BOOOM ! I had another name for this dio but I’m afraid some people would call that “political-incorrect”.
I’m building models for quite some years now, and I like to depict especially unusual things or ideas in a diorama. So it was no wonder that since many years I wanted to recreate an explosion in a model, the question simply was: How on earth can I do that? I tried several ways to depict something like this but all ideas failed miserably. But then one day I came across this rather new LED technology. The lights are pretty small and most important they stay cool and come in innumerable designs. So the only thing I had to worry about was how to recreate/build an actual good looking explosion. Once again I tried several techniques and finally I came up with a rather simple solution, in fact it is so simple it sounds almost insane, because all you need is some chicken wire, cotton balls, a few LED lights, some color and believe or not, that’s it!
Ok, to be honest I needed 17 attempts (no kidding) to recreate an explosion plume which looked good to me, but hey, model building is fun! So after a whole lot of fun I finally had build that explosion plume (actual there are 2 on this dio) and to further enhance the dynamic motion I added some “streaks” to recreate those phosphorous particles so often seen in a Napalm explosion.
The “rest” of the diorama was good old fashioned “ground work” with lots of self-made trees, bushes and grass, a small river and smaller swamp, some trenches and a small hut in place of one of the original rice paddies. ( The second rice paddy fell victim to a nasty accident with some new und untried “water casting experiment”) so after 3 failed attempts, some serious nerve wrecking and an “last-second-aborted attempt to fling the whole dio into a suborbital trajectory I made this dio. The Skyhawk is the beautiful and then brand new Airfix model with some alternate decals.
Have fun with the whole thing and if there are any questions, let me know.
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