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I am in the process of completing my very first diorama and it's looking GREAT! This scene takes place somewhere in Germany around 1944. A British and American roming force has just surrounded and forced to surrender a german flak panther (crew of three). The space is behind a mostly wrecked building but can not be seen by either of the other forces. So far I have a lone german radioman and reconnaissace biker standing as if reporting the incident back to headquarters. I was thinking of something like putting in wrecked stairs, barb wire, maybe creating the remains of a factory. The space is about 8 in long by 4 inch wide (with rubble on the floor). Im open to any suggestions. Thanks and happy modeling!
May be you could have destroyed schimmwagen or kubelwagen. You could probably use an Italeri or older Tamiya offering.This would be a cost effective alternative to one of Tamiya's new tool kits. Get a P/E set and bend it up for battle damage. You could cover the not so accurate areas with rubble. If that doesn't "tie up" enough space get a hold of me, I have a Tamiya Kettenkrad that is partially built you are more then welcome to. It too would make an excellent "rubble holder". Hope this helps.
Your ideas sound like good ones for filling up the space. Almost anything related to a wrecked structure would be good to add - how about some broken furniture, roof tiles and beams, a weather vane (brought down with the roof, tattered curtains, window glass and frames, etc. If you're doing a factory, you could add packing crates or even the ruins of a lathe or other machinery. Since the 2 German figures are as yet unseen by the Allied guys out front, you could scatter some German weapons, equipment, a map table, etc. to duplicate a command post of sorts.
The ideas are almost limitless, with one possible caveat - don't put so much stuff in that it distracts the viewer's eye from the "main scene" in your dio (presumably this is the surrendering flak crew) - a dio's success is in delivering one main story clearly and without distraction. A few minor touches is enough to fill the space without diluting the impact of the main scene that you want your viewer to focus on.
Hope this helps. Good luck with the dio. Post up some photos when you get done - we'd all aprreciate seeing your efforts!