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A Final Farewell

The Diorama
When 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 cars
The 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.

  • The Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)
  • The Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)
  • The Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)
  • The Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)
  • The Final Farewell (Holocaust Diorama)

About the Author

About Keith Forsyth (docdios)

Keith Forsyth (docdios) comes from the small town of Stafford in the United Kingdom. He began his interest in modeling at an early age with armor being the main focus. It was not until finding himself between jobs in 1995 that he really got hooked. It was during a shopping visit to another town when...


This is one of the subjects in human history that shoul'dn't be forgotten, how painfull it may be. Keith, you did an outstanding job on this dio, and I mean that in two different ways: 1. The true craftsmansship, with which you made this beautifull diorama. 2. The atmosphere captured in the dio, one can allmost feel, and touch the immense pain and sorrow these people are suffering. This is truly one of the best executed dioramas I have seen. Congrats, John.
JAN 11, 2005 - 06:39 AM
Such a well done piece. I believe I have seen this one before on his website. I did a similar "subject matter" piece which was reviewed elsewhere on this forum (Warsaw Uprising- "The Sewer"). While most liked the work and felt comfortable with the subject matter, there were a few who were a bit vocal in depicting anything relating to the persecution of the Jews. I feel to a great extent it is impossible to ignore what they went through.... it was a compelling reason for the war, and the ultimate justification of the overthrow of Hitler's Nazi regime. Keith- I am most interested in you freight cars... I'll email you privately to discuss. Again - wonderful work!
JAN 14, 2005 - 05:26 AM
I'm pleased to see this on display again. This is an outstanding dio, covering a historical event of such importance that it should never be forgotten nor ever allowed to happen again. Unfrtunately, there has been mass murder and genocide since, in other countries by other dictators and despots. Masterfully executed it shows how the trick of resettlement was implimented by a truely evil regime, what's harder to protray is the collusion often found in the occupied countries by those taken in by Nazi propaganda. The seeds of this evil were sown much earlier in German East Africa, where theories of inferior races were being tested and implimented, compounded by support from a large range of 'academics' who by and large were highly thought of at the time. Just goes to show, be very careful who you listen to and believe, the justification for such horrors is often portrayed in the most logical of terms. Al
JUL 30, 2007 - 09:12 PM
Keith I remeber talkin to you about how amazing this is! I was wondering if you had found a home for it yet? Martyn
JAN 30, 2009 - 08:53 AM
keith amazing dio, words cannot do it justice. Ant
JAN 30, 2009 - 09:23 AM
A wonderful masterpiece full of detail but done tactfully ,well done it's good to see something that gets overlooked due to the nature of the subject content but like Keith has shown if it's done right you can still tell a story but without intentionally upsetting anyone
JAN 30, 2009 - 09:28 AM
Very well done and thought provoking. History keeps repeating itself because we never remember and learn from it. I knew a man who had been in a concentration camp when I was little. I've wondered if I could pull something like this off someday. I hope it never happens again to anyone.
JAN 30, 2009 - 10:24 AM
This was one of the first dioramas I remember seeing prior to joining the Kitmaker Net. You have re-created a very sad yet powerful scene, Keith. I want to know where you found all those civilian figures! Chas
JAN 30, 2009 - 07:00 PM
Kieth its looks stunning mate! Holocuast memorial day has just gone. If any of you have managed to see the IWM Holocaust museum you will see some stunnnig exhibitions. There is a scail model of auschwitz and its huge it really gives off the scale of how big it was and how many people were victims of the final solutions. Also I had the great honur if meeting Freddie Knoller a holocaust survivour who survived Auschwitz
JAN 30, 2009 - 10:24 PM
Jim, Thanks for making this dio available again. It still knots my insides to see it and remember those who suffered from an evil of mans making. To deny the fact that it happened will dam us to repeat history, just look at the news. A very articulated piece well played out in 3-D. As diorama makers, we tell a story, whether it is a story we enjoy or not. It is impossible to seperate yourself from the events that took place as you referance and build a story as this. As the movie left a mark on Kieth, the events have marked us all. When I see something like this, it makes me more determind to never let it happen again nor loose the histoical facts to the age of time. Contoversy? The only controvery I see is from those who would deny the holocost, or those people who want to live in their comfortable cozy live's that could not be bothered. God bless every man, woman and child that passed from the horrors of evil and thank you to all who stood their ground to destroy it. this evilness.
JAN 31, 2009 - 03:15 AM