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  1. I recently completed a build of the venerable Airfix Ford Tri-motor, made up for the fictional Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition described in H.P. Lovecraft's horror novella, At the Mountains of Madness. The Cliff's Notes plot-line is that, in 1930, a university in New England sponsors a geologic and paleontologic expedition to the unknown Antarctic. Using aircraft to cover the vast distances, they discover a range of mysterious mountains and, beyond that, the cyclopean ruins of an ancient city. On landing to explore the city, the scientists encounter monstrous beings that proceed to kill the explorers, etc. etc. The WIP for my Tri-motor build can be found here: and here are a few pics of the finished model: With the Tri-motor done, I need to build a suitable diorama around it. This will be my first attempt at building such a large/complex diorama. My goal is to show the aircraft after it has landed at the edge of the mysterious city. For inspiration, I plan to draw heavily from this artwork: my list of needed "props" include: Sledge Cargo & oil drums Fuel pump & hose Ladder Skis Rifles Tent(s) Furniture for tents Booze bottles Booze crates Boot Giant Albino Penguins Sled Dogs Shoggoth Let's get started! My first step was to decide on the general layout of the diorama: The biggest challenge will be the city wall, so that's where I will begin. I drew out the general dimensions on paper and transferred that to a piece of foamboard: The wall's buttresses and other 3-D features were cut from various thickness of foam, which will be mounted to the foamboard backing after detailing is finished: The base will, of course, be covered with snow and ice. I will be using for the first time AK Interactive's products: A quick trial run looks promising: That's as far as I've gotten as of today. I'll be posting regularly over the next few weeks, and expect to be asking lots of questions along the way. -Bill
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