“I’m telling you, Rudi, there’s something not right about that cam.."!
I like dioramas that tell a story, catch an important snapshot of time, or freeze the possibilities of our futures in one fleeting moment.
I started this build as something of an answer to a challenge to build some armour, and that grew into this little narrative as I got to know 'my crew'. So here's my first tank (thanks, @michel-verschuere) and I'm hoping to carry on (some of) their story to the Eastern front in Belarus in '44.
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The crew are a fictional outfit of PzAbt 501 and here we meet them still a day or two out of Kasserine Pass. Thanks to David Thomas for conceiving of the KP Group Build, it's been a blast. Sorry, I just cannot let a pun go. No Tigers actually fought at the battle, but our crew here would have been the exception had they not had to stop for extensive repairs, for obvious reasons.
Which brings us to the title, "I'm telling you, Rudi, there's something not right about that cam..." which captures the exact moment an 'insurgent' local and his camel decide to try to do their own small something about the Nazi occupation. Chris (the pointer) has just shared his suspicion with Rudi as the canister blows. Fate spared our crew here but merely delayed their fates for darker days.
Recurring themes and patterns are a running interest of mine, and here we see several. War between two nations to own a third, suicide as a weapon, brotherhood, the darkest of humour to see off the horrors of war (as well as our regular horrors), and perhaps others. As Jeff Bailey would say, your mileage may differ.
Vincent, the only Nazi of the group, is seen staring at the Arabic graffiti (it's as well he doesn't know) as some little idea buried deep in the back of his mind just for a moment threatens to surface.
People who know me know my photography sucks, so I took photos from different angles/backgrounds and lighting (in my head the dio takes place at dusk) to try and mitigate my lack of skill. The 'blast' only works in dimmer light and it's my first attempt at this effect.
Thanks for looking, and happy iModeling.
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