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About the Author

About Charles Reading (CReading)

I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...


Barry, Ed, Simon and Andy, Thanks guys for the kind comments. Thanks again to all who commented and/or had questions. Hope to be posting WIP of a new vingette soon. Cheers, Charles
DEC 29, 2006 - 05:09 PM
It looks like a really nice diorama hopefully i'll be able to do something half as good one day
DEC 29, 2006 - 06:16 PM
Thanks Gliderpilot for the nice comments. Cheers and Happy New Year, Charles
DEC 31, 2006 - 12:11 AM
Charles, Nice to see your piece again. For those interested, Rhodes Williams and I awarded Charles a Gold When we judged at the Dragon Expo in '06. Simple, powerful, and well executed. Can't beat that. Barry
JAN 02, 2007 - 12:29 AM
Great dio! This might sound like a stupid question, but how did you do the snow? In your dio it looks like real snow. Whenever I try it, it looks like, well, whatever I'm using, but never like snow.
JAN 02, 2007 - 02:27 AM
Hi Barry, Good that you would post. Hope you are having a nice holiday season and aren't too deep in the white stuff. Filip, Thank you for your kind comments. The base was done with cel-u-clay to form the basic 'ground' and the snow was made with Woodland Scenics "Snow" which I believe are micro balloons. I applied watered down white glue to the areas I wanted covered and sifted the 'snow' onto the piece as if it were falling snow. This was done several times till the piece looked right. I added more snow to the tank in areas where it would have normally accumulated. Cheers and Happy New Year, Charles
JAN 02, 2007 - 05:19 AM
JAN 02, 2007 - 06:09 AM
I love offbeat dioramas that bring about something besides drinking coffee or "the big shootout"..... Great concept, and fine execution!
JAN 11, 2007 - 11:21 AM
Thanks Keith for the kind comments. I attempted to keep this simple yet tried to get across the desperation and desolate feeling of defeat in the East. Cheers, Charles
JAN 11, 2007 - 09:18 PM
Very well done.The snow looks freshly fallen,before it had a chance to pick up any icyness.I wonder about who might be trapped in the Tiger,since the hatches are closed,and there appears there was no one getting out.
JAN 11, 2007 - 10:54 PM