frogman13 Posted December 13, 2013 Share Posted December 13, 2013 (edited) Hi Guys, Here is my 40 Years commemorative diorama for Yom Kippur War. This was only the second diorama I have ever done in 50 years of modeling. I've picked up a few pointers along the way from talented modelers whose work I have admired for many years. I created a scene with an Israeli Defense Force M113 "Zelda" and an M-38 command jeep are riding along the sweetwater canal in Egypt. The M-113 is Tamiya and the jeep is from AFV Club. These small canals irrigate farmland west of the Suez canal. Sometimes the area is swampy and at other times nearly dry (see the below photos). My scene also includes the tail of a MiG-17 (Trumpeter 1/32nd) shot down by the Israeli Air Force. I used dense foam board (insulation type) inside a picture frame for the base. Next step was to texture the board using a sharp knife and a heat-gun. I layered the board to build up the terrain. Next step was to cover the board with a plaster material. I use "water-putty". Lovely stuff for making diorama I found it. Easy to mix, long working time (45 minutes) and cures rock hard. This is what it looks like when it is applied. It cures to a nice sand yellow color. A bonus. I used some Cat litter for texture in the paste. Next I used a length of track from an old Tamiya Centurion kit and pressed down into the putty on the road section to give the appearance of a well traveled path for military vehicles. I pre-positioned the vehicles so I would have a final idea in my mind how it would look. I cut a large paint brush with natural bristles to make the high foliage near the water edge and road. Next, I mixed some clear epoxy and stirred in some Dark Brown pigment powder for the nasty water effect I wanted the MiG tail to be sitting in. I made a single Palm tree for atmosphere. What's Africa without palm trees?? To do this I cut some of my wife's artificial tree leaves that was sitting in a corner being useless. I took leaves only from the back side so she won't see any difference. After all this I started to glue very small patches of green and Brown foliage in places that would add some more life and interest to the scene. I have some additional work on the M-113 because I haven't yet tied all the stowage down. I did not glue the vehicle yet so I can do this without damaging it. More photos to follow..... Ed Okun/ Frogman13 Edited December 13, 2013 by frogman13 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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