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“Stealing Time”

First I used the Tamiya Sherman with 105mm gun for my disabled allied tank. It is all Out Of The Box (OOTB) except for the addition of Fruil tracks that were graciously given to me by DRAGONWAGON. Without them I couldn’t have made the broken track like it is. It was an OOTB, minus the tracks that is. A lot of gear was left off as the allies stripped what was useful before leaving it behind. It was finished in Model Master Olive Drab, followed with washes of raw umber and black. This was followed with some reddish brown filters and some drybrushing with the lightened Olive Drab. Finally I gave it a dusting with Tamiya Buff paint to blend it to the base.

The Tamiya Schwimmwagen and crew were graciously donated to this project by Graywolf. It was built straight from the box and finished in German three tone camouflage. It also was blended in the base using Tamiya Buff. It has a bunch of extra gear in the back seat. That extra gear came from left over kits.

The DML Mid Hetzer is also OOTB. The painting is the hard edge ambush pattern. I used Model Master paints for colors. I also tried some tacky rubber like stuff (for posting things) that I picked up at hobby lobby as my masking material. After the base yellow was applied and dry, I covered everything I wanted to stay yellow with the tacky rubber stuff. I then laid down the reddish brown color. Once that was dry I covered all the areas I wanted to keep this reddish brown. I then laid down the green to finish the hard edge camo. After letting this dry I realized this rubber stuff was not the product to mask with !!! It was a major pain to get it to release from the model. I do not recommend anyone else to use this method. Once I finally got the mask all off it was time to break out the micro brushes and add the dots to the camo scheme. Other than adding some mud to the models, using Model Master red putty and sand, that is all that has been done with the models.

As with any scene the figure selection is crucial. I already had the Tamiya set that was donated by Graywolf and I had a pair of Wolf figures that looked very cold. It was just a matter of mixing in other figures that I wanted to show resting with the Wolf figures. This was accomplished with a set of Tristar German Panzer Grenadiers vol.1, which I feel matched perfectly with what I was after. So we have two of the four mini scenes down with the figs.

Next up came some DML ammo loaders for a self propelled gun that I converted to have them stealing gas with a pump, that was generously donated by Blade48mrd. So that just leaves a set of DML 352nd Volksgrenadiers to come down the hill. The figs were all painted with Vallejo paints. I used a technique that I learned from Shep Paines book on figures for the camo. I think it came out alright.
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About the Author

About Kevin Gardner (jackhammer81)

When I was a kid I built my first tank at around 10 years old it was a 1/48 scale tamiya m60 motorized. I did a few 1/48 bandai kits as well. then I jumped to model cars for the next few years, around the age of 15 I started back into armor and mostly did the 1/32 monogram stuff. I quit modeling whe...


Fantastic dio and great article...congrats bro. The final is perfect as always.
JUL 10, 2005 - 08:22 PM
Super work. The trees look great, along with the rest of the groundwork. The Wolf figures add to the cold look of things! Cheers Andy
JUL 12, 2005 - 11:28 AM
Thats a very fine piece of work. Its always nice to see b/w photos of dios. They seem more realistic and fantastic than they already are. Thanks for sharing Simon
JUL 12, 2005 - 09:12 PM
Jackhammer, Outstanding work! The pines and ground cover are excellent! Good to see someone else who is espousing model railroad supplies. Last week I was at the NMRA 2005 Nat Con and watched Mr. Bragdon demonstrate some of his products. Bought a bag of the pine boughs. I was considering doing a review of them, would you consider it, as you already have the pix and "how-to"? I'll be viewing more of this diorama. Appears that your figures are more in natural posture than usual. Great job!
JUL 15, 2005 - 11:52 AM
It's an awesome dio! Lots of realism and action going on in small groups that draw the attention of the viewer! Very well built! Very well painted and weathered! what can one say more! A marvel! Congratulations! Cheers and happy modelling! Prato
JUL 16, 2005 - 05:50 AM
Hi Everyone, I am really glad you like the article. I am glad it came out easy to read and follow. Fred, as far as the bragdon branches go...I'm out of them I would have loved to do a review on them but I am busy working on a couple more grass reviews and some other items I have seen in railroad sections of the hobby shops and having been brain storming with my lhs owner, so there are going to be some more coming from me in this area. I would love to see you do the bragdon review. If there are any questions I can help with please let me know. Cheers Kevin
JUL 16, 2005 - 08:47 AM
I'm amazed! I've printed this off and am using it as guidance for my first dio ever, which will be of the Battle of the Bulge.
MAY 29, 2007 - 09:10 PM
Sam, it's nice to see you going through the feature section, and finding useful, and helpful articles.
MAY 29, 2007 - 11:09 PM
Very encouraging. Thanks. Could you give any advice here? LINK
MAY 29, 2007 - 11:25 PM
Sam, just checked, seems you already got some great and simple suggestions. Good luck, and hopefully you'll post some photos of those trees after you make them.
MAY 30, 2007 - 04:49 AM