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Ongoing B-24 Diorama

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by MattMcK., Feb 9, 2022.

  1. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Too cold for assembly in the garage, and too big to work on in the studio. This will be the base to the B-24 diorama. The top will have the groundwork, and when not on display the plane and other items will nest inside. It will help with transportation, though set up will take some time. Final footprint is 32 by 37 inches. Hopefully I can get it sanded and finished this weekend and get the groundwork on it by the end of next weekend. Thanks to our cat for showing the scale!
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  2. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Time to begin groundwork. Currently testing layouts. I think the final version will be close to this, with each quarter acting as a vignette. The most of the figures are yet to be built. I have a couple more vehicles I could add, but I’m not convinced it needs any more busyness. Still, I’d like to get a Cletrac in there.
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  3. DaddyO A Fixture

    Looks great Matt and I can't wait to see it all finished.
    Only small suggestion would be to swing the B24's wings slightly so that it's not quite so symmetrically placed :unsure: (y)

    Keep going I'm running out of popcorn watching . . .
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  4. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Agreed! I’ve thought a lot about that, but the only way to get it to fit even on this much too big base is by going almost diagonal. I’m generally not a fan of dios that drape over the edges of the base unless there is a dramatic reason (i.e. figures falling off a cliff, etc.). Because this is actually oversize for tables at some shows, I’m worried someone would walk by and catch the wing on their sleeve. When I get the hardstand down I’ll play a bit more and see what I can do.
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  5. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

    At least ya got a friend to help, lol. Love the rigs, figs and the bird. I especially like the fuel truck, great detail!
  6. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    That was built using the Italeri tank truck, but it’s actually a fire truck.
  7. gazer Active Member

    I love how it progresses
    If I understand correctly, you want to portray the drama of a wounded airman extracted from a damaged bomber following a tough mission. Putting the ambulance driver sitting about, having a relaxed smoke just in the front of the scene, may take away some of the drama and gravity of the situation. Just my thought

    Continue to follow with interest, Benny
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  8. Nap Moderator

    Hi Matt

    WOW on the base it's going to look great .......personally I would want those wings well within the base itself ...but it's a cracking project and great to see what your thinking to add

    Still can't get over the size and details on the plane !

    Happy benchtime

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  9. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    He’s just a fellow I had around sitting in for scale :). Miles to go yet. Thank you!
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  10. theBaron A Fixture

    I like your design-the base doubles as the transport case! Very clever!

  11. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Getting the hardstand down. I promise figures are coming soon!
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  12. Nap Moderator

    Hi Matt

    That's just fabulous......will it have a cover over as the wing tips look very close to edge

    Fantastic modelling

    Thanks for sharing the great updates

    Happy benchtime

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  13. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Finally, the figures begin! Working out poses now, lots to adjust. About fifteen more to go once I finish these.
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  14. Ferris A Fixture

    Very, very cool! This will be a very impressive scene when done!

    For the figures with raised arms, the ones receiving the stretcher, I suggest to raise their shoulders considerably.

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  15. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Excellent stuff and what a plane.
  16. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Sketching out figures, added a few more. These will all get refined and re-dressed with putty once I have them all arranged.
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  17. Nap Moderator

    Hi Matt

    Words fail me ...for once , great planning which will result in a great finish

    Your using variation of figures and spares ?

    Following with awe !

    Happy benchtime

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  18. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    You’re much too kind! These are a huge mix of old Airfix multi pose body parts, Hornet heads, AC Models B17 crew, and bits from the parts box. There’s even an old Hasegawa German tank crew in the mix.
  19. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

    This is coming together really well, Matt. Adding a few more figs for affect is a good idea, adds interest IMHO, and keeps the story rolling throughout the scene.
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  20. lascar 22 Active Member

    Incredible job !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dont miss the guy who take the picture on your diorama ..................
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