diorama - France 1940
New Engine, New Life
New Engine, New Life. France 1940
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The battle of France is finished. All the personnel
of Luftwaffe prepare for future combat which will be more difficult: The
Battle of Britain.
From the design to the final realization, 24 months were necessary. The
building is imaginary but the remainder of the diorama is inspired by
several original photographs.
Dimensions: 39 X 35cm
For each of my dioramas, the realism is my principal subject and I try
to give an environment which is not particularly warlike. I believe the
mixture of wood color, metal and brick gives a certain heat to the
As usual, the assembly of the plane, the Me 109 E-3
of Hasegawa, is perfect. The two trailers, the starter wagon and the
refuelling cart, from a Verlinden kit, are also perfect and the figures,
from Hecker & Goros are superb.
The tractor Anomag RL 20 is a scratchbuilt. It comes from a resin model
of a very average quality for which I kept only the wheels.
The construction of the hangar and others details
were easy but very ….. very long.
The 4.800 bricks of the frontage were painted one by one, using a
mixture of five different Humbrol colors. On the roof, doors and
different metallic beams, 800 rivets, manufactured one by one were
stuck. Other many details also required much time.
The access doors of the hangar, the chimney, windows, gutters, metal
beams, staircase, footbridge and much of other small elements were
manufactured using sheets of plasticard of various thicknesses and other
The metal scaffolding / portal crane which supports
the engine was also manufactured in the same way. 160 sections of tubes
and other small parts were necessary for this assembly.
In order to give even more realism, to the empty
places, certain small elements were added such as a vat of sand, fire
hoses, table, electric cables, barrels, etc ...
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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007
by Patrick Debaisieux
Page Created 19 April, 2007
24 December, 2007
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