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M-18 Hellcat in Germany 1945
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England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: May 14, 2006
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM UTC
Steve Hightower shares with us some images of his M18 Hellcat in the Ruhr area of Germany in mid-April 1945.

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Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Joined: August 22, 2012
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 02:41 AM UTC
The wall crack are too bold and too neat. The ruined buildings are also still too clean. The ruins should be more scattered along the width of the street, since it seems to be concentrated along the edge of street where the building stands for. In the other side, I really love the idea and lots of broken windows. Great tanks (should be more dirt and dust on it), nice figures' face expression and positioning. Very good job overall!

One more thing, I think Miniart may get frustrated since you broke their 'Apotheke' house in half.

Kind regards from Indonesia

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Manitoba, Canada
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 04:57 AM UTC
Neat trick cutting the Apotheke building in half -will we see the other half in a different dio? Otherwise I agree with the other comment in that the ruins are too clean and don't look dirty and dismal enough. Beyond that I really like the M-18 and figures -nicely done! I've always liked it when builders pose numerous figures on a vehicle as this was more reflective of what really happened. Why walk when you can ride?
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 06:58 AM UTC
Thanks for the constructive criticisms and comments on my dio gentlemen. Taking the photos and submitting them was an "after thought" and, if I were to do this one again ... it would be a bit more "grungy" overall.

On the MiniArt bldgs used.... I didn't slice up the Apothecary shop. It's their kit #36038 "Ruined German Houses with Base" as is.
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 02:17 AM UTC
Looks pretty good. In my opinion, the starkness is not due to how you weathered it, but your lighting in the pics. Your pics are either too dark (which makes darker lines and shadows more prominent) or too bright (which washes out details). I use daylight LED bulbs from at least 3 different angles to illuminate my pics. They throw natural light and shadows. Also, don't use the camera's flash. It is too bright for close pics and will wash them out. Once you get your light setup squared away, your dio will look much better.

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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 04:22 AM UTC
Very nicely done! I especially like the figure composition. One can almost sense the GIís regaining their balance as the M-18 lurches to navigate through the narrow village street.