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  • Member since
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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Kubel Recon Diorama
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, April 15, 2019 8:08 PM

This is an extension of my 1/16 kubelwagen build that was done on a recent GB. My plan is to create a simple diorama base and add the kubelwagen with figures. For those who did not follow or see the 1/16 kubelwagen build, it was in the WW2 1944 GB. It was purchased as a Romell desert vehicle (note the baloon tires). After extensive searching I was unable to locate any of the numerous after-market regular wheels and tires. So in order to continue with it in the GB I chose to make it appear as if it was a Southern Mediterranean Unit that was battling the allies back up through Italy. With major shortages in 1944, it would not be unrealistic or uncommon to see a kubelwagen with the baloon tires fighting its way back to Germany. The camouflage pattern is from web sources used in northern Italy. Here is the results:


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I disregarded the kits desert driver and purchased a set from Jeffshiu's Minitures. They are multi piece resin figures, designed in a set to show an action, in this case they are performing a recon or overview of a future defensive position (at least that is how I interpreted them). They arrived in bags with jagged separations of arms, heads, hands, partial feet or heads, etc. There are no instructions with the figures. To combine the difficulty, the pieces are all bagged together so care is needed to ensure the correct parts go on the proper figure. This is the second phase of the build for the diorama. Here they are completed and added to the kubelwagen. For details concerning how the figures were built, please check my thread under the "Figures" title in this forum. Here are a couple photos of the kubel and figures combined.

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While I am still adding some minor pieces to the kubel, this thread is going to focus on building the diorama base. I went to Hobby Lobby (craft and decor store) and found a acrylic clear case that would hold this size of model (it is normally used for an NFL size football). At the same time I also purchased some 1/4 inch white foam board and some milliput putty. 

My first step was to cut the base foam board to fit the display bottom. Next I needed to figure the orientation of the kubelwagen on the base. During this step I used a sharpie marker to outline the tire paths and static locations as well as the suggested terrain elevations. Next I used a model knife to cut out more of the foam board, removed the adhesive backing, and added it to the board beneath it for terrain relief. Once I was satisfied with the sandwiched layers of foam board I was ready for the milliput.

If you have never used milliput, it is an epoxy putty that has a clay like texture. It comes in several different colors which denote the texture of the putty; I chose the yellow/blue box. As with most epoxy, you mix equal parts of the two sticks together. I mixed several small amounts to work a little at a time.

 

Milliput works much better by keeping it damp or wet. Water with milliput is like flour to dough, it helps keep it from sticking to your fingers and EVERYTHING else. At this point there really is no right or wrong when applying the putty as it can be as coarse to smooth as you want. For my display I did not want it totally smooth as we all know that most terrain is not normally totally smooth. I also did not want it to be looking like a rock slide or moon surface either. Once I got the putty laid down I added the tire path indentions into the putty. My diorama will not be really muddy, but if you ever drove a vehicle in the grass or off-road, you would notice that it will compress the grass a little. The last thing I did was stipple the putty and base to allow better adhesion of the dirt, rock, grass, and vegetation.

The clay usually dries hard enough to the touch in 4 hours and completely in around 8 hours. Here is the base at this point, waiting for the putty to dry. In my next update I will develop the terrain and add those features. Till then, I encourage your feedback.

Thanks for looking.....

Ben


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I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Southeast Kentucky
Posted by The Drifter on Sunday, May 05, 2019 6:16 PM

Great looking build sir. I will be checking in to see the base you create for the kubelwagen.

 

Jeff

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:19 AM

Thanks Drifter, here is some of the progress (so far). When looking at it, please keep in  ind that I am trying to make it appear as a plateau in the rolling hills of northern Italy in late 1944.

- sanded edges, painted with base coat of black (still more to do there)

- added some visual interests (rocks from the back yard, etc.)

- Painted a dark base coat using Vallejo flat acrylics (paint still wet in photo). At this point it is not much to look at....

 

 

- started adding base for grass and dirt. Used fine and medium grass along with small ballast and sifted dirt from the yard.

 

 

- beginning to add vegitation from various sources. Each item was added by drilling individual holes into the Milliput. 

Another view with natural sunlight and a little more of the base vegitation added.

 

I still plan on aging the plants to appear more fall (seasonal) like. I want to permenantly fit the diorama base to the presentation box base and then add the kubel (screws hidden by vegitation perhaps?).

Anyway, still much more to go..... till next time.

Ben

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, May 09, 2019 11:33 AM

Hey Ben-- it looks great. Maybe you can come over and help me with my X-1 dio. Surprise

Watching this. Yes

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, May 10, 2019 5:40 PM

Not sure if I could pull that one off Backster... 

Here are some photos of the diorama base and kubelwagen together. 

- Tamiya 1/16 Kubelwagen
- Jeff Shiu's Miniatures figure set
- Base built from layered foam board, milliput, scale scene materials, and yard stuff
- Tamiya, Vallejo, and Testors MM paints
- pastels, sharpie markers, and watercolor pencils
- foil straps and slings
- P.E. buckles, Iron Cross, resin tarps, etc.

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My last step will be to enclose it in a case (final photos then).  :hi: 

More photos of the complete diorama:

 


Feedback please!......

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Fantastic.  Figures are outstanding, as is the vehicle and ground work.  For the diorama I wish I could see what they are all looking at.  A bra would be hilarious.  

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, May 10, 2019 7:22 PM

Thanks Keavdog, and that would indeed be funny.

Here it is in its final display case:

Too bad I didn't think of that during development of the diorama.

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, May 10, 2019 7:54 PM

DRUMS01
Not sure if I could pull that one off Backster... 

Hey Ben, I am pretty confident you could.

Man... you do work. This is really sweet! I can only aspire to reach this level of coolness. And what a cool idea to fit it for that case too.

Excellent work sir. I salute you.

 

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, May 12, 2019 5:51 PM

Thank you very much Backster. I really appreciate your feedback, but do not feel like I am all that.... I just like building and sharing models.

Thanks again for following the build and your kind words.

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 90mm Achilles Resin Figure - WIP

- 120mm SS Panzer Officer - Done

 

 

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 13, 2019 6:43 PM

That's beautiful! Great job! Love the vehicle, figures, the groundwork, everything is friggin' perfect!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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