Brindiamo all’ affondamento ( let’s celebrate the sinking)
This Is an old diorama in scale 1/72, I presented to the last Moson contest. Since I read some positive comments to the picture published in the Moson Report, i though would have been a good idea to give some information about its realization.
The diorama represent a comic scene of a recce aircraft crash landed in proximity of the bridge, meanwhile German forces across it.
Look like the Panzergranadier are very happy a powerful unit of the Soviet River Forces has been sink in an unconventional manner by the comrades of the Luftwaffe, making the river crossing safe.
Therefore they offer some vodka to the aircraft crew, look like the LW Captain main concern, is to quantify the damage suffered by his bird, who knows, maybe he has to repair at his own expanses.
Somebody else was also a bit unlucky: the driver of the T-34 that during the previous night retreat falls from the bridge. Was that to his inexperience, rush or he drunk also too much Vodka? Who knows, hope no NKDV commissar was not around in the moment the incident happened. Fire squad where always at hand, ready to solve saboteur issue.
The FW-189 is a Revell rebox of the Condor. Has been improved with a lot of extras, mainly from CMK. Resin crew nacelle, engine, control surface and PE flaps. The all model panels have been scribed with a needle. The bird has been first painted with Tamiya Aluminum, followed by Tamiya gloss, to create a base for the scratches. Cammo made with Model Master appropriate RLM 70-71-65.
The Panzer 3 is also a Revell rebox from Dragon, improved with Part PE. My scarce knowledge about tank cause the track to be installed opposite way, and the opening of the turret shurtzen, be more appropriate for a Panzer IV. Tamiya color where airbrushed. The sand yellow is a mix of XF-59 and XF-60. Both, Green XF-61 and Brown XF-64, are too bright for my taste, where therefore mixed with in the ratio 3:1 with the yellow base. The lower part of the shurtzen where airbrushed with Buf, Deck tan and Brown to simulate powder from the dry Russian steppe. Artist oil color where used to create strain.
T-34/76 is a Dragon kit, build more or less OOB. Painted with Tamiya acrylic, only the red star and the patriotic motto on the side of the turret, has been brushed with Valleio.
The Panzergranadier and the air crew come from two different Preiser set. The tank crew are LW personnel, slightly modified to look like tankers. All painted with Valleio.
The water has been made with two component resin, added with a bit of Humbrol enamel, to simulate the muddy river.
Thanks for watching.
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