Over Christmas this past year (the year that shall not be named, save in 20/20 hindsight), my Father-in-Law and I built some scale models together. Specifically, Tamiya’s 1/35 scale Willys MB 1/4-ton 4×4 Jeep, Item# 35219. Over the corse of two days we got his jeep fully assembled and base coated. The driver figure was assembled and base coated as well. My own jeep, I wanted to add a little more detailing and try my hand at multiple weathering techniques.
Since I also wanted to switch out the included figure with a resin figure, which is still entangled in the current US Postal Service fiasco, my Jeep is still in the weathering stages. I’m also waiting on a new silicone brick mold to finish my diorama base. Which brings me too F-i-L’s model. I did get it finished before my trip earlier this week … and the diorama base for it as well! The whole enchilada is boxed up and will be dropped into the mail tomorrow!
So here is the little vignette, which I titled,”Somewhere in Belgium, January 1945″.
This was my first time using a pre-fabricated wooden base. The wife found them at the local Hobby Lobby, it was a two pack so I designed my own vignette to fit the other base. I like that the pine is stable enough to put plaster, glue and acrylic paint directly on them and they don’t warp. I liked them so much that I’ve already purchased other sizes for the three other projects in the works.