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Dioramas: Warships
Naval dioramas and related subjects
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Recently finished US dockside dio
Rab
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:22 PM UTC
This is the diorama I very recently finished. It's of a US dock late in WW2.
It's in 1:350 scale with
Iron Shipwright's
USS Alaska
USS Pittsburge
HMS Zulu converted to HMAS Arunta
Raven Class Minesweeper
PC 461 Patrol Craft
Woban class Tugs
Trains, Rolling stock and Vehicles.
Yankee Modelworks
USS Balau - Gato class sub
Trumpeter's
Jerimiah O'Brian Liberty Ship
Everything else was scratchbuilt. Yes, it does light up. Time taken to build - 6 months
I am only recently doing armour dio's because of my facination for the WW2 Geman seige guns, hence my Savastopol railhead and Anzio Annie bombardment scenes.







KellyZak
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British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:36 PM UTC
Kym, this is a beautiful piece of work, magnificant! 6 months to build, wow if I tried that it'd be over a year! Love how it lights up as well, looks most realistic in the "night time" Can't stop looking at it.
jlmurc
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 09:00 PM UTC
Hi Kym,

The quality of your work and the detail is breathtaking and must be stunning to see it in the flesh. I know that I have seen some of your work on the link that you sent me, but I am amazed at what you have achieved here. That is all I can really say, except I still wonder where the inspiration comes from to produce these superb works of art.

John
leon
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Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 09:56 PM UTC
Looks verry good. do the trains really run?
jimbrae
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Provincia de Lugo, Spain / España
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 10:03 PM UTC
Great stuff! Thanks for posting it. Just where did you get the H/Ts from though?
Halfyank
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 10:23 PM UTC
Really incredible, especially at night. I can't imagine the expense that went into this, with all those resin ships, not to mention the time. Six months? The only way I could have done anything even remotely close to this in six months is if I quit my job, left my wife, and worked on it every waking minute.

As a Navy history buff I like being able to see the relative size of the various ship types, especially the Alaska and the Pittsburgh. That's something a dio like this can really show so much better than just the kits by themselves.
Gunny
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 10:30 PM UTC
Awesome work, Kym!
Please check your pm mailbox. . .
~Gunny
AlanL
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 11:06 PM UTC
Hi Kim,

Ho, Ho, Ho - very nice indeed. This looks like anexcellent pices of work, you've given a lot of time and attention to the detail and done a brilliant job. Lots of interesting things to look at and the ships and the docks look great.

Thanks for sharing, a joy to view.

Cheers

Al
trahe
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 11:15 PM UTC
Kym,

Nicely done! How big is the overall diorama? Certainly a great deal to look at!
RedLeg
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 12:56 AM UTC
Awesome work, my eyes became wider and wider as each picture passed by, how big is the base on this thing

redleg
Murdo
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 03:36 AM UTC
Absolutely stunning dio Kym! Superb work!
rotATOR
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California, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 04:36 AM UTC
sweeeet!..looks great..lotta $$ in there!!
ShermiesRule
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Michigan, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 05:05 AM UTC
The lighting for the night scenes looks great. Any WIP pics?
Rockfall
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 06:08 AM UTC
That is outstanding work! I just can't stop looking at those pics.

The little kid in me wants to just sit down and play with it all.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Jeff
skipper
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 06:24 AM UTC
Excellent work Kym!
I just love all the effort you put on this "little" piece of history!
Thanks for sharing it with us!
I second Mark Smith's (Gunny) request!

Cheers,
Skipper
Rab
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 06:52 AM UTC
Thanks for the comments guys, much appreciated.

Roger asks:

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Six months? The only way I could have done anything even remotely close to this in six months is if I quit my job, left my wife, and worked on it every waking minute.



Roger, very close. Wife left me (good riddance), quit my job (had enough of mining), and work on models everyday (in a purpose built 25 x 10 meter shed - heaven)

Jim asks:

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Just where did you get the H/Ts from though?



I'm not sure what you mean by H/T's, but if it's the trains and rolling stock, then from here.
http://www.commanderseries.com/pages/docks.html

Redleg asks:

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how big is the base on this thing



about 1.5 x 1.2 meters
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Louisiana, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 07:23 AM UTC
Beautiful work.
jazza
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 07:39 AM UTC
Wow Kym. That has got to be the most impressive dio ive ever seen hands down. The fact that you catered for the night setting is even more impressive!

I was just curious but would it be hard to include lighting on your frigates?

Excellent work!
armorjunior
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California, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 07:46 AM UTC
were did you buy the tiny hermans and DUKS?
Rab
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 08:51 AM UTC
Jeremy asked:

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I was just curious but would it be hard to include lighting on your frigates?



The lighting was added as an afterthought. If I had planned it from the beginning, the cranes, the holds of the Liberty ship and maybe(with a lot of work) the bridges of the two cruisers would have been lit.

'armorjunior' asks:

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were did you buy the tiny hermans and DUKS?



Here -
http://www.commanderseries.com/accessories.html
Warsawpact
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Västra Götaland, Sweden
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 12:57 AM UTC
Unable to see the pics.

Red-X-in-a-white-box-hell
Rab
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 05:16 AM UTC
maybe someone on staff could fix it as soon as the gallery is back up again.

I've tried, but I havn't got a edit button on the first post.
PanzerEd
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 04:11 PM UTC
This scene looks fantastic. A1 result.
roudeleiw
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Luxembourg
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 06:08 PM UTC
What a fantastic work. Congratulations.
I did one ship years ago. It was just enought to appreciate what you have done here.
For a moment i thought that you could have wheatered a bit more the buildings, but realize that a hangar at 1/350 does not amount to a lot of surface to wheater. How high are those barrels ? 1 mm ?

Cheers
Claude

BM2
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 06:25 PM UTC
Wow - very nice work!