1st Annual Diorama Group Build Contest and Commando HOO-AH!

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1st Annual Diorama Group Build Contest and Commando HOO-AH!

  • Post your WIPs in here, Folks!

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    Hans von Hammer- Military, WW2 (Recused-Not Competing)

    Subhuman1-Military, WW2.

    Bish-Military, WW2.

    Kermit- Military, WW2

    Sanderson 91- Military, WW2

    101st Airborne-

    Troublemaker- Military, WW2

    Ruddratt-Sci-Fi

    Tal Afar Dave-

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    Dre-TBA

    Deputy Dawg CA- Civilian

    Bondoman- Military, WW2

    K-Dawg- Military-WW2

    Chewybr-Military, WW2

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    General Dodonna- Military, TBA

     Andy T(+1)- Misc,Nature

    Satch Ip- Military, WW2

    P38Jl-Military, WW2

    Razorboy-Military,WW2

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    SeveM- Military, WW2

  • Hey all!

    I have a few WIP pics for you.  My Dio is going to be an AVG refueling scene where a P-40B is being refueled prior to a mission.  I'm using the old 1/48 Revell-Monogram P-40B kit along with a Ford AA refuelling truck.  I've had a difficult time finding any pics of the ground equipment that supported the AVG so for now I'm going to use the 1/48 UM BZ-42 Refueler kit since it is based on the Ford AA truck.  I might switch to the GMC 353 refueling truck, but from what I've seen this was used in 1944 and my Dio is set in 1942-43.  Here are some pics of the scratch built cockpit since the kit cockpit is very basic. 

    Thanks for looking! 

    Steve

     

  • I should also mention that I'm using the Ultracast P-40 seat along with the instrument panel from the Legend P-40B/C cockpit set.  I'll probably use the True Details P-40 wheels as well but need to see if I have any in the stash. 

    Steve

     

  • Here are some WIP pics of my diorama. 

    Is there a limit to how many WIP pictures we can post? Because I like to post a lot.

    Models on the bench:

    Too many to count!

      

  • Nah, no limit...

    But try to keep them to three or four per post.. My computer's a slow-loading POS...

  • ...I've had a difficult time finding any pics of the ground equipment that supported the AVG .... ..my Dio is set in 1942-43. 

    The AVG was disbanded on 4 July 42, just so ya know...Wink It became the 23rd Fighter Group, China Air Task Force, USAAF the next day.. In March of 43, the CATF became the 14th AF...

  • I've looked through the few books I have, mostly about CATC in the CBI theater. The airfields at the China end were big, packed gravel affairs and a lot of red/ brown dust. The ground stuff I could find was basic US trucks and jeeps, miost all with their tops up.

    I don't think you'd find a tanker truck, since fuel arrived in drums and it would probably be wasted effort to put it in a truck tank.

    Some kind of "woody" station wagon, an old He 111 and a lot of Chinese laborers and soldiers with oxcarts hauling rocks and working with shovels.

  • Lombard Steam Log Hauler Diorama ...progress report 10 Oct 11

     

    My entry in this group dio build is centered around a build of a Lombard steam powered log hauler. They were a cross between a steam locomotive, a bulldozer and a snowmobile. A unique piece of logging technology. These next two pictures are what I'm trying to achieve with this build. The diorama part will come in the display phase.

    The base kit for my Lombard is an old glue (It borders on nuclear) bomb of a Monogram 1/25th scale 4-4-0 steam engine "The General" Many of the pieces had to be cut apart. There were great gobs of glue that had to be ground off. I neglected to get any before pictures, but here is the boiler after a bunch of salvage work was done to it.

    The fire box has had a 12" section removed. The funnel shaped stack has been replaced by a pill bottle. The walkways were cut off and sanded flush. The sand dome was sliced off. (not required for hauling logs through snow) Power pistons and valve gear removed as well. The foil tape is over seams were the rivet details got destroyed. A lot of the rough parts will be hidden under the saddle tank on the boiler. I made a rib cage for the tank

    then skinned it with .010" sheet styrene

     

    When scratch building I use 1mm = 1in. and tend to use them interchangably. so iff I refer to inches it usually scale inches and mm are actural measurements on the model. 

    Thanks For looking

    Carl

  • Lombard Steam Log Hauler Diorama ...2nd progress report 10 Oct 11

    The main frame is evergreen rectangular tubing The skis are carved from red cedar, while the fittings are toy gears, evergreen tube and rod, copper foil and wire. the steering wheel is scratch built using pill bottle rim and Evergreen half round.

    And then since the weather was perfect it was off to paint.

    I used John Deere Blitz black rattle can paint. It lays down as good as any paint I've used It has a matte/satin finish that looks right for steam era equipment.

    and with the saddle tank

    And thats where I'm at todate with my log hauler

    Carl

  • I don't think you'd find a tanker truck, since fuel arrived in drums and it would probably be wasted effort to put it in a truck tank.

    Now that you mention it, I recall, in talking with Tex Hill once upon a time, that they did refuel from drums, mostly with hand-pumps... They also had problems with water in the drums and had to siphon water from them..

  • The Lombard Steam Log Hauler is super cool!

     

    Steve M.

    On the workbench: ginormous Kharkov dio

     

  • Alright then... here's the progress point of my Kharkov dio:

    13 figures:

    All the grenadiers are TAHK. The StuG commander is a frankenstein from an Ant Miniatures, an Alexander Miniatures, and TAHK.

    The StuG F/8

     

    Thanks again for the late entry, Hans.

    Steve M.

    On the workbench: ginormous Kharkov dio

     

  • Nice this is going to be an annual thing. I will be getting onto mine in a couple of weeks, so will post some pics and an explanation as to how i plan my dio's then.

  • Hans von Hammer

    ...I've had a difficult time finding any pics of the ground equipment that supported the AVG .... ..my Dio is set in 1942-43. 

    The AVG was disbanded on 4 July 42, just so ya know...Wink It became the 23rd Fighter Group, China Air Task Force, USAAF the next day.. In March of 43, the CATF became the 14th AF...

    Hans,

    Thanks for the date the AVG became the 23rd Fighter Group!  Looking through my references, I can't find anything on  the Flying Tigers.  I've seen a few books on Amazon - I'll have to pick one up. 

    Regarding the fuel tanker, if they refueled mainly from drums, maybe that's why I can't find any reference pics on line!  I chose the Ford AA since it's a late 1920's early 1930's vehicle which might (stress might!) have been in China.  I could leave the tanker part off and make it a flatbed with drums.  I just googled Ford AA and saw a nice 1929 Ford AA that is the same as the UM kit except for the fuel tank.  Here's a pic:

    Thoughts?

    Steve