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Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

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Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Gunbird » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:44 am

Today I'll demonstrate my way of making a quick and easy log (MG) bunker.

What you need is a cutting mat, a clean work area, wooden skewers and toothpicks, a knife, superglue, plasticcard, filler and a file or sanding stick. Optional is a small saw and The Cutter, just cause it makes life easy for a scratchbuilder.

Step 1
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Get a piece of plasticcard of 40mm by 60mm

Step 2
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Draw lines to get this pattern. This will be your guide when putting down the basic shape.

Step 3
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Cut out some straight bits of plasticcard and make the basic shape. Don't worry about the height right now, this will get cut down later. What I forgot to do in this picture is add a few scraps of plasticcard to the inside corners for strength.

Step 4
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Cut some lengths of the wooden skewers, 1 a bit longer then the bunker is wide, 4 smaller ones with one end sanded smooth. This will be the logs for the front of the bunker.

Step 5
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Glue the lengths of skewer to the front of the bunker with superglue and let dry.

Step 6
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When dry, take a saw and cut at a 45 degree angle.

Step 7

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Repeat at the other end, this should be your result.

Step 8
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Add a small plasticcars triangle using the guideline drawn ealier and secure with superglue. Then cut ever smaller pieces of the wooden skewer, sanding down the tips and glue into place.

Step 9
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Repeat on the other side and you should end up with something resembling this.

Step 10
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Either with a knife or a saw, take off the top at the same level as the top of the skewer.

Step 11
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Glue down some plasticcard to make the roof.

Step 12
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Glue down 2 traingles of plasticcard. This will be the entry/exit point for your bunker. Make it wider then you normally wood as you will need to add the wood lining as well.

Step 13
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Cut down some of the toothpicks (these should be slimmer then the skewers) and glue these to the triangles.

Step 14

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Use scrap plasticcard or leftover sprue bits to fill out the sides.

Step 15
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Trim down the sides so you get a nice, if a bit bumpy, slope.

Step 16
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Use the toothpicks to cut smaller sections for the front of the bunker and glue into place.

Step 17
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I always use a nailclipper to round off the sides and then sand the entire adge. Get your own clippers for this, don't use the ones from SWMBO!! You can skip this step if you like it square.

Step 18
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Get a pot of your favourite filler. In my case, Black Lava from Vallejo cause it is just as coarse as the sand mix I use for my basework.

Step 19
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Spread the filler, let dry, repeat if needed and then they are ready for some paint. I'll let you get to grips with that bit on your own way.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and can put it to good use for yourself and on the battlefield. Remember, change the size of the base to create bunkers for other scales, bunkers tied in to other field positions and what not. Be creative.
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Gunbird » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:55 am

And in case you are wondering, mine turned out like this:
Just a few quick MG Bunker I cobbled up sunday afternoon. Just some toothpicks, plasticcard and filler on a 50x40mm plasticcard base.

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I copied the picture of the one that is sold for FoW, and took the frontage of my sandbagged bunker as a base (which is seen on its side in the pic....oops!). Quick, simple and easy for all of the periods I game in.

I'm most taken with my succes at painting Birch.

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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Dropbear » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:24 pm

Very nice indeed!

I will have to try this out for my games. Thank you for posting
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Reese » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:15 am

Fantastic

Cheers

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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby TimberlineSix » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:12 am

Well done, thanks for sharing!
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Ghost6 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:05 pm

Another helpful tip. Save the chopsticks from your Chinese restaurant. They can be cut into logs for making bunkers and they are free! Watch the splinters though....they suck.
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby alan_lockhart » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:49 am

I was about to start making up a bunker as per your very helpful tutorial.

What scale of figures was this designed for? I will be making it for large 28mm figures (Chilern Miniatures)

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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Gunbird » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:20 am

15-20mm. For bigger scale use thicker logs or more of them and go with LAR.

LAR=Looks About Right
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Mishima » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:44 am

This is excellent... Really nice result. Did you use silfor tufts on top?
http://www.gomidesigns.co.uk
For 15mm Vietnam Riverine models.
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Gunbird » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:40 am

Yup (Well, Mininatur if you want to get technical, but thats the same thing)
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby BravoSix » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:27 pm

I'm glad I found this topic. Thanks for posting the tutorial Gunbird. And to think.... I was going to "buy" my MG nests/bunkers. Ha ha! :roll:

How thick is the plasticard you used? And where is the blade you used to cut the skewers on an angle, from? Looks to be small and mounted on an Xacto blade handle.
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Smitty14 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:54 pm

Very nice and seems pretty easy. I need to make some bunkers so thanks!

B6 - That blade looks similar to one I have. It is a saw blade for an exacto knife. I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby BravoSix » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:49 pm

B6 - That blade looks similar to one I have. It is a saw blade for an exacto knife. I got mine at Hobby Lobby


Great! Thanks Smitty. I'll have to keep my eyes open for one next trip to my local hobby shop.
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby Gunbird » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:39 am

All my basing plasticcard is 1.5mm thick. For this project, I used scraps of that.
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Re: Tutorial: Log MG Bunker

Postby BravoSix » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:03 am

Thanks Gunbird. Do you find plasticard warps at all?
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