by Eamonn Sheahan
Tamiya's 1/35 scale Panzer III Ausf L is available online from Squadron.com
I like my vignettes and
dioramas to tell a story in an historical context. This one is set
during the bitter battles in the Southern Sector of the Eastern Front in
the winter of 1943-44.
Hitler dispatched one
of his elite divisions, Grossdeutschland, as a Fire Brigade with
orders to first stem the Soviet Juggernaut, shoring up Germany's
crumbling flank, then to launch a counter attack!
beautiful work of one of my favourite modellers, Masahiro Doi of Armor
Modeling magazine, I started with Tamiya's 1/35 scale Panzer III as the
focal point of the diorama.
The kit was built
almost straight from the box with just a little extra detailing added
via the turret armour from a Dragon Panzer III kit. Copper wire was also
used for electrical wiring to the headlights.
Fine dirt was glued to
the hull and tracks, coloured and dry-brushed with a combination of
Tamiya Red Brown and Humbrol Flat Earth 29
Painting, Weathering, Figures and Groundwork
The model was sprayed
using one aerosol can of Tamiya's Light Sand (TS-46), then dry-brushed
with Humbrol Flat White.
Rust and exhaust soot
were simulated using ground charcoal applied with a thin brush.
All the figures were
conversions of 1/35 scale Tamiya and Dragon sets.
The standing Grenadier
with the binoculars was the most challenging, as his entire stance
needed to be altered using Milliput.
Base and Groundwork
The groundwork was made
from Styrofoam topped with plaster and fine dirt. I painted this
groundwork with Winton Raw Umber oil paint to suggest a moist
appearance. Snow was depicted with Baking Soda.
The base was made using
a small box atop one half of a flower press and framed by semi-circular
wooden strips. I glued flat, thin strips of wood around the box to
achieve an attractive woodgrain finish once the result was stained and
The model is solidly
held in place with a screw and bolt that go through both the model and
The work was completed
with a brass title plate, cut to size and secured with nails. Dry
transfers, widely available from newsagents, were used for the
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Text and Figures Copyright 2003 by Eamonn Sheahan
Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 25 September, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004
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