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@john_staehle John Staehle

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I am the owner and sole employee of Hobbies in a Barn where I build not only 1/35th and 1/48th scale models and dioramas for myself but now officially build custom ordered scale models and dioramas. As of 1/10/14 I will be working on my first order; a 1/35th scale rendition of the island of Iwo Jima as seen by Marines advancing up the volcanic rock slopes. This and all my other projects are accomplished with painting and detailing to the top level of any workmanship as I have close to 600 fans and followers on my ohter FB page; Building Historic Dioramas.
All of my work is with acrylic based paints, scenery material and other non-hazardous products.

Two Oldies Join Forces

Italeri came out with the Opel Maultier years ago and along with the older Tamiya FLAK 2 cm Quad I brought them together in my multitudes of vehicles. Neither kit is of the high quality found in today's kits but there is enjoyment in every mode[...]

Marine Landing

After completing my Iwo Jima diorama for the customer, I had three DML Marines sets left over with various original parts, i.e. Guadalcanal with all the figures intact and a mix of all the remaining two sets with lots of left over arms, etc. I t[...]

Various Aircraft

Paints on a great scale! Two Navy Dive Bombers/ Torpedo the 2nd photo represents the aircraft flown by a the 20 year old GWH Bush in the attack of a Japanese radio station on Chi Chi Jama where his plane was hit in the engine by a 75mm AAA shel[...]

1/35th scle Iwo Jima Diorama in progress

Iwo Jima, the volcanic island that still smelled like rotten eggs was the subject of one of the worst battles of WW2 that lasted over 5 weeks was the request of a new customer with Hobbies in a Barn. Armed with light weapons until the tanks arri[...]

Advanced Diorama Techniques and Secrets

With the idea of dioramas being the best way to show off your models the 1/35th scale diorama shown here is an advance technique example of how I build to suit custom orders at Hobbies in a Barn. Starting with a theme, this being an anti tank [...]

Battle at the Ruins

I used the theme of Monte Casino for this diorama and with the old Italeri Building ruins and Church ruins I came up with the defenders finding better cover after the bombings of the mountain. The DML figures are from older kits and offered the [...]

Desert Duo

The British SAS and Long Range Groups often worked together as a team and disrupted the DAK in all instances. The diorama suggests a hasty return to friendly territory after such a raid. As with most of my dioramas I use a recycled rubber base t[...]

Front Line Aid Station

Starting with the base of the diorama I used a product known as Flexstone made from recylced rubber sold as stepping stones! After trying one out I was sold on the idea and most of my dioramas are mounted on these. They came through a garden cen[...]