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Diorama question?

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  • Member since
    July 2009
Diorama question?
Posted by Blackbelt2 on Monday, July 16, 2012 3:55 PM

I am doing research on my next build which is a 1/48th scale C-47 inflight with exiting paratroopers. For my base I was trying to find photos  of scenes that would depict the landscape either at night or  by day that would look realistic. I have watched Band of Brothers many times and would love to depict a night jump with the ground being dark with fires and tracers. I know that many of you use PhotoShop to insert photos of your planes in flight. I am at a loss on how i could print a photo and attach it to my base and depict the scene as realistic as possible. Any ideas would be welcomed! 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, August 10, 2012 9:18 AM

I have attached photos to bases where the photo surface has become the base.  I just apply a contact cement to the back of the print and the base.  Then attach.  I have also used a photo, mounted to foamcore as the back of a base.  Just mount the photo to the foamcore the same way, and then use white glue to glue the foamcore to the back edge of the base.  To suspend models above the base I use a piece or two of clear acrylic rod.  You can buy acrylic rod up to about 1/4 inch diameter at many hobby shops.  For larger rod you need to order it from a plastics supplier- many have online ordering.

BTW, I use Google Earth to get photos of airbases and such.  In many cases the model is a period model and the bases have been greatly changed since the era of the model, but I just hope folks don't mind.  As long as it looks like an airport or an airbase.  

Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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