Prepping Plaster Diorama Kits

Hello - my name is Keith, and I'm a diorama-aholic...

Like many of you, I began building models as a youngster - cars and prop planes were favorites then. While I enjoyed the creativity (and the fumes!) of model building, I eventually lost interest in the hobby as I discovered Girls, Football, and Work.

About five years ago I recaptured my interest in military models after visiting eBay, trying to find a new hobby that would match well for a busy traveler and father of two young toddlers. Model building struck me as a possible lark and I purchased a Panzer tank that had always caught my eye as a teen. Soon I was hooked.

At first I was simply building the models as I had done in the past, but soon started mounting them on a base. The natural progression from there was to make the base more attractive, and that opened the door for me into a new profession -building dioramas for not only pleasure but for profitable gain.

When I first got back into the hobby, I was unaware of the vast array of kits available on the market for the serious diorama builder. I began my first diorama by building all the structures using one scale wooden strip at a time, and then adding makeshift plaster walls, cardstock shingles, and carving lines for the details of brick, stone, and mortar. Tedious, but fun. And messy!

About the Author

About Keith Magee (KFMagee)

After a hiatus of several years following the sale of my hobby shop (Hobby Annex in Dallas, TX), I am ready to build again... I love dioramas, with a focus on WW2 and tend to spend a lot of time documenting my work... any questions, just let me know! - Keith