1⁄35A Final Farewell
The DioramaWhen building a Diorama on such an emotional subject as the Holocaust, the problem was always going to be how could I take all this emotion and produce something that would make people stop, look and think without pushing the boundaries of taste.
After many ideas had ended in the bin, I finally decided that I would show a diorama depicting a group of Jews being deported from their homes. I wanted the viewer to know where they were going without truly spelling it out to them. One of the many moving scenes in "Schindler's List" shows Jews being crammed into rail cars for their journey, thus the idea of Railcars was born.
The rail carsThe railcar kits came from the French Firm Azimut, currently being the only manufacturer of this type of railcar. After looking at the kit components I decided early on that I would be unable to use a lot of the parts that produced the box shape of the railcar. The chassis was built up as per the instructions but the boxcars where scratch built from balsa wood and plastic strip. Drilling small indents in the rivet locations with a pin vice, then gluing ceramic balls from a domestic water filter into the indents, did the rivet detail. Thin wire was used to complete all the handles, etc.
The Railcars were then undercoated with car grey and then matte black primer, before painting using Tamiya acrylics. The decals from the Azimut kit were followed by a final coat of matte varnish and a Sepia oil wash. Gentle dry-brushing with Humbrol enamels brought out the final details.