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"Into the motherland the German army march..." - Il-2, Panther & Half-track (1/72)


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Inspired by Sabaton song I've started this diorama some time ago. Just realised that it was actually over 4 years, so long time overdue. Finally had some time to finish it so here it is.

Diorama consists Half-track (from Dragon), Il-2 & Panther Ausf. D (from Academy 2 piece set) + some figures from various sets.

Trees are made of Miliput, wire & turfs.

 

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And some un-photoshopped ones

 

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As always, thanks for viewing. Comments welcome ;)

 

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Hello. 

 

This is an amazing diorama, but I have one very small observation to make. How did the Il-2 get there? If it's stopped, then logically there would be some damage to the ground behind it. OK, you could argue that it might have "hopped" before coming to a rest and the ground-damage is outside the perimeter of the scene. - but that seems less likely, to be honest. For the airframe to actually stop, it has to have lost the great majority of its momentum, so one final hop doesn't seem that likely.     

 

Not really a criticism, just a friendly observation. I wish I could produce dioramas even half as good as this.

 

Thanks for sharing with us. 

 

Chris.  

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@spruecutter96, yeah, I kinda thought about it and even made a dent but miscalculated and it was in a wrong place. The scenario was that the plane rolled almost to a stop and the damaged wing and undercarriage gave up then it fell into the ravine. Does it sound believable? ;)

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Hello. 

 

Yep, that does sound pretty plausible. Thing is, I really don't like being an armchair critic. You had the motivation to actually make your diorama.... I spend WAY too much time daydreaming about the stuff I would like to build and not actually building a damn thing (usually). 

 

Once again, thanks for sharing with us. 

 

Chris.  

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Wow - that's fantastic! What an artwork! You're a modeller of all trades - aircraft, tanks, figures, diorama, everything looks incredibly real.

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This is really great, particularly given it is 1/72 which can be difficult to paint and work with figures. Love the photo shop. Not sure about the figure being on the bonnet of the 251 or the ones on the sat on the tank’s left side and walking one not interacting with the crash scene events. Very minor quibbles.

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Very nice dio and photos! Those "shopped" pix are sweet!

I do agree with spruecutter96, that your Shturmovik just dropped from the sky.

With that much of (very nice!!!) grass and flowers, there would be a trail.

Re: nimrod's comment - one can see, that most of those soldiers are fresh on eastern front, they all pointing their guns on those 2 unfortunate lotchiki.

Old hands don't even bother to look. You've seen one captured Russian soldat, you've seen 'em all. 😀 Does that sounds plausible?

zig

 

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Like, like,like!!! Fantastic work. Really love the flowers you put in the grass, did you make these or buy them premade? The panther is really well painted. The il-2 damage looks great. Cool story line too. Brilliant work for such a challenging and difficult scale. The photo shop pics really look authentically aged and give it a wonderful setting.

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@Muchmirth, I've tried to make flowers myself from coloured shredded paper or woodchips but I wasn't satisfied. Eventually I've bought the mini flock flower set from WWScenics and sprinkled them over multilayered static grass.

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