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1/48 scale diorama - France 1940
New Engine, New Life

by Patrick Debaisieux

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 scene.



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 sets Evergreen.



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
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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