This Pacific diorama has a similar theme to that of “All Washed-Up”, posted here a few weeks ago. The Zero used in the earlier piece was depicted as part-destroyed, and, having the ‘missing’ pieces still to hand, I incorporated them into the drama here. The principal focus, however, is the 1/35 scale bulldozer.
The kit used is Mirror Models’ US Military Bulldozer (35851). Remarkably, the rather diminutive subject has 600 parts. Often with tracked vehicles, a high-parts count can be attributed to the treads – individual links and other sectional supports. While the track parts here are indeed a significant number, there are still 400 pieces of plastic and etch for the main vehicle. The engine alone consists of 80 parts.
The diorama base is a standard wooden display base to which has been fixed a simple ramp made of balsa. Insulation foam has been applied overall, and when it had finished expanding it was trimmed and painted to resemble a lava outcrop.
In the previous article, I described my method of creating realistic palm trees, which I’ve undertaken again here. Because the scene is basically stone and surf, I didn’t need to add other plants, apart from a few sprigs of grass, or similar, which keeps the scene simple and also reduces project costs.
The water effect is created, also as described previously, from artists’ acrylics and Heavy Structure Gel, another artists’ medium.
Various sands have been applied with white glue, and then stained for effect with weak enamel washes. A mist coat of Testors Dullcote has been applied to matte-down the various finishes, excepting the water, which has a coat of the craft medium, Mod Podge (gloss).
Finally, pigment dusts have been scrubbed into the vehicle, for wear.
The driver is LZ Models’ US Army Bulldozer Driver (35911), a nicely detailed resin figure, and one of a new range they’ve released recently to accompany their series of support vehicles. Although ‘Army’ so-called, I’ve painted the figure as a ‘Seabee’.
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