02 January 2002

MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Christopher Holland - "Landing at Normandy"

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MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Christopher Holland - "Landing at Normandy"

This diorama pictures British troops landing at Normandy. Under heavy bombardment the landing craft backs away to get another load of troops.

The boat, boat crew and tank are from Airfix and come in the kit L.C.M.III and Sherman (Landing Craft Mk III and Sherman Mk II).

Nothing special to say about the boat, it came together pretty easy. It was kind of lacking in details but the only thing I added was a rope.

The Sherman was really basic, but no problems. I added a driver (or gunner, at least someone poking his head through a front hatch) using the officer of Matchbox's British Commandos and a tank commander using the "Monty-figure" from the Matchbox British 8th army set

The British infantry storming onto the beach are from Esci's British infantry.

The tank obstacles are from Hasegawa's Field Camp Equipment.

The sea and beach were built and shaped using filler (the kind you use for fixing walls).























Copyright 2002 : Christopher Holland, Sweden

01 January 2002

MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Christopher Holland - "Kaput in the wrong place"


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MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Christopher Holland - "Kaput in the wrong place"

Background

The idea for this diorama came from a picture I found of a german Panzer III surrendering to british troops somewhere in the North African desert, and my diorama follows that, but more precisely at the British lines, due to a engine failure. That's why I choose to call it 'Kaputt på fel ztälle' whichtranslates from Swedish into something like 'Kaput in the wrong place'.

This diorama came second at the Swedish IPMS Open '00 in Stockholm. It seems I'm stuck at second place...;-)

Facts
Scale: 1/76
Size: 22 cm X 18 cm
Tank: Matchbox Panzer III L
Figures: Matchbox 8th army, Matchbox German Africa Corps, Revell Panzer grenadier.





















Making the diorama

The base
The base is made from a piece of wood with smaller pieces making up the contours. This I covered with Celluclay after putting on a layer of varnish to seal of the wood. I then brushed on white glue and sprinkled rocks and the fine sand on

Sandbags
The sandbags are made from Superfine Miliput

Barb wire
For the barb wire I used very thin copper-wire which i doubled and twisted. Then I tied a small knot every centimeter and wrapped around a pencil. I chose to paint it straight gun-metal since there will probably not be much rust in the desert.

Camoflage-netting
The netting is medical gauze that was waterpainted in tan and brown nuances before added to the diorama.

Painting the diorama
The base I airbrushed in different tan Hubrol enamels and given a darkbrown wash and a lightsand dry-brush.

The tank
The Panzer III L is Matchbox old kit. Not much to comment on, easybuild except for getting the threads in place after the upper and lower parts are glued together. If you put the threads on before you'll have trouble getting the upper and lower parts fit well...

I opened up one of the front hatches for the escaping crew.

After painting it with Humbrol enamels and applying decals I gave it a light dust-layer togehter with the base to which it was superglued.

The figures
Nothing special to note about the Matchbox figures except that they are all action-poses, which kind of limits your dioramas. The surrendering german with both hands up is actually a British figure from the german kit, but I figured that even german tankers wore black berets maybe not in the desert) and with the typical British hip-pouches off he'd look german.

 I painted the figures with (as usual) Humbrol enamels, but instead of using a darker wash I shaded them with darker nuances, and then I Super-glued them in place.

Copyright 2002 : Christopher Holland, Sweden

12 October 2001

Airfx Panther Tank

The Airfix 1/76 scale Panther tank is a kit that goes back a long way.

By today's standards the kit is not particularly outstanding, it's from the mid 1960s and it's quite basic
Some minor extra details were added such as towing hooks from telephone wire, radio antenna from a strand of horse-hair, and also typical ad hoc "tree branch and bushes" ambush camouflage (that at the same time hides the kit's inherent lack of detail, and a multitude of other sins;.-)

No figures are supplied with the kit.

I left the commander's hatch open in any case and will try and look for a suitable figure from some set of German polythene figures, maybe one from the Lufthwaffe Personnel set










16 July 2001

MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Javier Gómez - "WW2 German Station"

This article is one of many articles and gallery contributions from fellow amateur smallscale enthusiasts all over the world that appeared on the old MiniatureZone website during the first six years its existence when there were only a handful of websites dedicated to smallscale models and wargaming. 

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MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Javier Gómez - "WW2 German Station"


The scene is about a small station anywhere in central Europe, where the troops are resting and trying to stock up to head forward.

It is a diorama in which I invested a great deal of time, it is the largest work I have ever built (removing a kind of medieval fortress, it is a pharaonic work).















The vehicles are:
TIGER I of Hasegawa
Esci IV IV
FLAKPANZER IV from Esci
OPEL BLITZ by Airfix
B.M.W. from Hasegawa
Hasegawa's KUBELWAGEN
The accessories are of several brands as well as the trees

The three freight cars are at HO scale, as well as roads and buildings, although I think they are quite in line with the scene.

Copyright 2001 Javier Gómez