“WHERE IS JOE”
The diorama was made by Luc de Dapper, chairman of the Eeklo (Belgium) scale model club and Marc De Greave, famous in Belgium for its ability to create figurines, starting from a bended paperclip.
The intention was to create a diorama, that was interesting 360 degrees all round. Right from the start, the theme would be “Where’s Joe”. This gives spectators at venues the inspiration to start looking for the missing GI.
“The time frame is the “Ardennes Offensive” in Belgium around Christmas 1944. The soldiers are going to use the house, covered in ice and snow, to shelter some moments from the elements. The lady of the house is preparing soup from US rations. Something to look forward to in this cold environment. The cozy interior will make the GI’s think of their family back home.”
The cameraman is making sure, that the loved ones back home can see, that Uncle Ben is still on the move towards victory.
The house is from Mini Art, with self made added wooden floors
The complete interior (hundreds of details) is from Marc’s stash.
Snow-Ice-condense is all over the diorama
The GMC is from Tamiya with a self made canvas to cover the load
The Jeep is from Tamiya, and a set from Black Dog
Several figurines from different brands. Marc changed the figurines anatomically to get them in the right position. Besides that he added extra winter clothes to most of the figurines.
The snow and ice is made from:
Precision ice and snow krycell fine (115gr)
Precision Ice and Snow wash (15ml)
It is always good to see, when to different disciplines are starting to work together. Planning, preparations and executing the whole diorama took two years.
Joe is on picture number 13. He is knitting a thin brown sweater.
Enjoy this nice piece of modelling.
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.