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Desert Storch

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Some notes about the model
This is Tamiya's 1:48 scale Fieseler Storch built a couple of years ago when the kit was released. The model is from the box except for the use of Mal's Miracle Masks for the markings. The camouflage pattern was done with self made masks cut into clear plastic. The kit in itself is very nice and no problems were encountered during the build.

The diorama base is composed of styrofoam blocks cut to shape and secured with resin on a wood plate. The buildings have been done using plaster and small rocks for the walls. Doors and other details have been made with evergreen plastic and modeling clay. The original masters were given to Mark58 to make silicone molds and do acrylic resin castings which were used in the end. The figures are from Tamiya for the Afrika Korps personnel and from Preiser (heavily modified) for the indigenous people. The animals are from the Pegasus Hobbies 1:48 scale "Farm Animals" set (#7006) and have been transformed as well. The palm trees have been scratch built using and electrical cable, paper and modeling clay for the trunk and paper for the leaves.

The ground has been painted with acrylic colors using different shades of sand colors. It was also dry brushed and received several washes of heavily diluted paint. The cracks in the ground are the result of the use of clay powder mixed with water. When drying, the cracks appear by themselves because no binder was incorporated to keep the clay together.

The Greif vehicle is a Tamiya kit as well and it includes the figure of the famous Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel the "Desert Fox".
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About the Author

About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)
FROM: MOSELLE, FRANCE

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.


Comments

very very nice jean-luc paul
NOV 05, 2011 - 08:25 PM
Very impressive-the plane is first-rate, and the scenic elements are brilliantly conceived and executed. Great work, Jean-Luc! Regards; Automaton
NOV 06, 2011 - 12:35 AM
If I may make a few comments.. 1. The planes props blades would be sandblasted after just one take off from a desert strip. Not sure if the STorch had wooden or aluminium props. 2. I don't think they would allow any animals near the delicate Storch. Horns and fabric covered surfaces don't really mix.. Just some comments on a fine diorama Jean-Luc.
NOV 07, 2011 - 02:26 PM
I'm impressed with this stunning diorama. Great work Jean-Luc. Best regards, Marko
NOV 08, 2011 - 09:53 AM
Great job... the storch is on my table now as well
NOV 13, 2011 - 08:20 AM
really nice work however the animals look a bit to clean, dude your one of the best on here, I hope to not to not insult you
NOV 17, 2011 - 05:24 PM
Hi all, Thank you for your comments. Not at all. You are right, the next time I will remember to weather the animals as well... Jean-Luc
NOV 17, 2011 - 10:50 PM
This is a sweet diorama Jean-Luc, and as a farmboy I've seen clean cows before. Especially after a heavy swedish summer rain. Go for that explanation I've never really considered considered the Storch but since we had them in the swedish air force it's been on the maybe-list. However, I had the honor to see a formation of six (6) this fall, and now you tipped the scales with this one. Got to get!
NOV 17, 2011 - 11:48 PM