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Hi all,

 

I've recently started a little aircraft crash diorama, based on the Eduard Albatros D.Va in 1/48 scale. It's not based on any photographs or historical event, rather, I got the idea many moons ago when I saw Stan Stokes' painting "Gotcha":

 

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I've chosen a different aircraft (I am thinking an Albatros painted in markings from mid / late 1918, when they were very much outclassed), a different angle into the water (slightly more dramatic), and a different pilot (to help tell the story), but the basic concept is there in the painting. Here is where I began with fleshing out the basic concept:

 

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The figure is a modified figure from the spares box, utilising bits and pieces from various figures (rather grotesque, really...).  Next came some ground work. This was rather scary for me as it's my first time at any kind of terrain other than flat ground.... so feedback is always welcomed.

 

First up, I used sheet plastic and cut foam to define the shape of the ground work:

 

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I then covered this in sculptamold, and scattered various grades of woodland scenics rocks / gravel over the base, secured using mod podge.

 

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Once this had dried (several days), I base coated with Tamiya gloss black from a rattle can. This helped to produce shadows for the top coats:

 

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Next came some Gunze dark earth, keeping some darker patches for the river bed:

 

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Then some dry brushing:

 

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Next came some long grass and reeds, as well as some small shrubs, again from woodland scenics:

 

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And some more dry brushing to get the final effect:

 

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A bit more of an idea of how this might look. You can probably get a feel for where I will have the river level, once I work out the best way to do that without making a huge mess....  :o ??? 😕

 

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As I said, first time at something like this, so i welcome all feedback!

 

Anyone know where to get some 1/48 scale ducks....?  :D

 

Cheers,

 

BC

 

 

 

 

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Hi everyone - the interior is now completed. It's mostly out of the box with a couple of additions - I added a Karaya 1/48 engine to replace the kit engine, and added some detail to the engine compartment to fill the large void behind the engine in the kit (namely oil tanks, fuel tanks, and some bulkhead detail - nothing significant as not much more will be seen with the top wing on). The seat belts are at a bit of a funny angle as the finished model will also have a nose-down angle. The shoulder harnesses will be added towards the end of the build. 

 

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Fuselage is now together and it's off to major construction...!

 

Cheers,

 

BC

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That's a great little diorama, looking forward to seeing how it progresses

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Very nice Brad, I'm looking forward to seeing this come together. A great start on the base by the way although I can offer no tips on that subject I'm afraid!

 

Ian

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On 3/11/2019 at 7:33 AM, Brad Cancian said:

Anyone know where to get some 1/48 scale ducks....?  :D

 

 

Preisser are well-known manufacturers of figures (usually for model railways but obviously usable in other situations. The nearest to 1:48 would be 'O' scale in model-railway-speak, and the do indeed make a set of assorted animals (Ref: PR65326, 3 Geese, 4 Ducks, 8 Chickens, 2 Pigs, 1 Goat & a Cat - all painted)

 

Good work on the pilot figure by the way. I tend to fill the gaps in the limbs with Milliput or similar before sanding and painting, to hide the joins.

 

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Looking superb.  I wouldn't worry too much about the ducks.  If that thing had just come to rest (and the pilot is just getting out) they would be some way away by then!

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Thanks everyone, including for the suggestions around the composition. I'll mull over whether I'll need something in the front right corner of the diorama... perhaps once everything is a bit more solidly in place I can make a judgement call.

 

Thanks again!

 

BC

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What a fantastic work, Brad! 👍 The diorama base looks wonderful, along with the painting job on the plane cockpit.

 

Cheers! 😎

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Congratulations on an excellent base.

Can't wait to see how this develops.

And, although I like the idea of the ducks I have to agree with @Vicarage Vee that they would have scarpered sharpish!

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I like the approach in creating the base will look out for the next stages.

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The base looks great! The riverbed could always be a dry one if you decide to leave the base as is...  😉

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12 hours ago, Brad Cancian said:

Thanks everyone, including for the suggestions around the composition. I'll mull over whether I'll need something in the front right corner of the diorama... perhaps once everything is a bit more solidly in place I can make a judgement call.

 

Thanks again!

 

BC

This is going to be quite stunning.

 

For the front right corner, would either the stbd aileron or a propeller blade broken off in the drop over the bank work?

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Absolutely beautiful work. The diorama is amazing as is the finishing on the interior. Will you be adding the Spad as well ? 

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Thanks everyone - I could try and do some forced perspective trickery with a small scale SPAD, but I think i've got enough challenges just getting this one together :)

 

Minor update - I've started to add some basic 'battle damage' - mainly some detail which will sit under shot / torn fabric. In all, I want it to look like just enough damage to necessitate an inexperienced pilot to make a forced landing, so i'm going for some fairly significant damage to the rudder fabric, some damage to the elevator, and a holed radiator (to be done) and torn fabric on the upper wing. A few bullets will also have made their way into the engine compartment, and the wheel has damaged the lower wing on the tumble into the river. 

 

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The torn fabric will probably be done with lozenge decal, or painted foil. Still yet to work that one out...

 

Cheers,

 

BC 

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That's brilliant! Would tissue paper soaked in PVA be an option for representing fabric?

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She now has some crumpled legs... most of this will be under the water line, but there may be enough clarity in the water that something might be seen (or at least hinted at).... worst case, at least i'll know it's there :)

 

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Cheers,

 

BC

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Excellent! :popcorn:

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Try reading  This  the author had to make forced landings several times  and you'll get some detail. It's a pretty good account of the era and an enjoyable read.

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