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"After The Storm"

1/72nd Scale Diorama

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After The Storm

After The Storm

When I was at school, together with a few of my mates, we use to have a war gaming club in one of the classrooms after school for a while. We only did WWII battles using 1/72nd scale models that we had built ourselves. I myself, mainly built German tanks which there was a good range available at that time from Airfix and Matchbox.

This diorama was made for one of the clubs competitions which the theme for that month was "Armour". I had seen these Revell kits in the local model shop and fancied building them, so the competition was a good excuse to buy them. Competitions are a good excuse to get around the wife I find, so don't tell her!

The kits are the SdkFZ9 "Famo" and the Morser 18 21cm Artillery Gun. Both of the models were built "Out Of The Box" and painted in one of the options on the instructions. The "Famo" went together without any issues and assembled lovely. The Morser 18 on the other hand had a couple of little problems. Some parts done not fit correctly, i.e. incorrect size. And others are very delicate causing them to break far too easily. On the Morser, I painted the camoflage prior to final assembly.

Having the "Famo" and Morser by themselves looked a little boring to me. So I decided to built the base to show them on and this progressed to a diorama in the end. The base is MDF with the terrain made from Foamlux and car bodyfiller. This was finished with sand and scenic scatter with trees brought off the shelf. A WWII horse drawn field gun set from Revell was chopped up and scattered around the base. The figures from the set were then used on the "Famo" to add some life to the display.


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July 2009, Milton Keynes Scale Model Club