Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Recommended Posts

“The sound of bullets tearing through canvas, wood, and metal; the young pilot’s heart thumps in his chest. That last burst missed his goggled helmet by mere inches. He desperately throws the control column left and right, presses the rudder bar with all his waning strength, but his attacker is in a far better machine and is far more experienced. The enemy stays doggedly on his tail, hurling more lead at his machine. As the fight gets lower and lower, he prays that his luck holds out. Tearing canvas, water pouring from the holed radiator, a stuttering engine and the smell of fuel indicate that his trusty steed is mortally wounded. The fight is over. Finding the nearest clearing, the young pilot throws the groaning machine to the earth. It rumbles along the rough ground, now under its own control. Knowing he is now a passenger along for the ride, the young pilot tightens his shoulder harness in preparation for the inevitable sudden stop. His craft lurches of the bank of a small river, it’s shark-like nose ending its days unceremoniously dumped into the muddy water. The young pilot is dazed, but alive. What was terror now turns to anger with the release of the tension. He tears of his goggles, throws his harness off, and climbs onto the spine of his machine to take stock of his luck. As his victor flies over the scene, waggling his wings, the young pilot hurls his fist at the enemy; “You win this time”, he screams. He may have been vanquished, but he has lived to fight another day”.

 

DVC62_zpscvkztybz.jpg

 

Hi all – I hope you don’t mind the melodramatic start to the post! This rough idea is the back story behind my latest completion, a small crash diorama based on the 1/48 scale Eduard Albatros DVa.  This is a project that I’ve had in mind since way back in 2006 when I first saw Stan Stokes’ painting called “Gotcha”:

 

0073008-Large_zps1hc16t52.jpg

 

This was my first time at modelling terrain, and modelling water. I made plenty of mistakes (many of them are obvious) but it was a good learning experience.

 

The aircraft itself was modified to incorporate battle damage, in order to help tell some of the story.! The aircraft personal and unit markings are fictional, but broadly represent markings of the mid 1918 period. I included a four-leaf clover motif on the fuselage to help with the idea that the pilot’s luck has held out. The pilot is a modified figure using various bits and pieces I had in the spares box. I gave him a set of goggles that he’s holding in his left hand. I am definitely NOT a figure painter, as you can see

 

Progress pictures of all aspects of the build are in the following threads:

 

https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=10149.0

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052386-vanquished/

 

Anyway, here are some more pictures:

 

DVC63_zpsj6xaycoj.jpg

DVC64_zpss4xpxsgf.jpg

DVC65_zpsohrumcva.jpg

DVC66_zpsrh9kelx3.jpg

DVC70_zpsnwvmr0r2.jpg

DVC69_zpstshesfwj.jpg

DVC68_zpsfnxljcdy.jpg

DVC71_zpsyuqxtfr7.jpg

DVC72_zps0fywerf2.jpg

DVC74_zpsobzt9jci.jpg

DVC73_zpsrgplqiku.jpg

DVC76_zpssi54hwjd.jpg

DVC75_zpscnxlihn8.jpg

 

I welcome all feedback – as I said, this was my first time tackling terrain and water effects, so I’m sure there are plenty of tips out there that you all can give me.

 

Cheers!

 

BC

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the back story. And the result is very fine indeed with a believable level of weathering. Did you coerce a trained spider to do the rigging?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great dio with excellent detail work – really convincing (including the terrain). And a very good basic idea.

 

Excellent, and inspiring, modelling!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unbelievable Brad!! Actually I think I’ve mentioned that to you on far too many occasions. The level of detail captured within this fine diorama is truly astonishing. It just looks so right. 

 

Cheers and well done.. Dave 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's exceptionally good!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Such a wonderful idea and execution. Water, grass, damage - all looks so realistic, not to speak of the excellent Albatros. When you carry on building a figure with every model you will soon not resent your figure building skills anymore 😀

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You nailed it!! As for the water, it looks so good I want to go fishing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Many thanks everyone for the kind words!  

 

Hi Steve - great point on the flying suits. From what I have seen, there were many variations as often these items were private purchase pieces of clothing. Leather coats seem to have been prevalent earlier in the war, but wool lined suits became more common as the war progressed due to the increased flying and fighting altitudes. The British introduced Sidcott suits in the last year or so of the war which the German's prized whenever they could get their hands on them. I figured that the pilot's choice of garb might have been based off something like that which he'd privately purchased. That's my story and i'm sticking to it :)

 

Cheers again!

 

BC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I said it in the WIP thread and I'll see it here too. That's fantastic story telling.

 

Cheers,

Michael

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice presentation, I like especially the surface of wing with holes, looks really fragile

A bit hidden due the name of thread, if you would add at least some tags you will get more visitors, I belive.

Cheers

J-W

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Outstanding on all count's,beautiful dio base add's to a quality build.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a stunning piece of work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As mentioned elsewhere; stunning work, Sir!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a wonderful diorama, loved the build thread.

 

Alan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Truly excellent, can't believe I've missed this one.

 

Pete

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...