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Liberation, Italy 1944
TheoBraat
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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 12:42 AM UTC
Hi Tim,
Interesting ideas for your next project)s).Both sound good but the second I like more as it is both rather unusual and challenging.
In any case, I look forward to your first progress reports here and/or elsewhere
Golikell
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Posted: Thursday, January 09, 2020 - 07:35 PM UTC
Great additions! Again, gratulations are in place...
Already looking out for your next project!
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Thursday, January 09, 2020 - 11:22 AM UTC
Oh, I almost forgot... In the end I DID add some water to the ditch!



Because it wasn't in any depth I went for Woodland Scenics Realistic Water - which you simply use straight from the bottle - rather than a two-part epoxy. It was added using a syringe, taking care not to drip any where it wasn't wanted.

As I final touch (to riff on the many sides to 'Liberation') I also placed this totally dejected German beneath the bridge - a beautiful, sad figure from Tank (I think). I gave him Luftwaffe piping to suggest that he had escaped from the car...

TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Thursday, January 09, 2020 - 09:32 AM UTC
Dear all,

Sorry it has taken me almost 2 months to get around to another post.

Many thanks for all of your kind words. It has been a pleasure to have you all along for the journey and your support (whether it be praise or constructive criticism) has been a great help.

Obviously this one is done and dusted. I will be taking it around more shows here in the UK (in fact, since my last post I managed to sneak another Gold at the London Plastic Model Show).

I also hope to get a friend - who is a professional photographer - to take some decent pics at some point and when I do I will be sure to post them. I also plan to submit an article to a magazine or two - any suggestions?

Now Cheyenne asked "Soooooo, what's next for your building pleasure?"

Well... first off, I don't plan to take THREE YEARS to build the next one! So something a little less ambitious methinks.

I have two firm ideas.

The first is set in the Ardennes. Without giving too much away, it has something to do with Advancing German forces and escaping Americans. However, it has a building at its heart and, although nothing like as big as the Italian dio, I suspect it is going to take quite a lot of work.

On the other hand, over the Summer I visited Japan with my family and made a few purchases from one of the fine Tokyo model shops. Although I have never modelled anything from the Pacific Theatre before (OK, that's a very slight lie), the Japanese 'blitzkrieg' down the Malayan peninsular towards Singapore has caught my interest. That way I get to combine Japanese and Commonwealth troops and equipment with some local interest.

So this is what I am going to go with..!
callmehobbes
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 06:58 AM UTC
Brilliant dio. There are so many little features and details that just bring it to life.
obg153
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 05:42 AM UTC
Been watching since you started. Just have to say this is one of the most impressive dioramas I've seen in quite some time! Your award at Telford is very well deserved. For me, a dio can be like using a photo to recreate a moment in time in miniature, even if that photo only exists in your mind. Your imagination, creativity and execution in this scene are impressive. Beautifully done!!
Golikell
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 02:30 AM UTC
Congratz from me too! Well deserved!!
jrutman
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 02:22 AM UTC
NICE ! Yes,I have been to Telford several times and the bar is set very high there so a big congrats is in order.
The finished version is superb! It checks all the boxes for an exceptional dio. Very very nice. One of the hallmarks of good work is one being able to peruse it for a long time and continually find new details.
Very impressive given that you just got back into the swing of things. Nice subject as well!
Nice to see more Commonwealth topics be given attention.
J
SpeedyJ
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 12:40 AM UTC
Hats off. A Silver Medal at Telford is simply outstanding performance.

Cheers,

Robert Jan
cheyenne
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 09:45 PM UTC
Congrats Tim on a job well done , just for your information you got a gold over here at my house !!
Soooooo , what's next for your building pleasure ?
Armorsmith
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 10:55 AM UTC
Congratulations on your great showing. Very nice composition and very well executed. The elements you have included all contribute to the telling of the story.
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 10:46 AM UTC
Well, I am glad to say that this dio is FINALLY FINISHED.

I took it to its second show two weeks ago: Scale Model World in Telford (for those not from these shores, Thomas Telford was a contemporary of Brunel and a very important part of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, although this is a 'new town' in the North established close to Ironbridge, where the famous bridge was built and still stands).

This was a very nostalgic trip for me because I have been taking my two sons to this show for the last 7 years and they have both won several Golds and Silver medals in the Junior competition... but this time it was my turn!

So I was very happy to win a Silver medal in the Diorama (Vehicles) category.

Here are a few shots of the dio in its finished state:






Thanks for all your support!
jrutman
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 02:28 AM UTC
Yes,looks the biz. Love the personal touches like the stowage and the tattoo.
J
Golikell
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 12:45 AM UTC

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Erwin, that sure is an amazing diorama - and so much packed into the space! The steam engine makes any tank seem small...

I suppose you were coming at it from the starting point of the railway and the station and the story and people came next. It's much the same for me: the Stug was a focal point and everything grew up around it. And for me everything else is at least as important - perhaps more so.

Anyway, thanks for sharing - and thanks again for your warm comments. I will try and make the show next year. It would be wonderful to meet...



Tim, thank you for your kind words. Such an locomotive indeed takes up a lot of space, and is a real eye-catcher. The figures next to it, really give a indication of it's size

Indeed the dio was build around both items. In due time, more and more figures came available, so the stories were spun in my brain accordingly. There is a whopping 40 of them, excluding the dog, cat and a swallow

I love the way your motorbike has turned out, specially with the liberated vino
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 11:08 AM UTC

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Hi Tim,
Love your work and I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished. However the second road wheel from the rear on the Stug appears to be floating above the track. Something you might want to take a look at.
Regards,Bob



Bob, thanks for you kind words. And well spotted! In fact, the wheels are still free-moving on their axles and this shot must have been taken when one of them had 'drifted'. Rest assured she is back on the tracks again!
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 11:05 AM UTC
Thanks Jerry and Cheyenne.

The Triumph and rider are now complete and on the diorama - I hope to share some pics of them in situ tomorrow.

Meanwhile, here are rider and machine in (I hope) perfect harmony...





TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 11:01 AM UTC
Erwin, that sure is an amazing diorama - and so much packed into the space! THe stema engine makes any tank seem small...

I suppose you were coming at it from the starting point of the railway and the station and the story and people came next. It's much the same for me: the Stug was a focal point and everything grew up around it. And for me everything else is at least as important - perhaps more so.

Anyway, thanks for sharing - and thanks again for your warm comments. I will try and make the show next year. It would be wonderful to meet...
cheyenne
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2019 - 10:34 PM UTC
Beautiful paint up Tim , very cool !!!
jrutman
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2019 - 01:34 AM UTC
That bike looks awesome man! The rider as well. Very very well sculpted guy right there.
J
Golikell
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 07:55 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

My pleasure. I love the way you build up your dio. I basically try to do the same: try to create one or multiple stories. I did the same with my station (for more pictures: http://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=280411&page=1
The guy with the brown shirt is a Hitler Jugend figure from MiniArt. The story I imagined for him is the following: A local police NCO asks a civilian for his Ausweiss. While the man in question fumbles with his case to retrieve the requested document, being encouraged by the NCO and his dog, the HJ bloke is being alerted by the commotion and prepares himself to assist if needed.

Next year, there won't be a SMC, but the World Model Expo will be held at the same venue. If you'll take it there I certainly have a peek, and would love to meet you too.

Yeah, I found the bottomless thing also odd, therefore I gave him shorts and shoes. Yet, with your dio, it might just work: coming outside, to greet the liberators/occupants, the woman is trailed by the boy, who is only now noticed by the mother. This is exact the reason why the grumpy look on her face.
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 02:37 PM UTC
Hi Tim,
Love your work and I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished. However the second road wheel from the rear on the Stug appears to be floating above the track. Something you might want to take a look at.
Regards,Bob
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 10:25 AM UTC
Erwin, thanks so much for your kind words.

I see you're from the Netherlands. I would have loved to have brought this to Scale Model Challenge, but I left it a bit late this year. Maybe next year...

Those figures look very interesting - although it's odd that the boy has no trousers! I think I have all the people I need for this project, but I shall be sure to look them out for the next one.

The brown shirt guy looks very intimidating - something to do with the way he is standing (almost ape-like?)
Golikell
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 12:03 AM UTC
Tim, I just finished reading the whole story (misssed this somehow?) and find your dio a joy to behold. It tells a story like a dio should. Wherever you look, something is going on, or went on. Great stuff. Should you still find the need for another (pair of) figure(s), maybe this is one for you:
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/model-victoria-4054-woman-with-children--205211
It is from Victoria model, an Italian brand.
The oldest of the children is bottomless, but when I made it for my own dio, I gave him shorts and shoes:




It might suit you dio just fine...
TanksForTheMemory
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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 10:16 AM UTC
Thanks Rob.

A couple of shots of the rider. This was a bit of a rush job compared to my previous figures.

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As before, the uniform and equipment was painted using the excellent Lifecolor British Uniform set and the flesh painted with Vallejo acrylics. To help shade and define both I used washes from Citadel.

I chose to reposition the right forearm and replace the hand with one from Hornet so that he was holding onto the handle of the bike. The watch (from Aber) provides an easy disguise for the join at the wrist. However, despite using a wire to join the forearm to the elbow, I have had endless problems getting it to stay attached. In the end I used some Tamiya putty to provide another disguise - a bandage. This has still to be painted.

The figure and bike are now crying out for some dust...
SpeedyJ
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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12:02 AM UTC
That is for sure a cool ride. Very nice work.

Cheers, euh Chanti