few coats). Once the painted base has dried for a few days, the detailing and scenicing can begin.
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