Thanks for the well wishes, everyone!
RX- We didn's get a chance to go up to Malden, but I looked on the MBTA map and it turns out we can take a train up there the next time we visit Boston. That store is definitely on my list of places to see now, thanks for the heads up!
Gamera- I should have been keeping you and everyone else posted these past few weeks, but once again work, life, and playoff hockey got in the way! I'm pleased to report that I finished my diorama last night after working on it for about a week! Here are some photos:
The grass and trees are woodland scenics, and the walls of the ruined farm house are made of cardboard and balsa wood.
The ruins inside the farmhouse are actual bits of charred wood! I went out to my smoker last night and grabbed a piece of used wood out of the firebox. I took a #11 blade to it and shaved off some chunks. I applied some elmer's glue to the display base and placed the chunks on the board.
The British figures who are creeping up on the unsuspecting German bonfire are made by Zvezda.
I added some fake greens to the front of the Brummbar to give it that "crew-applied camo" look.
The bonfire was created with an LED tea light, chopped wood from a twig i found in my backyard, and bits of a cotton ball.
This tank and the diorama turned out EXACTLY how I wanted them to. I'm quite pleased with the results and I'm so happy it's finished. Thanks to everyone who checked this build out and gave me tips on it! Now if you'll excuse me, this hockey game is getting intense and it's calling my name!