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"Forward To Destiny"

April 25, 2020 · in Diorama · 21 · 2.3K
This article is part of a series:
  1. 75 Years Ago Tribute / On This Day
  2. "Forward To Destiny"

Hi All,

Finally the, “On That Day”, second posting of the completed T26E3 Pershing, Clarence Smoyer diorama. Titled; “Forward To Destiny”

The diorama scene:
Cobblestone street and stone sidewalk are created from foam board and painted with a combination of Woodland Scenic Earth colors and Vallejo paints.

Destroyed building was created with plaster-of-paris as the stone and concrete painted Woodland Scenic Earth colors paints and bits of shredded burned wood.

The fence is wire bent into shape and the lamp post is bits of styrene and foam base.

The Spearhead and Koln sign were downloaded black and white pic colored with the Paint program.

, T26E3 Pershing
1/35, Tamiya Jeep

(All painted with Vallejo Acrylics)
Tank Crew, combination of:
Royal Model, M26 Pershing Crew
Tamiya, U.S. Tank Crew Set
Ground Soldiers:
Alpine Miniatures Soldiers

I hope I did Mr. Smoyer and crew honor with this build and I hope you all enjoy.


Reader reactions:
9  Awesome

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21 responses

  1. What an amazing build this is... and a fitting tribute to Clarence Smoyer and his crew.
    Thanks for posting this Gary, your attention to detail is exceptional.


  2. I agree w/Louis, then where did you get all the big/little/tiny looks realistic!

    • Thanks, Rodney. The building rubble was made with plaster-paris and then crumbled to look like destroyed building painted with Woodland Scenic Earth Color paint.

  3. Gary @gwskat, Wow just WOW! This turned out Outstanding. Very well done!

    "Liked", and if could I would like it several times.

  4. Gary, very well done dio, I also like your description of the materials used to make items in the scene. That will help when I finally get around building mine up for the vehicles I have built up, now just getting to start on the diorama itself I know will be an endeavour. This is a great motivator.

  5. Hey, Chuck. Thanks! I like doing dios but they are "long-term" projects. I always look at each aspect of the build as sub-assemblies to the overall build. Again, glad you liked this one.

  6. Gary you're such a novice at this diorama thing I don't know why you don't just give it up buddy. Lol.
    Would you please take this one to a show where folks can appreciate your talents.My lord this latest one is exceptional.

  7. After all the above comments, I cannot add anything else, Gary. It is a marvelous, totally realistic build. A joy to look at!
    All the best!

  8. Amazing! right down to the B.A.R.

  9. Still your biggest fan <3

  10. great fun to study this

  11. Absolutely stunning. Watching this come together has been a complete joy! I'm going to jump a plane and force you to give me figure painting lessons once this pandemic passes! Just masterful! I've looked at every picture about 20 times. My first tank build is coming one of these days and this dio is going to be a key inspiration and reference! Congratulations, Gary!

  12. Thanks, Paul, for your kind words. Stop in any time. Stay safe!

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