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June 8, 2021

700th scale dio

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The Andy’s hobby Headquarters YouTube channel has some nice videos.  This one on a 700th scale ship/beach dio is particularly nice.


October 31, 2018

Civil war news

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I really like the history of the American Civil War.  Here is a bit of history uncovered that gives insight into the construction of a corduroy road.  Useful info for a figure or diorama modeler.

December 9, 2016

Diorama possibilities

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Oh, this just screams diorama possibilities. 

June 2, 2015

Have you seen this?

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Pretty impressive diorama.  Usually big dioramas fall down on the details, but this one looks pretty good.

March 9, 2014

Cool diorama idea

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This would look cool as a diorama.

This would make a great diorama

This would make a great diorama

January 22, 2014

A neat diorama

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I like this.

September 21, 2012

Cool Dio

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It isn’t 72nd scale, and it is armor, but this is a cool dio. (h/t Mike Baskette)

August 29, 2012

Cool dio

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See it here.  I recommend this blog for all Japanese aircraft enthusiasts.

November 23, 2010


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This is truly modelmaking.  The work is amazing.  Click here.

April 27, 2010

AMPS 2010 (Pt.1)

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Well, AMPS 2010 is history.  The contest was held, for the second time, at the Victory museum in Auburn, IN.  As I said before, if you haven’t been to the museum, you should go.  It is worth the trip.  The venue is a perfect place for a model contest.  This year the contest set a record with 611 entries.  According to the contest head judge, they even though there were a record number of entries they had no problem judgin them in the time alloted.

Without further ado, here are the some of the photos:

Chess is an Afgan game

I liked this entry.  I wish my photo was better.  The little details were great and it was a great example of how to do a diorama without throwing in a ton of stuff in an attempt to make a scene visually interesting.  Great job.

Comet or Cromwell

I have no idea if this is a Comet or a Cromwell, as I am not up on my British tanks.  In any event, this was a nice little piece.  I really liked the tone and fading on this tank.


A vehicle of the Long Range Desert Group, that much I know.  I wish I had been able to photograph it from the other side.

Russian Jeep

My photo doesn’t do this one justice.  A really nice Russian GAZ jeep.  A great example of how a small piece can really be an eyecatcher.

Monte Cassino

A really nice Monte Cassino (sp?) vingette by Dr. Terry Hill.  One of my few complaints with the show is that the tables were so crowded and close together that it was sometimes hard to photograph the models.

Simple Vingette

Here is another example of how simpler can be better.  A very nice little piece with just two figures and a street kiosk.

SDKFZ something or other

A german armored car.  Very nicely done.  Painted in the popular style for armor models, but not overdone as a lot of pieces done in this style tend to be.

More soon.

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