1:35 Airbrush Desert War Diorama Groundwork Kits, Reviews 'n' Builds Military Modelling Scenery Showcase Tamiya Verlinden VP


The first of my dioramas built around the Tamiya Flak36/37, takes us to the desert sands of North Africa.

Here is the first of my two Tamiya Flak 36 dioramas for my Verlinden-inspired ‘Legacy Build’ series. Though this one was not planned to be part of the collection, the temptation to create a desert scheme from a forgotten second kit, that would contrast with my European diorama, was too much to resist.

The challenge was to create a rocky landscape that could then be decorated with both the gun and one of VP’s Bedouin and Camel sets to produce a quiet, abandoned scene. As it turned out, the groundwork was a real headscratcher, but I think it has worked out, fitting in nicely with the Verlinden ideas for finishing and accessories, that is such an important part of this ongoing series of models. One thing though: the use of real rocks has made this, one heavy diorama!

I’m calling this one ‘The Bedouin’s Prize’ – I hope you like it!



I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

1 comment on “THE BEDOUIN’S PRIZE

  1. Harold Cline

    Spencer: Looks like something Francois himself would do. Well done and thanks for the post. Always something to look forward to.


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