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P-40N Warhawk - Willys Jeep - and Maintenance Dio

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  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Northeast Bavaria, Burglengenfeld, Germany
P-40N Warhawk - Willys Jeep - and Maintenance Dio
Posted by kielers on Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:56 AM

This is the first diorama that I've posted in this part of the FSM forum.  I completed this dio over a year ago, maybe closer to 2 years, and am just getting around to posting it.  The P-40N is the Mauve 1/48 kit, super-detailed; a lot of AM sets, scratchbuilding and complete reworking some areas of the plane, i.e. landing gear fairings.  I did just about everything to it, except put in an engine.  I decided to  build this plane because I really love this nose art, this style; the pin-ups.  This decal set was from Pyn-Up Nose Art.  Took over two years just to build the plane. 

Same with the jeep.  I started out with the Hasegawa 1/48 kit, then going to the Tamiya Infantry at Rest kit to use some parts from the jeep in that kit.  Then I decided to just build them both, but interchanged the wheels so the jeep in this dio looked better. They both turned out pretty nice, though.  This one is also super-detailed; completed engine, undercarriage, chassis, interior.  It also took me a year or so to build. 

Then came the smaller details; the starter generator, the fire extinguisher and cart (the cart is scratchbuilt - soldered brass wire and watch gears for the wheels), the tools, oil drums, engine parts and the figures (they're from at least two different sets, one of them a German mechanics' set).  And of course the base, which is I think an Eduard resin PSP set, that thankfully I only had to paint and weather and make the wooden frame.  All told, there's probably close to five years invested in this diorama.  The figures took a long time because with these I also completed about 20 other figures for a couple other dioramas; only one of which is completed as well.  

If I had to name this diorama I think it would simply be called "Spontaneous Maintenance Day" because the pilot seems to be set on getting up in the air while no one else around is cooperating. 

Hope you like it. 


Thanks for looking.

Happy Easter.

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Posted by PeterPan on Saturday, March 31, 2018 3:41 PM


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Posted by RX7850 on Saturday, March 31, 2018 6:50 PM

Always liked maintenance dios. Nice job.

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    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Monday, April 09, 2018 1:20 PM

Good job and nice story line.  


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