The Diary of a Winter Diorama

The Story
This is a diorama I am building for the Houston Armor Club's February group build with the "Cat" theme. As this was my third diorama and I am still practicing my armor building and painting skills as well my diorama building skills, I used the old Tamiya Tiger I Model (35056). I wanted to try my hand at a snowy landscape and a winter whitewash and using snow for the first time.

Tiger I Model: This is an out of the box build of the Tiger kit. Overall the construction went smoothly. The most glaring item that I did not like about this kit was the molded on track repair cables on the side of the Tiger. I decided to hide the cables as much as possible in the final stages of the build by hanging a traction log on the side. Once construction was complete, I painted the Tiger with ModelMaster Acryl (MM) Schwarzgrau, RAL 7021. I then painted the tracks, still unattached to the tank, a mix of various colors that included MM Rust and several dark brown colors to get what I thought looked like a good weathered track base color.

Figures: The infantry figures for this diorama are the Tamiya 35256 German Infantry in Assault with Winter Gear. I filled the seams using Gunze's Mr. Dissolved Putty. I made the gun slings out of the foil tops from my son Drew's pudding and yogurt cups and thin wire from a Radio Shack. For the tank commander I modified the pipe-pointing figure from the Dragon Sturmartillerie crew set (6029) with one of the heads included in the Tamiya Late Tiger I kit as I did not want to use the tanker beret. The Dragon kit comes with photo-etched earphones that were used on the tank commander. I drilled holes in the figures' feet and inserted toothpicks to use as holders during the painting. I then primed the figures with MM Acryl grey primer.

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About Keith Middleton (kbm)


i remember the model and now so good to see as an article... thanks and congrats
APR 07, 2004 - 11:21 PM
Well detailed article I must say. I love the looks of it!
APR 07, 2004 - 11:40 PM
Snow looks really cool!
APR 08, 2004 - 12:58 PM
I am very impressed with the work before and even more so after I read the article behind it. Keep up the great work and keep building. Cheers Kevin
APR 08, 2004 - 01:10 PM
Hello Keith, how's it going ? I like your article. Well done too. I think we need more articles like these on Armorama. Good to go ! Cheers ! Alpen
APR 10, 2004 - 10:28 AM
Hello there. i like the dio very much and also i like it when the procedure is tracked down like in a diary style3. Very good to have it here. Thanks
APR 12, 2004 - 05:59 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments and I hope some one will get some benefit out of my almost compulsive notetaking while building! Keith
APR 13, 2004 - 03:18 AM
A very, very nice Dio Keith! I really like it :-) everuthing looks so nice, the tank, the figs,groundwork..... a clean 10! if u ask me now ur gonna need to work, work, work if u wanna make the next one better
APR 16, 2004 - 05:23 AM