"Crashed!" - End of a Hopeless Try
projects starting with an idea. And a lot of excellent dioramas showing
armored vehicles, figures and/or ships and aircraft as its best. Why
not to combine some of these themes? It seems to be worth a trial and
so I have combined a ground vehicle, an aircraft and some figures in
hopefully a dynamic scene.
A Diorama in 1/35 Scale
The Dodge WC-63 1.5to Truck
is from Academy range (#35S18) and of remarkably high quality so I’ve
built this nearly OOTB - some minor improvements only. The central
object of this diorama is truly the Messerschmitt BF-109 G-10
fighter plane. For me aircrafts are a distinctive element of a scene.
They representing dynamic and power. I’ve choosen the G-10 version with
the powerfull new Daimler Benz DB 605 D engine because it was one of
the last version built in large numbers. It’s the Hazegawa Kit and it’s
1/32 scale but this should be a minor difference only. My research
concerning german fighter groups of late WW2 at the western front
guided me to Jagdgeschwader (Fighter Squadron) JG 53 “Pik-As”.
The Figures are
made - except for the heads (Hornet) and hands (spare box) - sculpted
myself using the skeleton method and Apoxy Putty. Painted with oils
(faces) and acrylics.
For the base I have glued
some styropur onto a base of 30x30cm. I’ve cut the landscape it into
shape and covered it with plaster. Several mixtures of white glue, real
earth, fine sand, teac coffee grounds and some wet cardbords I have
used to make the landscape downwards the hill. Some static grass and
some higher grass made of hemp were added after the traces of the belly
landed aircraft were worked in.
The tree is a wooden
round stick with some holes drilled in. Into this holes small branches
of a cypress were glued in, colored with differend greenish shades
after. A 90 minutes work only. Some more details here and some debris
and roots there, some different colors and some washings were added and
that’s it. Finally all components were positioned so the desired
situation or the little story is transported to the viewer.
Well - for me this
diorama was an experiment in combining different aspects of scale
modelling. Have tried to show a hopefully interesting scene which may
have happened that time somewhere at western front - although it is
pure fiction. I had a lot of fun making this diorama and this is what
our great hobby is about.