01/31/98- Paul Walmsley sculpted the definitive helmet for his D-Day Landser. So, what are you supposed to do? I didn't want to insult him by recasting his and altering it a bit, so I'm in the process of sculpting my own using this unruly Super Sculpey. Ain't I a model of honor & morality? My bizarre mental workings are directing me to make a less-accurate & more stylized version, somewhere between Paul's and Cotswold's old version. The "roof" is higher, somewhat like the late WWI version, and with a more pronounced flare than the first Cots version. It's what I would have done, had I been the fashion designer for the Third Reich. I'm planning on casting this and working on the finish in resin form. I think I got the clay too dirty, and the cracking and pitting is driving me nuts.

02/01/98- The picture on the left is a comparison of the three: Paul's is on the top, my cast version in the center, and Cotswold's is on the bottom. The casting is giving me trouble, because it seems to have a layer of microscopic air bubbles just below the surface, giving it a "pitted" appearance when I try to smooth the finish. I can either cast it again using fresher resin, forgo tinting the casting or just lacquer coat it before making the next mold.

12/27/97- A report/map case, constructed of scrap packaging plastic covered with vinyl. Painting these guys to resemble worn leather is my latest kick... Theoretically, it can be opened, although it's a real hassle threading the tiny buckle. Tweezers are definitely required.

A soldier could carry a month's supply of condoms in one of these puppies.

12/25/97- A Daimon/uh Diamon? (misspelled, yuk yuk) flashlight and MP40 magazine pouches, both made of Promat clay. Damn this stupid brain! You can barely read it, so I ain't gonna fix it. I tried to texture the pouches with material, but it didn't come out very well-- Unfortunately, I found a better texturing material after-the-fact. Isn't that typical?

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