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Diorama is very good- with the exception of scene timing

June 2 2003 at 9:14 AM
Jonathan Gibson  (no login)
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Response to Kim's schnell dio is great!!!!

I would agree with the other posters that the diorama is very good. The modeling, figuring, and terrain designs really catch the viewers eye both with the action and the detail.

However, I think the diorama does come up short in one detail- the timing of the scene.

My impression is that we are catching a rescue scene in the middle of a battle. The PzKW IV has just been knocked out and the crew is escaping. A Sdfz 251 shows up on the scene to provide covering fire as the panzer crew escapes.

The overall details support this conclusion, but the problem is with the modelling of the PzKW IV. Based upon the number of open hatches (e.g., the transmission hatches) and the stuff scattered about (e.g., unused 75mm shells, gear, and jerry cans)- it appears as though this panzer was hit and abandoned for quite some time. The appearance is that the panzer has already been investigated by battlefield vultures looking for spare parts and kick-knacks, and if that were the case this scene would have happened long before....

It would have limited the open display of the PzKW IV, but in my opinion a better scene would have resulted in closed transmission hatches and making the scene look as though the crew had not been hanging around for sometime before the rescue.

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  1. true but - - dave swann on Jun 3, 2003, 5:35 PM

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