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Diorama of a K-type blimp and VIIC U-boat

Posted by Kendra Bell
on Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Alexander S Sweatman

Rankin Park, New South Wales, Australia

Using a Mark.I Models 1/720 scale K-Type blimp built box stock, Alexander’s diorama depicts the events of July 18, 1943, when a Navy K-74 blimp was shot down over the Straits of Florida — the only airship lost to enemy action during World War II — by a Type VIIC U-boat, U-134. He built a U-134 from a HobbyBoss 1/700 scale kit upgraded with photo-etched metal parts from a Flyhawk U-boat kit. Both models feature Tamiya acrylic finishes. Alexander weathered the U-boat with Vallejo pigments and a gray wash. The depth charge explosions/splashes were created by covering pieces of foam with Vallejo acrylic snow. Alexander modeled the water with architectural sheet painted in varying shades of blue.

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