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Old 07-24-2022, 09:20 AM   #1
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Project - 'Showcase'

G'day all,

With Project 'Fallschirmjager' put on-hold (requiring more time that I just don't have at this time so will be a postponement 'til early next year). I've decided on a rapid-firing Plan-B under 'Showcase' to assist in celebrating our local model club's 50th Anniversary and I could think of no better way, from my part at least, than to put on display a scene or part thereof covering each of the past 8 1/6th showings I've placed on their ScaleACTs which first commenced in 2013 with my elongated display on the Afrika Korps.

This idea also allows some revisiting of my favourite scenes and to revamp somewhat with detailing experience garnered since my early days in the hobby. Fortunately, everything that I have done in the past is neatly stored away which makes re-assembling a breeze and I kicked it off recently by doing a new scene to represent my 2014 series on Operation 'Market-Garden' utilising a building ruin that I've used twice before to good effect and putting in several re-detailed British paras.

This is sort of a one-off as it is a scene I wish I could've done for the 2014 series had I the building ruin (and time was against me then in making one). Other favourites that I'll dust off and go over will be the three SAS Desert Raider jeeps that I based off a famous period photo (ScaleACT 2016 which was shared with my Tiger tank diorama), The American paras resting and refitting near a jeep and trailer (2019), One of the four Panzer IIB's I did for ScaleACT 2015 marching past a column of troops, a winter white-wash Sd.Kfz 250/1 that I did for a ScaleACT 2017 that I couldn't attend due to a deployment, an Australian trio of jungle fighters from my larger diorama of ScaleACT 2018 (which was paired with a Flak 38 Vierling diorama), a German sniper in the attic from the more recent ScaleACT 2021v2 (which was held-over to Feb this year).

To cover my inaugural ScaleACT in 2013, I'm putting out my favourites - Rommel's 'GRIEF' and an Sd.Kfz 250/3 (both TAOWAN) with the necessary figures.

I mentioned that by doing this allows me the opportunity to fix up and revamp and I did this today with the DML CHE 'Urquhart' figure which largely involved painting the boots as per a British officer and not a private (black to brown), a change in the Dennison smock which I always found, on the boxed figure, to be too faded and changing out the flocked beret to a cloth one.

Not too sure if any SAGgers out there tend to go over older stored-away builds (vehicles and figures) but I do recommend a revisit if you've the time. Not only does it rekindle a sense of nostalgia but it's also amazing what bits and pieces - long forgotten about - turn up.

Will post each scene as they are completed. Cheers and hope all is going well out there for everyone?, Steve
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Old 07-24-2022, 09:22 AM   #2
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Re: Project - 'Showcase'

Some additional pics. The Taowan vehicles I won't need to revamp too much but maybe some additional effects to the wheels and sand build-up.
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Old 07-25-2022, 04:25 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve
Some of those pics really make the old synapse connect
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Old 07-28-2022, 05:43 PM   #4
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Beautiful stuff!

Roy looks ready for a cuppa!
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Old 08-28-2022, 07:53 AM   #5
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G'day all,

Cheers for the kind comments, yes Sean...er...Roy is fine with cuppa in-hand and, as stated, delving into some of my older diorama builds not only has provided some nostalgia (I highly recommend it for those who've got stuff hidden under sheets in their storage areas for several years) but also a chance to fix or better detail with lessons learned since.

Case-in-point is my latest 'showcase' scene...two vehicles (both TAOWAN) that were a part of a larger 2013 display titled 'High tide of the Afrika Korps' now reduced to a vignette under the banner of 'Eyes of the Afrika Korps' due to the types of vehicles and the poses (reconnaissance) with the 'Desert Fox' taking again the centre stage. I was finally able to detail a 3d printed Enigma machine which I had done several years ago but never got around to doing (as with every year that passes, plans for bits and pieces that were destined for a scene but never used disappear from mind as newer diorama plans come to mind).

The redo also a chance to better detail the Sd.Kfz 222 (my first TAOWAN model). Now onto another desert scene, this time my three DML SAS 'Desert raiders' from 2016 that won't require any work other than perhaps to add a couple more items to the jeeps.

Until further posts, enjoy and hope all is going well with everyone?

Regards, Steve
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Old 08-28-2022, 07:55 AM   #6
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And some more pics...

I've noticed it's been very quiet on the SAG lately ('Ground Pounders' that is), surely someone has something to post???

Cheers, Steve
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Old 08-28-2022, 03:08 PM   #7
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Woooooow!!!!!
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Old 08-29-2022, 10:46 PM   #8
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Looking good.
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Old 08-29-2022, 10:51 PM   #9
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Awesome figures, equipment and vehicles
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Old 09-05-2022, 07:48 AM   #10
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G'day all,

Another diorama, this time an enlarged version of a scene I had displayed for my 2019 show on the 101st A/B Div in Normandy ('Airborne Vanguard' was its over-arching title) showing 'Easy' Company during a slight pause in the battle prior to the assault on Carentan (one of a dozen scenes covering D-Day and the the subsequent Normandy Campaign that featured in the series).

I've combined that with another smaller scene from the series featuring the Cushman scooter. The only addition that enhances it is the .30 Cal LMG team pulling a captured German IF8 Infantry cart loaded with their wares.

Enjoy, Steve
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Old 09-05-2022, 07:50 AM   #11
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And several more pics of the 101st in Normandy. As with the previous 'showcase' scenes put together thus far, it's been a hoot getting the stuff out of the boxes and setting-up. Steve
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Old 09-05-2022, 12:56 PM   #12
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Old 09-05-2022, 05:00 PM   #13
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Fantastic stuff. It is good to see it out of the boxes :P
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Old 09-07-2022, 08:32 PM   #14
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Great looking set up here too!
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Old 09-24-2022, 06:22 AM   #15
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G'day all,

Another 'Showcase' year covered by way of my 2018 series on the Australian Army during the Pacific War and namely its advance on Buna/Gona. I had 11 Australian figures (all featuring clobber by BBi 'Elite Forces' 'Paddy') for the original scene but have reduced to 3 and a different (smaller) terrain base with the addition of a KADHOBBY Type 92 'Woodpecker' HMG.

It was a tough choosing to cover 2018 namely because I had two dioramas on show that year - one covering the Diggers and the other a German Flak 28 Vierling position but with enough Germans already geared for this year's plan I thought another Allied scene was required to even it out.

With two scenes to go, I'll soon have all my ScaleACT years covered (watch this space) covering 2015 and the Ostfront scene that never was (as I was away for the show) for 2017.

'Til then, enjoy. Steve
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Old 09-24-2022, 06:25 AM   #16
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The three I chose to pose was decided by the weapons carried, all typical of Australian Army platoon-level weaponry for the period with the Owen machine carbine a recent addition to the Aussie armoury (in its early distinctive green/yellow camo finish) along with the trusty 'Smelly' and BREN LMG.
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Old 09-24-2022, 06:27 AM   #17
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I've got magazine racks (both full and empty) being 3d printed for the HMG but other than that, this vignette is complete. Cheers, Steve
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Old 09-24-2022, 10:16 AM   #18
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Really nice vignette you completed. It's unusual view Aussie soldiers, and more unusual view more than one in the same dio. Great work
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