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D-Day Plus 4

November 6, 2013 in Ships

At the personal direction of President Roosevelt, 60 Coast Guard sub chasers were transfered from America’s East coast to Poole England. Here the boats were stripped of part of their ASW gear and re-formed into Rescue Flotilla One. It’s mission, to rescue personnel from sinking transports and naval vessels during the invasion of Normandy. During the early hours of the invasion however, the Coast Guard commander of the Flotilla reacted to a more immediate problem. German gunfire was sinking not transports but the actual landing craft close to the beach. Quick thinking and action had the 83′ wooden patrol boats rescuing soldiers, sailors and even five downed pilots from a watery death. Neither gunfire nor blazing oil from sinking vessels deterred the rescue craft in saving 1,438 persons during the invasion losing only 2 rescue boats. Months after the invasion the Poole based “83’s” continued to pick up victims as ships continued to hit mines in the English channel. One Coast Guard skipper, Lt. George C. Clark, received the British Distinguished Service Cross..”on the advice of the First Lord, the King has been graciously pleased to award this Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty…” for the dramatic rescue of British LCT 524’s crew. Struck by a German mine, the gasoline loaded landing craft erupted in flames very close to the beach. The wood CG boat (powered by gasoline) sailed into gunfire and pulled English sailors out of the burning waters. Lt Clark wrote in his log” “Survivor’s rescued, eight, corpses none, comments, none”.
My model depicts the number 30 boat receiving repairs at an English shipyard after being hit by shore fire. The diorama is 1:72 scale and I utilized a variety of “near scale” (1:76,1:87) items and kits to round out the shipyard. The patrol boat is scratchbuilt of plastic sheeting as most of the deck fittings. The stone wall was built out of plaster and Woodland Scenic products were used for some of the ground cover. The bus is a modified Corgi models piece and the figures were a mix of HO scale and 1:72. The rest of the diorama came out of the old parts “junk box”, the build took six months ‘way back in the late 1980’s…

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12 responses to D-Day Plus 4

  1. Another great model, Mike. The best kind of diorama, everything contributes to the story.

    You ought to be contributing these beauties you’ve done to the Coast Guard Museum. You can make yourself a tidy tax donation write-off because the market value of these models is a low-mid 5 figures.

  2. Breathtaking, Mike ! That’s about the most exciting thing I’ve seen on here in a long time. Well done !

  3. My hats off to you. It’s one thing to build an outstanding model but it takes a special talent to tell a story with it in presentation. To me that’s what a diorama is.
    Well done.

  4. Darn it Mike…..Everyone has already said the same good things I wanted to say. Very well done. I hope we will see more of these from you going forward.

  5. Another great diorama from you, Mike, just brilliant. So much thought and modelling has gone into this.

  6. Mike,
    Well, here we are again at the “Mike’s Monthly Awards Show”…..
    Another absolutely beautiful model with an accompanying great story. Your skills and composing scenes obviously come from your railroad modeling experiences. This is a stunning diorama. I can’t help but love this and for that matter everything you have displayed so far.

  7. I can’t add anything else to what’s already been said….great model, sir.

  8. Outstanding. I like the context you gave as well, the story around the model creates the reality of the diorama. Bravo.

  9. another epic build mike…just beautiful

  10. Mike, what more can be said? Skillfully executed in all phases. I really enjoy your posts- keep them coming!

  11. Mike, great build as others’ comments. I especially liked the ‘lifeboat 029’ photo angle. It gives the scene a real sense of authenticity, rather than standard overviews.


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