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Normandy, 1944 a diorama
JohanHefer
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Cape Province, South Africa
Joined: February 25, 2011
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Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2011 - 03:16 AM UTC
Hi All

I am planning on building a diorama from 1944 in the Normandy region. The main kit that will be used is the Master Box "France, 1944" kit.

The story is that a nun filled up her wagon with food to take to needy refugees etc. On the way she finds a number of "passengers". She picked up two wounded German soldiers (From the Master Box "Ticket Home"), a wounded paratrooper (Masterbox "Paratrooper") and an escort of some American Soldiers (Soldiers from Masterbox "France 1944" and Tamiya). The wagon and entourage drives down a rural road where they are pulled into a farm yard by an American Soldier. A group of American Soldiers have made a temporary base at the farm where there is some relaxation time with the farmer and his granddaughter watching on. Enough said.

Firstly a picture of an overall view of the diorama:


A close-up of the wagon:


The entourage behind the wagon:


Grandpa and girl


Some soldiers chatting over some coffee:


Another view of the diorama:



Comments, Critique?
jrutman
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: April 10, 2011
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Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2011 - 10:22 AM UTC
I think that your idea is very unique. It is a wonderful concept. There is room for a lot of expression with the figures.
J
1stjaeger
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 11:53 PM UTC
Something special no doubt!!

Your figure builds/conversions look very promising already!!

Impatient to see more!!!!

Cheers

Romain
JohanHefer
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Cape Province, South Africa
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Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 02:58 AM UTC
Hi

An update:
1. I have scratchbuilt the buildings (no roof yet).
2. I have built most of the figures although they need cleanup and painting.
3. I have changed the layout so it uses a smaller base
4. I have scratchbuilt some benches and other props.

In general the figures built easily except for the nun who I could not fit onto the wagon with the shape of her habit. I thus made it smaller and filled it with epoxy putty.

Some pictures:
An overall view of the diorama


Grandpa, granddaughter, dog and soldier scene (see bench and table)


A closeup of the very nice wagon from masterbox and its occupants and cargo.


The barn. The soldiers on the platform will be talking over a radio that I scratchbuilt over the weekend. (Not on the photo yet)


Another overall view


Comments or questions welcome!

Regards
Johan
raffrecon
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Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 03:24 AM UTC
Looking good. What did you Make the buildings out of?

Dan
JohanHefer
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Cape Province, South Africa
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Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 08:58 PM UTC
Hi

The buildings were made out of Styrofoam sheets and various types of wood sticks. I used a steak knife (got into trouble for this one!) to give the sticks a wood grain look The house's door and window is from a Miniart kit. The "stone" is from polystyrene food containers.

I covered the buildings with a plaster and wood glue mixture.

Tried to improve the building's paint job last night, I think it made it worse! Will have to try again tonight.

Regards
Johan

hofpig
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Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 10:37 PM UTC
Looking good so far. like the food stuffs on the cart who made it??
like the use of the tamiya livestock set, I have just been using it for a dio soon to be on here I hope if the bits I've ordered turn up!

paul
JohanHefer
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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:54 AM UTC
Hi

The foodstuffs were scratchmade from epoxy putty.

Johan
hofpig
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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 02:07 AM UTC
Well done I have a small old set from Verlinden, but I have just made some Russian Black Bread from clay.

Paul
JohanHefer
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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 01:45 AM UTC
An update:
1. Roof structures built.
2. Final layout made
3. Most of the figures partially painted.

An overall view:


Closeup of the wagon:



Some other shots:



Comments welcome