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About sas

I am a 1/35th scale armour and softskin modeler, member of VSM ( victoria scale modelers ) here in Victoria,BC, Canada, was a curator at the Ashton Armory Museum as a military model vehicle builder .


Hi all, I think it's a nice little diorama, the Churchill and the figures look good. One thing though: the tank should "sink" a little in the soft grass ground. It's a heavy thing! But besides that, it's a good looking dio! Russ, did you just had so many dio's on stock or do you build one every two weeks? :-)
JAN 22, 2005 - 07:26 AM
I agree, it's another good dio from Russ. The tank wouldn't necessarily sink too far into the ground - much of southern England has a fairly thin kayer of soild over solid limestone or thick clay. Even this clay is almost concrete like when baked by the sun - ask any gardener in this country!
JAN 22, 2005 - 07:31 AM
Ok I thought the UK is a pretty wet area, like Holland. Here in the West-Netherlands, tanks had to stay on the main roads, because they would just sink in the ground if they would go off. (which made AT-defence some easier) grt
JAN 22, 2005 - 10:25 AM
Most of the time it is, It's what's underneath the wet bits that matters. If it rains on top of the clay (such as where I live in the Sussex Weald) then the top 5-6" will be like a quagmire - but it'll still be solid underneath. On the chalk based areas of the downlands and Salisbury Plain where a lot of tank manouvres took place (and still do) then any rain drains through pretty quickly. Sorry - we've got just a little off topic here - It's still a good diorama!
JAN 22, 2005 - 10:38 AM
Hi guys and thanks for the comments.Interesting stuff Dave about the groundcover,what about the moors,are they the same way? As a matter of fact gentlemen I do have two brand new rather large dios finished and ready for pics hopefully within the next few days
JAN 23, 2005 - 02:04 AM
Very Nice Again Russ!!! You must crank these things out in your sleep! Or never sleep! Beautiful and inspiring as usual!
JAN 23, 2005 - 02:09 AM
Steve,as a very good friend of mine says,"throw in a tube of glue and a No.9 blade,shake the box and it builds itself" It also helps when your in a forced retirement situation,I got all the time in the world to build!
JAN 23, 2005 - 02:29 AM
Russ, the moors are mostly of two types - rock based that would act in much the same way as the chalk landscapes of the South, and peat based - I wouldn't even take a tank on that in high summer.
JAN 23, 2005 - 04:18 AM
Top notch work, and an excellent subject... the story is a natural! xcellent work on the vegetation and ground cover as well... We have some talented folks on this site!
JAN 23, 2005 - 08:51 PM
Thanks very much Keith,some of my learning came from a mutual friend that we both share,Grant McIntosh.
JAN 24, 2005 - 11:45 AM