A Stuka in Winter
After finishing my last diorama depicting a jungle scene, I decided to go for something from the other side of the globe. So here is my little snow scene with a Stuka, and a crewman pondering whether he will be flying today...
The Stuka is Academy's 1/72 kit, completely OOB. A buddy of mine and I decided to do a "simul-build" - that is, both of us will simultaneously build the same kit. He lives on the other side of the country from me, so we update each other via email. I was going a little more quickly than him, so to slow myself down I decided to build a little base for the Stuka. Our rules said OOB, but didn't say anything about a base :). I carved the basic groundwork out of a sheet of insulation foam, then cut dozens of wooden coffee stirrers up for the planking. I put down a layer of Vallejo "European Mud" and then pressed the planks into this. Once dry, I used Vallejo "Snow" for the underlayer. This and the mud are both acrylic pastes that dry rock hard. On top of the Vallejo product I used several of the AK Interactive Snow products to get the right texture for newly-fallen snow on top of the packed down stuff. I played around with various other AK products to get the mud effect. The trees are just twisted wire, with a coat of white glue to thicken parts, and then a few coats of paint. The little bushes are from Army Painter. Various crates/barrels/tarps are some neat little resin products put out by Value Gear, and the aircrew figure is from CMK. Although he probably shouldn't be smoking around the airfield, his pose called out to be for him to be doing just that.
The Academy kit was pretty smooth building - with a few little glitches here and there. Since it was totally OOB, I concentrated on doing a clean assembly and paint job. This was my first time using Mission Models paints, and I have to say I love them. I used Eaglecal decals as I wanted an Eastern Front Stuka that wasn't Rudels.
Some light snow on top of the Stuka finished off the work, and now I can park this next to my jungle scene. Next up (at least in my head) is something from the Mediterranean
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