First try at a 1:35 dio

GerryW

SMF Supporter
Joined
Feb 14, 2021
Messages
1,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
First Name
Gerry
Fairly sure that there are a load of stuff which I did wrong, but this is the first attempt
Kit is a ESCI Demag from years back
Dio base scratch built with cardboard, and papermache using PVA glue instead of water - not sure about the 'river', but tried to get the best effect of water.IMG_20210215_181805902.jpg
The heads of the two kneeling figures were 'filled' out with filler (Tamiya 'half-heads') the 'rolled up sleeve' arms were moulded by taking arms off a Airfix 8th Army figure & impressions into plastercine, then joining the two halves together
 
Last edited:

Tim Marlow

SMF Supporter
Joined
Apr 27, 2018
Messages
7,289
Points
113
Location
Somerset
First Name
Tim
Looks good to me Gerry. You haven’t done anything wrong by the way, but there may be things you decide to do differently next time :thumb2:
 

GerryW

SMF Supporter
Joined
Feb 14, 2021
Messages
1,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
First Name
Gerry
Looks good to me Gerry. You haven’t done anything wrong by the way, but there may be things you decide to do differently next time :thumb2:
True - I probably wouldn't use the green 'stuff' again, think that it's some 'scatter' that my sons had back in the day. and I'd probably use different scenery paint, fairly sure that I went through a tin of 'Humbrol Dark Earth' painting the two that we did do, so probably would go for poster paint & mix the colours that I want.:thinking:
 
D

Deleted member 5496

Guest
Look good Gerry. I am all for dioramas they really enhance the models we make. Friends spend much more time looking at diorama. also very rewarding building them as you get away from just stick & sand for a while.

Just wonder, not a criticism :tongue-out3: , if a few boxes strung around the truck perhaps a taurpaulin & a couple of rifles.

Laurie
 

Mini Me

SMF Supporter
Joined
Jun 1, 2018
Messages
5,382
Points
113
First Name
Rick
No real right or wrong there, It's your model and I am quite certain you put your best effort into it.
Well done. :thumb2:
Rick H.
 

GerryW

SMF Supporter
Joined
Feb 14, 2021
Messages
1,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
First Name
Gerry
...........
Just wonder, not a criticism :tongue-out3: , if a few boxes strung around the truck perhaps a taurpaulin & a couple of rifles.

Laurie
Thanks, when this was 'put together' (several years ago now (10?,15?), just dug it out recently) hadn't really gone too deep, but I've always thought about 'extending/increasing' the base/dio, and over the years have slowly built up some more items for it (a Pak 35/36, a set of figures and now the BMW R75 outfit) so that I've got a few 'bits n bobs' to bring it 'up' - doubt if it'll ever be 'finished' - it'll probably keep growing and evolving - have the eventual idea of something like 'Coffee Break' with vehicles pulled up, a small fire with water/food on the go and a couple of lookouts
 

wasdale32

SMF Supporter
Joined
Apr 27, 2018
Messages
226
Points
93
First Name
Mark
True - I probably wouldn't use the green 'stuff' again, think that it's some 'scatter' that my sons had back in the day. and I'd probably use different scenery paint, fairly sure that I went through a tin of 'Humbrol Dark Earth' painting the two that we did do, so probably would go for poster paint & mix the colours that I want.:thinking:
Hi - Quick Tip - if you have poster paint(dried powder or cheap acrylic) mix it into the plaster base (or the paste for papier mache) that way you don't get white chips showing through if the base is knocked
 

GerryW

SMF Supporter
Joined
Feb 14, 2021
Messages
1,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
First Name
Gerry
No real right or wrong there, It's your model and I am quite certain you put your best effort into it.
Well done. :thumb2:
Rick H.
Thanks Rick, at the time, didn't know much about building dioramas, so went with 'what looked right', though modelling water has always been a 'hit and miss' for me - the stream/river was done by painting the 'bed' then giving some polythene a few strokes of 'dark earth', more coverage as the water got 'deeper', and laying on with the painted side underneath
 

rtfoe

SMF Supporter
Joined
Apr 29, 2018
Messages
4,543
Points
113
Location
Malaysia
First Name
Richard
Like it's said, there's no right or wrong as it's your model. You've done pretty good for a first time.

The base and terrain is actually good but I seriously think it wasn't what you intended it to be from your remark. You've actually captured a semi desert next to a wet wadi hence the short grass and dusty look. The cut into the banks of the wadi often look like that as these streams suddenly appear and dry off cutting into the soft sand banks. If I may suggest but ignore if you're done with the dio, the troops and vehicle would blend with a bit of dusting as the Afrika Korp in the early days may still not be provided with the necessary clothing for the terrain. The Demag(if someone could correct me if it was used in North Africa, I think it was) can be brushed over with mud strokes as this was quickly done by the troops for camouflage.

I hope you do more dios and hope to see more from you Gerry.

Cheers,
Richard
 
D

Deleted member 5496

Guest
Thanks, when this was 'put together' (several years ago now (10?,15?), just dug it out recently) hadn't really gone too deep, but I've always thought about 'extending/increasing' the base/dio, and over the years have slowly built up some more items for it (a Pak 35/36, a set of figures and now the BMW R75 outfit) so that I've got a few 'bits n bobs' to bring it 'up' - doubt if it'll ever be 'finished' - it'll probably keep growing and evolving - have the eventual idea of something like 'Coffee Break' with vehicles pulled up, a small fire with water/food on the go and a couple of lookouts
Sounds good Gerry. Look forward to it.

Now got two diormamas 8feet long one of the Falklands (not quite finished) & Afganistan. At the moment I am on Jersey Airport (Channel Isles)about 50% finished. Accidently found that producing dioramas I have been producing models which I would not have thought about in the past. Very rewarding.

Another is producing your own custom built buildings etc all to your own design. I study, for instance, Falklands pictures & you get great ideas. Found one with a barn & behind a windmill generator. Great satisfaction building that windmill :hungry:.

Now back to jersey Airport & a Bristol Freighter.

Laurie
 

Jakko

[ˈjɑ.ko]
SMF Supporter
Joined
Apr 28, 2018
Messages
5,827
Points
113
First Name
Jakko
For a first diorama it certainly looks quite good. My only question is: what are the two chaps on the right supposed to be doing? They seem to be praying before their meal, while their buddy shoots local wildlife to add to it? :smiling3:
 

spanner570

SALAD DODGER
SMF Supporter
Joined
May 26, 2009
Messages
9,855
Points
113
First Name
Ron
Nothing wrong with that, Gerry.

Tim's post is stop on.

You will no doubt see for yourself where you can improve and therefore learn for the next one. That is always the way with folks who build dioramas.

Just take note of the positive advise offered by members.

On with the next.

Ron
 

GerryW

SMF Supporter
Joined
Feb 14, 2021
Messages
1,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
First Name
Gerry
For a first diorama it certainly looks quite good. My only question is: what are the two chaps on the right supposed to be doing? They seem to be praying before their meal, while their buddy shoots local wildlife to add to it? :smiling3:
You can't quite make out the cups in their hands in the photo - so coffee break, and you never stop without a 'look-out' even in 'safe territory' (though his cup's gone missing somewhere along the way)
 

John Race

Member of the Rabble and Pyromania Consultant
SMF Supporter
Joined
May 26, 2015
Messages
10,552
Points
113
Location
lincs
First Name
John
Like it Gerry.
See what you meant about filling those heads, they look ok.
Ron is quite correct.
Agree with Mark about using cheaper poster paints for base work and mixing into the material. I add a spot of pva when mixing materials for bases, belt and braces !
 

GerryW

SMF Supporter
Joined
Feb 14, 2021
Messages
1,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
First Name
Gerry
Like it Gerry.
See what you meant about filling those heads, they look ok.
Ron is quite correct.
Agree with Mark about using cheaper poster paints for base work and mixing into the material. I add a spot of pva when mixing materials for bases, belt and braces !
They were done using the Humbrol filler, which (from memory) was about the consistency of car body filler, the Revell Plasto, seems to be a good deal runnier (is 'runnier' a real word? Hopefully you'll get my meaning!) so the latest two heads are probably going to take more work.
 

adt70hk

I know its a bit sad but I like quickbuild kits!!!
SMF Supporter
Joined
Sep 4, 2019
Messages
3,691
Points
113
First Name
Andrew
No complaints from me Gerry. I'm working on my first dio at the moment. Hope it looks as good as yours.

ATB.

Andrew
 

GerryW

SMF Supporter
Joined
Feb 14, 2021
Messages
1,027
Points
113
Location
Suffolk
First Name
Gerry
No complaints from me Gerry. I'm working on my first dio at the moment. Hope it looks as good as yours.

ATB.

Andrew
Thanks, though with this one, all of the wood has gone missing (probably thrown out) as I'm fairly sure that there was a 'tree trunk' down to the 'water' and a few 'bushes' along the top of the 'bank' (at least, looking at the holes in the paper, there was!) they were all bits cut off the shrubs outside.
 

Jakko

[ˈjɑ.ko]
SMF Supporter
Joined
Apr 28, 2018
Messages
5,827
Points
113
First Name
Jakko
Revell Plasto, seems to be a good deal runnier
Plasto tends to separate in the tube, so you get a kind of glue-like stuff with the colour of the putty — or even transparent — out of it first, and later on it becomes thicker and pastier. I much prefer the latter, so when I have a tube of Plasto I usually squeeze all the glue out of it first.

is 'runnier' a real word?
A word is real when you use it.

Also: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/runnier
 
Joined
Jul 30, 2021
Messages
32
Points
18
First Name
Jim
Nice build, I like what you did with the Tamiya half heads.
 

AlanG

Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
SMF Supporter
Joined
Dec 2, 2008
Messages
4,643
Points
113
Location
Scotland
First Name
Alan
Missed this one Gerry. Looks great. Always nice to pull off your first dio and you certainly did that. And rightly so you should be well chuffed with it
 
Top