Old Advertising Billboard
(05-21-2016, 10:12 AM)extraevildave Wrote:
(05-21-2016, 06:07 AM)Blocky Wrote: the tear in the first one looks a little weird because it completely avoids the letters and numbers
The positioning of the tear is actually very deliberate and was planned even before I created the sign.  U.S. radio stations usually have a four letter call sign starting with a "K" for west of the Mississippi  or "W" to the east (although there are some anomalies) and the tear is where that suffix would go, that way I could have a "WTF" radio station sign fitting in pretty much anywhere in the USA.  Since I was planning to remove that spot I decided not to print anything there in the first place (and save my precious and expensive coloured ink).
I've also extended the damage a bit since I took that picture, as to have a bit of paper hanging from the torn section, that will probably appear in the final entry.   

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot makes an amusing call-sign. 

(BTW, a letter appended to the front is a "prefix", not a suffix.)

Weathering and damage make the sign look convincingly old. Top notch job in that. It is not necessarily telling me the story you intended though. 
In the image it is utterly and absolutely non-apparent that a K or a W has been lost in the torn area. Two reasons:  First, three letter call-signs for radio stations were the original norm in the US ( http://earlyradiohistory.us/3myst.htm ) Second, there are no vestiges of the trapezoidal color-block that would have held the "K" had there been a "K" or a "W".

This looks old, old, old and most older radio stations had three call letters... ( http://www.primermagazine.com/2010/field-manual/know-it-all-w%E2%80%99s-and-k%E2%80%99s-the-history-of-radio-and-television-call-letters ) ...most changed, but a few didn't have to. Case in point: WGN ==> http://wgnradio.com/

Also: ( http://tunein.com/radio/KWTF-881-s158566/ )  88.1 on your FM band! (Started to type dial rather than band, except who has a dial anymore?)

Anyway, Ab Fab job on the weathering. 

Too late now, but the "W" could have been the first letter. So it would have read W-tear-T-F. Tongue
Back on line at last.

I thought the basic billboard structure looked a little dull so I added some angled supports to the rear.

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I used an 11cm by 9cm piece of 3mm MDF for the base.  I bevelled the edges and glued on a covering of sand and kitty litter, now it needs plants.  I managed to get hold of both box sets of Pegasus Hobbies model cactus kits, which according to the boxes should allow me to make a total of 78 cacti plants (or more if I want to cut up some of them into smaller plants).  Pretty good value if you want a lot of cacti (which I do).

Unpainted they’re bright green, shiny and slightly translucent in a good light.

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So I gave them a darker green paint job and highlighted the spines with a sandstone drybrush (this picture is 7 or 8 times the size of the actual cactus).

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Then I ran out of sunlight for photography, so more desert basing later.
Needs a Cow / Buffalo skull and bones scattered on the ground too Smile
Looking good so far. the supports on the billboard definitely add more interest to the structure.
I'm really liking all the little details and personal touches, extraevildave.

I can't wait to see this all come together.

Best of luck to you. Less than a week left, but I know you can do this!  Smile
I'm in love with this. Just so you know.
Oh, I missed the second page. oops! Still love it though! Actually, seeing an odd billboard on sand reminds me of Welcome to Night Vale : D (I feel inspired now. Thanks!) n.n
Time to finish at last.  The billboard framework was glued to the base.   

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Then I just kept making more and more varied advertisements, like this one in which part of it extends beyond the basic frame.  It has also suffered a fair amount of wear and tear over the years.  Now I've made way more adverts for this billboard than I can put in the final entry.

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Time for final basing details and submitting the finished work.   
DUDE! You did it! YAY! : D Seriously, I love this and love the idea of changeable boards. How cool!

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