A 1/48 Scale Luftwaffe Diorama
Tamiya's 1/48 Fw
190F-8 and Fw
190D-9 are available online from Squadron.com
As aircraft modelers know, it's always a challenge to
create an original diorama of our favorite aircraft. The most dramatic
models (with everything hanging out) are usually set on a mirror or a
piece of tarmac, maybe a few figures, and if we're really lucky, some
ground equipment. There is nothing wrong with that, and I will continue
to present my aircraft in that way in the future, but I've always wanted
to simulate a post-war scrapyard setting.
The first challenge is references (what airframe was
scrapped at what airfield with what other airframe, or was that serial
no. shot down over the channel?...) Then there is the damage inflicted
on the thin-skinned aircraft. It doesn't take much to dent & gash the
skin of an aircraft, and all of the details inside will be visible
through the holes...it's enough to make you want to give-up!
Nevertheless, I REALLY wanted to do this, so I forced myself to overlook
what are legitimate accuracy problems with this kind of project and just
The Diorama Elements
My original plan was to make a large base with 5 or so
different aircraft types, but this idea was quickly 'scrapped' (pun
intended) because I knew it would take too long to finish. Instead, I
decided to make the base as small as possible, with only the 2
Because the Fw-190 is in itself a diverse enough
subject, I went with the D-9 and A-8. It was a way for me to represent
the two main generational differences of the Fw-190 with the inline &
radial engines. I also added different variations in the spare parts
laying on the base.
If you look carefully, you can see the Ta-152 style tail
section, the Ta-152H engine block, and some different underwing stores,
flaps, cowling panels, etc., all reflecting the diversity of the Fw-190
series. The figures and jeep were added simply to add some interest and
scale, and help to convey the story of the diorama, like vultures
picking over a carcass.
The two 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 kits are both from
Tamiya, each detailed with extra aftermarket parts.
The A-8 has some VP parts to simulate the engine, opened
inspection panels & flaps, and photo-etched seat belts hanging down from
the cockpit sill. The D-9 has the cockpit from Teknics (now owned by
Cutting Edge), as well as VP parts for the opened inspection panels, gun
bays, and flaps. The starboard radio access panel was opened and a radio
added, and a new canopy frame was constructed so that I could simulate
the glass as being shattered.
models have had their control surfaces cut-off & repositioned for a more
candid appearance. I felt that this was PLENTY of work, so I opted out
of thinning the airframe from the inside & adding dents, wrinkles, &
gashes (although it would have looked much better). The models were
further separated from each other by selecting the two differing color
schemes. I used Polly Scale acrylics to paint them, but ended up
stripping the A-8 after my semi-clogged airbrush spit paint-boogers all
over it (I repainted it with Testor's Model Masters enamels).
The most difficult and challenging aspect of this diorama was achieving
the necessary balance. I knew the tail would be up on the A-8 (from a
photo I had seen), but couldn't get the two models to sit convincingly
together on the round base. I ended-up tossing the base and making
another one slightly larger, in the present oval shape, which made life
MUCH easier. I also re-did the groundwork to vary the texture (the
original base was all grass). To finish it off, I added a tree stump,
some oil stains, the figures, Jeep & spare parts, and lots of little
pieces of wire and lead foil.
That's about it! For specifics on painting & weathering,
I recommend getting the recent VP book on WWII aircraft (Francois took
some photos before it was completed).
This diorama was a lot of fun, and I would love to see some others on
the same theme...I'm even considering doing another myself! enjoy!
A special thanks to the guys at Tamiya for awarding this diorama a first
place at Tamiyacon 2002!
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