Modeling a Photograph campaign

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The “Modeling a Photograph” campaign did just that – enlistees were asked to find a photo and try to reproduce it with scale models. This meant dioramas for the most part, and produced some excellent work. Running from 6 June 2010 to 6 March 2011, it saw 35 people sign up and 10 actually win the coveted ribbon. There were 206 posts with 158 pictures over seven pages, generating 16,959 views.

These members (in alphabetical order) and their models won a ribbon:
  • Barkingdigger, with a model of M4 “H-2 Hurricane” being loaded for D-Day in 1:35 made of scrap-box parts from Italeri, Tasca, Tamiya, and AFV Club.
  • Curseoftheundead, with a 1:35 Panther.
  • eMan, with a VK3002 (MAN) Panther prototype in 1:35 from Cromwell Models.
  • HARV, with a 1:35 BMW R75 motorcycle and sidecar from the Tamiya kit.
  • Hulkster, with a ditched 1:72 F6F Hellcat plane based on the Revell kit.
  • Ltb073, with a 3.7cm PAK35/36 AT gun in 1:35 from Dragon.
  • Madmax5510, with a 1:72 Porsche-turret King Tiger as seen freshly delivered in Normandy, from Dragon .
  • Mmeier, with a Kettenkrad and 3.7cm AT gun from the classic 1:35 Tamiya kits, based on a photo of restored examples at a show.
  • Windysean, with an armoured MUTT full of MPs based on the 1:35 Academy M151A1 and Dragon US Marines.
  • Wolfsangel, with a TKS tankette pulling ski troops from a well-known picture, modelled with the 1:35 RPM kit and Tamiya figures with Hornet heads.
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About the Author

About Tom Cromwell (barkingdigger)

A Yank living overseas on a long-term basis, I've been building tanks since the early '70s. I relish the challenges of older kits (remember when Tamiya was "new"?...) because I love to scratch-build.


Tom, nice campaign feature and nice work everyone! I like the approach of having one page per entry. that's of course only possible if you have few participants... Cheers! Stefan
MAY 16, 2011 - 09:24 AM
Great idea and builds everyone
MAY 16, 2011 - 02:10 PM
Fantastic builds! I especially like the ski troops. Great feature, Tom.
MAY 18, 2011 - 04:36 AM
Nice work Tom I like that all the molders progress shot were on 1 page. This was a really fun campaign its a shame that only 10 people finished But I'm ready for Modeling a Photo 2 next Spring anybody else in
MAY 18, 2011 - 06:45 AM
A really interesting idea for a campaign, but I have to say that it also looked to be a real challenge with some ambitious subjects, so credit to all those who completed. It underlines how much reliance is normally made on the manufacturers' figure poses, and how much hard work has to be done to get them to do something else, especially when that is defined by a real life photo, rather than just an arbitrary variation that is easy with the pieces provided. So nice to see some rather "old-fashioned" figure bashing here. Having said that, the stand out piece for me is the Hellcat in the sea, perhaps not such hard work in the figure department, but that is a really exciting looking and beautiful model. Also I liked the quite daring and adventurous snow effect on the tankette and thought it worked well. Finally, at last someone models a soldier looking in the through the hatch of a knocked-out tank; how familiar that subject is, as the cameras arrive after the fighting is over and the victorious troops advance past the devastation. Consequently there are numerous photos of this subject matter, and the captions always euphemistically describe the soldiers as "inspecting" the vehicle; in fact, what they're almost certainly doing is checking out the state of the corpses inside - and then it was someone's grim task to remove them. Nice to see another feature round up of a campaign as well.
MAY 22, 2011 - 10:05 AM