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Ardennes 1944 'Crossroads'; 1/72 Schwimmwagen diorama
Topic Started: May 11 2018, 12:40 PM (127 Views)
Dermot
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So to go with the little Schwimmwagen I built for the Cars GB, decided to try making a diorama for it in the style of this picture...

Posted ImageMen from 1st SS Panzer Div at Kaiserbaracke crossroads, between St. Vith and Malmedy, December 1944. by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Started with a piece of insulation foam, sides painted dark gray..

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Then lashed on a mix of Polyfilla, white glue and some sand...

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Which I then painted black as a base layer..

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But comparing to some newsreel taken at the time, it looked all wrong and too mucky for a forest road..

So sliced off the top layer and redid it but this time more thinly.

Posted ImageBase 4 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

I forgot to take photos of the next stage but it was painted various greys for the road with weathering using paint and powders. The area behind the sign was painted greens and browns with groundwork from my garden!
The road sign was homemade - the signs were printed on paper, cut out and glued to plasticard and then glued to a wooden skewer and weathered.

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And with the vehicle and figures added.

Posted ImageBase 15 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Also added a tiny rifle hanging from the 'Malmedy' sign - in the newsreel, a soldier puts it there to straighten the sign.

Posted ImageBase 11 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

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I enjoyed doing this one and looking forward to another one.

Thanks for looking and to Pat for all his technical advice on diorama-building!
Dermot

Footnote - the photo is often miscaptioned as Lt Jochem Peiper of the SS during the Battle of the Bulge. According to the Imperial War Museum, in reality it's Sergeant Ochsner on the left and Technical Sergeant Persin (pointing) from scout elements of the 1st SS Panzer Division during the battle.

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Jasonb
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Love this Dermot, even more so when you consider the scale...
On the bench -
Italeri 1:72 ACH-47 Chinook Gunship

Completed builds -
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fs2005
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Well done on IMSS result with this !
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Marklo
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Beautiful work, didn't even realize it was 1/72 till I read Jason's post.
Edited by Marklo, May 11 2018, 03:33 PM.
On the Bench:-
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48
1913 Depredussin racer 1:32 Scratchbuild
Ancient Heller Mig 21 (found slightly butchered in stash, being resurrected as a north Vietnamese 21pf) 1:72

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane
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fs2005
May 11 2018, 03:03 PM
Well done on IMSS result with this !
Dermot - what was the IMSS result??
"To boldly go..."

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Parkadge
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I have to say Dermot this is a brilliant little diorama. Everything ties together really well. I love it.

Btw where did you get the rifle to hang on the signpost?
Edited by Parkadge, May 12 2018, 05:51 PM.
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Dermot
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fs2005
May 11 2018, 03:03 PM
Well done on IMSS result with this !


Prenton
May 12 2018, 09:58 AM
fs2005
May 11 2018, 03:03 PM
Well done on IMSS result with this !
Dermot - what was the IMSS result??


Eh thanks very much lads but no gongs for me! But my two sons won a Silver and Commended for their Star Wars kits - putting their old man to shame!

Parkadge
May 12 2018, 05:50 PM


I have to say Dermot this is a brilliant little diorama. Everything ties together really well. I love it.

Btw where did you get the rifle to hang on the signpost?


Thanks Pat! I managed to hack the rifle off an old 1/72 plastic figure (Airfix I think) and added a strap from Tamiya tape - not perfect but good enough for the scale..

Gallery of my Completed Builds

On the Bench
1/72 Monogram F-105G Wild Weasel Vietnam GB


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Joseph M

Nice one Dermot.
Cheers
Joe M
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2 Finished 24/4/18
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater
Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81
Ansaldo S.V.A 9 (added 24/4/18)

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stephen8718
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Seen This at the show and it was a cracker, really well done
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