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"The final push - Berlin, May 1945"

March 13 2014 at 3:32 PM
Gert du Preez  (Login dupreezg)
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Herewith a few pictures of my latest completed project, depicting a Russian T-34/85 with spring armour with supporting infantry launching an attack in the last days of the Battle of Berlin.

The T-34 is the DML kit with scratchbuilt spring armour, Friul tracks, Moskit exhausts and a Greif clear lense for the light. All five figures are the beautifully sculpted recent Stalingrad releases and the building ruin a wall taken from Dioramas Plus Sneak attack kit.

The bathroom and bedroom furniture pieces are from Plus Models and Verlinden and the book on the study floor is from Andrea. The wallpaper and the bathroom tiles are from Reality in Scale and the framed picture from Plus Models. The street light is a Mig Productions item. The discarded pieces of clothing were made from tissue paper soaked in white glue mixed with water.

The base elements are all scratchbuilt pieces cobblestone road section and sidewalk sections cut to size. The rubble I made from plaster mixed with appropriate acrylic paints (red brown for one batch and light grey/sand for the other), smashing the plaster blobs into small pieces once it has set. The rubble is then placed on the base as appropriate and pieces of broken balsa wood, wire and plastic tubing added along the way. This process is done in several layers, each time securing the latest layer of rubble to the base by dripping white glue mixed with tap water onto the base. The last step is to add a mixture of pigments to simulate the dust that is so prevalent on any rubble heap. A Reality in Scale German enamel advertising sign was added to the rubble.

A most enjoyable project, which started many months ago with an idea and a glass of red wine!

Hope you like it.

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  1. Wow! - Carl Mueck on Mar 13, 2014, 4:01 PM
    1. Re: Wow! - craig ellis on Mar 13, 2014, 5:12 PM
  2. A beautifully executed diorama - David Damerell on Mar 13, 2014, 7:14 PM
  4. Apartment ruin - Brian J. Brown on Mar 13, 2014, 7:49 PM
  6. Stunning! - Dudley Stilwell on Mar 14, 2014, 3:47 AM
  8. Nice! Dust especially... - Tom Hall on Mar 14, 2014, 12:43 PM
  10. Final Push - Doug Bauer on Mar 14, 2014, 2:38 PM
  12. Very very nice! - Cliff Leverette on Mar 14, 2014, 3:54 PM
    1. That's so effective / real... - Andrew Tomlinson on Mar 15, 2014, 4:33 AM
      1. Toilet - Rob Skipper on Mar 15, 2014, 10:53 AM
  13. Another one stunning diorama! - Alexander Zelenkov on Mar 16, 2014, 8:12 PM
    1. It will be an honour - Gert du Preez on Mar 17, 2014, 3:14 AM
  14. Thank you for your comments - Gert du Preez on Mar 17, 2014, 3:11 AM
  16. Berlin 45 - Dany McDonald on Mar 22, 2014, 10:44 PM
    1. Thanks Dany - Gert du Preez on Mar 23, 2014, 6:56 AM

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