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(Finished!) Souvenir Hunters: 1/32 BF-109F Desert Crash Diorama-North Africa 1942


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Fellow Modelers,

 

Here are photos of my recently finished diorama showing a forced landed BF-109F in a desert setting.  The models used on the project consisted of the Hasegawa kit for the airplane, the Tamyia kit for the Tilly vehicle, a Master Box LRDG set for the figures and a Hornet replacement figure head set.  A description of the diorama setup is listed below:

 

The location is somewhere in the North African desert and the time period is set around February 1942.  A Gruppe III/JG27 BF-109F-4 Trop airplane has been damaged in air combat with RAF Tomahawks (P-40B/C) and Kittyhawks (P-40D/E) and made a forced landing deep behind the British lines.  The unfortunate Experten Luftwaffe pilot has been captured and taken away for processing to a POW camp.  A lull in the ground fighting has allowed several curious British 8th Army infantry soldiers to borrow a Tilly utility transport vehicle to make a quick trip to the crash site to “officially” look for valuable maps or other documents but “unofficially” gather souvenirs to carry back to their basecamp.

 

On the last photos a desert scene poster was used in the background to create a realistic forced perspective.  I have always wanted a diorama of a BF-109 crashed landed in the desert, as it is such an iconic image.  A complete progress build of this project can be found under the same title in the Diorama-work in progress and Aircraft-work in progress sections.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

 

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Until next time...

 

Phillip1

 

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Fabulous work Phillip! Love the concept, vehicle, crash, figures and the story emerging from the scene. Forced perspective backdrop also looks fab...  I do think your plane (and the soldiers) seem extremely clean for a desert crash scene. I think there would be a lot of dust everywhere. Have you ever seen a Sergio Leone spaghetti western? A real study in the art of dust, sweat, stubble and grit.

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An extremely well done scene. The theme is really unique and a natural attention grabber. You've done so well.  There's so much to study from start to finish . Excellent craftsmanship. 

 

Cheers...Rich 

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Peter2-Thanks for the compliment!  Yes, the Tilly is by Tamiya.  It is an excellent kit and a real pleasure to build.  In fact, building it was the easiest part of the project.

 

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