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1/87 scale Dio of US Army Engineers Working a French Quarry

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
1/87 scale Dio of US Army Engineers Working a French Quarry
Posted by minitanker on Sunday, December 15, 2019 6:22 PM

One of my favorites. Scratched rock crusher, Wespe bulldozer, all else ROCO figs & semi-scratch to minor ROCO conversions. PaulE

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 16, 2019 7:39 AM

Wow you're the dio guy here!!! 

The groundwork and dio look great and as usual your vehicles look just right! Very interesting scene overall, don't think I've ever seen anyone else build a civilian mining operation like that - only military combat like stuff. Yes

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

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Monday, December 16, 2019 8:04 AM

[quote user="Gamera"]

Wow you're the dio guy here!!! 

The groundwork and dio look great and as usual your vehicles look just right! Very interesting scene overall, don't think I've ever seen anyone else build a civilian mining operation like that - only military combat like stuff. Yes

Thank you Gamera. This is where they obtained materials to keep the roads in good repair in order to allow fast resupply of the frontline troops. I've got a thing for combat engineers. I have modeled elements of a bootstrap battalion to cross the Moselle at Dornot in Sept. 44. Two full companies of combat engineers & elements of bridge & const. companys. They include M2 treadway, Bailey, & footbridge materials plus 14 M2 assault boats.

PaulE

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:47 PM

I have to agree the combat engineers are very important. Doesn't matter how good your troops and equipment are if you can't get them to the front or keep them supplied! 

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

 

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    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:31 PM

Excellent diorama!  I agree, it's cool to see the combat engineers depicted.

A couple of my uncles were steelworkers, and they enlisted in the Navy and went to the Seabees.  And they really could build anything, do anything.

Is 1/87 your scale of choice?

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:20 AM

Is 1/87 your scale of choice?

 My namesake uncle was a Seabee in the Aleutions during WWII. He never recovered from the experience.
Yes, I started in the mid 60s when ROCO models were $.49 to$1.50. Created quite a stash & now retired, have the time to work them. PaulE
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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:58 AM

Excellent dio indeed. YesYesYes

Seldom have I considered the logistics behind wars. This dio, with your explanation, made me think.

Top-rate workmanship and thought-provoking too. Cool.

-Greg

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 9:55 AM

Greg, I also did a couple Red Ball Express dios. During my research, I discovered several routes of the same nature w/different names. All authorized vehicles were clearly marked as such. The routes were all one way out & one way back & patrolled regularly to keep clear of unauthorized, damaged or broken down vehicles & infiltrated enemy. They had signs all along them identifying the route & rules were strictly enforced. PaulE

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