Wreck of Morotai – Halmahera
An oldie but Goldie. I built this one back in 2009. It featured on the cover of Weathering Magazine Wreck & K.O. issue. 1/700 scale build.
”After the battle, Halmahera, Indonesia”
Halmahera (also Jilolo or Gilolo) is the largest island in the Maluku Islands. It is part of the North Maluku province of Indonesia. Sparsely-populated Halmahera’s fortunes have long been closely tied to those of the smaller islands of Ternate and Tidore, both off its west coast. These islands were both the sites of major kingdoms in the era before Dutch East India Company colonized the entire archipelago.
During World War II, Halmahera was the site of a Japanese military base at Kao Bay. Close to the village of Kao lies a mouldering wreck of a Japanses ship from WWII. Very little is known about this particular vessel although she seems to be pretty badly damaged by a torpedo on her left side.
This diorama is inspired by the picture to the right from “After The Battle” magazine, IssueNumber 68, Article “Return to Morotai”.
The build: The whole base is scratch built from foam board and wood. Water is plasticard. The ship is from Fujimi, Auxiliary Japanses Tanker “Toho Mmaru”. Detailed with PE sets from Eduard and scratch built parts. The whole diorama including the boat is finished in Tamiya acrylics with an Evolution Airbrush. Weathering with acrylics, oils and lots of pigments.
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