I started this project two months ago or so and this evening I finally put the final brush strokes on it! Good timing too, the contest I wanted to enter it in is happening in less than two days.... :^)
The base is roughly 3 feet by 1.5 feet.
The plaque shown in the first picture says...
"France - July, 1944.
A tank recovery crew arrives and prepares to tow away a destroyed Sherman. They soon learn however that this American tank has become much more to the liberated people of this small French town.
Two days earlier this tank and it's crew helped to liberate this town, but their bravery turned to sacrifice when they were struck down by the retreating Axis forces. Since that day the remaining people of this burned and battered place have treated this tank as a memorial to the men who died to free them from the oppression of the Nazi forces.
They have covered the tank with flowers, bottles of wine and silk hair ribbons to show their respect and gratitude to the young men who gave their lives to win their freedom. Among the writing painted on the tank by the thankful population are the words Reposer des soldats courageux; rest courageous soldiers."
I spent a lot of time on this diorama, probably more than I have ever spent on a dio. I don't think I am going to be in a big hurry to work on anything very big anytime soon... Frankly, I have no idea as to where I am going to put this! Guess I should have thought of that earlier... :^)
Enjoy the pics and let me know what you think. Thanks!