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


Welcome to a brand-new book that celebrates the Tamiya Military Miniatures range of 1/35 kits and how Francois Verlinden's influence, helped us all get the best from them in years gone by...

Following on from the release of my earlier aircraft titles, I am delighted to be able to announce my first diorama book in almost ten years, one that is created today, but very much harks back to a distant time of inspiration, aspiration and dreams of what was possible. This is ‘The Legacy.’

THE LEGACY PART ONE‘ is detailed look at the first four dioramas that were built over the last 18 months around Tamiya’s classic range of 1/35 ‘Military Miniatures’ kits, all finished using Francois Verlinden’s inspiration, ideas and techniques. For anyone that remembers those wonderful dioramas that appeared in the Tamiya catalogues of days gone by before finding their way into ‘The Verlinden’ Way collection of books, this series is the perfect homage to collect, keep and enjoy.

The first of a planned series of books, this one deals with a number of the most famous German kits, all four of them appearing in Tamiya’s Top 10 list of all-time best-sellers. The subjects covered, are as follows:

‘Pinned Down’ – featuring the Sd.Kfz. 251 Hanomag

‘Desert Raiders’ – featuring both the Panzer II Ausf.F/G and SAS Jeep

‘Once A Hunter…’ – featuring the Panther Ausf. A

‘Of No Avail 2.0’ – featuring the 88 mm Flak 36/37

Each chapter offers plenty of construction and painting tips, with easy to follow ideas that will help you to build the models and then perhaps, similar dioramas for your collection. Discussions are had regarding planning, detailing, painting, how to sculpt your own buildings and the use of these older models and their companion sets of figures and accessories. But more than that, the images, musings and techniques offered, will also be of use if you just want some ideas for other models of similar design and vintage. Or maybe, you just want to look at the pictures of the completed mnodels – it’s all there

Here are some of the pages from this new book to give you an idea of what you can expect from it. As you can see, the book has been printed in landscape format to allow you the reader, the chance to see all of then detail that you can find without it being lost over the edges of the pages and central gutter lines. I hope that you approve of this change in design!


As with previous titles, this one is being created as a strictly limited-run product and as before, the price reflects this. Many of you will already have the other books in your collections so — hopefully — will know what this means in terms of quality and how enjoyable it is to own something that’s rather niche in its approach!

Here you will find payment links should you wish to purchase a copy of this new book.

UK Orders including postage and packing: £24.50 – PayPal.Me/DavidP671/24.50

Europe Orders including postage and packing: £29.50 – PayPal.Me/DavidP671/29.50

Rest Of World including postage and packing: £35.50 – PayPal.Me/DavidP671/35.50


When using the Paypal links, please can you ensure that you leave your full name and postal address so that I can complete my ordering list ready to have the books sent out to you. If you cannot leave it on the payment pages, please email it to me at the address shown below. Also, if you need to contact me about anything to do with the book, place an order, or have any other questions, please either leave a message here, or contain me using my email address:



The first 50 orders will receive an additional set of prints of each of the 4 featured dioramas. Printed on heavyweight card, they will be a nice addition to the book, allowing you to either collect them along with those found in the subsequent parts, or even frame them and display each one within your workroom or office.


So for now, that’s just about it with the book, all that needs to be done now to complete the proofreading and get everything off to the printers ready for you to enjoy your copy! Thank you all so much for you support with this project and for taking the time to read this update. I hope that you enjoy the book when it arrives and hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Spencer Pollard, July 2021.

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!

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