Ardennes 1944 'Crossroads'

Joined: October 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

May 11th, 2018, 11:40 am #1

So to go with the little Schwimmwagen I built for the Cars GB, decided to try making a diorama for it in the style of this picture...

Men from 1st SS Panzer Div at Kaiserbaracke crossroads, between St. Vith and Malmedy, December 1944. by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Started with a piece of insulation foam, sides painted dark gray..

Base 1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Then lashed on a mix of Polyfilla, white glue and some sand...

Base 2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Which I then painted black as a base layer..

Base 5 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

But comparing to some newsreel taken at the time, it looked all wrong and too mucky for a forest road..

So sliced off the top layer and redid it but this time more thinly.

Base 4 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

I forgot to take photos of the next stage but it was painted various greys for the road with weathering using paint and powders. The area behind the sign was painted greens and browns with groundwork from my garden!
The road sign was homemade - the signs were printed on paper, cut out and glued to plasticard and then glued to a wooden skewer and weathered.

Base 6 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Base 7 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Base 8 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

And with the vehicle and figures added.

Base 15 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Also added a tiny rifle hanging from the 'Malmedy' sign - in the newsreel, a soldier puts it there to straighten the sign.

Base 11 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Base 13 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Base 10 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

I enjoyed doing this one and looking forward to another one.

Thanks for looking and to Pat for all his technical advice on diorama-building!
Dermot

Footnote - the photo is often miscaptioned as Lt Jochem Peiper of the SS during the Battle of the Bulge. According to the Imperial War Museum, in reality it's Sergeant Ochsner on the left and Technical Sergeant Persin (pointing) from scout elements of the 1st SS Panzer Division during the battle.

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Joined: October 25th, 2012, 8:16 pm

May 11th, 2018, 12:32 pm #2

Love this Dermot, even more so when you consider the scale...
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May 11th, 2018, 2:03 pm #3

Well done on IMSS result with this !




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May 11th, 2018, 2:33 pm #4

Beautiful work, didn't even realize it was 1/72 till I read Jason's post.
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May 12th, 2018, 8:58 am #5

fs2005 wrote:Well done on IMSS result with this !
Dermot - what was the IMSS result??
"To boldly go..."




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Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 11:06 pm

May 12th, 2018, 4:50 pm #6




I have to say Dermot this is a brilliant little diorama. Everything ties together really well. I love it.

Btw where did you get the rifle to hang on the signpost?
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Joined: October 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

May 14th, 2018, 11:28 am #7

fs2005 wrote:Well done on IMSS result with this !
Prenton wrote:
fs2005 wrote:Well done on IMSS result with this !
Dermot - what was the IMSS result??
Eh thanks very much lads but no gongs for me! But my two sons won a Silver and Commended for their Star Wars kits - putting their old man to shame!
Parkadge wrote:
I have to say Dermot this is a brilliant little diorama. Everything ties together really well. I love it.

Btw where did you get the rifle to hang on the signpost?
Thanks Pat! I managed to hack the rifle off an old 1/72 plastic figure (Airfix I think) and added a strap from Tamiya tape - not perfect but good enough for the scale..

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Joined: November 19th, 2012, 1:28 pm

May 14th, 2018, 10:23 pm #8

Nice one Dermot.
Cheers
Joe M
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SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
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Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81




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May 15th, 2018, 6:31 pm #9

Seen This at the show and it was a cracker, really well done
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