|"They just flew them, we just fixed them" Diorama by Rene Hieronymus|
|Brand:||Hasegawa, Italeri, and misc others|
|AddOns:||Aires, Eduard, Scratch|
This diorama, in the
scale of 1:72 was build by me, more than 20 years ago. It all started when I had
the wish to modify an F6F Hellcat, with open cowling and other service panels
open, to show the interior of the engine bay, the cockpit and some other small
details. Today this is nothing so unusual, but remember back, when I started
this diorama, there were absolutely no aftermarket items available for this kind
of detail-job. So I had to build all those tiny details by myself. So I used the
original engine of the Hasegawa kit and modified it extensively most of all by
adding all those tiny details. The oil reservoir as well as all the other tiny
bits were built by using small plastic blocks which were carved and sanded to
the appropriate shape.
The original diorama had a somewhat other layout, but about 6 years ago it was extensively damaged in an accident and at the end I had no other choice then to rebuild the whole Diorama again. In this layout the Corsair was standing beside the Hellcat but it received heavy damage in the accident and the landing gear was truly destroyed, so it went directly to the scrap yard, together with the Japanese Fighter which was already there. Due to that I had to build another Aircraft and my choice was a Navy B-25 (PBJ-1D). This time I was able to buy some aftermarket parts and modify this aircraft somewhat easier, than the Hellcat. New engines from Aires and some PE parts from Eduard were used to detail the Mitchell. Nevertheless I wanted to show some heavy damage to the wing, so I had to build the entire wing structure of the port wing. This was done by using small plastic stripes which were cut to the desired length and shape and glued together. I used some slightly thicker Aluminium foil to copy the original wing by simply wrapping it around the removed wing section. After that the this hollow aluminium structure was simply slipped over the inner structure. The aluminium was then “damaged” to show the inner structure. Sounds not only pretty simple it was that way, only a lot of work. The large workshop was entirely scratch built, all those tiny tools and parts inside came from various kits and some of them like the workbenches were scratch built too. Same is for the scrap yard, where leftover parts from kits were used as well.
The diorama base is
a simply wooden structure which was coloured. The white coral sand is ordinary
cat litter which was “crunched “ a little bit. The palm trees are partly
self-made and some came from Preiser. The figures are from various sources, like
Airfix, Preiser and so on.
Dioramas of this size (about 45 x 90 cm) is a very interesting thing for
me, first I have the chance of not only showing a single model but quite
a few of them and by combining them with a lot of scratch built items it
is a good way to create something very unique.
Keep on modelling!
Photos and text © 2005 by Rene Hieronymus
May 5, 2005