Questions about how to present your aircraft on a base

Ok guys,
I have a 1/72nd A-10a and I would like to put it in a hanger diorama setting, or what I want to do is to make it like there’s a lot of maintenance being done on it.
Now the measurements of this kit is 9.0 inches long and the wingspan is 9.75 inches long.
So I would like to know in the diorama setting in question, what size should the base be?
I’ve been told from other modelers, that the base shouldn’t exceed the wingspan?
Which I’m not sure what they meant.
So if anyone else can help me with this task I would be grateful.
Thank you

When placing an aircraft on a base, I normally fit the wing span along one of the base diagonals. This allows the base to be narrower than the wing span of the airplane.

Personally, I like for the base to be big enough no part of the model over hangs the edge of the base. Likewise, the base should be small enough there isn’t more than inch or so of of dead space around the plane.

Not mine, but illustrates.

Of course depending on the size of the hangar would could go bigger than as described above.


Wade pretty much covered it. I would only add it depends on the type of maintenance for the hanger/covered and base.




Chris there are no rules. It is a matter of using your own artistic imagination. Great deal is based on the room you have for placing a diorama

Now have four 8ft (2.4m)long diorama onto which I have fitted approx 18 models on each.
If you are building similar aircraft of the same era you could broaden the size & make
a more extensive diorama.

With a larger base with say 3 aircraft you could add a fuel bowser & a host of other bits & pieces.

Certainly is more realistic & attractive.



Also add that with a longer diorama you can mount at the rear a landscape picture.

You can obtain these in different settings town country. Come in rolls approx 2.5m long.
think they do one on an aerodrome.

Transition from ground to picture place shrubs trees etc All gives a more lively realistic look.

Also with a background you can hang aircraft in flying position.


From my own point of view, I’ve found that most aircraft displayed on rectangular bases have entirely too much “wasted” space around them. This excess space and it detrimental effect on overall composition leads to modelers intuitively trying to fill that space with compositional elements that detract from the focus of the work - the aircraft model, itself.

This has led me to experiment with ovals and rounded bases in order to limit the space around the model (the space is a compositional element in and of itself, so too much or too little on any base detracts from the overall work).

My own best solution so far has been a diamond or heart shape with radius turns that has been matched to the size of the model. I start with the paper template (using the model or a scaled plan view of it to represent the model) and adjust its size and shape before transferring the final design to my base wood and cutting that out to match.

There’s still a lot of compositional area that has to be dealt with, but this is the best general shape and adjustable size that I’ve come up with.


You mentioned maintenance as a focus of your A 10. Keep in mine the support equipment involved and it’s placement around the aircraft when determining base size and shape. What was the scope of the maintenance you had in mind? A guy and a tool box or a major project?


Or perhaps some realism.

Perhaps something like this.


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As for what I want is to have a major maintenance experience for my A-10a!

Sorry sir,
The photo number 1 of the A-10a.

You need to acquire the 1/72nd scale support equipment in the photo.
Build the equipment and start setting the pieces up around the aircraft. You do not normally want the aircraft sitting parallel or perpendicular to the edge of the base. You want it to sit at some angle to the side of the base. It is OK to have the wing extend beyond the edge of the base.
Draw the outline of the base that will include the aircraft and equipment. Finish work of the aircraft and equipment. Create the base using the measurements from your drawing. Attach aircraft and equipment to the base. Create a label for the base.

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This is exactly what I’m doing my A-10a but with the look of the F15 eagle diorama.
I hope you now understand what I’m trying to say!

Your challenge will be opening the access panels and finding the equipment unless your scratch building skills are good to go.

Yes the scratchbuilding skills are very good, just as long as I can stay focused…VERY focused!

Since you’re working in 1/72, look for the Hasegawa ground crew & equipment sets, for some items around your aircraft.

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I already have those 2 sets!
But now I really would like to know where I can find 1/72nd scale mechanics tool sets. I have posted a couple of times on the Shape ways website but to no avail. I also tried going on eBay found a couple of laser cut tools from a model railroad shop but no 1/72nd scale stuff. AAAhhhgg!
Does anyone know of any company that makes these mechanics tools in this scale?