Modeling by John Staehle


Two Oldies Join Forces

by John Staehle on August 18, 2016 in Reviews -- 12 Comments

Italeri came out with the Opel Maultier years ago and along with the older Tamiya FLAK 2 cm Quad I brought them together in my multitudes of vehicles. Neither kit is of the high quality found in today’s kits but […]

Marine Corps WW2 Diorama 7-20-14 001

Marine Landing

by John Staehle on July 23, 2014 in How-to -- 5 Comments

After completing my Iwo Jima diorama for the customer, I had three DML Marines sets left over with various original parts, i.e. Guadalcanal with all the figures intact and a mix of all the remaining two sets with lots of […]


Various Aircraft

by John Staehle on January 19, 2014 in Aviation

Paints on a great scale! Two Navy Dive Bombers/ Torpedo the 2nd photo represents the aircraft flown by a the 20 year old GWH Bush in the attack of a Japanese radio station on Chi Chi Jama where his plane […]


1/35th scle Iwo Jima Diorama in progress

by John Staehle on January 14, 2014 in How-to -- 6 Comments

Iwo Jima, the volcanic island that still smelled like rotten eggs was the subject of one of the worst battles of WW2 that lasted over 5 weeks was the request of a new customer with Hobbies in a Barn. Armed […]


Advanced Diorama Techniques and Secrets

by John Staehle on January 13, 2014 in How-to -- 5 Comments

With the idea of dioramas being the best way to show off your models the 1/35th scale diorama shown here is an advance technique example of how I build to suit custom orders at Hobbies in a Barn. Starting with […]


Battle at the Ruins

by John Staehle on January 12, 2014 in How-to -- 3 Comments

I used the theme of Monte Casino for this diorama and with the old Italeri Building ruins and Church ruins I came up with the defenders finding better cover after the bombings of the mountain. The DML figures are from […]


Desert Duo

by John Staehle on January 11, 2014 in How-to -- 5 Comments

The British SAS and Long Range Groups often worked together as a team and disrupted the DAK in all instances. The diorama suggests a hasty return to friendly territory after such a raid. As with most of my dioramas I […]


Front Line Aid Station

by John Staehle on January 10, 2014 in Armor -- 8 Comments

Starting with the base of the diorama I used a product known as Flexstone made from recylced rubber sold as stepping stones! After trying one out I was sold on the idea and most of my dioramas are mounted on […]