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here I present my work. I create dioramas in the time period of World War II and everything only in the scale 1/144.
My main focus are tanks but from time to time a take a look at submarines, interesting airplanes and small ships.

Donnerstag, 1. September 2011

1/144 DUKW in a butter box

Some years ago I started using margarine instead of regular butter. In Switzerland we had nice butter boxes which I always kept, as once cleaned, they were perfect to store a lot of small stuff.
Here in the USA we use this light Butter too. So my wife asked me if I would like to keep the empty box like I made it in Switzerland.
As the bottom and the corners are not flat like the one in Switzerland I was thinking for what I could use it.

I just had ordered some tanks and other stuff from Wargames South in GB, so I had this DUKW on my hand.
My new DUKW had to go swimming. With a piece of paper I tried to find out the inside dimensions of the box to cut out the later water surface. For the water surface I used a piece of soft foam.
Once this was done, the surface got a painting with a mixture of blue, black and green.
After drying I had to cut out the dimensions for the DUKW. Here it is very helpful to cut it first out on a piece of paper so that nothing can go wrong with the foam.
The water itself was made with window colors. For small pieces of water it works fine and gives a bit of wave structure too. As I do not removed the top paper layer on the foam, the paper got wet again by the window color and waved a bit too.

Parallel I started building the goods for the truck. I decided to make one part of the loading out of small wood pieces which I just painted in light brown. The second piece is something I found inside my spare parts box. I believe it's something from the scale 1/87, a piece of coal or so.
Once painted in brown, it's now my second shipment of wooden boxes.
The driver lost his legs during the operation „painting", but there was no space for his legs anyway.  He is from an old tank kit I bought some time ago on eBay. I gave him no life jacket as I saw pictures from WWII were they had none. So this made the painting much easier.
My final problem has been the white on the top of the waves. Here I tried a lot, checked a lot of marine pages but nothing worked. So finally I worked again with the window color which is, at the beginning white before it turns into transparent. 
 The hit on the watersurface is simply made with cotton batting.

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