Something else to look at, and hopefully enjoy. This is an older diorama, the figure’s faces aren’t as good as my more recent work, but I like it, and I hope you might, as well.
As soon as I saw the excellent Soga Paratroopers set, I had to design a diorama where I could use them. I then found, through some random Google search, a Waco Glider model and things started to come together. The glider is actually an all-paper kit in 1/33rd scale – there’s a whole line of paper printed kits from Poland – who knew?
Here is the result: June 7th The Invasion
Throughout June sixth and into the 7th and the 8th, landings continued as parachutes and gliders delivered more troops, supplies and equipment. As soon as they were unloaded, they were sent out to where they were needed most.
In this scene, a couple of heavily loaded jeeps are ready to head out. While a few exhausted troopers wait for word on where to go. Alongside a farmer’s field they find shade and cover under a crashed glider, against a chateau’s wall.
I had originally intended to build out the Waco glider’s entire front end. With the cockpit opened up and a jeep pulling out. I purchased a ton of styrene rods as those gliders’ cockpits were just skins around a tubular frame. But I ran out of ambition, and settled for just using the wing. With it, I made a balsa-wood frame to hold it together and show the wing-root, where it had torn off of the fuselage. (I accepted the fact that it would be a little off-scale. What’s a few centimeters among friends?)
I was only barely able to keep the base with my 30 x30 cm diorama base, size goals…
The jeeps, and the howitzer are from Bronco (very nice kits) and their load-outs are from Value Gear.
The Wall section is from MiniArt, a handy backdrop for any diorama.
As always, the photos were taken with my iPhone, and with a poster backdrop, look pretty good (IMHO).
What do you think?
BTW: If you’re into Airborne Operations, and the US Paratroopers in Normandy in particular, there’s a book by military historian S.L.A. Marshall called ‘Night Drop’, that provides full details of that battle; all based on first-hand accounts. Very good reading…