Work in Progress: The German Air Ministry 1941
My next project took more shape today. After finishing David T’s GB entry, I target my energy now on a diorama involving a particular building in Berlin: The former Air Ministry of the 3rd Reich.
The building was designed by the architect Ernst Sagebiel and built in record time in the second half of the 1930-ies. It housed Reichsmarshall Görings infamous air ministry. It was here that the Battle of Britain was planned and earlier than that, the Junkers company bailed out on its patents on the JU52 transport plane.
After the war, the building – only slightly damaged – served housing ministries of the SED, the East German DDR government. After the fall of the Berlin wall, the German finance ministry moved in from Bonn and from there, all nationalized DDR companies were privatized or dismantled by the Treuhandanstalt. The building is now called the Detlev Rohwedder Haus in honor of the Treuhandchief assasinated by the Terrorist group RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion) in 1991. More on the Wiki link below
I want to try new techniques to present the building in the 1941 setting. The building used to be the largest office building when it was first commissioned (up until General Groves’ Pentagon took shape). I therefore chose to model the central square (Ehrenplatz) only in 1:35 scale.
I found the original plans for the building via the library of the Technical University of Berlin and started calculating scale dimensions. The one facade I intend to build is already about 90 cm wide in 1:35 so no way I can build all of the building in my workshop 🙁
I plan to integrate two ICM kits in the dio: One of a staff car and then some figures. I just hope that the end result gives the kind of majestic impression you still get when you pass by the front of the Ehrenplatz on the Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin today.
Built the facade around a hardwood frame. All windows (2×10) were constructed from hardwood strips using a jig so they are dimensionally equivalent. I now mounted the windows on the frame, lined them out and started covering the frame with balsawood.
The main challenge will be replicating the color and texture of the natural stone lining the steel frame of the original building:
I hope some of you will follow upon this Work in Progress, all is scratchbuilt on the building so wish me good luck!
Happy Easter and pleasant modeling!
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.