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How To Do A Marsh/swamp Habitat

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by 13 point, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

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    So the base was shipped from IL to DEL and I picked it up from the Fastenal store in Dover Delaware and brought it back to my shop in MD . ( ck into them for shipping and receiving big items they are very cheap )

    Ok let’s get started i found the spot I wanted the stag to be and screwed the support bracket in place , even after using a level to make bracket plumb and the stags eyes level it was off slightly so I had to put washers under one side of bracket to get eyes level as you can see in pictures. So now to hide the support. I already had drift wood that I bug bombed so I found a pcs that would work and I drilled it out to fit down over it . Then I glued it in place , then took apoxeysculpt and filled in for a perfect fit . Then I put stag back in place and found a couple more pcs of drift wood I wanted to use and put them in place trying to find the look I wanted . I marked were I wanted them , That done I took those pcs out and sealed them with a clear flat finish. As that was drying I taped the top boards of the base of as I don’t want to spill or drip anything on this nice base .

    That’s it for now will post more soon
     
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    And I got the plants stuff I’m going to use ready 4397A19D-C90E-4F5A-BDAA-6A84247D7CF3.jpeg 5E22F98D-F7E5-47E1-84CC-0B06709ACA81.jpeg 42614512-EFAE-4E97-8F5B-43CD7AB5BBEF.jpeg 5C83F992-95DD-4B50-B062-A7F004DF8BC3.jpeg 82ED2F78-EDAB-4725-BD28-3942951DC904.jpeg 40A9AE9E-575B-4153-9003-977A74AA82A8.jpeg 00A3934E-4797-4C35-984A-07CC84631997.jpeg C0EFBFA5-0E9F-459B-A136-047DF51FC429.jpeg 31F8DDDC-1092-4DA3-96E0-2D958BD93FB0.jpeg 66D316E5-CDC0-4675-8ECE-57A3D2113D83.jpeg 4397A19D-C90E-4F5A-BDAA-6A84247D7CF3.jpeg 5E22F98D-F7E5-47E1-84CC-0B06709ACA81.jpeg 42614512-EFAE-4E97-8F5B-43CD7AB5BBEF.jpeg 5C83F992-95DD-4B50-B062-A7F004DF8BC3.jpeg 82ED2F78-EDAB-4725-BD28-3942951DC904.jpeg 40A9AE9E-575B-4153-9003-977A74AA82A8.jpeg 00A3934E-4797-4C35-984A-07CC84631997.jpeg C0EFBFA5-0E9F-459B-A136-047DF51FC429.jpeg 31F8DDDC-1092-4DA3-96E0-2D958BD93FB0.jpeg 66D316E5-CDC0-4675-8ECE-57A3D2113D83.jpeg
     
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    13 point Well-Known Member

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    SORRY FOR ANY DOUBLE POSTING OF PICTURES, not sure how but when I try to fix it I loose other pics I want you to see .
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
  4. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Waiting for the next chapter. I have those exact plants right now in my shop!
     
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    Also waiting for the next chapter.. :)
     
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    13 point Well-Known Member

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    13 point Well-Known Member

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    13 point Well-Known Member

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    13 point Well-Known Member

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    13 point Well-Known Member

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    Hope some are learning things , any questions so far , ask away or give comments.
    I’ll be back
     
  11. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    OK Chapter 2 was well worth the wait!! On to Chapter 3
     
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  12. Robert Baker

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    Was wondering where the black paint came into it -- amazing idea. Your fans are eagerly awaiting Chapter 3!!!
     
  13. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    Thanks for sharing this! Cant wait to see the rest of it.
     
  14. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Are all pics showing up ? I’m doing this from my phone and I see some pics and then little box’s to click on , should be 7-10 pics on each post .
     
  15. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

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    STAY TUNNED LOL
     
  16. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Nope most of the pics are not showing up..

    edited: showing up for me now.....I'm sure it's on my end
     
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  17. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I’m not sure what’s going on , I tried to fix but it doubled the boxes and only some pics . Try tapping on the rectangular skinny box in each post , pics should come up . Sorry
     
  18. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    All the pictures are showing up for me. Some are double but not all of them. Thanks again!
     
  19. Robert Baker

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    All pictures are showing for me as well. Beautiful job 13 point! Thank you for the tips!!

    Robert
     
  20. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

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