Wednesday, November 30, 2011

US. M101 Howitzer & Jeep

By Francis Lee

1/35 Italeri Scale Model

Diorama background:
This is second part of my previous diorama of a German Panzerjager Marder 1 of Battle of Carentan 1944, On 12 June 1944, German Wehrmacht & the US troops started streets war in Carentan City of France, the defending German were lack of ammunition & withdraw from the city centre. This M101 Howitzer was very common field gun since World war II, the gun crews quickly set up the gun and prepare to fire shortly after the German & Marder 1 withdrew from the same broken hut.

Video of this diorama:

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Raetian Limes, 2nd century A.D.

by Michael Rieß

I painted some Roman legionaries a while ago and was thinking of building a diorama for them. The Raetian Limes is quite close to my hometown, so i decided to build it and to add the figures.
The figures are mainly from Caesar Miniatures, the barbarians are from various manufacturers like Italeri, Revell and MiniArt.
I painted them with acrylic paints from Revell.

The watch tower is a laser-cut kit from Fredericus rex and consists of cardboard and thin wood. I tried to add a dark wash, but i soon realized that the thin material starts to disintegrate and to bend, so i stopped the procedure.
The research and construction of the diorama made a lot of fun, maybe i will do more of this stuff, like a Roman fort or harbour scene.

The diorama shows Germanic bandits who raided the back land and now try to return into the safety of Germania. To get there they have to cross the Limes border. Unfortunately they are hunted by roman Legionaries and have a unit of roman watchmen in front. Now they have to fight their way through, which is almost impossible considering the numeric superiority of the romans.

I made a quite detailed video about the history of the Limes and the construction of the diorama. Enjoy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Tour de France" in 1/87 scale

by Michael Rieß

I saw this diorama on the exhibition "Faszination Modellbau Friedrichshafen 2011". In my opinion it is one of the best dioramas i have ever seen. Despite the very small scale it looks almost photo-realistic and the sheer amount of details is stunning. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

German Panzerjager Marder 1

By Francis Lee

1/35 Trumpeter Scale Model

Diorama background:
On 10 June 1944, German Wehrmacht & the US troops started a bloodly war in Carentan of France, the defending German force attempted to hold the city long enough to allow reinforcements from the south to arrive. This tank hunter; Panzerjager 39(H) Marder I & crews were hidden in a broken hut and wait for it's prey.

The model:
This is rather old product of Trumpeter model that the box art illustration was very ugly, but the small photos of this completed tank look very nice at
one side of the box so I decided to buy it finally and the quality is nice.
This tank is very small & funny, all bits & pieces are crowded together in a little captured French Hotchkiss tanks. the hulls were converted to serve as the self-propelled mount for the 75mm PAK 40/3 anti-tank gun. This vehicle was designated Sd.Kfz.135 Panzerjager 39(H) Marder I.

The broken hut was full scratch built by card board paper. While I cut out the card board I cut my fingers as well!! Oops~

Video of this diorama:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Faszination Modellbau Friedrichshafen 2011 - H0

by Michael Rieß

This time i will show you some H0 railways and landscapes. These large constructions are made with great attention to detail and are very sophisticated. I stood a long time infront of them and spotted small and funny details again and again.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Faszination Modellbau Friedrichshafen 2011

by Michael Rieß

I visited this exhibition last weekend and was very impressed by the work displayed there! fantastic stuff and eye-candies everywhere.
It was not easy to take some good pictures of the models due to the light conditions.
I will upload some more pictures soon, they will mainly about H0 railways.

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