1⁄35Defeat of France, 1940
IntroductionI need to start this article by introducing myself as the owner of a small company that creates diorama pieces for 1/35 scale modelers. For this project, I used three of the products I sell on my website but this was not undertaken as a means to push my products on anyone. The technique and composition can be used with any scenario the modeler wants to dream up. It makes practical sense that I would utilize items I believe are appropriate to telling the story.
PrefaceI wanted to write this article with the idea of sharing some techniques for simulating fire and smoke and as encouragement to those who are curious about adding some “special effects” to their projects.
As I read the online discussion boards, the topic of replicating fire and smoke seems to come up regularly. This got me thinking about what kind of effect would look good in a photograph and so I thought I would try to come up with something I haven’t seen.
The InspirationThe idea for the vignette came from a PK photograph I purchased from an antique store about 10 years ago. It’s framed in my studio and I look at it from time to time and wonder how it could be reproduced in model form. The image shows a street corner with a couple of dozen French helmets and other debris in the foreground. In the background, a double column of German infantry march by and the whole story of France’s defeat are told in that image. I had often thought about using a street corner and French helmets but with only a few Germans marching by as the focal point. The idea was never so great that I wanted to undertake the project until I purchased the Heller kit of the French Hotchkiss H35/39. In trying to do some research as to colors and markings of this tank, the overwhelming majority of source photos showed these tanks abandoned or destroyed. (pic1)
The little tank fits nicely within the confines of the street corner base and it seemed natural to construct it as an abandoned vehicle as so many photos showed.
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