Monday, April 24, 2023

 Opel blitz

It's the all time classic kit from Italeri with an Eduard photo-eched set and some homemade  additions specially to the hood to looks more realistic.

Some photos of the contruction stage

                                                               ready for some color

and some more of the finished truck

Friday, April 7, 2023

Varius brown colors and transparent washes create all the shadows needed  for a realistic brick wall. All details painted separate and glued in plase after the weathering. Only a filter applied as a final step to unify all different colors in a balanced result

some details of the number 263 building

                        Painting the pavement wasn't much different except from the colors used

And the first test with all diorama's masonry painted 

Adding more shadows and dust 


Sunday, April 2, 2023


Honestly, I had almost a year of efforts until I managed to find the material to build successfully the facades. I tried balsa, cardboard, thin laminated wood and cork sheets. None of them had worked for me. I decided to build it from plastic (a material which I am very familiar with) and finally felt pleased with the outcome. A lot of measurements had to be made to be historical accurate and keep the diorama in a practical size without a lot of dead spaces.

First photos are Anne Frank's building where the hideout was in Pinscengracht 263. 

         Next photo is Pinscengracht 261 building facade. The basement nowdays is a restaurant 

Buidings in its permanent position with window frames, windows and doors, all according to historical photos

Next comes the road section with the characteristic standard pavement of a Dutch street which gave me a lot of fuzzy thoughts on how to curve it correctlly. 

   The embankment wall  was the easiest and fastest part as it was the last to build and I have already      been used to cut brick and pavement sections in a plastic sheet.

The final setting of the major parts on my diorama

It looks like a lot with the original street section after some efforts and 18 months of testing since I decided this to become  my next project:)