Final reveal: The German Air Ministry in 1941 in 1:35
This article is part of a series:
Some of you have followed on this project, depicting buzzing activity at the German Air Ministry in 1941:
This was a longer project, initiated in the beginning of this year. It involved mapping the scratch-built facade of the building (Reichsluftfahrtministerium) in the Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin based on the original plans by its architect Ernst Sagebiel.
Since I had many other duties in scale 1:1 this year, I had to postpone finishing it for longer than I wanted to. The last step involved finishing the vehicles in the diorama, already featured in an entry:
The vehicles are a gloss black Opel Admiral 1936 and a Mercedes 170V staff car for the Land Berlin also dating from the thirties’ of the previous century.
In fact, I wanted to depict a dinner party on the balcony of the main hall involving many more figures. I will remember that as a side project I can reveal at a later date, but since my time is limited and David LS’s next GB is up, I decided that was it for now.
To summarize, the building was completed using both hardwood and balsa and then painted using acrylics. The sandstone tiles in the courtyard were cut to size from printed pictures. The figures are Miniart and ICM depicting drivers and senior Heer staff in 1941 uniforms. The guard at the door is from a Dragon figure kit.
The last step was painting the figures (primer and basic acrylics) which place the building in its right proportions: Believe me, it is huge! The building spans an entire housing block between Leipziger Strasse, Wilhelmstrasse and Niederkirchner Strasse in the center of the German capital.
I hope you like this build, took me most of the year.
Happy modeling, Michel.
1 additional image. Click to enlarge.