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1/35 scale church ruins diorama

Posted by Tim Kidwell
on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Neil Murray

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Neil writes, “The focus of this diorama is the Italeri 1/35 scale Church Door kit, which I had purchased about 20 years ago and, until its recent discovery at the bottom of a storage box, I had forgotten I even owned.” He used packing foam as the base and cut sections to match the back side of the walls, attaching it with craft tack glue. Imex Perma-Scene and acrylic spackling compound form the groundwork. “The material adheres to the Styrofoam, provides great detail, and takes acrylic and sprayed enamel paint well,” he says. “But don’t brush enamel directly on the foam. It will melt.” Using FolkArt acrylic paint, he covered the groundwork with raw umber, then used a watery mix of tack glue to plant two shades of scenic grass. The hedges are reindeer moss. “It comes in clumps of different shades and sizes, which make it very versatile,” Neil says. Smaller shrubs are from Woodland Scenics tree kits. Neil painted the walls with FolkArt acrylic medium gray, pewter gray, and winter white, and trimmed the window and door with balsa wood. The statue is from an Airfix HO scale Robin Hood set. “I cut off its sword and glued a toothpick cross in its hands,” Neil says. The soldiers are Dragon’s German Grenadiers (East Prussia 1945) with rifle and helmet straps of Chartpak tape. Lynette Murray took the photo.


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