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Bernd Ebeling
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“Three Perfect Ladies in Italy” (Tamiya Spitfire MK VIII, 1/32)

November 18, 2018 · in Aviation · · 14 · 2.9K

Hi folks, this is my second submission to imodeler...

The depicts a possible scene in Italy in 1944: An American Mk. VIII is forced to belly-land near to a farm. In order to hide it as far as possible during repair, the aircraft was pushed back toward a couple of trees which are in the vicinity of the farm gate. This, of course, attracts the attention of a few (female) residents who use the opportunity to chat with the Americans. Since the Spitfire has been called "the perfect lady“ I entitled the diorama "Three Perfect Ladies in Italy“.

The Spitfire is the amazing kit in scale - in my opinion the best fitting and best engineered kit on the market. However, even such a kit can be improved by using Barracuda parts, and so these sets were used:

BR 32001, 32002, 32003, 32004, 32005, 32008, 32011 - and they really make the difference - plus their fit is awesome!

The markings are a mix of Barracuda BC32008, Maketar masks and Hobbydecal dry transfers.

The figures came from Legend, Hornet, and MB Models (plus the animals from Mantis) and were exclusively painted using Vallejo acrylics. The Harley Davidson is from MiniArt, the bicycle from Tamiya. The by far biggest challenge when building the dio was to insert the hair-thin bicycle rims from Lion Roar... Besides that, I added many scratch built parts, especially to the Spit‘s engine.

The dio‘s base was created by compiling hundreds of hassocks, flowers, etc... In the end I‘m really satisfied with the result and hope you also like it.

The diorama won "Gold" during the Euro Model Expo in Heiden (Germany), 2015, category "aircraft dioramas, all scales".


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14 responses

  1. This is one of the best dioramas that I have seen in a really long time, FANTASTIC, no wonder it won gold. Keep up the good work, really inspirational stuff.

  2. Thank you very much!

  3. It’s a fantastic dio, the concept is solid and very original, I definitely like the ladies, all 3 of them

  4. Love this build, Bernd. There is a real depth to this story and you have captured a lovely atmosphere. The work on the spitfire is just stunning.

    Love this.

  5. Bernd, This is excellent, and a lot of fun to look at. Well done !

  6. Excellent build/dio!

  7. That’s well done, Bernd. Thanks for sharing!

  8. A marvel to behold. Top shelf.

  9. Wonderful work Bernd!

  10. Wonderful piece of modeling/art! Love the work on the Spit, and the setting just sets it off magnificently!

  11. Everything all to the same standard of excellence, and the "story" is obvious. An excellent diorama!

  12. Many thanks to all of you for your kind comments! It‘s phantastic being praised that much by other skilled modellers 🙂 That motivates me to post pictures of my F-5E soon...

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