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A-4E VA-152, CVA-38, USS Shangri La, ca. 1970


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Well...this time my modeling "project" was different, not as a theme (US NAVY maniac) but, becouse this time I discovered... or rather he discovered me, an actual witness in the ARC forums.

The photo that inspired me was this one

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and then superheat walked into my life. Tom was the controlling LSO during that incident. Thanks to his help and information that he provided me I was able to represent a better picture than what I had in my mind concerning my diorama. The link to the "build up" is here http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=249016&st=0&p=2367166&hl=zark&fromsearch=1entry2367166

So, I dedicate this diorama to superheat, Thanks Tom, I hope I didn't dissapoint you.

...and now, the pictures

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Hey Zark,

It looks great! My contributions pale into insignificance relative to the quality of your work. Only comment I would make is the "gray area" under the nose looks a little strange. I would put water there, even though it would be too close, probably some of the sheet stuff you find at model railroad shops, but that is a minor factor compared to the overall effect, which portrays convincingly the dynamics and drama of the event, and that is what a diorama is all about. It's like being there all over again. Well done.

Cheers and a hand salute,

Tom

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Hey Zark,

It looks great! My contributions pale into insignificance relative to the quality of your work. Only comment I would make is the "gray area" under the nose looks a little strange. I would put water there, even though it would be too close, probably some of the sheet stuff you find at model railroad shops, but that is a minor factor compared to the overall effect, which portrays convincingly the dynamics and drama of the event, and that is what a diorama is all about. It's like being there all over again. Well done.

Cheers and a hand salute,

Tom

Thanks Tom. I am telling you, my only fear was that I was going to dissapoint you with the end result. Now about the "grey area", after a chat with my modeling friends here in Greece I have two options, either paint a "sea" effect as you proposed, or place a photo of the real event along with a few words about the incident...I'll see, I have'nt decide yet. :thumbsup:

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