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For the Modern AFV guys, who have a hard time thinking of ideas.
January 8 2002 at 12:18 PM
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I build Modern Armor, and because of that dioramas are sometimes hard to think of, unless its the AFV is for a particular conflict. (M-48 for Vietnam, IDF M-50 for Six Day War, M1A1 for Desert Storm). There isn't really the market for Modern War diaroma material as there is for WWII so here is an idea that I came up with just in case you want to do a modern Dio for your AFV and can't think of one.
Its a buyers market out there for modern weaponary, so why not do an arms fair diorama. Modern Vechicles such as the M-60, M1A1 and A2, Challenger, the entire series of the Leopard family, Soviet designs such as the T-72 family, BMP and BTR series of vechiles and recently the MLRS are big export items and have found buyers in nearly all countries from the Arabian gulf the jungles of Asia.
Here is an example using Trumpter's new Osorio MBT.
Have a group of perspective "buyers" looking at the vechile. Various figures such as civilians in suits, or military uniforms, or Middle eastern dress are available and should provide an interesting assortment of charactors. Have one of the figures pointing to the tank, as a sort of a salesmen. Around the MBT have for example ammunition rounds in a display or a step ladder made for viewing the upper deck. You might even consider putting up a fake background of a landscape, just like arm companies do in a display. Often times these fairs are on runways, so you can model the runway using artboard and other cheap material. Its pretty quick and gives a different look to your Modern AFV.
If you decide to do this, besure to look at manufactor website such as M1A2 builder General Dynamics Land systems. They have a list of their buyers and should give you an idea of who to model in the arms fair dio.
Just an idea. I know its kind of tough being a Modern Armor builder sometimes.