Jon Sailer, Pierre, South Dakota
Jon built an Academy 1/35 scale M60A1 RISE (Reliability Improvement of Selected Equipment) with a ’dozer blade and a Trumpeter LAV-A2, airbrushed them with acrylics, and applied oil washes. He says, “I created this diorama using cement for the road and walls. I tried out the hairspray paint method on the walls and the M60 to give them a weathered look.”
They look good. Only one issue, the two vehicles did not serve together, especially in recent operation sin Iraq (based on the uniforms of the Marines). The M60A1 RISE was retired from service right after Operation Desert Storm in '91 when it was replaced my the M1A1 in USMC service. Likewise, the LAV A2 version was not introduced until the late '90s and early 2000s.
Historical inaccuracies aside the scope & effort are well done. Thanks for sharing!
doesn't matter they didn't serve at the same time, looks great none-the-less!! wish I could make dios 10-4
This looks REALLY GREAT JON!!! Is the base a solid concrete? If it is then it must weigh a bit!
Niccolai46 - I used quickcrete cement, and a pasta strainer to remove all the larger rocks. But doing this made the cement really crumbly when it dried (I made a form for the road that was less than a half inch thick) so I added a good amount of Elmer's glue to the mix and then it dried pretty solid. Then I just hit it with a hammer to break it up. :) The base is extruded foam. The walls are solid cement too.
Well done very impressive. I really like the fine detail of weathered and dusty wheels on the LAV.