Brave Souls - Poland Fall 1944

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With this diorama I wanted to build one that was out of the ordinary from what I had been seeing.. I also wanted it to be an ambush diorama. In my first diorama I did an urban scene. For this diorama I decided to do one in a rural setting. And I also decided I didn't want to just do another German tank so I decided on a soviet AFV... After researching, I saw photos that I liked of Eastern European farms. So I decided on a log barn with a thatched roof.
Setting the scene
The setting for this dio is in Poland in the Fall of 1944 after the Soviets liberated Warsaw. The scene is a Polish farm along a road, a Soviet Su85 is making its way along the road carrying some infantry on it. A group of Germans have laid an ambush out for the advancing Soviets.

About the Author

About Kevin Gardner (jackhammer81)

When I was a kid I built my first tank at around 10 years old it was a 1/48 scale tamiya m60 motorized. I did a few 1/48 bandai kits as well. then I jumped to model cars for the next few years, around the age of 15 I started back into armor and mostly did the 1/32 monogram stuff. I quit modeling whe...


This is truly an outstanding project. Attention to details is just incredible. Story line and execution are first class. Bravo!
JUN 05, 2004 - 05:51 AM
From the very first posts regarding this diorama, we have all been drawn to it, wanting more and more. Ever anxious for the next picture, the next post, the next surprise that Kevin had to offer us. And now its finished. And can i just say WOW!! This is truely an amazing work of art. The detail and vision of this piece is one that is rarely seen. I believe that it is truely a prize winning diorama. I myself had the great pleasure of seeing the diorama in person a few weekends ago. And i would like to let all of you know, as great as the pictures are, they do not do the piece justice. The camera definately does not capture the full effect of the diorama. I was in awe. Excellent work Kevin. I love ya and am very proud of you.
JUN 05, 2004 - 06:08 AM
awesome diorama Kevin. congrats and thanks a lot for sharing all steps with us and for the final article. best regards
JUN 05, 2004 - 10:12 AM
I really would like to thank everyone that helped out with this dio, also everyone for just having a look, I appreciated all comments and criticisms. I would like to offer a special thanks to Scott for putting it all together so brilliantly and to Mary for putting up with me thru it all. Now its off to the next one. I'll keep you posted. Cheers Kevin
JUN 05, 2004 - 08:51 PM
An excellent feature ! Wonderful modeling in combination with good photography and great writing capabilities ! Thanks for sharing this with us !
JUN 05, 2004 - 09:02 PM
Kevin... thanks for sharing your great diorama with us. You did a great job on it... and you should be proud of the work you have created. I have followed your posts on this dio... and it has been a pleasure for me to watch your progress. Once again... my hat is off to you. Jim
JUN 06, 2004 - 02:18 AM
Bravo! Excellent! Thank you for sharing it with us...I really like the detail on how the buildings were constructed...
JUN 06, 2004 - 12:39 PM
A truly outstanding and inspiring work, one I followed with tremendous interest throughout the building process. I look forward to seeing your next piece. Keith
JUN 07, 2004 - 02:28 AM
Kevin, What can I say but wow! I continue to be awe struck by the work on the barn and out buildings. The thatch work is incredible. I'm inspired ! I've read your article over at least three times and continue to be amazed. Best wishes Steve
JUN 13, 2004 - 01:43 PM
Again thanks guys for the comments and kind words. Rereading the article I realized I was sorta vague with some of the steps during the building of this. If any one has any questions please feel free to ask, and I will be happy to explain in greater detail. Cheers and thanks again Kevin
JUN 13, 2004 - 02:02 PM