Conceiving the Story
After reading Marcus Nicholls’ article on an Italian
Diorama in the April/May 2002 issue of TMMI, I knew I just had to build the
little Fiat Topolino, produced in resin by Model Victoria. What to do about
the diorama, though? As the tiny thing cost over $55 CDN, I wanted it to be
the centerpiece of a small diorama, rather than having the Topolino
secondary to a larger tank. Choosing a good story for the diorama was
difficult, but then, as I scrolled through a list of their products, I
noticed a pair of camels (or dromedaries) made by Verlinden Productions. As
the Topolino came with a soldier exiting the car, the idea of him being
stopped for a camel blocking the road naturally came to mind. A further
search revealed an Italian tanker figure, also made by Model Victoria,
squinting and with his hands on his hips. The seed, as they say, was sown.
In this article, besides a review of the kits used, I have included
descriptions of the many new techniques I attempted during construction
(with a lot of help from members of this site) in the hopes that the reader
will find some of my experiences helpful. Hopefully, some of you will even
be inspired to build an Italian subject, something that I have found
particularly interesting to model.
Working With Resin
The Topolino was my first full resin kit and there
were a number of new techniques that had to be learned for working with this
different type of plastic. Resin dust is harmful to the lungs and it is
important that proper protection be worn in the form of a dust mask when
cutting and sanding resin pieces. The pour blocks have to be cut off using a
razor saw. Inevitable air bubbles in the resin have to be filled with putty.
Last, but not least, regular plastic model cement will not bond resin, so
cyanoacrylate (CA or superglue) must be used.
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Photos by Nicolas Virtue (folgore). All Rights Reserved.